Special Commendation and Finalist at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards

It was time for celebration for Good Highland Food on Friday October 24th as the company were awarded Special Commendation under the Best Eatery Award category as well as Finalist for the Best Marketing Initiative at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards 2014 and at the same time celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the founding of the company.


On the night, the judges gave special recognition to Good Highland Food’s commitment to the use of local produce and fantastic testimonials from customers under the Best Eatery category whilst the Company only narrowly missed out on the Best Marketing Initiative award – which recognised the most innovative marketing campaign of 2014 and was presented to Dalwhinne Distillery.


Speaking following the awards Good Highland Food director, Mike Crook added: “To have been given special recognition at the awards by our peers means a lot to myself, Yvonne and our team who have helped us earn a reputation of which we are proud. When we started Good Highland Food a decade ago we had a small team but a big passion for the Highlands and all the great local produce on offer. Since then we have witnessed a real local food revolution, evidenced by the number of great food and drinks producers present here tonight, and also the evolution of our business from being just a caterer with a focus on the Highland larder to now planning weddings, major events and bespoke experiences (and much more) in some of the Highlands’ most unique venues.”


Good Highland Food was founded in 2004 by Mike and Yvonne Crook who between them have over 40 years experience working in catering, hospitality and marketing in the Highlands.


The couple had previously managed the café at Balnain House, the home of Highland music, where they developed a menu serving good local food and ceilidh nights in the Summer for tourists as well as comedy nights. They also ran the Eden Court restaurant before using their experiences to found Good Highland Food.


In its early years Good Highland Food initially prepared and delivered gourmet ready meals, such as Highland Estate Venison Casserole, to self catering apartments in the Cairngorms National Park but the company has now grown and regularly services over 30 leading Highland venues including Achnagairn House, Dalcross Castle, Jacobite Cruises, Glenfiddich Distillery and many more, always with a focus on the great Highland produce from ‘Nature’s finest larder’.


While Mike Crook’s passion for sourcing and cooking the finest Highland produce has seen the company grow year on year, Yvonne Crook’s passion to promote the Highlands and tell the local story has seen the company expand from being a dedicated outside caterer to being the go-to company for arranging a bespoke Highland event or experience – with a string of testimonials from satisfied customers to attest to the fact.


Good Highland Food’s insistence on using the best local produce in its menus and outside catering has seen it build an enviable reputation for quality. Building on that reputation and to meet the increasing demand from clients for the company to not just cater events but to source venues, manage events and plan weddings, last year Good Highland Food embarked on a major expansion that saw the birth of the Good Highland Company to oversee a number of new business areas: Good Highland Weddings, Good Highland Events, Good Highland Hampers as well as the existing Good Highland Food brand.


Due to subsequent demand from clients, both private and corporate, the company latterly added Good Highland Experiences to its brand portfolio with a focus on creating bespoke Highland experiences for groups in and around, or visiting, the Highlands.


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