An ‘Under the Sea’ immersive dining experience at Brighton’s aquarium has raised £1,700 for charity, writes Nick Mosley.
The event was part of the BITE Sussex programme in August and saw head chef Caspian Armani of Isaac At team up with over a dozen local food and drink producers to create a five course meal presented in different areas of the Sea Life Brighton aquarium.
“The dining experience was testament to the incredible things that can be achieved when we all work together”, said chef Caspian.
“It’s a great honour to get the chance to work with renowned Sussex farmers, fishers and makers; they are all really passionate individuals. We all had a blast and I feel very blessed to have had this opportunity. It was certainly a personal and professional highlight of my career”.
Local wineries, distillers, growers and producers supported the event with bartenders from Brighton’s Gung Ho and The Plotting Parlour helping mix bespoke cocktails.
All the profits from the event have been donated to the Sea Life Trust for their open ocean beluga whale sanctuary that re-homes the marine mammals from aquariums around the world.
BITE Sussex organises regular food and drink events and promotions across the county to put the region on the gastronomic map.
“Special events such as this tie together many elements of our food and hospitality industry”, said Sir Peter Field, chair of BITE Sussex.
“The collaborations are not only good for creating trading relationships within the county’s circular economy but also highlight to locals and visitors the quality of our offering and the creativity and commitment of those working in the sector. Sussex is a great food and drink producing county and that’s something we can all shout about”.
The next BITE Sussex event is the finals of the annual Sussex Rising Stars Awards celebrating the contribution that young people make to food, drink and hospitality in the county. Hosted by BBC Sussex’s Allison Ferns, the invite-only event will be hosted at Brighton Beach House in late November and see finalists aged 26 or under compete in seven categories.
“We’re busy working on our event plan for 2023”, said Nathalie Gomez de Vera, co-director of BITE Sussex.
“Next year we’re focussing on immersive hospitality experiences in unusual spaces across the county, which will allow us to not only promote our BITE partners but also support local charities and visitor attractions. Our first events in the spring will include a Roman feast, a Tudor food tour and something very unusual and exciting underground. We can’t wait to share the details”.
To discover more about BITE Sussex visit www.bitesussex.com