CaptureFood lovers can go dining in a winter wonderland at a special event in Sunderland this month.

On Friday November 20, the Stadium of Light will be hosting its annual Winter Wonderland Gourmet Night, celebrating the season’s finest ingredients, as well as wines from around the world.

Included in the five course feast, specially designed by the chefs at 1879 Events Management, is a starter of air cured fillet of beef with rocket, celeriac remoulade and blue cheese, as well as a decadent dessert of dark chocolate marquis with macerated cherries and coconut ice cream.

In between, guests will enjoy an intermediate course of green onion risotto with spiced monkfish, a main course of roasted loin of venison with wild mushrooms, game croquette and fondant potato and a selection of regional, British cheeses with walnut bread.

Each dish will be served with a different wine, specifically chosen to complement its unique flavours and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.

Vegetarian options are also available for several courses, including marinated goats cheese and beetroot salad, green onion risotto with pine nuts and butternut squash and wild mushroom pithivier.

Steve Welch, Executive Head Chef at 1879 Events Management, which also manages private and corporate events at National Glass Centre and The Beach House, said:  “There’s a real tendency at this time of year for people to start eating more comfort food.

“We wanted to show that, even as the temperature drops, there’s still a wide range of fresh produce available to help create warming dishes that won’t weigh you down.”

“Pair these with a selection of wines from around the world and it should be a fantastic night.”

Tickets for the Winter Wonderland Gourmet Evening at the Stadium of Light are priced at £54.50 per person.  For more information, or to book, visit www.thestadiumoflight.com, call 0871 911 1555 or email conf&banq@safc.com.