Monday, 21 April 2014

The Art of Dining's Dinners at Osterley House in Isleworth


Having just finished a collaboration with photographer MartinParr, The Art of Dining have announced a new art-focussed dinner, at the National Trust's Osterley House, starting on Wednesday 7th May.  Meet Osterley's owner, hear about tales of his adventures, and then tuck into a 5 course dinner, inspired by his travels.  While not as central as many of the things I feature, the house is just a 15 minute walk from Osterley tube station on the Piccadilly line.

"This new collaboration between the much-loved cult dining collective and National Trust London will focus on the collections of the East India Company, presenting them on your plate, in your glass, and all around you, for this very special event.
Seize this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dine in the long gallery at National Trust’s wonderful Osterley house, amidst the treasures collected from the Orient by Osterley’s owner Robert Child, who will personally regale you with tales of his adventures. As prospective patrons of the East India Trading Company, Robert will attempt to win your favour and secure your investment during a sumptuous five -course dinner inspired by his travels.
Each of the five courses designed by chef Ellen Parr will encapsulate the exotic flavours of the countries most visited by Robert Child 
Set designer Alice Hodge will transform the stunning Long Gallery with silks, colours, birds and flowers. The Art of Dining’s trademark interactive elements will feature throughout the meal."

When - 7th-9th & 12th-17th May 2014, from 7.00pm to 11.00pm

Where - The Long Gallery at Osterley House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4RD

Tickets - from Art of Dining here
Early Bird Dining ticket: £55
Dining tickets: £60
Includes five-course dinner, welcome drink and entertainment

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Link - The Art of Dining


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Christabel's May Mad Hatters Sunday Brunch in Shoreditch


Fresh from the success of her Easter events, Chrisabel Beeson is back with a Sunday lunchtime brunch in Shoreditch, in a big space for 45 diners.

"Looking for a totally unique experience set to dazzle your senese? Look no further than Christabel's legendary Mad Hatters Brunch, this time, set in an old Victorian loft in Shoreditch. 
Pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup, scones with cheddar cheese and spicy honey will be whipped up from the rabbit hole. 
Studio Spaces will be transformed into a surreal haven of quirk and mismatch."

When - Sunday 4th May, 12pm - 3pm

Where - Studio Spaces, 1 Kingsland Rd, E2 8AA

Tickets - £18 from Edible Experiences here


Link - Booking Page



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Saturday, 19 April 2014

The House of Peroni's May 2014 Residency in Lincoln's Inn Fields


The 2014 House of Peroni opens in Lincoln'sInn Fields on 2nd of May, to run the entire month.   The House will bring the new wave of Italian creative talent from the worlds of food, drink, fashion and design to the capital, inspired by 1963; a transformative year when Italian style became renowned across the world and the year that Carlo Peroni created Peroni Nastro Azzurro.

"Guests are invited to explore four floors featuring specially-commissioned artworks by Italian designers, artists and architects and to relax at one of three beautifully designed bars offering exciting infused drinks.
The House will also feature a stunning third floor restaurant, where guests can taste the evolution of Italian food with a bespoke menu by culinary collective Bottega Wapping, as well as a convivial terrace with an outdoor bar serving Peroni Nastro Azzurro and a bespoke drinks menu by the resident mixologist.
Throughout the month, The House will feature an exciting weekly schedule of stylish Italian events which will include:
Dining in Multicolour:  Inspired by the explosion in colour photography of 1963 - the year Polaroid began manufacturing colour film - this unique dining experience is a sensory extravaganza of stimulating flavour and colour. The entire room, right down to the cutlery, will be a dizzying rainbow of multicolour and will form the backdrop to an equally colourful feast prepared by The House of Peroni’s resident chefs Bottega Wapping, whose inspiration for the menu derives from the Red Green Blue model of colour used in photography and electronic systems.
The Art of Gelato: Discover the surprising history of Italian dessert, Gelato, in this artisan-led masterclass. From the ancient sorbettiera to the latest machine technology, the makers of GINO Gelato will teach you all there is to know about the famed frozen dessert. Put your newly learned skills to work as you create some of your own and take the chance to taste innovative flavours including Olive Oil & Parmesan, and Tiramisu.
Italian Brunch Club: Enjoy a leisurely brunch at The House of Peroni on Saturdays. Taste classic Italian dishes reworked with a modern twist, such as the Uova alla Napoletana or traditional baked eggs cooked with ham, stracchino, spring onions and paprika, while sipping a selection of innovative Peroni Nastro Azzurro infused drinks. While you relax with friends, you’ll be entertained by a hand-picked selection of live bands and DJs.
Alfresco Feast & Italo-beats: Experience premium Italian street food vendors combining the best of fine dining with a laid-back street food approach on the beautiful terrace at The House of Peroni in associated with Urban Food Fest. A selection of DJs will provide backdrop of remixed classic Italian beats. Don’t miss your chance to try dishes such as nettle gnocchi with blue cheese sauce and osso buco or braised veal shank richly seasoned in herbs.
Modern Vintage: Create Your Own Silk Scarf: Inspired by the timeless chic of Sophia Loren, this design masterclass looks back at the history of the Italian printed silk scarf, the designers that popularised it, and the women that made them iconic culminating in guests creating their own 100% silk crepe de chine scarf with a bespoke design.
Become an Italian Barista: The House of Peroni, in association with Lavazza, will deliver this authentic Italian coffee experience where guests will learn the origins of coffee and enjoy a tasting session with different beans and blends covering all the classics from velvety cappuccinos to intense espressos."

When - 2nd - 31st May 2014

Where - 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3JX

Tickets - various prices from here

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Link - House of Peroni


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Smokey Tails Summer 2014 BBQ in Hackney Wick


Smokey Tails, the Thursday-Sunday pop-up in Hackney Wick, specialising in smoked meats & frozen cocktails, returns on Thursday 1st May 2014. It's created by from DJ Seth Troxler, and details are pretty sparce at the moment - just the date really - but check back nearer the time for more.


2013's listing - details likely to be similar
"A riverside hideaway, a wooden-decked sun-trap boasting exquisite smoked meats, sublime salads, knock-out frozen cocktails and mighty fine deserts
The restaurant is the brainchild of six collaborators, all well qualified in fun, including internationally renowned DJ Seth Troxler and his partner Ryan Crosson (Visionquest) together with Jo Vidler from Secret Productions - the team behind the award winning Secret Garden Party and Wilderness plus Ben Pound from Futureline Productions who is behind the production and design of Paradise Ibiza and Circo Loco events.
Smokey Tails is based at London E9′s Container Yard, 119 Wallis Road and is reminiscent of Berlin's Club der Visionaere. It will be open Thursday to Sunday for the rest of the summer serving up exquisite smoked meats, sublime salads, knock-out frozen cocktails, independent guest ales and mighty fine desserts. The name is a fusion inspired by the smokey meats cooking on the BBQ and the abundance of cocktails on offer – people will not be disappointed.
There will also be the chance to try Seth Troxler’s barbecue sauce which has been passed down from his grandfather and developed over the years when ingredients were added with each generation. The sauce is currently being developed in the USA and this is the only place in the UK where people can taste it.
DJ Seth Troxler says “Myself and Ryan grew up in Detroit and have been smoking and barbecuing in between spinning records and producing for years – our dream was to open a restaurant bar. When Ben from Futureline found this space we knew it had a lot of potential and hey presto, Smokey Tails was born.""

When - Thursday - Sunday
Thursday - 1pm Snacks, dinner from 6pm, Close midnight
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11am - midnight

Where - The Container Yard, 119 Wallis Road E9 5LN

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Link 1 - Smokey Tails
Link 2 - Twitter
Link 3 - Facebook


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Friday, 18 April 2014

Spoon Cereals' Two Week Pop-up Shop at Old Street Station


On Monday 21st April Spoon Cereals opens a pop-up shop at Old Street station (Mainline / Northern Line) to sell cereals to locals and commuters for two weeks.  See below for info on competitions etc, and lease support them.

"Spoon Cereals is a new breakfast cereal company with the aim to give busy people a more adventurous bowl of cereal, just the way they like it.  We can’t wait to take our cereal mixes and our latest fresh take-out pots, made to order, to the launch of the Old Street Station pop up event.  We want to give sleep- and breakfast-deprived commuters a healthy and tasty cereal on their way to work and what better location than “Silicon Roundabout”?
We’re particularly excited about our new Old Street granola recipe, which we have decided to keep quiet until the launch.  To coincide with this, we’ve thrown in a competition for you guys. Simply tweet @spooncereals your guess as to what our new flavour may be for the chance to receive a free month’s supply personally delivered to your place of work or home.
“I can safely say that I am one of those cereal enthusiasts who will eat a bowl at any time of the day. I love making my own mixes but finding something similar on my way to work was near impossible. I look forward to breakfast every morning and so wanted to give other people something to look forward to as well.”  Annie Morris
“The area around Old Street is a busy, vibrant and boundary-pushing community, which is why we felt that it would be the perfect place to set-up for Spoon. Our cereals and toppings are adventurous, energy-filled and packed with wholesome ingredients and we think the commuters and residents alike will love them to start their day. ”  Jonny Shimmin"

When - Monday 21st April – Sunday 4th May
Mon – Fri : 7am – 7pm
Weekends: 8am -7pm

Where - Inside Old Street Station, EC1Y 1BE

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Link - Spoon Cereals


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Edible Cinema Presents Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet at BAFTA in Piccadilly


Edible Cinema is back - and in a bigger space so more people can enjoy it.  Edible Cinema is a unique experience blending food, drinks and films.  As you arrive you've given a tray with numbered packages.  At certain points in the film a number flashes up, telling you it;s time to eat or drink that particular item.  It's previously been in smaller places like the Aubin Cinema or the Electrc, but now it's at Bafta at 195 Piccadilly, with 4 performances over the May Day weekend, so more people can enjoy it.  The film this time is Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet - get involved!

"This May, Edible Cinema and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® will once again team up for screenings of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, the prestigious West End home of the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA).  Due to the phenomenal success of previous screenings, Edible Cinema will be shown for the first time at the renowned BAFTA venue, as it moves from the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road.
Guests will be treated to an edible adventure through the film, where experiences will range from a ‘tongue sandwich’ as Romeo and Juliet share their first kiss, to a mini vial of ‘poison’ as the film reaches it’s epic climax.  As guests take their seats, the divided room will become apparent with one side Capulets and the other Montagues. Each side will receive different cocktails, inspired by the two families. While the “Capulet” combines BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, lime, pineapple and orange juice, cherry heering and angostura bitters; the “Montague” combines BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, lemon juice, orgeat syrup, orange flower water and soda. Both drinks have similar citrus notes highlighting the fact that although the families have their differences at their heart they are the same.
The first of its kind, Edible Cinema is a collaboration between Soho House chef Jake Rigby Wilson, Soho House events manager Zoe Paterson, renowned experience organiser Polly Betton, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE mixologist Sean Ware, who are all joined by BAFTA 195 Piccadilly Head Chef Anton Manganaro. The concept truly enhances the film using taste, aroma and texture to heighten the viewers’ sensory experience of the film’s most famous scenes. Each guest receives a selection of numbered boxes at the start of the film, which they will be instructed to open and enjoy at certain points throughout. The contents of the boxes, and the carefully matched BOMBAY SAPPHIRE cocktails that accompany them, will correspond to the action on screen, offering a multi-sensory cinema experience like no other.
Set in ‘Verona Beach’, Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film catapulted a young Leonardo DiCaprio to international stardom and was praised universally for its modern take on the Shakespearian love story."

When - Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th May at 3pm & 7pm

Where - BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN

Tickets - £37 from Edible Cinema here

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Link - Edible Cinema


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Campo Viejo's Streets of Spain Festival including Blend Your Own Wine on the South Bank


Over the May Day bank holiday Campo Viejo is organising the Streets of Span festival on the South Bank, under Queen Elizabeth Hall.  Campo Viejo will be holding special Blend Your Own Wine (BYOW) masterclasses, where you get to keep the bottle you make (see booking links below), and in addition over 40 stallholders coming along to the festival, from La Boqueria in Barcelona as well as a number of UK stallholders.

"A place for you to blend wine. Our wine. That then becomes your wine. Blended.  
This class lets you jump into our winemakers’ espadrilles for an hour. Clara and Roberto will introduce you to the three wines that create our Rioja, then you’ll be let loose to blend your own. 
Listen to your taste buds; if they shout more fruit, give them more fruit. More earthy tones deftly laced with complex seasoned oak? Hmm, maybe you’ve done this before. 
Break the rules and play around. At the end you’ll have your very own bottle. It even has your name on it. Just the thing to brag about to your amigos."

When - Friday 2nd - Monday 5th May
Classes held daily – 12pm/2pm/4pm/6pm and 8pm Fri Only. Sorry niƱos, over 18’s only

Where - Festival Village underneath Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

Tickets - £15 from Eventbrite here

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Link - Streets of Spain


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