24 May 2018 | Leeds
Glug Leeds x LIF
- The Foundry
- Northern Monk
- The Swine that Dines
Do you like food - yeah?
Well we're on collab mode this year rockin into the spring with a foodie based showcase as part of Leeds Indie Food Festival. A line up of Leeds Indie food vendors talking about how they express creativity through their food brand and marketing. We’ll hear about their inspirations, ambitions and journey so far.
Bradford born Marko began his entrepreneurial journey in hospitality with the launch of The Sparrow, a bar that opened in Bradford six years ago. He was just about to take a PGCE teaching qualification, he says, but decided it wasn’t for him. Instead, he and business partner Les Hall chose to bring the craft-beer revolution to their hometown. The Sparrow led to Bundobust (the name is an old Anglo-Indian word, meaning ‘tying together’ or ‘collaboration’) a collaboration with Mayur Patel whose family run Bradford institution Prashad.
Marko studied graphic media and communication at the Bradford School of Art and says it’s all in the detail having designed the look and feel of Bundobust with his business partner Patel. The prints on the walls are by Leeds artist Drew Millward (with Manchester references, such as the Worker Bee), authentic Bollywood posters.
Horsforth-born Matt Healy was runner-up in Masterchef: The Professionals in 2016 and now owner of his first restaurant. The Foundry Wine Bar and Restaurant, part of the award-winning Round Foundry estate of refurbished industrial buildings which provide offices mainly for the creative industries, has steadily built a great reputation in Leeds for its British cooking. Matt has put his own stamp on the restaurant with a new name, menu, and design for the interior and exterior.
Matt trained at Thomas Danby Catering College, in Leeds. After graduating he worked at Stuart’s Wine Bar, Babylon and Livebait before moving to Ripponden and working under Simon Shaw at the original El Gato Negro, now since moving, is the only Manchester city center restaurant to hold a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Matt then moved to London and worked at the critically acclaimed restaurant Terroirs.
A founding brother of Northern Monk Brew Co talks us through the importance of creating a destination for the brewery to thrive in. Unlike many breweries that are necessarily industrial units with no room for visitors, Northern Monk want to return to the days when breweries were only slightly less common in the heart of the community than pubs; or even further, to the days when monastic communities were centred, after religion, on the brewhouse. . Historically pubs and breweries, and abbeys, were all centres of the community, and it’s those things that Northern Monk like to play on and bring back to the fore. Fostering numerous local collaborations with both food and drink vendors.