Little was left of our new range of foods!
Last week proved to be an extremely busy week here at the Isle of Skye Baking Company and it all kicked-off with our evening of food and art last Monday. The night gave us the opportunity to offer our visitors a chance to try out some of the fantastic new deli products we have added to our shop. It also marked the opening of Marion Boddy-Evans’ new exhibition, ‘Flow’, which attracted a lot of interest too.
Our new double-pate platters
We were delighted that our new selection of fantastic cheeses, homemade chutneys, olives, herring, venison chorizo, spiced nuts, exotic snacks and the rest of the food we served went down a storm, so-much-so that we were searching for some leftovers to have a nibble ourselves at the end of the night. Our range of new pates from Wales, which we are using as the centre-piece in a brand-new platter, also seem to hit the spot.
From our perspective the evening was a great success and it was nice for us to get a chance to speak to so many people and see them enjoying the food, while also receiving some informal feedback and suggestions on the exciting new products we are selling. Upstairs in the Skyeworks Gallery, Marion was kept busy too but also seem to enjoy herself as her exhibition drew in a captive audience. Her new work has already sparked a great response and the paintings had barely been hung on the walls before the first few sales were secured, with one of the buyers coming from as far afield as America.
Marion mingling during the opening of her new exhibition ‘Flow’
With a combination of the Easter weekend and Skye Live also taking place, it was certainly a case of all hands to the deck. It was great to see so many people about on the island and there was real buzz as the busy season begins to get under way. The Kitchen staff worked relentlessly to ensure that not only did we have enough produce for the café, but also to sate the appetites of the sizeable crowds attending the inaugural music festival on the island. Our new staff in the kitchen, front of house and upstairs in the gallery have fitted in seamlessly and played a big part in guaranteeing that everything continues to run smoothly, even if we were all shattered by the end of the week!
Christine enjoying a laugh with a few visitors during a busy yet enjoyable evening
Christine had a whale of a time at Skye Live, as she aided Barry in bringing our bread to the music masses. She met a wide variety of people during the two-day music extravaganza and enjoyed soaking up the party atmosphere.
Christine soaks up the atmosphere at Skye Live, while Barry tries a novel camouflage approach to selling.
Thanks go out to Paul the Oysterman and his wife Mags from the Oyster Shed in Carbost, who added a taste of Skye seafood to the evening with their oyster-counter. The oysters were a great addition and a hit with those who attended. Also thanks to the guys from Skye Live, who we had the pleasure of collaborating with last week, it was great to see so many visitors for the first year of what will hopefully be a regular festival, well done guys!