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Nutrition: Contradictions & Common Sense

1 Mar

As dedicated foodies and lovers of all things delicious, it’s also important for us to make sure that we’re looking after our bodies and sometimes it seems that a lot of the things we love are so bad for us that we should ban them completely! With March being Nutrition Month, I had planned to […]

Top Food Trends for 2016

3 Feb

It’s February! Already! January seems to have whizzed by and we’re now well and truly settled into 2016. With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the food trends predicted to be big this year – of course, everyone has a different opinion so there are hundreds of potential trends out there, […]

Diets Vs Deliciousness

12 Jan

At the beginning of each year there is a certain phrase that seems to crop up everywhere and that, if I’m honest, hurts my soul a little bit: “I’m going on a diet.” Ouch. Please don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the goal of getting healthy and losing weight – even as a self-confessed […]

Blooming Tasty…

27 May

Blooming Tasty….    Flowers and Food is not a new trend with the gastronomy industry but more of an ongoing visual element that has consistently spanned around 10 years now but why….? Well…. Flowers were an everyday ingredient back in the 16th & 17th Century but slowly faded out until the 21st where it started […]

Whether the weather be Hot or not…..

21 May

It only seemed a few days ago that we were declaring ‘Spring had Sprung’.  Who would have known that Summer would be knocking on the door quite so soon and if you’re anything like me, you’re completely unprepared…no sun cream, sunhats (for the kids!) and the BBQ well and truly tucked away in the garage […]

A swift change of scenery….

11 Feb

When a room or event space has been set up for a stunning dinner, it always seems such a shame to dismantle whatever’s been put in place as soon as the evening’s over. For this reason it’s always a joy when an event rolls over into the morning by way of breakfast. It means we […]

Lucy’s first Event…..

22 Jan

It’s Wednesday 21st January, it’s cold freezing outside and today marks my first event as part of team Purple Grape. Rather appropriately it’s being held at a venue called Ice Tank and I arrive excited having seen pictures of the venue in advance. You could describe it as a chic blank canvas. I briefly consider […]

10 Christmas Party Musts…

2 Dec

10 Christmas Party Musts…   1)Venue …. Location Location Location…. Unless you are providing transport for your guests the location is going to be the make or break as to whether your whole guest list turns up on the night! 2)Catering is key…..A great caterer and selection of food to fill those boozy tums will […]

The Notting Hill Carnival

22 Aug

The Notting Hill Carnival BOOOOO… it’s the last bank holiday of the year but HOORAH…. that means it’s the always anticipated Notting Hill Carnival! What more do you want from a long weekend than to finish it with the favourite people in your life with Music, amazing food and some daytime drinking, with the added […]

A healthy start to the year

10 Jan

A healthy start to the year

Another year has begun and it’s at this time of year that we in the Purple Grape Office start to consider that we may have eaten one too many trifles of foie gras and brioche canapés or mince pie delights over December. (The chefs make them so delicious that it would have been rude not […]