Pan’s a Blazin!

Executive chef Joe Lado Devesa, Head Chef Ryland Alan, and Team made a special visit to the kitchens of Cornwall College Camborne last week on behalf of the educational Cultural Diversity programme. Lorna Dunstan, the course manager organised the event. The day consisted of cookery demonstrations, focusing on traditional Spanish foods and exotic recipes.  Joe is originally from Galicia- North West Spain – this was reflected in the range of foods on display, including a selection of different tapas dishes such as Pulpo a la Gallega, Chorizo cooked with Spanish shorry + cummin, Pequillo pepper’s, Russian Salad and salted almonds. Joe was especially pleased with the energy of the students and their passion for cooking.

The students were also thrilled to have ex students Jack Adamson, James Barowcliffe and Kylie Clemence there as role models, showing them the heights they can reach through working hard and exploring the different styles of food that various cultures have to offer. Lorna Dunstan, the organiser of the event was extremely pleased with how the day turned out- “I’m so impressed by the positive comments I have received from the students since, they were still talking about it the day after the demonstration! I think it has really inspired them to get more creative, the presentation of the different dishes has definitely given them ideas of their own.”

The students loved the different displays of cuisine, along with the talk Joe had prepared. The room in which it was held was the perfect design for its viewing quality; with its mirrored ceiling all 22 students could see exactly how the food was prepared and presented. The Chefs were available throughout the day to answer any questions the students wished to ask.  Joe added-

“I feel the day was a complete success, students were asking questions all the time- they wanted to learn it all! It’s that sort of passion for learning that gets you ahead in this sort of business; our guys are proof of that. I found the day very enjoyable, and by the reaction we got- I think everyone else did too.” 

The chefs also mentioned they were glad to be able to visit the students in their own working space this time around, as members of the college came to visit us here at Penventon earlier on this year, so it was a nice gesture to be able to once again get involved and return the favour. A big message that the team were trying to put across, was not just the importance that is the enjoyment of eating the food, but also the enjoyment of making it.  The aim was not only to inspire the teenagers, who were ages ranged 16-18, but also to inspire the on- looking staff in the audience, who perhaps could use a little inspiration to be more adventurous when it comes to cooking at home. Needless to say, we are very proud of all our staff here at Penventon, and very proud to everyone who gets involved! Many thanks to all!

“Such a lovely Christmas afternoon”

Last week we hosted the Camborne & Redruth Disabled club’s Christmas get together –  It is the 40th year that we have hosted this annual event!

With the function room decorated with Christmas Delights, the atmosphere was already set for a fabulously festive afternoon!  As the guests arrived, conversation and laughter was abundant, the staff kindly donated their time arranging the Christmas Buffet which the hotel generously donated.

Mrs Pascoe, Proprietor of the hotel, has work on every Disabled club event for the last 40 years and has many fond memories; she said “I can remember my children rushing home from school every year to help make this event a happy one for all who attended”.

Alvine Holmes, Secretary of Camborne & Redruth Social Club said “We are extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Pascoe as well as to the staff of the Penventon for providing members of the Disabled Club with wonderful hospitality each year. In spite of physical difficulties our members enjoy themselves and it gives them a lot of pleasure to go out and meet up with each other instead of being at home alone. Our visit to the Penventon provides an exciting start to Christmas and is a special occasion highlighted in everyone`s calendar each year”.

After the buffet there was a Christmas sing along which everyone enjoyed – Getting us all in the Christmas mood!

Alvine Holmes added “Thank you to everyone at the Penventon for making our members feel so special with the care and attention they receive. There was a great deal of laughter and happiness during the afternoon which is clearly evidence of a very successful visit!”

Pink it up- what a successful night!

Penventon Park Hotel was bursting with colour on Saturday night in aid of our Breast cancer awareness charitable evening. I am sure many would agree that Redruth had never seen such a beautiful array of pink! Brenda Pedley; our chief organiser of the event  and breast cancer survivor was over whelmed by such generosity and support shown by the community and guests in joining the ongoing fight for women’s survival.

As a result of the evening, over £1000 was raised for breast cancer research. Not only did many guests donate individually; the hotel also donated £5 from every meal ordered from our pink menu, as well as generous tips given by staff. As guests entered the hotel, they were given an outlet for their kind words of support to place on a display board for others to see- written on  pink handprints. Some of our guests who had been personally affected by breast cancer  found it comforting and encouraging. An impressive amount of raffle prizes were to be won later on in the evening which really tied up the evening nicely with a pink bow! One of our guests commented ‘This evening was a complete success! Another guest commented- ‘An incredible display of community support. ‘The whole hotel was full of smiles, tears and laughter. It was definitely a memorable event to be had by all.’ We would like to give a big thank you to our staff and guests for taking part.

A special thank you goes to Steve Petty from Cornish Decorative Balloons, who provided us with a selection of beautiful displays filling the interior of the hotel, making it a real pink sensation! Another Thank you to Polgoon Vineyard for providing us with our pink bubbly for the evening, and last but not least, Brenda Pedley ,who put every effort into making this night a special one. In her own words- ‘I knew it would be a good night, because it always is when we hold an event at the Penventon Park Hotel. However, last night surpassed all expectations, it was fantastic! The atmosphere was electric and it was plain for all to see that not only were the guests who were dining having a great time but the staff as well. Thank you all so much, we haven’t stopped talking about it all day.’ To sum up, on behalf of everyone here at Penventon- Here’s to making a difference- Thank you.

 

Pink it up!

We are teaming up with Redruth breast cancer survivor, Brenda Pedley, to turn the hotel pink for Cancer Research UK to raise money for the charity’s breast cancer awareness and fundraising campaign, ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’ .

In 2001 Brenda was diagnosed with breast cancer and is now enjoying a life free from the disease. Her cancer was caught very early on during her first routine mammogram, testament that early diagnosis is essential. Brenda said: “This is great way to celebrate 10 years since my diagnosis’. Since then she has raised nearly £80,000 for Cancer Research UK. She went on to say ‘Hopefully with the Penventon Hotel hosting this pink themed evening we can increase awareness and encourage others help raise even more money.  We want people to book dinner at the Penventon Hotel and be counted as they ‘Join the fight for women’s survival’.

The Penventon’s brigade of Chefs will be preparing an especially themed ‘Pink’ menu – with a donation of £5 made by the hotel directly to Cancer Research UK for every person dining from the menu. The hotel’s friends from the Polgoon Vineyard in Penzance will be providing Pink Bubbly – for an invited donation – again, the donation going directly to Cancer Research UK.

To add some more atmosphere to the room, Steve from Cornish Decorative Balloons, is kindly donating displays on the tables.

Polgoon Wines are our partners on the evening and ALL the sales from their wine sales that evening will be donated as well.

With places limited, and demand already high, please contact the hotel on 01209 203000 to book your table as soon as possible, stating you wish to dine from the charity menu.

Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK was able to spend over £41 million on groundbreaking work into the disease last year, making it the largest single funder of breast cancer research in the UK.

This research is crucial, but also very expensive, so the charity’s fundraisers are getting fighting fit to enlist support from local people.

Please show your support for the vital work being carried out, whilst enjoying a night out with Penventon’s unique atmosphere, quality food and service.

Download the menu and further details for the evening.

 

The Cornwall Food and Drink Festival

Joe Lado, Penventon Park Hotels’ Executive Chef is cooking at the Chefs’ Theatre during the Cornwall Food and Drink Festival in Truro at 1pm on Sunday the 25th of September.  The show is a great day out if you enjoy local exciting food.

Joe is preparing tapas dishes from Galicia, North West Spain. Joe was born in the region, moving to London in his youth. Cornwall and Galicia have lots in common; on opposite sides of the Bay of Biscay, they both specialize in seafood.

Joe will be supported by Kylie Clemance and Tom Jonik.

Kylie has worked as a Patisserie at the Penventon for three years experience. Kylie has taken lots of qualification including NVQ 3 in General Kitchen and Patisserie and is currently studying for the FdA in Hospitality Management under Plymouth University; she even has qualifications in sign reading.

Tom Jonik is our Larder Chef de Partie and has four years experience at the Penventon and hence prepares your starters in the Restaurant. Tom loves fish and would recommend the Hors d’oeuvre, recently adding baked scallop to the dish. The Scallop is baked with a tomato and garlic sauce (with some other ingredients that he would not reveal!) and finished under the grill with a herb crust.

Richard Pearce, the Penventon Maitre’d, is a familiar face to those who dine with us. Richard has been at the Hotel for eight years after graduating from the BTec in Hospitality Supervision at Cornwall College. Richard has also achieved the WSET Wine and Spirits Education Trust intermediate and advanced. Last year Richard was recognised by the Tourism Skills Network as student of the Year.  Richard is discussing the food, the ingredients and would love to discuss accompanying wines but chef  has only given him five minutes! But is happy to discuss the wines when you come in for dinner!

Joe will be cooking:

Chickpea Salsa, Clams Galician Style, Moorish Pork Skewers, Perfect Spanish Omelette, Galician Monkfish and Chorizo in Sherry.

The Food festival site has further details.

 

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