Over recent years, the English county of Essex has become one of the most well known counties in the country; due in most part to a certain reality TV series. However, there is so much more to celebrate about this particular county than the media might have us believe, not least its many high quality and internationally renowned food and drink producers. In addition to all things gastronomic, Essex is home to a number of companies from worlds as diverse as classic car racing cars, rose growers, bespoke kitchen cabinetry, tap manufacturing and beekeeping! So Sub-Zero & Wolf UK decided to hold an event to celebrate the very Best of Essex in our Maldon showroom, this summer.
Two of the most internationally renowned food brands which originate from Essex are Maldon Sea Salt and Tiptree Jams, both of whom are based minutes from our Maldon showroom. These two iconic brands are still family businesses, both with a long and fascinating heritage.
The Maldon Salt Company has been making salt for four generations, harvesting salt from the sea since 1882 and still using the same salt pans as their original site. They started exporting to Sweden in 1955, now exporting to all four corners of the globe and received the royal warrant in 2012, as they celebrated their 130th year.
You can read their full history here www.maldonsalt.co.uk Guests at our event enjoyed Margaritas with Maldon Salt, plus Thorogood’s Southminster asparagus thorogoodasparagus.co.uk with Maldon Smoked Sea Salt flakes – a new and tasty innovation for this time honoured company.
When Chef Bruce cooks up his light as feather scones, using Wolf M Series ovens, only the best strawberry jam will do and Tiptree Jams, known also as Wilkin & Son are another locally produced, international food hero. With a history stretching back to 1885, the first jams of the highest quality were produced using fruits grown in Tiptree, just as they are today.
The royal warrant was received from King George V in 1911 and today the company produces a range of products, alongside their beloved jams, such as delicious fruit gin liqueurs, much enjoyed by our guests, sauces, relishes and even fruit scented room candles and diffusers.
Visit one of their wonderful tea rooms at Tipree, Dedham or Heybridge Basin and even their museum at Tiptree, or read their full history here www.tiptree.com
Chef Bruce cooking up a storm with local ingredients
New Hall Vineyard may be less well known but was first established by the Greenwood family in 1969 and is located in the small, picturesque Essex village of Purleigh.
It’s one of the oldest and largest English Vineyards in the country and offers a range of tastings and events at its delightful premises. Our guests enjoyed locally produced white, red and sparkling wines from New Hall Vineyard; perfectly chilled from our Sub-Zero wine storage and you can find out more about the vineyard here www.newhallwines.co.uk
We were lucky enough to display three amazing classic racing cars on the forecourt of our showroom, from Maldon based JD Classics, a company founded by owner Derek Hood, over 25 years ago.
Starting out as a hobby, the business has evolved to build up a world class reputation for completing restorations and undertaking maintenance on significant road and racing cars. As the worldwide Jaguar Heritage Racing partner between 2011 and 2014, they own a near 100% reliability record and have won many outright victories at the world’s most prestigious historic race and rally events throughout the world. You can find out more about JD Classics here www.jdclassics.co.uk
Craig Davies, MD Sub-Zero & Wolf, Ben Warbrick, UK Sales Manager, Sub-Zero & Wolf with Diana Bailey and Michael Lewis from Bailey Lewis Architects admiring JD Classic Cars
Colchester based Davonport Interiors, created a handmade, bespoke pantry created especially for the event, which, took centre stage in the showroom and delighted the guests with its detail and craftsmanship. The company was founded by Richard Davonport over 20 years ago and offers bespoke, original and inspirational kitchen design. Visit their website to explore further www.davonport.com
Rebecca Silburn and colleague, of Davonport Interiors with their bespoke cabinet
Beautiful, scented floral arrangements by Nina, of English Country Roses, transformed the showroom and forecourt during the event. Nina grows over 36 different types of scented roses in the wonderful Dedham Vale countryside and offers fresh cut roses, rose petals, posies and wedding arrangements. Discover more here englishcountryroses.co.uk
Wildwing Honey produce award winning, raw unprocessed honey, harvested from ethically managed hives located in the Chelmsford area. Guests were fascinated by their observational bee hive and were also treated to delicious honey tastings by Head Bee Keeper, James Curtis, who has featured on Essex Radio and been involved with ITV’s series, ‘The Durrells’. Find out more here www.wildwinghoney.co.uk
Essex based luxury tap manufactures Perrin & Rowe pitched up with some of their finest wares. Father and sons team, Steve, Philip and David now run the company, which was originally formed by Bob Perrin and Greg Rowe in 1978. Their award winning products are now sold in over 20 companies around the world and can be seen in the most luxurious hotels, spas and homes across the globe. Find out more here www.perrinandrowe.co.uk
Philip and David Cole of luxury and locally manufactured tap company Perrin & Rowe
Now, let’s talk turkey…the finest Essex award winning turkey in fact, raised and produced by Paul Kelly of KellyBronze, just down the road from our showroom in rural Danbury. In 1971, Paul’s father, Derek Kelly started the family business on a plot of land, together with a smallholding in Maldon.
Paul Kelly (left) with Craig Davies, MD Sub-Zero & Wolf UK (right)
Since then, KellyBronze has had a tremendous journey - cited by Delia Smith as the turkey for Christmas in her Happy Christmas book, first published in 1989, endorsed by Jamie Oliver, Derek Kelly receiving an MBE from the Queen and supplying Prince Charles with turkey for his Duchy Originals Organic range. Discover the full story here www.kellyturkeys.co.uk
Two other very local producers who helped to celebrate the best of Essex, were Wicks Manor Pork Sausages, who also farm and grow the crops which feed their pigs, who live in open straw yards www.wicksmanor.com
and the Maldon Brewing Company, who even have a micro pub, the smallest in Essex at 140 Maldon High Street. www.maldonbrewing.co.uk
First established in 1960, Maldon Oysters was originally run as a co-operative between several local fishermen. Now run by David Coward-Talbott and Richard Emans, supplying native and Maldon Oysters of the highest quality to top restaurants in London, across the UK and even further afield.
The area of the Blackwater Estuary where the oysters are sensitively farmed, is now dedicated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This area is also protected and registered under the European Union’s Shellfish Waters Directive, having the distinction of being one of only a very few shell fish growing waters in the UK. You can read the full story of Maldon Oysters here: www.maldonoyster.com
Our Best of Essex 2016 event was enjoyed by around 70 local guests and also helped to raise much needed funds for the Essex and East London charity, Haven House Children’s Hospice, by means of a raffle, which included prizes generously donated by the local producers. www.havenhouse.org.uk
With such a wealth of fantastic produce, people and products, we’re beginning to think perhaps the only way is Essex after all and we are very proud to have had the opportunity to showcase the Best of Essex 2016 at our Sub-Zero & Wolf Maldon showroom.