Welcome to Spring, even if it is in the most capricious mood we can ever remember. Easter beckons with a new Pope to celebrate the great spiritual festival and our own leaders faced with the prospect of the dreaded "treble dip". Vera and I are approaching forty years in both the hospitality industry and perhaps, more amazingly, married life together in this challenging working environment.
And so we can only be grateful for the way in which the eating-out experience has become so much more the norm in our culture over that period. Our businesses, Cafe Elvira and Jeremy's, stand apart and yet together like the pillars of the temple in The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. Mind you, it took us forty years to work it out!
Jeremy's recent success has much to do with youth and the quality of the team we have in the kitchen. A mention is due for sous chef, Simon Dennis, for his hard work, creativity and enthusiasm. These are exciting times for chefs as so much of restaurant cooking has been revolutionised over the last decade or so with new equipment and techniques offering a new mode of culinary expression.
Sussex Young Chef of the Year Jimmy Gray will be cooking one of his award winning dishes at the live show at the Brighton and Hove Food Festival at Victoria Park, Hove, at lunchtime on Good Friday. Entry is free. In his absence, we will be cooking our usual family-friendly lunch on Friday, with children under twelve years of age dining half price. You can still join us for Easter Monday Jazz, lunch from mid-day, with Terry Whitney on keyboards and Gerry Higgins on base - a la carte menu.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Jeremy, Vera and the team
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