Getting stuck in

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Getting stuck in

New initiative promotes Glasgow's fine dining and Slow Food restaurants.

Get your tastebuds ready for the launch of Gourmet Glasgow, which offers a rich platter of culinary delights in conjunction with Scotland with Style. The event will celebrate the city's fine foods and restaurants, with over 50 eateries offering special events, promotions and set menus this month at special prices. Highlights include a shellfish evening at Gamba, a supper club event at Michael Caines, gourmet nights at JT Rochead, a wine flight evening at Red Onion and a cookery demonstration at Catch 22.

David Maguire, chief executive of the Glasgow Restaurateurs Association, said he hoped the annual month-long programme would change any preconceived ideas people had about the city: 'Glasgow is a leading world destination and our restaurants reflect the city's cosmopolitan offering. The image of the deep-fried Mars bar is so far from what's actually on offer and Gourmet Glasgow is one of the many ways we are helping to promote the city's much more stylish restaurant offerings.

'Glasgow's restaurants will showcase some of the best produce available and five of the city's most noted restaurateurs talk about what's hot in Glasgow just now.'

John Quigley, chef and patron of Red Onion added that the events were a great way of responding to current trends: 'We've noticed a growing number of people asking us about the origins of their food, partly because they want to support local producers and partly to lower their carbon footprint. This is reflected in the seasonal menus which most restaurants are now beginning to offer. With the current economic climate people are looking for value for money.'

Organisers said they were keen to add new elements to the programme and are planning to capitalise on the current demand for Slow Food, as seen in local bistros, such as Glasgow's Fifi and Ally. Liam Bedwell from the restaurant said: 'Slow Food is about using sustainable fresh organic produce, working with nature rather than against. With Glasgow's reputation for different foods and styles of cooking, I have no doubt this will turn into a great, regular night.'

Full details of events and booking options can be found at www.graonline.co.uk

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