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Perks Of The Park: Dinner is Served

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The combination of food and music that is so revered by us good guys & gals at Hospital is well documented. With a history of BBQ events and a keen eye for nothing but the finest of foods, this policy is being put into overdrive for Hospitality In The Park with a record breaking 12 different street food vendors.

As commissar of cuisine, it is with great honour, and with a growling gut, that I outline the multitudinous menus that will be on offer come September the 23rd. The first 4 have already been discussed in great detail and if you missed out you can read about them here. But if you’re up to date, then prepare to chow down on some serious knowledge. Reading on empty stomachs is ill advised.

 

DOSA DELI

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The fact a foreign food can be lauded as Britains national dish is a testimony to the quality of Indian dining. Although skipping the Curry this time around, the good folks at Dosa Deli peddle nothing but the finest South-Indian street food. Priding themselves on pushing grub that is healthy, affordable and homemade, they seek to highlight that (without being vegetarians themselves) you don’t always need meat to have a mouth-watering dish for the ages.

For those who may be unaware, the ‘Dosa’, is the Indian take on the crepe. Native to South-India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, these rice and lentil filled crispy pancakes are as delicious are they are simple. However, at Dosa Deli, they have knocked it up another notch. The two staple Dosa you can expect to gorge yourself on will be the ‘Chilli Cheese Dosa Wrap’ – stuffed with Paneer cheese, tomato & roasted channa dhal chutney, fresh red onions and tamarind apple and date chutney. Woi. Following suit but this time Vegan friendly, is the ‘Mysore Masala Dosa Wrap’. Consisting of a stuffed dosa with potato masala, garlic peanut and chilli crumble and fresh red onions. Woi-oi-oi.

Healthy, hearty and guilt-free. This is the way to do Indian street food.

 

THE CHEESE TRUCK

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We in the UK love our cheese. We may not quite have the precision of Parisians or the instinct of Italian cheese makers, our love is arguably more so in the form of appreciation over creation. However, these guys are the exception to the rule. With cheese festivals and markets as a staple in the capital and beyond (we even roll cheese down hills in the more remote regions of England) it is no wonder that some dairy delectation is on the cards.

As one of the youngest amongst our vendors at only 3 years old, the Cheese Truck has cemented itself as the finest dairy distributor in the game. Within 2 years it is estimated a total twenty tonnes of cheese has been shifted, constituting over 100,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. Dairy I guess how many more will be sold? Now, as cheesey as that pun was, it pales in comparison to the rich, creamy, cheesy goodness dished out by these smooth operators.

From Glastonbury to Dubai, the Cheese Truck is dedicated to distributing nothing but the best of British cheese, working closely with traditional and thoughtful farms to provide nothing but the finest Britain has to offer in the ever expanding world of cheese. Far from your standard cheese toasties, you can expect fantastic fillings such as ‘Keens Cheddar, Ogleshield & Onion’ (with option of Bacon), ‘Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Bacon & Pear Chutney’ (I do say), ‘Rosary Goats Cheese, Honey, Walnut & Rosemary Butter (Oosh) and ‘Queso Chihuahua Cheese, Spicy Chorizo & Rocket’ (Ay Chihuahua!).

The salivation is strong with this one.

 

EARLS

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A repeat offender at Hospital shows now. When a festival sandwich is hailed by Foreign Beggars and London Elektricity as one of the best cheese-steaks they’ve ever had, you know you’re in for one hell of a treat. Formed by a student of Jamie Oliver’s cooking school, this saucy sandwichery is focused on fusion and freshness. Combining classical dishes with contemporary flair, expect heaven in an artisan bun.

Now aside from sanctified sandwiches, they also deliver chicken wings that are so devilishly delicious, they have been entered into the UKs annual best chicken wing competition. The description by Dub Phizix’s hypeman of choice Strategy as ‘A slap in the face that comes from a place of preparation and love’ is, we believe, very high praise when it comes to hot wings. Nobody wants a plain wing, and everyone wants to feel loved. At Earls, you get it all.

With other food creations such as the ‘Kim Wrong Un’, ‘Ho Chi Mi’,  ‘Erdogant do Meat’ and the classic ‘Hoxton Cheesesteak’, the creative pizzazz is matched only by the culinary excellence that is imposed by every member of the Earls family. My dream is an Earls on every corner and a sandwich for every child. Viva La Cheesesteak.

 

LE BUN

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Firing out fusion on all cylinders yet again, this time we have the French-American burger behemoths that are ‘Le Bun’. Coming to the conclusion that French and American cuisine wasn’t as different than originally assumed, Andy Taylor and Tim Talbot joined forces and were swiftly picked up by the Times, Channel 4 and Sky 1 for their refreshing and exciting take on classic American dishes. Time Out deemed them as ‘Londons best street food traders’, Buzzfeed decreed them as the ‘Best burger in London’ and they were hailed as the ‘best truffle dish’ in London by the Evening Standard.

High praise, I am sure you will all agree. But what is it exactly that makes this burger joint so special. I mean, how exotic a burger can one create? A question, that Le Bun, has put to rest permanently.

Par exemple: ‘Le Bourguignon Bun’ consists of Beef shin, bourguignon glaze, bacon salt, truffle mayo, champagne slaw and all sits inside a brioche bun. Not your cup of tea? How about ‘Le Club’ an amalgamation of confit chicken, slow roasted tomatoes, bacon salt, gem lettuce, avocado, citrus maple dressing and truffle mayo, once again all resting inside a perfect brioche bun. Hot Dogs, Wings, Fried Chicken and Waffles, Tartiflette and even more Canapés. Bun the rest, get the best.

The menu is so extensive and so opulent that it was incredibly difficult to choose those two items to hype up, so why not just look at the entire menu here. I am making it my personal objective to try everything on the menu at least once or die trying. A noble cause if there ever was one.

And there you have it. Dinner is served. A multi-dimensional dining bonanza fit for the gods. The perfect accoutrement to the spectacular set of artists and DJs poised to play this years HITP, it is beyond all shadow of a doubt. So why not treat yourself to some of the finest music and food the nation has to offer and come down to Finsbury Park on September 23rd.

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Words Ed Priest

Posted 27th June 2017 in Blog, Features

Bristol BBQ XL: Big Bites

We here at Hospitality are as obsessed with food as we are with drum & bass, perhaps even more so…Anyone who has attended our BBQs, or our day festivals, will know all too well that the level of quality that goes into the dining options for our ravers is never overlooked.

Seeing as we are going XL this time around, we felt it prudent to ensure equally massive food vendors got involved in creating the perfect outdoor party. Great music, great food. If that doesn’t guarantee a good time, then there’s something wrong with you.

 

 

BAGEL BOY

First up is one of Bristol’s finest establishments. If you want some circular doses of heaven, there is no place better within the city and beyond. We are, of course, talking about Bagel Boy! With over 4 locations in and around Bristol, they’ve generated a demand for bagels like which we have never seen before, and upon just a single taste, you will see why.

With over 30 different options, ranging from the classic salt beef to everything else and beyond, therewill undoubtedly be a bagel for you. Priding themselves on locally and ethically sourced ingredients and baking all their bagels fresh and in-house, this stringent policy doesn’t stop at the food either. To accompany the rich tapestry of food they provide, you can find yourself guzzling down some of the West Countrys finest craft ciders and beers, they also have their very own coffee..

 

BURGER BEAR

Joining this south-west staple will be one of the capital’s finest burger joints. Hailing from London and heading down south for our XL BBQ will be none other than ‘Burger Bear’. Famed for their quality food and on point musical selections, this London eatery has earned an exalted status for big beef burgers and delicious disco beats. Both of which together I think we can all agree is a strong combination.

 

Available across the city, north, south or east, the level of quality is consistent wherever you go. Be it at the famed magic roundabout in Old Street station, or the infamous (and brilliantly named) Stokey Bears, to the Old Nuns Head in Peckham, Burger Bear has you covered. It’s for this reason that we orchestrated this great beefy exodus from London to Bristol to cater for the appetites of so many revelling ravers. Menu options include the Quarter Panda, the Koala, and the Grizzly bear amongst other beasty delights. You’ll be growling for seconds.

 

STONE BAKED 

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Although often a rare sight at a BBQ, Pizza remains one of the most certified party foods. With the grills covered, we thought it best to stretch out the dough and deliver some saucy and cheesy goodness to compliment our BBQ stations. If you’ve ever had a high-grade pizza at a festival, it’s most likely that these guys were the people behind the salvation of your hunger. Authentic wood fired and stonebaked pizzas accompanied with a myriad of toppings, it’s simply the perfect combination and you can enjoy them all with some of the best tunes around.

Making appearances at festivals and events across the UK, Stone Baked was born through like-minded individuals die hard love of pizza and parties, and a desire to see the two combined

I think we can all agree that the food available at the Bristol BBQ is going to be off the chiz-iz-ain and to avoid missing out on all this delectation and delight, make your way to Motion on Saturday 10th of June to hear some banging D+B and jungle along too, satisfying both taste and ear buds. Get involved, you’re stomach and dancing shoes won’t forgive you if you don’t.

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Words Ed Priest

 

Posted 31st May 2017 in Blog, Features

Locked In The Dock: Food for Thought

Festivals across the world are renowned for being a multi-faceted hybrid of amazing music, sterling production and of course, fantastic food. Now we here at Hospital are all huge foodies and anybody who’s been to one of our Midsummer BBQs at Studio 338 or Hospitality In The Park will know that we come correct with both the beats and the bites.

 

EARL’S SANDWICHES

First up in our smorgasbord of culinary delights at Hospitality In The Dock is our resident cheese steak guru Earls. Now this sandwich stop and all round eatery has become a personal favourite of our commander-in-chief Tony Colman, and we can definitely see why. Heralded as ‘next level’ and the best food Mr Elektricity has ever eaten at a festival before, this street stall turned restaurant has cemented itself within the higher echelons of the London sandwich community. No easy feat I’m sure you’ll all agree. 

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Earl’s owes its creation to Joe Gray, a graduate from Jamie Oliver’s cooking school and a man who has always taken inspiration from street food. Drawing from multiple cultures and cuisines for his menu, you can expect to see subs loaded with Korean buttermilk fried chicken along with pulled pork atop a deep fried mac ’n’ cheese patty. Each, of course, served with their respectively unique sauces. However, it is Earls signature dish, the one that earned the everlasting respect of Mr Elektricity, that deserves the utmost attention: The Hoxton Cheesesteak.

Seeking to transform the Philadelphia staple, Mr Gray gave this east coast classic a little London razzle-dazzle. The killer combo consists of a mouth-watering medley of thinly sliced seared bavettee steak accompanied with some oozily igneous Provolone cheese. Whack in some sweet confit onions, a handful of some pickled chillies, cover it in Earl’s signature bun sauce and hold it together in an artisan sub roll, and there you have it. Très magnifique!

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With free range flesh and artisan breads all with a host of spectacular sauces, it is not just us who have been overwhelmed by the brilliance of this establishment. Rapper and Dubstepper Pavan Mukhi (Foreign Beggars) also rated this establishment as the best around. With other reviews such as ‘It’s like sex in and around my mouth’ you know you can believe the hype with this one. Located on Earls Street in-between Liverpool Street & Shoreditch High Street stations, if you can’t wait until the Docks (and we don’t blame you) be sure to head on over and give it a little taste. We know you won’t be disappointed.

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PULL & PUNCH

Alongside Earls will be the infamous London-based pop-up Pull & Punch, a vendor dedicated to the low and slow flavours of traditional American BBQ, so expect pulled pork and brisket a’plenty among other BBQ classics. However, they are not your run of the mill BBQ joint, these slow cooked street food staples are imbued and served with a host of different spices, including Korean Kimchi, South Indian Sorpotel, Cherry Wood and even Coconut. A significant step beyond the standard BBQ spread we feel…

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Pull & Punch is the product of a perfect partnership between chef Rich Eversden and bartender Adam McGurk. With a host of experience between these two professionals, it is no surprise that Pull & Punch has the supremely sterling reputation that it does. But if you thought the delights of this pop-up paradise were limited to only food, how wrong you would be.

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Aside from delivering devastatingly delicious food, the Pull & Punch crew also provide a vast array of specialist cocktails. Designed in conjuncture with the unique menu, these alcoholic infusions include; Bourbon Coffee, Cardamom & Treacle Pino Noir and Liquorice & Pomegranate Rose. These kooky cocktails alongside the rich and aromatic meats purveyed by Pull & Punch leave them, in our books, a tour de force of all things culinary. Unfortunately, there is no fixed location for Pull & Punch, and can thus appear out of nowhere, at any time, in any place. So, why risk missing out on the chance to try some of their spicy and smokey treats on the 14th of April at Hospitality In the Dock? You never know where they could strike again…but to be on the safe side, we’d head down anyway.

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THE MARKET GRILL

Next up on our crusade of fine festival cuisine we have The Market Grill, a family owned street food vendor dedicated to producing the freshest and tastiest grilled food for all manner of occasions ‘promoting good vibes and great food’. Can’t argue with that. The Market Grill was born after founder Steve (a cabbie at the time) noticed there simply wasn’t enough quality and affordable food around London in 2008, just as the street food renaissance was blossoming into the New Food Order whirlwind that we are all so enthralled by today.

You can find The Market Grill at Merchant Square on Thursdays where they now run the bi-weekly market ‘Crave’ on Tuesdays & Thursdays. But how did they launch themselves into the forefront of the London street food scene I hear you ask? Surely a grill is just a grill? Wrong. This family run joint pioneered a new way for all things grilled with their famous, neigh, legendary surf & turf wrap. Consisting of succulent Rib-eye steak, king prawns, shredded lettuce, fresh chopped salsa, and skinny slaw all dressed with roasted garlic and tarragon butter. This is no mere wrap, this is a wrap that could reduce Edesia herself to break down in tears of garlic and tarragon infused bliss.

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On top of that their wrap selection includes a handful of other delectable treats including the aptly named ‘G-Wrap’ featuring Peri Peri chicken, grilled halloumi & chorizo with the same salad & slaw treatment but this time accompanied by a lemon and pepper mayo. However, if wraps aren’t your thing the ‘G’ comes in burger form alongside the burger demigod that is TMGs: Bacon Cheese Burger, consisting of smoked streaky bacon, creamy Monterey jack cheese sitting atop a 100% hand rolled British beef mince patty. Go on, it would be rude not to…. Now if that wasn’t enough, The Market Grill features a choice of sweet potato or regular fries for the side, and a separate breakfast menu for those early morning munchies, featuring the classic full English bap alongside a top quality butchers sausage roll (or Egg roll’s for the veggies).

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I think we can all agree that The Market Grill has proved themselves as going above and beyond the remit of the typical ‘grill’. With both an amazing menu and a regular location you can frequent, this fun family owned establishment will satisfy both your needs for hunger and happiness, and we cannot wait to get a taste of them at the dock.

Featuring the best in Sandwiches, BBQ and Cocktails, there is set to be something for everyone and you’d be very much the fool to miss out on the food that we have on offer at the Dock. Oh yeah, there’s also some pretty good music there as well… Tickets are on sale now, don’t sleep! 

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Word by Ed Priest

Posted 22nd November 2016 in Blog, Features