Hello everyone! Seasonal Dinner Parties is my mission to share all the wonderful food and food producers I get to find out about through my work as a food journalist, recipe writer, food stylist and previously, a chef. I love cooking according to the seasons, and learning about good-quality producers and their wares, and, of course, hosting a good dinner party.
Although I am first and foremost intent on pushing forward eating in the British seasons and supporting our home grown and independent food businesses, having travelled the world reporting on different food productions, I also feel it is important to recognise that foods from further afield. When it’s something we can’t grow or produce here, there’s definitely a place such food in the supply chain and a necessity for it (as in many food sectors in the UK, there are not enough producers to sustain the amount we consume), not to mention the fact that imports sustain economies outside the UK. Where would we be without avocados? It’s not worth thinking of…
Through the time plans and recipes offered on this website I flag up many producers, as well as niche products that have caught my eye on my travels as a food writer.
A lot of love and care – and the very occasional dinner party disaster (top tip: try to stick to one glass of wine during the preparation process) – has gone into providing a website that dinner party lovers can return to for inspiration again and again, and hopefully convert a few reluctant hosts to the art of the dinner party.
Hope you enjoy it!
More about me:
Ex-professional chef and trained journalist, Liz O’Keefe is currently home economist on LandScape magazine, producing British seasonal recipes for each issue, her first cookery book, The Great British Pepper Cookbook, was published November 2014 (Libri Publishing) and her latest is the Gourmand award-winning The Mushroom Cookbook, which was published by Lorenz Books in autumn 2017. Liz is also available for freelance food writing, recipe development and food styling.
A judge for the Guild of Fine Foods’ Great Taste Awards, The Bread Awards and The Quality Food Awards and a member of The Guild of Food Writers, her journalistic experience lies in the food and farming industry, with a focus on fresh produce, as a cookery editor for consumer magazines, as well as restaurant critiquing and recipe development, writing and editing.
Email her here.