30 January 2015

New Year, New You - Dining Event at The Light, Leeds

I'll warn you now, I've been making myself so hungry organising the pictures for this post - so if you have a sandwich handy you might want to grab it now! 

I was recently invited along a dining event at The Light in Leeds. I've seen a few posts in the past about previous similar events but have never managed to attend before so was very pleases to finally be able to pop along to one! The idea of the dining events is that you get to visit a different one of the centre's awesome food venues for each course and on this occasion we began our evenings at Browns for pre-dinner mocktails.

dandelion and burdock mocktail

The delightful drink we were provided with was a tasty combination of mint, ginger beer and dandelion and burdock cordial served over ice in a rather fetching tin tankard. It was delicious, and as I'm often driving it's lovely to have so many tasty non-alcoholic drinks available these days as I can only drink so much coke! 

protein brownies leeds

After drinks, we were whisked off to Predator Nutrition for a tasting session. When I was told it would be healthy starters at a nutrition place, I did not expect it to be brownies and ice cream and I couldn't be more pleased! Of course, these were healthier, protein-filled versions of the tasty treats but no less delicious for it.

Predator nutrition leeds treats

We were also given a little tour of the store and introduced to the wide range or products available for fat burning, muscle building or whatever other fitness goals you may aspire to. It may come as no surprise that I had my eye on the healthier versions of various sweet sauces and syrups - less bad stuff in them mean you can have more of it, yum!

low fat sauces

For the main course we headed towards Prezzo for some of their lighter Italian options. I've never been to Prezzo before but I used to live pretty much next door to one when I was a poor university student and always thought they were taunting me with their gorgeous looking food that I could always smell as I walked past on my way to buy my smartprice noodles.

leeds pasta restaurant

Any inkling I might have had that the 'lighter' options would be a waste of a lovely restaurant experience were quickly pushed aside when we were brought out dish after dish of beautiful looking food.

prezzo leeds light options
Pizzas (on a lighter flatbread base), pastas and plenty of salad were all on offer. I didn't try everything (my lifelong aversion to any and all seafood meant I didn't  touch dishes like the crabcakes, salmon pizza and lobster pasta, but I was assured they were all great by my more adventurous companions), but everything I did try was fresh and tasty, bursting with colour and flavour.

prezzo salad menu

prezzo crab cakes
The extra good news is the boyfriend, who usually avoids Italian food like the plague because of his aversion to tomatoes, found plenty he could eat too - which means I might be able to convince him to head back without too much trouble!

leeds light pasta options

italian food leeds

Once we had eaten our fill, it was time to visit Café Rouge for dessert. We were presented with some adorable little mini desserts, including a passionfruit cheesecake and a delightfully oozy chocolate fondant, but the real star for me was the Peach and Champagne Sorbet.

cafe rouge sorbet
This guilt-free treat was the perfect way to end our meal, and I'd definitely go back to Café Rouge just for this (ok, not just for this - they seem to have loads on the menu I'd like to try, but it's a good excuse!)
This was all just a taster of the various dining options at The Light, definitely a good placed to head if you are in Leeds and hungry!
Big thanks to the Light and all the venues mentioned for having us over!
* Meal provided free of charge


  1. Grateful to know about this information on New Year party and dinner. Last December, on the eve of New Year, arranged a dinner party with my friends at one of Chicago event venues. Invited all my friends and had a great time.


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