19 Nov 2013


Every so often I write about Others Who Inspire and I am a big fan of creative people. Tom Green is The Flavour Smith, and the flavours he creates in each dish are exquisite. His cooking really is all about taste. He also has a vision for fine dining experiences that is just that little bit different. Tom Green is a master of the pop-up restaurant. He knows that flavour is the key, but also that the dining experience is just as important. I was lucky enough to nab a seat at one of his events called 'A Night with the Flavour Smith' held recently in Kingsweston House, Bristol. 

It was a dark winter night and Kingsweston house was lit only by candlelight. The Portrait Gallery looked stunning and the atmosphere was very relaxed and also rather exciting. Around 60 guests spent the evening being served fine wine and being presented with wonderful dishes, that not only looked stunning on the plate, but tasted delicious. I shall be keeping an eye out for Tom's next pop-up restaurant, the seats sell out very fast! 

My photographs are very dark, but you will get a feel for the evening by scrolling down. Plus have a look at the menu!

"One cannot think well, love well and sleep well, if one has not dined well
Virginia Woolf  


A Night with The Flavour Smith 

At Kings Weston House 

Canapés and Bubbles 
Goujons of gurnard, sauce tartare 
Smoked duck breast, apple & quackling 
Mushrooms on toast 

2012 Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry DOC, Cantina Colli Euganei SCA, Veneto, ITALY

A selection of beetroot, charcoal and stinging nettle
Bath Harvest Extra Virgin rapeseed oil & apple balsamic 

White Lake goats curd, beetroot, hazelnut & orange 

Kedgeree croquette, sweet curried mayonnaise, Duchy Farm egg, pickled
 sultanas and baby leaves 

Assisette of Westend farm pork, grain mustard pomme purée, leek and apple, Pilton cider sauce 

Chocolate torte, poached quince and smoked sea salt caramel 

An English Baroque Cheese board  
Lord of the Hundreds – Ewes milk, Boydells Farm Timsbury Ash – Goats milk, Mary Holbrook  Waterloo – Cows Milk, Anne and Andy Wigmore Baronet – Cows Milk, Julianna Sedli, Neston Park.  
Accompanied by homemade chutneys and Miller Damsel Biscuits

The Flavour Smith

Bristol based chef Tom Green is the owner of The Flavour Smith. Tom launched The Flavour Smith in 2010 out of the desire to offer the high calibre cooking and service of a top class restaurant, in the comfort and privacy of customers’ own homes or chosen locations. Since the beginning The Flavour Smith has built an outstanding reputation for exceeding expectations; serving beautifully presented mouth watering dishes with an impeccable attention to detail. Within a short period of time, it was evident that those who booked The Flavour Smith for their dinner parties and lunches...wanted that quality of cuisine and service for their larger special events. The Flavour Smith responded to that need and has now developed into a catering service that undertakes catering for weddings, corporate events and large social functions.

Tom is a talented and passionate chef who has been cooking professionally for over 15 years. Working closely with his suppliers to seek out exceptional produce, Tom ensures those ingredients shine through in the dishes he creates. His repertoire encompasses a vast range of styles and cuisines, influenced by his diverse range of experiences, from executing highly refined Michelin Star cookery, to making rustic authentic Italian home cooked food.

At The Flavour Smith we know that your day is special and we will ensure that the food that accompanies your event will be as elegant, as perfectly presented as carefully thought about as befits the occasion.

I have a great love and respect for food; it brings people together, whether they’re friends, families or lovers! Food can make or break a moment; a taste or smell can make you smile when you didn’t think you would or could. I feel privileged to have a job that I love so much.” 

Director/Chef Tom Green 

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11 Nov 2013


One of my on going projects is to design the publicity and advertising for each concert given by a Bristol based orchestra. The orchestra performs three concerts a year in St George's Bristol. On November 16th pianist Nicholas McCarthy will be performing Britten's Diversions on a theme, op. 21. If you would like to buy tickets for this concert, please book HERE (more concert details below).

Concert publicity: A3 Poster - A4 poster - Flyer - Advert - E-Flyer - 12 page Programme

November 2013 Concert Advertisement in The Bristol Magazine

October 2013 Concert Advertisement in The Bristol Magazine

Concert details:
Saturday 16 November 2013

Soloist: Nicholas McCarthy (piano)
Conductor: William Goodchild
Leader: Pamela Bell

Kachaturian - Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia
Britten - Diversions on a theme, op.21 
Mahler - Symphony no. 1

St George's Bristol
St. George's Bristol, Great George Street, off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RRBox Office 0845 402 4001

15 Sept 2013


By Ellie Laycock

I am very pleased that one of my gift wrap designs has been used in this book by Ellie Laycock (Author and owner of Hunted and Stuffed). "Creating the Vintage Look" - 35 ways to upcycle for a stylish home, is out now to buy. My "Kimono" gift wrap design was used for the Crate Bedside Table. The book is full of creative upcycling projects that you can do around your home. Great Christmas present idea too!

About the book:
Discover how to upcycle to make unusual and unique homeware with Creating the Vintage Look. Upcycling is about taking something old, vintage, treasured or possibly even broken, and giving it a new lease of life by turning it into something new. It's a thrifty way of decorating and enhancing your home that avoids waste, but is also stylish. Here, Ellie Laycock shows you how you can make truly beautiful objects from things you might otherwise have thrown away. Be inspired by the ingenuity of her projects - including turning old tin trays into chic magnetic noticeboards, using teapots as quirky planters, transforming a vintage fruit crate into a rustic bedside table and converting metal cheese graters into tea light holders. All of the 35 projects have clear instructions and artworks to guide you on how to make them, and are grouped on a room-by-room basis, plus a helpful techniques section will teach you any skills you need to know.

To buy the book, please click HERE 

To buy the Kimono gift wrap sheets, please click HERE.

3 Jun 2013


For any designers or makers planning events to exhibit at this Autumn and Winter, I am organizing two that may be of interest. Over the month of June I am calling out for people/companies to apply to exhibit at either one or both of the events below (application closing date being the end of June).

* * * * * * CHRISTMAS AT THE ORANGERY * * * * * *

I am looking for Products that are either made or designed by you and are reasonably priced for the Christmas market. I am particularly interested in products that have been made or designed by you, rather than products that have been bought to sell on. 

Request an application form from me via: info@rachelgoodchild.com
 Please watch a short video from 2012 Christmas at the Orangery

Promo Movie by HEWISH MEDIA


* * * * * * PRETTY NOSTALGIC GATHERINGS * * * * * *

Pretty Nostalgic Gathering Pretty Nostalgic

Put on by Pretty Nostalgic, who bring you the stunning magazine. This will be a two day celebration of Brilliantly British Living. Here we are looking for independent companies to apply that make or supply British-made goods or sell Vintage, antique or upcycled goods.

Request an application form from me via: rachel@prettynostalgic.co.uk

Pretty Nostalgic Magazine

24 May 2013


Here is the design for the next The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra concert to be held at St. Georges, Bristol with soloist Romain Lapeyre. The orchestra performs three concerts a year and Ovation Finance are their sponsors. Details of this concert are below. To book tickets, please click HERE.
Concert Poster

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestraconcert advertisement in The Bristol Magazine
 Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra: concert advertisement in the West Country Magazine

Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, June 2013: Concert Poster, Flyer and E-flyer.

A 14 page programme available on the night.

To see the orchestra's website: bristolmetropolitanorchestra.com

1 May 2013


I recently exhibited at the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair in Bristol. The event that has been running for quite afew years now is organised by Ali Cook from Bristol Vintage. The very talented Marie Man took the photographs that day and I would like to share with you these images.

All photography by Marie Man

29 Mar 2013


Vintage goodies

The family recently helped with the sorting out of my mother's vintage clothes collection. This involved going through to see what was inside and making sure each item was repacked in the correct box. Many of these clothes have remained in boxes for many years and are therefore very creased and smelled strongly of mothballs. Before they were packed away again I just had to get a few images of some of the items. The images below are of the clothes, un-ironed, and simply popped on from the box. As the clothes were all small in size I had to used my aughters and nieces to model them for me.

Repairing and naming boxes
Every shelf has wonderful collections
Family members all trying on dresses

1930's dress
1930's lace blouse
1930's pure silk crepe
1950's Halter neck satin ball gown with matching bolero jacket
Mint green lace over dress
1940's crepe dressing gown
Fabric loveliness!
1930's  dressing gown
1930's black Velvet top with flash and split detail
1930's red silk dress - cut on the cross
1950's Cotton Dress with full skirt
1930's satin black jacket over lace shirt
1950's dress pattern

1930's orange crepe dress
1960's dress with cream lace collar
1960's Blue Satin Ball gown
1960's Mini dress with matching Jacket in green and white
1960's embroidered top
1930's silk velvet dress
1970's oriental floor length dress
1940's black Bette Davies dress with beaded design
1960's Mini dress in white with red spots
1950's Cotton velvet Floor length leopard print evening coat

Below are some photographs that were taken using items from the collection, as well as the actual storage room that houses the collection as well. Taken mainly by Rosalind Jana of Clothes Cameras and Coffee and Rosa Fay of Rosa Fay Photography.