wholesome dining – charlestown
A Wholesome Dining Adventure Aboard the Tall Ship Lady Daphne in Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall.
In the picturesque and historic town of Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall, a magical evening recently unfolded, inviting 30 fortunate guests aboard the Tall Ship Lady Daphne for a culinary journey that celebrated the beauty of Wholesome Dining. This event, a five-course dinner crafted from the finest local produce, was a feast for the senses and a testament to sustainable living.
The cornerstone of this remarkable dining experience was the locally sourced ingredients, which highlighted the Cornwall region’s bountiful land and sea offerings. Collaborating with trusted suppliers who champion sustainability, the head chef, Ameilia, sourced ingredients from Riverford Organics, Porthilly Shellfish, The Cornish Cheese Company, Da Bara Bakery, and more. By showcasing these suppliers, the event underscored the importance of supporting local, eco-conscious producers.
As I arrived at the Tall Ship Lady Daphne, I was immediately struck by the charm of Charlestown Harbour. The historic harbour backdrop and stone buildings set the stage for a truly unique wholesome dining evening. The ship’s deck and dining area had been transformed into a welcoming and beautifully adorned space, ready to host a celebration of Wholesome World dining. The feast table was adorned with wild Cornish flowers, courtesy of Kerry Skinner, the founder of Rare Creation, adding a touch of wild elegance and natural beauty to the setting.
The five-course wholesome dining that awaited us was all inspired by my Wholesome World recipes. The evening began with a selection of hand crafted canapés followed by Riverford organic vegetables with a selection of homemade flatbread’s & wholesome dips.
Wholegrain rainbow salads filled the feast table alongside a bounty of fresh shellfish bouillabaisse, showcasing the rich flavours of Porthilly Shellfish. The fish, sourced from sustainable suppliers, was tender and flavorful, a testament to the importance of responsible fishing practices.
The evening came to a close with a homemade foraged berry crumble and locally produced cheese and seeded cracker collection.
Laughter and conversations flowed freely, and the evening was enhanced by the presence of special guests. Among them was Tim Smit, the visionary founder of The Eden Project in Cornwall, who shared insights into the project’s commitment to environmental sustainability and its mission to connect people with nature.
Another special guest was the owner of Just Gin, a local distillery known for its dedication to crafting high-quality, small-batch gin. Guests were treated to a gin tasting experience that complemented the meal, further emphasising the significance of supporting local artisans and businesses.
What made this evening truly extraordinary was the people who gathered to celebrate my Wholesome World dining. Surrounded by loved ones, I found myself in the embrace of warmth, friendship, and shared values. As someone navigating a challenging journey through cancer, this event breathed life into my spirit, filling my cup with inspiration and hope.
The Wholesome World dining event aboard the Tall Ship Lady Daphne was more than just a culinary adventure; it was a celebration of sustainability, community, and the beauty of Cornwall’s natural resources. It reminded us of the importance of supporting local, sustainable producers and the joys of sharing delicious, thoughtfully prepared food with friends and family.
As I reflect on this memorable evening, I can’t help but anticipate the next Wholesome World dining event. With each gathering, we reaffirm our commitment to a more sustainable, flavorful, and interconnected world. These events not only feed our bodies but also nourish our souls, offering hope, inspiration, and a shared vision of a brighter, more sustainable future.
Last, but definitely not least, a huge thank you to Amelia Hollis, Freire Selwood-Miller for pulling this evening out of a tiny & hugely challenging ship galley. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Photography by Bell & Barrel.
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