Piece of Cake in Barnoldswick and That Vegan Chef Gemma Taylor and is the first of many I hope. Piece of Cake only opened in January, after a major refurbishment, the results of which I loved, warm, cosy and inviting, with a wood burning fire and lots of exposed stone work.
I think a vegan supper club is a fantastic idea and the vegan and gluten free menu that Gemma created looked amazing.
Gemma a private chef from Skipton creates bespoke vegan menus to cook in your own home and also attends events such as Yorkshire Dales Yoga Show and Plant Powered Sundays at Grub in Manchester, as well as further afield and is available to discuss any vegan catering needs you might have.
We were warmly welcomed and offered a glass of Prosecco and canapes of garlic mushroom polenta bites and courgette roll ups, filled with sundried tomato cashew pate, a great start to the meal.
Tracy and Gemma ensured all alcoholic drinks were vegan friendly, so many places offer a vegan menu, yet forget about the drinks, so we ordered a very nice bottle of Ca' di Ponti Nero d'Avola.
Our starter was duo of arancini of pea, spinach and basil and roast squash, sage and chilli, blackened tomato sauce, with fennel and orange salad. What a cracking dish, so light yet packed with flavour, much better than my stodgy arancini, I need to go back to the drawing board. A salad of fennel and orange was such a simple idea, but added a refreshing element to the dish.
Main course was aubergine parmigiana, runner bean and olive salad and rosemary focaccia bread, it was a hearty portion but even so I left not a scrap. There is nothing worse than under cooked aubergine, but this was spot on bound in a delicious tomato sauce, with a lovely topping to add texture. I am not a big runner bean fan, however served with the salty olives as a warm salad, I am now a convert.
I have eaten Gemma's cakes before, so I knew I was in for a treat with dessert of raw tiramisu, berry compote and vanilla ice cream.
What a superb looking dish, it was absolutely scrumptious and even though I was fit to burst, I devoured every morsel and could easily have licked the plate clean.
Dinner finished with coffee and my first vegan experience of biscotti, flavoured with orange, almond and chocolate, what a way to end the meal.
We had a chat with Tracy and Gemma, who should be proud of their efforts, it was obvious they had worked hard to ensure the evening was a success, we had a great time, with fabulous food and friendly service. The evening was excellent value for money at a cost of £66 including wine and knocked spots off some of the appalling meals I have eaten out recently, so I cannot wait to return for the next supper club.
I also believe Gemma is going to supply vegan cakes to Tracy, so another good reason to return and explore Barnoldswick and pop in for a coffee and a sweet treat.