KUDOS, a company that puts ethics and environmental needs at the heart of catering, have recently begun to grow their own food in the grounds of Penshurst Place and Gardens, as part of their ‘The Good Life’ project.
Foods being grown by the KUDOS team include runner beans, kale, pak choi, red onions and garlic chives. KUDOS have also ensured that bundles of herbs will be ready for use to give their meals that extra touch, with chives, basil, fennel, rosemary, thyme, and many others currently being tended to.
The fresh, home-grown produce will be used in recipes served up at the Porcupine Pantry – one of Kent’s top 10 spots for afternoon tea – as well as in the Garden Restaurant and for all event catering.
The location of Penshurst Place is ideal for KUDOS’ on-trend menus, as the Estate boasts the unique ability to rear game for use in on-site recipes. Additionally, the Apple Orchard – situated in the lush green gardens of Penshurst – provides the opportunity for KUDOS’ Michelin-starred chefs to create apple-based dishes, including apple pie, apple crumble, and even a tasty apple sauce.
Alongside KUDOS’ home-grown ingredients, food from local suppliers will also be used in dishes served up at Penshurst Place. These include cheese and ice cream from Hall Place Farm, sausage meat from Speldhurst Sausages – which is used to create handmade sausage rolls, sausage baps, sausage and mash – and lager, cider and IPA from Curious Brew.
Speaking about the initiative, KUDOS Food Director, David Cavalier, said; “Growing our own produce is something we’ve wanted to do for some time, so it’s exciting that we’re finally able to put this into motion during what will be a significant year for KUDOS.”