Hello

Big Dinner is Matt and Lil, and we're a food and drink consultancy based in Leeds.

We want to help you tell everyone about the great stuff you make and do.

Services

Social Media

Your business needs a voice, and there are thousands of people ready to listen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We can build you an online community that talks back, with content that reaches the right people and keeps them engaged. Whether that means starting from scratch or building a strategy around your digital best bits, we love getting social.

Content

At Big Dinner, we’re big into words: concise, attractive copy for websites and promo material, tasty sounding menus and attention-grabbing email content, alongside eye-catching imagery and everything else you need to fill that scary blank page. We can hook you up with the kind of content customers (and search engines) love, everything from culinary travel guides to gluten-free recipe tips, all tailored to your community.

Branding

It seems like brand is everything in food and drink, but a flashy logo won’t do much good without real personality backing it up. Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and we can turn your bright spark into a living, breathing concept, developing a bespoke tone of voice and working with graphic, web and retail designers to provide everything from vintage shop signage to custom menu typography.

Strategy

There’s no point shouting if no one is listening, so a business model grounded in locality and community is essential. Whether you’re an artisan bakery or a jacket potato shop, we can carry out market research, build customer profiles and craft a communications strategy that grows your business and connects you to all the right people. We love a party, and if you do too we can throw a show-off bash to get you noticed and work with industry PR experts to make a splash in the press.

Training

We can write your tweets and take your photos, but we can also teach you to fish with bespoke training that fits your business and, most importantly, your people. You can bring Big Dinner in for a day’s workshop, or work with us to craft useful, accessible guideline documents for communications, marketing and social media to share with your team.There are so many simple rules that take time to learn, time that you don’t have, so let us give you a hand.

Events

Not all businesses are bricks and mortar, and at Big Dinner we’ve run everything from launch parties to street food markets. If you want to do something a bit different and you need a leg-up, we can provide project management, rustle up a diverse, quality food offer or just give you some top tips. The only thing we can’t sort is the weather.

Styling

You know your food tastes good, but it needs to look good too. Blurry camera-phone pics don’t do anyone any favours, so we’ll refine your visual identity, set up shoots with top photographers and style your food, table and venue. Whether it’s for press, print, your website or Instagram, we’ll get what’s on the plate ready for its closeup.

All of the Above

We've worked with everyone from tiny independent cafés to expanding national chains, and we started our own food festival along the way, so whatever project you have in mind you're in good hands. Whether you’ve got something new to launch or just need your sparkle back, we can tailor a package of services to fit you, your budget and your business.

Services

You got into this business because you love food and drink, right? To cook some great stuff, to pour someone a beer or throw a great party? It’s not always that simple, so we’re here to help you with all the stuff that gets in the way. If you need a bit of a boost getting that party started or a hand with the bits that get overlooked then you need Big Dinner. Take a look at what we can do.

Social Media

Your business needs a voice, and there are thousands of people ready to listen on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. We can build you an online community that talks back, with content that reaches the right people and keeps them engaged. Whether that means starting from scratch or building a strategy around your digital best bits, we love getting social.

Content

At Big Dinner, we’re big into words: concise, attractive copy for websites and promo material, tasty sounding menus and attention-grabbing email content, alongside eye-catching imagery and everything else you need to fill that scary blank page. We can hook you up with the kind of content customers (and search engines) love, everything from culinary travel guides to gluten-free recipe tips, all tailored to your community.

Branding

It seems like brand is everything in food and drink, but a flashy logo won’t do much good without real personality backing it up. Businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and we can turn your bright spark into a living, breathing concept, developing a bespoke tone of voice and working with graphic, web and retail designers to provide everything from vintage shop signage to custom menu typography.

Strategy

There’s no point shouting if no one is listening, so a business model grounded in locality and community is essential. Whether you’re an artisan bakery or a jacket potato shop, we can carry out market research, build customer profiles and craft a communications strategy that grows your business and connects you to all the right people. We love a party, and if you do too we can throw a show-off bash to get you noticed and work with industry PR experts to make a splash in the press.

Training

We can write your tweets and take your photos, but we can also teach you to fish with bespoke training that fits your business and, most importantly, your people. You can bring Big Dinner in for a day’s workshop, or work with us to craft useful, accessible guideline documents for communications, marketing and social media to share with your team. There are so many simple rules that take time to learn, time that you don’t have, so let us give you a hand.

Events

Not all businesses are bricks and mortar, and at Big Dinner we’ve run everything from launch parties to street food markets. If you want to do something a bit different and you need a leg-up, we can provide project management, rustle up a diverse, quality food offer or just give you some top tips. The only thing we can’t sort is the weather.

Styling

You know your food tastes good, but it needs to look good too. Blurry camera-phone pics don’t do anyone any favours, so we’ll refine your visual identity, set up shoots with top photographers and style your food, table and venue. Whether it’s for press, print, your website or Instagram, we’ll get what’s on the plate ready for its closeup.

All of the Above

We've worked with everyone from tiny independent cafés to expanding national chains, and we started our own food festival along the way, so whatever project you have in mind you're in good hands. Whether you’ve got something new to launch or just need your sparkle back, we can tailor a package of services to fit you, your budget and your business.

About

At Big Dinner, food and drink is what we love. We spend our weekends ingredient hunting in chinese supermarkets or engrossed in classic cookbooks. When we got married, our wedding presents were dollars to spend in restaurants and farmers markets on our honeymoon. For us, a good lunch is always the answer.

Lil works with words, with a background in copywriting and social media, but her favourite sentence is “What’s for tea?” She’s written for everyone from large multinational companies to tiny local start-ups, producing great written and visual content with skills honed by her long-running food and lifestyle blog whipuntilfluffy.com.

Matt, on the other hand, hit the road running street food trucks all over the country with the likes of Fish& and Patty Smith’s. He knows what works, and can handle everything from digital marketing to event logistics, all with an eye on customer service and brand personality. He’ll make you a pretty Instagrammable burger too.

Along the way, we started Leeds’ first independent food festival, Leeds Indie Food, marshalling 100 of the city’s finest businesses into two weeks of groundbreaking events and pumping nearly £500k into the local economy.

Big Dinner is just us, combining our passion and expertise to help food and drink businesses grow and communicate. Sounds tasty, right?



Case Studies

  • Leeds Indie Food

    As co-founders of Leeds Indie Food, we're involved in every aspect of the festival from marketing to event organisation. Matt now takes a project management role, co-ordinating over 100 businesses running events everywhere from coffee shops to cinemas and developing the direction of the brand. Lil covers social media, building healthy, engaged communities on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as handling digital and print content.

  • Kellogg’s

    We were approached by Kellogg’s to fulfill a brief for recipe development and high quality social content for a branded microsite. The project involved the development of thirty accessible breakfast recipes tailored to a diverse demographic before delivering styling, photography, social content and short videos for a national online marketing campaign. With a tight timeframe, we were able to provide Kellogg’s with the flexibility and quick turnaround needed to tick all the boxes.

  • BangWok

    After successful residencies in Leeds, BangWok needed a little help opening their first bricks and mortar premises in the city from someone with knowledge of the local market and customer demographic. The London-based street food business required thorough editing and copy development for menus, promotional material and press communications to help convey their no-nonsense, upbeat tone of voice and let their authenticity shine through in a crowded marketplace.

  • Leeds Juicery

    As an independent start-up, Leeds Juicery reached out to us for a tailored consultancy package to help them hit the ground running. We worked alongside Amrit, the founder, in focused sessions to develop the brand through tone of voice and copy alongside social media training for all networks and ongoing business development. With mentoring covering everything from stockists to staffing, we were able to help a great product make a name for itself.

Contact Us

email hello@eatbigdinner.com

phone +44 7817 444 488

social @eatbigdinner

skype eatbigdinner

address
Duke Studios,
3 Sheaf Street,
Leeds LS10 1HD