Newsletter 4 May 2011

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News & Events…

1157 Newsletter 4 May 2011Real Food Festival @ Earls Court, 5-8 May

This annual food festival gives visitors the chance to see, smell, taste and buy delicious food & drink directly from 500 of the finest producers.  New for 2011, alongside the chef theatre and cookery school, visitors will be able to get more hands-on experience at butchery and artisan food workshops, pick their own tea in a Cornish botanical garden, keep the kids entertained in the Taste Experience tent and learn more about cheese, wine and chocolate with special talks, demos and tastings.

The Rebel Dining Society’s ‘The Green Hour’ Dinner, throughout May & June

Best known for pushing the boundaries of fine dining to new levels, the Rebel Dining Society returns with the second instalment of The Green Hour, an exciting collaboration with Pernod Absinthe. Each event is the result of a challenge presented by the Society to top mixologists (including Tony Conigliaro and JJ Goodman) to create unique Absinthe cocktails.  The mixologists will each star at a dining event offering guests a mixology master-class and a cocktail matched five-course meal that showcases the latest molecular gastronomy techniques. Tickets are £40.00. Dates and availability from

Brick Lane Curry Village Festival, E1, from noon on 8 May

Brick Lane will be transformed in to an outdoor al fresco dining experience with around 40 participating restaurants treating curry lovers to an East End street party. Tables, chairs and stalls will line the street for visitors to soak up the party atmosphere and enjoy the special dishes cooked up by the talented chefs.  The event also incorporates the Baishaki Mela (Bangladeshi New Year Festival), which will include a colourful day of live musicians, dancers, stalls and even a fairground to keep all ages occupied.

New Openings…

1158 Newsletter 4 May 2011Chilango Chancery Lane, WC2 + free Burritos on 5th May

From 12 noon until 8pm, Chilango’s delicious burritos will be on the house as the restaurant combines its opening with the Mexican celebration of heritage and pride, Cinco de Mayo. To make the most of the celebrations, the restaurant will turn Chancery Lane into an all day Mexican fiesta with live music during the afternoon and the party will last through the evening.

The Riding House Café, W1

Forgoing all of the glitz and glamour that most new West End restaurants seem to deem obligatory, The Riding House Café has opened to provide a local neighbourhood style brasserie experience.  Open from breakfast through to dinner, the venue comprises of an intimate dining room and a larger, casual eating area encompassing a long cocktail/dining bar and lounge.  The menu offers an eclectic mix of sharing style and large plates including Cured ocean trout, jalapeno & crème fraiche; Rack of pork, lentils, smoked sausage & horseradish; and a Burger with fois gras.

1159 Newsletter 4 May 2011Benares pops-up at Meza, W1

Atul Kochhar of Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, Benares in Mayfair, has brought his contemporary British Indian cuisine to Soho with the launch of a pop-up restaurant at Meza From 4th – 28th May 2011, Meza’s menu has been replaced by some of Atul’s inspiring Benares dishes as well as a relaxed menu of sharing platters and Indian street food. The décor has also been transformed using bright colours lighting to offer diners a modern Indian dining experience in the heart of Soho.

Coco di Mama, EC4

Coco di Mama (a play on the Italian for ‘Mama’s boy’) combines top ingredients from Italy and closer to home with a little but of fun, offering a fresh alternative to humdrum high street sandwiches, soups and wraps.  Pasta dishes range from classic to creative, including slow-cooked Bolognese with juicy pancetta, fiery Arrabiatta and an intriguing Blue Cheese Carbonara. Other dishes are also available, including stone-baked baguettes and Mediterranean salads, and with prices between £3.70 and £4.90, Coco di Mama makes interesting lunches affordable too.

Try This Week…

Giovanni Rana’s Fresh Filled Pasta Creations

1160 Newsletter 4 May 2011Cooking really doesn’t get much easier than ready made pasta.  In fact, I would actually question whether putting a bag of pasta in a pan of water followed by a liberal pouring of tomato sauce actually constitutes cooking at all.  However Giovanni Rana has managed to make things even easier with his Fresh Filled Pasta Creations. These fresh Tortellini based beauties already come sauced up and are microwaveable in 4 minutes. Available in a number of flavours, includingProsciutto Crudo in tomato sauce with cherry tomatoes & spinach, we were really suspicious of there quality credentials, but were pleasantly surprised at how good they tasted for such a convenient product. From Sainsbury’s and ASDA for around £2.99.

1161 Newsletter 4 May 2011

Red Stag Cherry Infused Bourbon

Fresh from the woods of Kentucky, and the newest member of the Jim Beam family, Red Stag is the UK’s first ever flavoured bourbon.  Made with a base of four-year-old Jim Beam Bourbon, Red Stag has been slowly infused with natural black cherry using a unique artisanal process to create a new style of the popular American whiskey that will appeal even to those prefer their spirits white.  We love ours neat and with loads of ice, but it’s also great mixed with a dash of cola (think cherry cola) or ginger. £21.75 from ASDA & Tesco.

Win a Supper Club Season Ticket with Cordorniu

1162 Newsletter 4 May 2011The London supper club scene is vibrant and increasingly popular for any self respecting foodie. Leading Spanish sparkling wine producer, Codorníu, is giving you the chance to experience this fashionable new trend in good dining with our sparkling compliments.


Codorníu has joined forces with six popular London supper clubs to offer you and a friend the chance to win a pass to visit each supper club over the next six months.  The Supper Club pass will allow you and a friend to sample some true culinary delights; from world inspired cuisine at Crumbs and Dirty Dishes, Spanish cooking with Rachel’s Catalan Dining to surprise menus at Chef’s London classic and the very best in seasonal British food from Shacklewell Nights, Green Onions and Secret Larder.


What’s more, we’re giving you a case of Codorníu’s Selección Raventós so you can bring a bottle along to each supper club to complement the delectable menus and ensure your evenings have just the right amount of sparkle.


To enter this competition CLICK HERE…