Two of the city’s most influential foodies are set to share their gourmet tops with start-up food businesses at an event next week.
Balti Triangle pioneer and author of Going for Balti, Andy Munro, who put the Birmingham’s rich curry heritage firmly on the food map, will join Michelin-trained pastry chef Rosie Grinday – who is also known as Miss Macaroon – to help give up-and-coming food companies a taste of what the industry has to offer.
The duo will be speaking in front on hundreds of new British food businesses as part of the day-long Food Exchange event, which will take place next Friday at Birmingham City University, organised by a small business support group Enterprise Nation.
Unlike other cities, you’ll find hundreds of independent restaurants, shops and bars. While the development of the Balti put the city on the foodie map, a quick walk around will show how it continues to progress to reflect the city’s multi cultural community.
Today, Birmingham’s food culture is one of the most progressive and diverse in the country, according to Andy Munro. Following the boost of the Balti Triangle in the early 80s and 90s, Birmingham has become a new place to discover new flavours and styles, Andy added:
Food is a hugely important tool that can bring people and cultures together like nothing else. It’s great to see innovation being encouraged and supported in food businesses here in the city.
Rosie Ginday has just raised £120,000 in loan investment from the Black Country Reinvestment Society and social enterprise supporter Unltd’s Big Venture Challenge.
She’s about to open her very own shop in the city selling her homemade macaroons. Rosie also has two more shops planned elsewhere in the country for later this year.
Rosie will be at the event, offering start-up tips around getting funding. She said:
Being prepared for investment meetings is vital. I applied to to 12 funders, secured some funding and then they ran out of money, so it was a mad dash because of timings. But because I was totally prepared, everything was fine.
There will also be a chance to speak to buyers from major supermarkets including Sainsbury’s as well as Selfridges and Holland and Barrett.
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