Pepper and Spice Workshop and Lunch in Yorkshire: Wednesday 27 September 2017

Date: 27/09/2017
Event Time(s): 11am

Location: Steenbergs Organic, 6 Hallikeld Close, Barker Business Park, Melmerby, Ripon HG4 5GZ and The Alice Hawthorn, The Green, Nun Monkton, York YO26 8EW

Number of places left: 8

Price: £15.00 (Members) and £N/A (non-members)
How to Book: To provisionally reserve a place, please email

Photograph of Steenbergs spices
Axel Steenberg is the man behind Steenbergs, which he set up in North Yorkshire in 2003 to supply the discerning cook with organic teas, herbs, spices and cooking ingredients. All Steenbergs products are packed with flavour and aroma, beautifully presented and most have a fascinating story to tell.

This thriving, friendly family business is committed to Fairtrade, the environment and people. In 2007 it introduced the first Fairtrade and organic vanilla extract to the UK and Europe, and in 2013, the UK’s first Fairtrade saffron. This is also a company that takes its environmental responsibility seriously: it is based in a purpose-built factory near Ripon, which incorporates many eco-friendly features, such as sun pipes and green energy, and is carbon-neutral. ‘Green’ suppliers are chosen wherever possible and all packaging – which is both stylish and functional – is fully recyclable.

Photograph of Axel and Sophie Steenberg
Axel and Sophie Steenberg

This day will begin with a factory tour at 11am then members will travel to The Alice Hawthorn, a cosy rural pub in the picturesque village of Nun Monkton (named after a successful local racehorse). Here Axel will share his expertise with members. He will talk mainly about pepper (of which Steenbergs stocks over 20 varieties), its provenance, true pepper v false pepper and upcoming trends. He will explore some spices that are currently fashionable, such as turmeric and cinnamon, and update members on vanilla, which has been in the news recently. No one knows more about the fast-changing world of seasonings than Axel, so this is a real opportunity to extend your food knowledge and get inspired with new possibilities.

Photograph of The Alice Hawthorn
Lunch will be based around these key ingredients, cooked by chef John Topham (also of The General Tarleton, Ferrensby) and served tapas-style in The Alice Hawthorn’s newly fitted out barn.


Directions: Free transport available to and from York Railway Station, Station Road, York YO24 1AB (picking up at 10am, and returning at 4.30pm). Members need to organise their own travel to / from York Railway Station.

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