In a city full of epic culinary conquests and knowledgeable foodie inhabitants, the yearn for innovative ways to dine is higher than ever. With Yurts, shipping containers and Lido's providing unique settings for the areas hungriest and most curious - it's clear to see that Bristol is pushing the conventional industry perimeters. Among the long list of credible mentions comes one alternative dining set-up in particular, bringing more to the plate than just the food itself. Yonder Collective was founded in 2015 by young (creative) professional Emma Chapman-Burnett. Her desire to combine fresh ideas and established businesses, with delicious food and desirable settings is what manifested into this visionary brainchild. Along with the help of partner and Creative Consultant, Rebecca Storey - the conception of Yonder has provided an original experience for those who seek more from the normal weekend activity. Despite their relatively short run, the duo have already hosted five of their events - the last of which I attended this weekend. The evening welcomed a collection of local artisans, forward-thinkers and mouth-watering food - all hosted in the artistic and stylish environment of the 'creative quarter' Paintworks. Personalised place settings, atmospheric lighting, beautiful silverware and styled botanics all contributed to the charming aesthetic of the evenings itinerary. Like all other YC events, Emma and Rebecca had carefully chosen an over-arching theme to lead the evening - and with the fast-paces of everyday life a mutual common-ground among guests, 'Pause & Process' seemed a fitting subject matter. Likewise, this motif had been carefully digested by the contributors too - demonstrating the importance of care, precision and mindfulness in all of their produce. In the background of this bustling, yet comfortably sized crowd - Chris and Izzy of Griffett Catering, were busy preparing a fabulous three course menu for us to try. With unique presentation and innovative flavours - this is exactly the type of food you'd expect at a contemporary Bristol pop-up. Guests also had the pleasure of sampling gins from local expert and award-winning barman Danny Walker - one half of the contemporary Psychopomp Distillery on St Michael's Hill. Walker bought along three of his seasonal blends; 'Woden', 'Wooden' and 'Ogmios' - each creatively matched to enjoy alongside our trio of starters. If you're particularly 'sensitive' to straight spirits (like me), there is Fever-Tree tonic and fresh grapefruit on standby to dilute - as well as bio-dynamic wine on tap.
So if you feel your culinary tastes (and industry contacts) are due a refresh, I can recommend sampling one of Yonder Collective's upcoming events. Brimming with talent, style and delicious produce - you'll leave infected with inspiration and positivity all for the reasonable cost of £45.
Thank-you again to Emma and Rebecca for organising such a special evening, and to all of the contributors that showcased their talent:
Psychopomp Miscrodistillery Poppy Sturley, Florist Griffett Catering Maria Bell, Photographer Lucy Toft, Graphic Designer