15 Jan 2018
Imago Venues puts local suppliers at heart of food and beverage offering
Imago Venues is focusing more closely on local producers as it develops its food and beverage offering. Imago, who provides catering for many events and conferences across campus, aims to bring people and individuality to the heart of their company, as it delivers the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction.
“Our ethos is one of community and collaboration. We want to work with people who are passionate about what they do and a great way to achieve that is to seek out local suppliers, build relationships and develop our offering in line with what they can provide,” comments Emma Boynton, head of sales and marketing at Imago Venues.
“This focus on the local means our chefs truly understand the produce they are working with. They can build it into their recipes and deliver great, seasonal dishes that excite our event attendees. From the beverage point of view, it means we can work directly with the producers and offer high quality drinks with a point of difference.”
In particular, Imago Venues currently uses the Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Company’s traditionally-made Red Leicester cheeses, frequently paired with bread from the Hambleton Bakery based in Exton, Rutland. The team are working hard to build relationships with local companies and truly understand the goods being supplied.
On a more international level the Surtiswad Family Caterers are local partners capable of providing authentic Indian food when required, whilst Leicestershire-based Rossa Ice Creams round off the dessert offering.
Beverages are also an important and often overlooked part of the catering offering at a venue, which is why Imago Venues places so much value in their choice of suppliers. These include: award-winning wine producer Rothley Vineyard, based five miles from Loughborough; Charnwood Brewery beer; and Burleigh’s Gin, carrying the same name as Imago Venues’ flagship hotel on campus.
Imago Venues brings together Loughborough University’s conference and events venues under one brand.