allmanhall partner with Mill Hill and the ISBA to host Independent Education Caterers’ Forum

On 22 April, food procurement experts allmanhall partnered with Mill Hill and the ISBA to facilitate a chance for independent education caterers to meet, to share ideas and to network. It’s been a long time since this has been feasible and the opportunity was welcomed!

“A very enjoyable day and a great chance to meet up after such a long time. The talks were relevant and helpful and the hospitality was outstanding.”

After a superb breakfast spread laid on by Mill Hill’s catering team, allmanhall’s procurement director, Mike Mike dived straight into a talk on Sustainability. The role of caterers in achieving positive change was explored. Carbon assessment platform, Foodsteps was demoed, showing how it can help schools measure and reduce their emissions. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact allmanhall directly as they have just agreed an exclusive partnership with Foodsteps to make the tool available to in-house catering teams in independent education settings.

After coffee and more incredible refreshments, allmanhall’s Hayden Hibbert and Ivor Richards, both previous independent education caterers themselves, shared trends in food innovation. They emphasised the importance of changing trends and an understanding of pupils’ eating habits when developing school menus and provided some real inspiration.

Lunch saw Mill Hill treating the many guests to an plethora of dishes, embodying of the essential role of considerations around dietary needs and allergens. Many were blown away by the broccoli – an example of how a humble and simple ingredient can be elevated with some clever cheffing skills!

Food procurement expert allmanhall’s managing director, Oliver Hall, followed lunch with a presentation about food inflation. This is hugely relevant at present, as we know, and on many of the guests’ minds. More on this can be seen here.

Rachael Venditti from allmanhall then wrapped things up with a presentation on Dietetics and Nutrition, sharing the worrying picture surrounding children’s wellbeing. As well as Natasha’s Law, Rachael delved into topics such as The National Food Strategy, which you can read about here.

“The event was enjoyable – in particular,

the chance to network with other schools.”

If you’d like more information about Foodsteps, exclusively available through allmanhall to independent education inhouse catering teams, or for more information on any of these topics, contact

 Alternatively come and speak to the allmanhall team on stand 128 at the ISBA Conference in Birmingham later this month!

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