Thirsk-based artisan cheese maker, Shepherds Purse has been selected by sustainable catering company, The Laden Table, to host one of its 12-month, 12 location dinners outside its Yorkshire dairy on April 27. The roving restaurant will be holding dinners in unorthodox locations close to the physical proximity of the origin of the food served to guests, giving diners a unique sense of closeness to what they are eating.

The brainchild of passionate foodie and sustainable living champion, Nicola Dixon of Little Ouseburn, The Laden Table aims to reconnect people who love eating great food with the great people who produce it. Each of the 12 meals in the nomadic Dinner Series is a collaboration with local food artisans and farmers to provide a meal cooked by local chefs who have been selected for their passion and commitment to the provenance of the ingredients they source and use.

Shepherds Purse produces a range of award-winning traditionally handcrafted cheeses using cow’s, ewe’s and water buffalo milk. From its small cottage industry beginnings, the cheese maker has gone from strength to strength and is still a family run business, with founder Judy Bell’s daughters Katie and Caroline now at the helm.
The company has won dozens of awards over the years with its cheeses being taken on by specialist delis and major supermarket chains, as well as being a mainstay on many cheeseboards served up by top hotels, restaurants and pubs.

Renowned Yorkshire chef, Andrew Pern of the Star Inn has been chosen to create a stunning 3 course menu for the dinner inspired by the cheeses in the Shepherds Purse range, including best-selling Yorkshire Blue and Olde York.

Nicola Dixon, The Laden Table said: “The Laden Table is about inviting people to gather in a communal place to connect and share both the meal and the inspiration behind it. We have some inspiring venues lined up in great locations, including orchards, barns, vineyards and even on a beach. Shepherds Purse was chosen because it produces an amazing range of cheeses and continues to stay true to its artisanal roots.”

Caroline Bell, director, Shepherds Purse Cheeses said: “We are delighted to be chosen by The Laden Table to be part of their unique dining experience. It’s fantastic for diners to be able to enjoy a first class meal cooked by a top Yorkshire chef within a few feet of where the theme ingredient has been lovingly produced. We will also give diners the chance to tour the dairy and see how we hand craft our cheeses from the finest milk sourced locally.”

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