Pia Castleton of The Wild Orchard is a talented chef with a taste for the seasonal and the exotic. She specialises in wedding banquets, celebration feasts and delicious buffet nibbles. Pia also runs foraging workshops and a regular pop-up restaurant in Newcastle, it’s called ‘The Semibreve supper club’.
What to expect
Exciting new flavours; a surprising twist on the seasonal; attention to detail. Whether simple or elaborate, she has a gift for bringing fresh new tastes to seasonal produce.
From the Garden to the Kitchen
“I’m a self taught chef with one foot in the garden and another in the kitchen.
I’m often found in the countryside collecting fantastic wild produce; I’ve foraged and grown vegetables for many years and this is integral to the way I view food. I have an open mind for invention. My dream is to have a forest garden with a restaurant on site: one day I will walk through The Wild Orchard!“
What inspires the food you cook?
“I’m inspired by what grows on our doorstep and by my travels. I look for vibrancy and decadent simplicity. The Moro cookbooks are a huge inspiration, as is Ottolenghi. I like to create dishes in a similar way, layering textures and tastes into their vibrant best.“
“We eat a lot of wild foods at home and veggies from our allotment and garden. My home kitchen is very small! It is piled high with spices and at the moment – demijohns of hedgerow wines are bubbling away – they’ll be Christmas gifts.
I’ve worked from tented kitchens in fields, kitchens in castles and in the woods so I’m adaptable!“
Top tip for getting the most out of a wedding meal
“Choose a menu that incorporates your favourite foods. Small details really add your big day- specially designed preserves and pickles, hedgerow cocktails.
If you’re on a budget, sharing dishes presented at the centre of the table are a great way to bring your guests together and dining this way cuts out a lot of the waiting staff costs whilst bringing people together.“
Taste it for yourself
The semibreve supper club is hosting events in a range of venues across the North East so watch that space!