Tuesday, 23 May 2017

White Asparagus' Residency at The Cuckoo in N1


White Asparagus, led by Head Chef Sebastian Delamothe will be in residence in the kitchen of The Cuckoo in Hemingford Road, N1 until 25th June 2017.  Expect a German cuisine, with the in-season white asparagus playing a starrng role in dishes, from this chef who has previously worked in Michellin-starred restaurants like La Vie in Osnabruck.  Serving Thursdays to Sundays - this looks spectacularly good!

"This May, The White Asparagus invites you to an exploration of the diverse cuisine of Germany in their newest residency at Islington’s favourite gastro-hub, The Cuckoo N1.
Led by Head Chef Sebastian Delamothe, The White Asparagus celebrates the short but starring role of its eponymous ingredient in Germany’s rich and subtle cuisine. For just a few weeks every spring, Delamothe’s second-generation, family-owned farm ‘Neu Wendorf’ in Mecklenburg Vorpommern floods the region with this refined cousin to our own native green breed.
The White Asparagus’ residency is perfectly timed to correspond with this season and Delamothe’s menu demonstrates a reverence for the freshest ingredients. The starring ingredient, Delamothe’s white asparagus, will arrive on guest’s tables couriered directly from the farm. The menu, which ranges from small to large plates, will include Neu Wendorf Pate, with cumberland sauce; panfried stonebass with curry butter; morel and mushroom ragout and onglet with nettle sauce. House specials will include Grandma Inge’s White Asparagus Soup; Bratkartoffeln [buttery potatoes fried with onions], as well as tonnes of white asparagus. 
After three years traversing the world in superyacht kitchens and Michelin starred establishments such as La Vie [3*], Sebastian Delamothe has now returned to London with both feet and much imagination planted firmly on dry land. Delamothe’s fascination with foraged ingredients, many locally picked on London’s own Hampstead Heath, comes hand in hand with a passion for pickling and preserving; expect to see elements of these in daily changing specials. With 8 sold out Supper Clubs already in 2017, Delamothe highly anticipated The White Asparagus residency will not disappoint."

When - Until 25th June 2017
Thursday – Friday, 18.00 – 22.00,
Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00 & 18.00 – 22.00,
Sunday 12.00 – 16.00.

Where - The Cuckoo N1, 115 Hemingford Rd, London, N1 1BZ

Bookings: Email nima_cuckoo@suttonvale.co.uk

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Oxalis' Summer Residency at Platform 1 in East Dulwich


Oxalis - comprising talented young chefs  Nick Ross and Max de Nahlik - are now in residence at Platform 1, the 'permanent pop-up' restaurant in Lordship Lane, Dulwich, which has regular guest chefs for several months at a time.  Expect British produce cooked with a fine dining twist, including Onglet Steak with Beetroot Miso, Carrot and Herbs.  Serving Thursday to Sunday; can't wait to visit this one!

"This summer will see the talented duo Nick Ross and Max de Nahlik come together to launch Oxalis London at Platform 1 restaurant in East Dulwich.
The pair have worked together in the past at various venues across London and felt inspired to create a concept together having realised their joint love of British produce and the finesse of French cooking techniques.
Nick's background is working in French fine dining and has worked at world renowned restaurants including Café Boulud, Toronto and Merchants Tavern, London. Max's background is in seasonal British ingredient led dining having trained at Leiths School of Food and Wine as well as under Peter Weeden at Newman Street Tavern, Bel Air and Foley’s Test Kitchen.
The menu that have created derives inspiration from great British produce and producers with a fine dining twist. Dishes will include, Asparagus Tortellini with 3 Cornered Garlic and an Onglet Steak with Beetroot Miso, Carrot and Herbs. For Dessert, an Apple Sorbet with Poached Rhubarb and Biscuit Crumb.
Max worked with Chloe Gounder-Forbes, owner of Platform 1, at The Shed where they formed a bond and so when Chloe invited them to cook for the summer residency at Platform 1 they jumped at the chance. 
Max said, “we wanted to start something of our own that we thought could be exciting for our customers and challenge ourselves. Platform 1 provides a perfect setting to do this and the freedom to experiment”"

When - From mid-May to end of September 2017
Thursday & Friday: 6 - 10.30pm
Saturday: 12 - 4pm & 6 - 10.30pm
Sunday: 12 - 4pm

Where - 71 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8EP

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VINtwined's English Wine Pairing Supperclubs in Clerkenwell


VINtwined is on a mission to educate us about British wines, and is holding a month of supperclubs at The Clerkenwell Kitchen to do just that, as part of The Evening Standard's London Food Month. It's happening on Wednesday to Friday evenings from 1st - 30th June, and tickets are just £45, which gets you a welcome drink, then 3 courses plus paired wines.  It's bound to be popular!

"English wine is so popular right now, and for good reason too; there is some cracking stuff right on our doorstep. VINtwined founder, Neil Deacon, has been out exploring our own vineyards to uncover the best and most culinary inspiring wines the UK has to offer – and there are some corkers! In true VINtwined style, we have created dishes based on the inspiration provided by these wines to bring you the ultimate tasting experience. What’s more, because the wine is local we thought we would go local with the food too. That’s why we are using as much as possible from as close by as possible; including produce from within the M25
So join us for a fun/wine fuelled evening of oenological and culinary delights as Neil guides you through the wines and food pairings. Only awesome people allowed, so whether you are alone or in a group you are guaranteed to have a great time in fantastic company."

When - 1st - 30th June 2017
Weds - Friday evenings at 7pm

Where - The Clerkenwell Kitchen, 27-31 Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0AT

Tickets - £45 from Design My Night here

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The 'Waste' Dinner at Plot in Tooting, Raising Money for The People's Fridge


Love this!  The 'Waste' Dinner is a one night 4 course feast taking place on Tuesday 30th May at Plot restaurant in Tooting Broadway Market, where all the dishes will be made from produce that would have otherwise been thrown away, with 10% of the ticket price going to support The People's Fridge, the fridge where anyone can go and take leftover food collected from the nearby stores.  Tickets are just £45, and there are two sittings, at 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

"Plot, the British small plates restaurant in Tooting’s Broadway Market, will join forces with food charity, The People’s Fridge, for a one off ‘waste’ dinner made with produce, which would otherwise be thrown away, from their suppliers. In line with the growing trend for repurposing ‘wasted’ food in the UK, the kitchen will create a special menu and cocktails, with proceeds from the evening donated to the Fridge.
The four course menu will be determined on the day; dictated by produce scouted out from the traders at New Covent Garden market and Plot’s local suppliers who they work with year round. The result will be in-keeping with Plot’s style of simple, seasonal ingredients, well cooked, to create small plates which pack a punch. To whet your appetite, guests will be welcomed with a Negroni made from house-brewed vermouth using open bottles of wine from behind the bar, with a blend of spices and Campari. There will also be a specially created ‘Cabbage Sour’ cocktail, made with pickling liquor from the kitchen’s cabbage, along with cassis, gin, rosemary syrup and star anise.
10% of each ticket sold will be donated to The People's Fridge."

When - Tuesday 30th May
Sittings at 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Where - Plot, Unit 70-72 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0RL

Tickets - £45 from Design My Night here

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Pop-ups in London - 19th - 26th May 2017

Facktory Cocktails' Pop-up Cocktail Bar near Liverpool Street - Saturdays

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Food & Drink

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Belvedere Spritz & Sunset Sessions and the Sky Garden in the City - Weds-Sat
* Ben Spalding's Small Plates Sessions at Last Days of Shoreditch - Opens Thurs 25th
* The Dalston Food Day at 40ft Brewery in E8 - Saturday
* Facktory Cocktails' Pop-up Summer Cocktail Bar near Liverpool Street - Saturdays
Farang's 6 Month Thai Pop-up in Highbury Park, N5 - Weds-Sun
* Filthy Fanny's Summer Beach Bar at The Crown & Shuttle in Shoreditch - Opens Weds 24th
* The Gutsy Chutney's Craft Beer & Indian Tapas night at Barmouth Kitchen in SW18  - Fri 19th
Jimmy Garcia's BBQ Club on the South Bank with Big Green Egg BBQs - Daily
* Midnight Apothecary Summer Rooftop Cocktail Bar 2017 in Rotherhithe - Fri & Sat
* Mina Park's Sook x Pollen Room 3 Day Pop-up in NW6 - Opens Fri 26th
The Neverland London Summer Urban Beach Pop-up near Fulham - Opens Weds 10th
Oded Oren's East Mediterranean Dishes at Louie Louie in SE17 - Weds-Sat
* Old Chang Lee's Singapore Curry Puff Pop-up in Kentish Town - Sat & Sun
The Queen of Hoxton's 2017 Neverland Rooftop Bar in EC2 - Daily for the summer - Daily
* Sandwich Fest - London's Sandwich Festival - in E8 - Sat
* The Sicily Fest in Spitalfields - Sat & Sun
Skye Gyngell at Table Restaurant in Somerset House - Ends Sun
* The Social Pantry x Hayman's Gin Supperclub in SW11 - Thurs
* Southbound's Summer Supperclub in SW11 - Sat
* The Vurger Co's Vegan 'Auburger' Pop-up in Spitalfields - Fri 12 noon - 3pm
* The Wedgwood Tea Conservatory at Peter Jones in Sloane Square - Opens Weds 24th

Streetfood Markets

Hawker House in Canada Water - Fri & Sat from 5pm
Dinerama - The Streetfood Market in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat from 5pm
Pub Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week

Adam Rawson's 'Global Traveller' Residency at The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell - Mon-Fri
Le Bun's Residency at Birthdays in Dalston - Daily
Burger & Beyond x Other Side Fried's 3 Momth Residency in Soho - Daily
Club Mexicana's Mexican Vegan Streetfood Residency at Pamela in Dalston - Tues-Sat
Craving Coffee's April 2017 #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - Thurs-Sat
Cucina Rustica's Italian & Sicilian Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
da ja chicken's Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Tues-Sun
Division 194's New Orleans Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily
Fowl Mouths' April Residency at Noak in Brockley - Weds-Sat til 20th May
Lion City Kitchen’s Singaporean Residency at Two Spoons Cafe in Honor Oak - Fri & Sat
Mirey's Restaurant's Residency at The Charles Lamb in Angel - Tues-Sun
Native Eat's Residency at The George & Dragon in Fitzrovia - Mon-Fri
Pesky's Vegan Streetfood at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick  - Tues-Sat
Slow Richie's Residency at Brick Brewery in Peckham - Weds-Sat
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's 6 Month Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Tues-Sat

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Shopping 

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Blondies Kitchen's Pop-up Milk & Cookies Bar in Selfridges Food Hall on Oxford Street - Daily
Boxpark Pop-up Retail Mall in Shoreditch
Brands Popping Up at Old Street Station


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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ben Spalding's Small Plate Sessions at Last Days of Shoreditch


This summer chef Ben Spalding is bringing his Small Plate Sessions pop-up rstaurant to Last Days of Shoreditch, the big night market located where Old Street meets Great Eastern Street.  Small Plates Sessions will be a 50 cover mezzanine restaurant, serving Thursday to Saturday evenings, tickets costing £28, whch gets you 4 of Ben's innovative small plates, with others to buy if you want to try more.  Ben has also chosen DJs to appear on certain nights, plus some great drinks to go with the food.  This one is going to be a huge smash!

"You work hard. Now it’s time to play hard.
Ben Spalding and his PuzzleProjects team have announced their new summer restaurant – and it’s set to be London’s HOTTEST ticket.
Small Plate Sessions @ The Last Days of Shoreditch is described as ‘high-energy, punk tapas in a fully immersive but relaxed environment’. Food will be available between 5pm-11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 25th May-26th August 2017, with the food offering split between two areas:
    A buzzing 50-cover mezzanine restaurant with an Ascentia kitchen (and cutlery in a pot on the table). Expect delicious, innovative dishes like Gressingham Duck Breast cooked in a Chocolate Salt Crust, Chicken Skin Sandwich, Black Cod Ceviche with Iced Kaffir Lime, Hot & Cold San Marzano Tomato or the famous ‘Chicken on a Brick’. For dessert, try Lemongrass Vs Ginger or the outrageously moreish Cookie Dough Milkshake in a Shovel.
    A relaxed no-reservation terrace and bar overlooking the festival, serving dishes cooked in a Mibrasa charcoal oven such as Barbecue Crack Rib for two, Cornish Monkfish roasted on the bone, Charred Lamb Minute Steak cooked rare with Crispy Garlic & Lemon Thyme and Silky Charcoal Holy F*ck Fudge drenched in Rum and set on fire.
Tickets for dinner in the restaurant will be available from the website (with a handful held back for walk-ins on the night) at £28 each, which includes any four dishes from the evolving menu of delicious, inventive small plates on offer that day. If after those four dishes you want to try more, no problem; once you’re there, you can order as many additional individual dishes as you like. These will be priced between £4 – £12 per dish, with equal love and attention given to vegan, vegetarian & all dietary requirements.
To complement Rob Star’s LDOS programme, Ben is personally curating the music line-up on multiple dates. The hugely respected producer and DJ Gary Poulter (AKA ‘Chuggin Edits’) has a residency, with other DJs from across Europe including Ray Mang (Mangled) and Jack C (Krankbrother Resident) making regular appearances and further special sets from artists such as Get Down Edits, Antony Difrancesco (FUSE) & more.
To complement the key elements of food and music, Ben has drafted in some serious talent from a range of creative industries:
    Paris-based artist Christopher Hibbert will exhibit his unique light paintings in the restaurant
    Acorn AV (the team behind the audiovisuals at London Fashion Week) are putting on a pioneering live feed AV show
    Gypsy Hill Brewery will be bringing the kegs to complement the irresistible cocktail menu
    Jamie Maxwell, PuzzleProjects’s film-maker, will be capturing the action (in trademark Ninja style)
    Lighting and design by the PuzzleProjects events team.
Ben explained, ‘Small Plate Sessions is a combination of fast, affordable dishes of high-quality restaurant-level cooking enhanced with live DJ, producer and musician sets tinged with jazz, soul, disco, funk and groove from some of the finest artists and producers in the country. It’s all about creating as much energy in the room as possible and keeping it unpretentious, raw and accessible.’"

When - Thurs - Sat from Thurs 25th May 2017

Where - Last Days of Shoreditch, Red Market, 288-299 Old Street, London, EC1V 9DP

Tickets & booking - £28 from here

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The 'Feria de Londres' Spanish Festival by Tower Bridge


Feria de Londres is a two day Spanish festival taking place at Potters Field (between City Hall and Tower Bridge) on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May, the late May Bank Holiday weekend.  There will be lots to see and do (& eat! & drink!), inc lots of traditional costumes, face painting, dancing, music and more.  It's free to attend, and open from 12 noon to 10pm on Saturday, and til 9pm on Sunday.

"Taking place under the iconic Tower Bridge on Saturday 27th May & Sunday 28th May of the May Bank Holiday weekend, Feria De Londres is set to bring the vibrant and lively celebrations of Andalusia to the banks of the Thames. Inspired by the traditional festivities of Andalusia’s colourful spring fairs, Feria De Londres will be a weekend of delicious Spanish tapas, beer, wine and live entertainment, never seen before in the capital.
Spanish Ferias began in the Middle Ages principally as livestock fairs, at which villagers would celebrate with plenty of feasting and Sherry drinking. Recreating these colourful fairs, Feria De Londres will see brightly decorated ‘casetas’ line the banks of the Thames crammed with all kinds of Spanish fare, including typical tapas dishes such as Tortilla de Patata and Jamon Ibérico, as well as delicious barbequed seafood and meats, and moreish Churros and Buñuelos.
Drinks on offer will range from beautiful Spanish wines and all kinds of sherries to refreshing Spanish beers and cocktails, including the traditional Rebujito – Manzanilla or Fino Sherry with lemonade, ice and mint leaves.
Throughout Feria De Londres, entertainers will be dressed in their finest traditional costumes and regional dress. It will be a celebration of Andalusian dancing, music and live entertainment, with bands and local Flamenco artists coming over from Spain to create an authentic party atmosphere. Guests will be encouraged to join in the fun with Sevillanas and Rumba dancing lessons, along with Flamenco clapping and castanets workshops. 
In true Spanish style, Feria De Londres will be a free event for the whole family, and throughout the weekend there will be children’s activities including face painting, hair styling, art and dancing."

When - Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May 2017
Saturday - 12 noon - 10pm
Sunday - 12 noon - 9pm

Where - Potters Field Park, London SE1 2AA
(On the south side of the Thames, between City Hall and Tower Bridge)

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