Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Gastronomic weekend in Brighton

Well September has been a hectic month in the Marketing office and this weekend was the busiest as we were hosting a group of five German journalists accompanied by the lovely Uli who is our German PR account manager.

The idea of the trip was to get the journalists to come over and discover why Brighton is the ideal place for a city break. While it was meant to be a general piece it did end up having a bit of a foodie theme. One of the advantages of planning these trips is that I get to pick restaurants I still haven't had a chance to try yet and so we ended up going to: TABLE, In Vino Veritas and Oki-Nami as well as an old favourite - Due South.

While all the restaurants were great it is always good to get the chance the try new things and so we decided that for the last night we would take part in one of the Open House dining events. In case you haven't heard about it the event is part of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival and combines the TV show 'Come Dine with Me' with the Artists Open Houses festival. So you get to nose around people's houses and then they cook you a three course meal, or you can apply to be host a dinner party if you want to show off your culinary skills. Unlike the TV show there is no cattiness and it is a great way to get to meet people and explore different areas of the city.

Our dinner party was hosted by the two Sams who own Pretty Clever events and who had the idea for Open House dining in the first place. The Sams were very friendly and welcoming hosts and the food was delicious. So we were not surprised to hear that the event has been extremely popular and will hopefully be returning soon so make sure you try one. Here is a picture of us getting ready to tuck in:

Doing these press trips can be exhausting however it always helps when the journalists are all friendly and genuinely enthusiastic about seeing the city. The group all loved Brighton particularly the food and the shops but also the overall atmosphere. In fact Andrea (front left in the picture) so got into the spirit of things that she was planning on getting a tattoo before she went home! We have asked her to send us a picture so we'll keep you posted....



Andrea Ege said...


this is Andrea writing! And I was really impressed by this city and this very special atmosphere that I did not feel anywhere before... (and I have seen a lot!).

Unfortunately the Tattoo Shop was closed when I went there to make my tattoo and it was the same day I had to take off. But now I am sure that I will not only come back to Brighton for the wonderful feeling there - but also for another try to get there a souvenir which will stay on my body for the rest of my life!

Big hugs for Charlotte, John and the rest of the nice group,

VisitBrighton: said...

Oh no it's a shame you couldn;t get your tattoo although it's great to hear tha tyou will be coming back.

Please do let us know when you would like to return.

Thanks again,