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Diners celebrated local produce by enjoying a meal made from food produced less than 50 miles away and cooked by a top chef.

Sutton's Brasserie Vacherin hosted the Less than 50 Dinner last week. Food rans enjoyed a feast with the majority of the produce coming from Sutton Community Farm in Carshalton.

The event raised money for the farm, which is fundraising so that it can become a sustainable enterprise and continue is successful vegetable delivery scheme, and was part of Urban Food Fortnight - a drive to celebrate local food.

The menu for the evening included borlotti beans, multi-coloured beetroots, juicy tomatoes and more grown on the seven-acre farm as well as sustainably sourced mackerel, lamb and hake in dishes created specially by top chef Malcolm John, who gets all the vegetables for his three restaurants from the farm.

A spokesman for the farm said: "Malcolm John is a big fan of our produce for its freshness, good taste and because it’s local.

"We were treated to an incredible three course meal with most food coming from our farm – and the rest from our local network of organic farms. It was wonderful to see our food presented in such a gourmet fashion."

Giving a speech after the meal, Mr John said: "The farm's produce is so flavourful it is just so easy to cook with - it's just a case of cooking it simply to bring out the flavours."

The event packed the restaurant and raised £400 to go toward the £15,000 the farm needs to become self-sufficient. To donate to Sutton Community Farm's campaign, visit www.suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk.

 

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