An evening at Chilli Banana

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Chilli Banana bloggers evening & what a night it was! I actually live just 5 minutes from the Liverpool venue on Lark Lane & had been once before for takeout so simply jumped at the chance to attend.

If you aren’t familiar with Chilli Banana, it’s a successful chain of 6 Thai restaurants situated across the North West – Liverpool and Cheshire/Greater Manchester.

It was actually one of my first evenings of this type, you show up & basically have dinner with a bunch of people you’ve never met. Sounds crazy right? The thing about bloggers is – they are a friendly bunch & love to talk. You soon realise you are all part of this social media community and have lots in common. I soon realised I had nothing to worry about!

I arrived and was given a warm welcome by  restaurant entrepreneur  May Wakefield herself, and the Pink Media girls ( who are all just super lovely). I was handed a rather delicious cocktail made with elderflower & gin & garnished with lemon grass. It was so refreshing and went down a treat in the scorching weather of last week (sun please come back).

May was happy to talk me through the interior styling of the restaurant and the thought process behind it.

To kick start the evening we enjoyed some delicious sharing appetizers on our tables. This was a great ice breaker – all tucking in & giving our thoughts!

May then gave us a mini master class & showed us how to whip up a quick and easy summer salad. She also talked about her love of food and cooking and described her childhood – an inquisitive child trying out her first taste of cooking in the family home.

We then enjoyed a number of delicious courses (I think the pictures speak for themselves). A real taste sensation! All of the ingredients are local with herbs and spices shipped in on a regular basis.

At the end of the evening we were surprised with signed copy of May’s fantastic new cook book. There are over 50 recipes to create! This now has pride of place on my kitchen shelves. You can purchase the book here.

And for those of you that prefer more hands on teaching, May also holds a regular Master class!

As a huge fan of Thai cuisine, I simply can’t wait go back! If you are North West based or visiting I highly recommend checking out Chilli Banana, Liverpool. Indulge in an evening of May’s traditional home cooking & treat yourself to some delicious cocktails.

This evening was kindly gifted to me, however I am under no obligation to post & as usual all views/opinions are my own.

A huge thank you to May, the staff at Chilli Banana Liverpool & the pink media team.

Until next time, L X


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