April 12, 2017

Where We Will Be


Dine – We kick off 2018 with a sold out Dine event at Dyce Bowling Club – Burns with a Twist.  This is the last of our 4 Seasons dinners but fear not it won’t be the last of the dining events as there will be something new around the corner – keeping food interesting as always!

February – Very much looking forward to a Pasta Making Workshop on 19 February for carers of people suffering from dementia. This will take place in the Dementia Resource Centre in King Street, Aberdeen and gives the opportunity for carers to have a little respite from their day to day commitments.  If you would like me to come along and demonstrate at any similar event please get in touch.

March – as a Slow Food Chef Alliance member and lover of Italian food, I’m exited to be working in collaboration with Chef Sara Giudici cooking at the Slow Food Aberdeen City and Shire dinner at the Tin Coo, Devenick Dairy, Aberdeen on Friday 2 March.  The menu is an exciting fusion of Scottish and Italian ingredients and will be using produce straight from the farm.  To book tickets see http://slowfoodaberdeen.com/

Venison Masterclass at the Mixing Bowl, Cults 16 March.  This will be a short talk on the history of Scottish wild vension, it’s nutritional benefits and exploration of the reasons why we as a nation have been reluctant over the centuries to eat this in our diet.  We will then look at the various cuts and best methods of cooking venison which will include a cookery demonstration and tastings before participants cook their own venison (supplied by Mortlach Game) dish and eat together.  Tickets will be on sale soon but are limited to 16 per class https://www.mixingbowlaberdeen.co.uk/

Future events –

Tin Hut Supper, Gartly (as part of Huntly Hairst) 8 September

Cooking classes in Aberdeen and Huntly,

Dine Pop up for Spring,

Slow Food dinner at the Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum (May),

Fire and Rain Soul Spa – Isle of Mull (May), South of France (October)

Slow Food Terra Madre – Italy (September)

Ellon – John Willox Kitchen demonstrations – various dates

Quality Meat Scotland in schools and AEG – product specialist events -various dates

Always available for private dining events, please just get in touch.



Huntly Farmer’s Market

We will be doing cooking demonstrations at Huntly Farmer’s Market on the first Saturday of April, May and June. This is held in The Square and uses produce from the stall holders to create delicious meals, light bights and puddings! Look out for our easy to follow recipes which we will post  here after each market.


For more info on Huntley Farmers’ Market visit their website here.


Inverurie Farmers’ Market

On 10th June we will be at Inverurie Farmer’s Market for a special Sausage and Beer Tasting, come along to sample some of the delicious local produce on sale and see how they can be transformed into tasty BBQ dishes – favourites for the sunny Scottish summer!

For more info on Inverurie Farmers’ Market visit their facebook page here


DINE (Summer) – Dyce

After a very successful event in April we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a summer event! DINE is a pop-up, seasonal, big table community dining event by Slow Food Chef Lesley Gillespie. Lesley has designed a unique and delicious menu that showcases seasonal produce and supports local small-scale food producers.

The event will be held in Dyce, further details and dates to be announced soon!

Keep up to date with all our events by signing up to our mailing list and liking The Chard on facebook here


Kintore Primary – Chefs@School

We will be working with Kintore Primary and the P7s during the month of May to create a healthy lunchbox. This will be submitted to the Taste of Grampian’s healthy lunchbox competition. This year’s challenge is for school children, in teams of four, to create a nutritionally-balanced lunch (with a budget of £2.50) using locally-sourced produce. Entries will be judged live at the Taste of Grampian food festival at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Saturday 3rd June 2017 where we hope the P7s will bag some exciting prizes!


May Festival 2017 – University of Aberdeen

Friday 26th May – Eat, Meet and Greet with Carlo Petrini

Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, will be visiting Aberdeen. Slow Food Aberdeen City and Shire are hosting and ‘Eat, Meet and Greet’ event in his honour where local producers will have the opportunity to meet Carl and to showcase the best of our local and slow produce.

Saturday 27th May – Slow Food Stall at Aberdeen University

The Chard will be demonstrating at the Slow Food stall at Mayfest, showing support to the slow food movement and celebrating all the slow food on offer across the city and shire.


SWRI – John Willox Kitchen Design (Ellon)

The Chard will be running a programme of cookery demonstrations for the Scottish Women’s Rural Institute. These demonstrations will run on various dates from April through to September and will take place at John Willox Kitchen Design, Bridge Street, Ellon.

There will be demonstrations on the following dates;

20th April, 27th April, 11th May, 18th May, 25th May, 8th June, 22nd June, 14th September and 28th September.


Please contact us for further information at: lesley@thechard.co.uk or by submitting a contact form here.


Private Functions

We are currently booked for bespoke private functions on 15th June and 1st of July so will be unavailable for bookings on these dates.



Deeside Local Food Festival

The Chard will be at the Deeside Local Food Festival on 17th September where we will be hosting children’s cooking classes.

The festival, now in its third year, will be held on Sunday 17th September 2017, 11am – 4pm at Cults Academy.

This event that will have over 50 local food and drink stalls, interactive cooking demos, hands on cookery workshops, live music, lots for the kids to do and much more. To keep up to date on all the  the foodie fun follow them on facebook or visit their new website



DINE (Autumn) – Dyce

The Autumn event for The Chard presents DINE. This event will be a big table community dining event celebrating seasonal and local food. More details to follow, to keep up to date with all our latest news and events follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


Fire and Rain Soul Spa, Isle of Arran

October 1st-7th


Tullynessle Market, Alford

We will be doing cooking demonstrations at the Tullynessle Market in Alford on 28th October.


Macduff Farmers’ Market

On 25th November we will be demonstrating some great local produce and showing you how to make some delicious seasonal inspired dishes. Just in time to get you inspired for Christmas dinner!


Quality Meat Scotland, Various Locations

We will be doing educational cooking demonstrations in a new partnership with Quality Meat Scotland in schools across the North East.

AEG, Various Locations

We will be doing cooking demonstrations and workshops in conjunction with AEG in various locations across the North East.