The Guild organizes a wide variety of events for both its members and the wider public.
From right: Guild members Anjum Anand and Thane Prince with guest at
Workshop on Pop-Up Restaurants at Pip's Barn on 10 May 2012
For members there are regular workshops on a wide area of interest, from in-depth demonstrations of particular cuisines at restaurants to talks on tax issues and visits to farms and artisan food manufacturers. Numbers permitting, members can take guests to such workshops. Once or twice a year we also organize subsidized lunches at restaurants of note to welcome new members who have just joined the Guild.
Apart from our AGM and our annual awards, which are now held to be the premier food-writing-related awards in the UK (see Awards
), we also organize an autumn event, which can take the form of a talk or lecture, usually coupled with a dinner. In recent years, we have been addressed by distinguished food notables as varied as Jeanette Orrey, THE dinner lady; Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation at York University and Dr Tom Pickerell, National Shellfish Development Officer; and Richard Wrangham, Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University, author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human
. Most recently, in October 2011, our guest speaker was Nathan Myhrvold, co-author with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
and in 2012 noted Guild member Elizabeth Luard, in conversation with fellow member Bee Wilson, discussed some of her food experiences in Spain and other parts of Europe and the world.