Sussex Gourmand was born from a love of Bresaola – lean, tasty cured meat that originates from Lombardy in Italy – and a real appreciation for the county’s landscape and wonderful local produce.
“Brighton’s sea air, beautiful downs and forests makes for the perfect place to source wild venison and grass-fed Sussex beef and cure these top-quality, naturally reared meats” says proprietor Liz Wakefield, whose career started at Earls Court Olympia exhibition centres where she co-ordinated private catering and events. She went on to run events, conferences and exhibitions in the UK and Europe and is now a marketing consultant and foodie/artisan.
Sussex Gourmand’s food reflects the landscape around us and is sourced with ethics, sustainability and above all, quality in mind. Everything is bought locally, freshly prepared and we use organic and wild foods wherever possible.
Quality and local provenance sits at the heart of Sussex Gourmand and this was recognised in 2019 when we became a Great Taste producer, having won awards over three consecutive years.
Ethics are important too. People are increasingly turning to venison as an ethical meat, with deer culling vital to the countryside to avoid damaging crops, trees, coppices and woodland bird life. But Sussex beef, naturally reared by local farms play their part too, as grazing maintains the South Downs landscape and wildlife.
Our artisan cured Sussex grass-fed beef and wild venison bresaola is pretty special. Additive-free and naturally cured with hand-harvested, sustainable sea salt, home-grown herbs, spices, hedgerow berries and Sussex gin, it features prominently in our canapé kits, gift boxes and hampers that celebrate the Sussex countryside.
If you’re new to bresaola, you might find our recipes section handy. And if you’re looking for an original food gift of exceptional quality, you can do no better than our Sussex hampers and gift boxes which feature award-winning products made by us and other artisanal producers using traditional methods.
We take great joy from the part we play in gift giving. For us, there is no better present than perfectly matched artisan foods that uniquely celebrate the British countryside.
For bespoke and corporate orders, please get in touch.