Newsletter 22 June 2011

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Try a taste of liquid Gold with the International Wine Challenge, 29 June

1204 Newsletter 22 June 2011The International Wine Challenge (IWC), the world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competition, is proud to announce an exciting opportunity to taste a selection of the 2011 Gold Medal award-winning wines from this year’s competition whilst rubbing shoulders with wine legend and TV personality Oz Clarke and his fellow Co-Chairmen Tim Atkin MW, Sam Harrop MW, Charles Metcalfe and Derek Smedley MW. The event showcases the high quality of the Gold medal winning wines and sake awarded during the competition and is also the first opportunity for you to taste the wines that have been awarded Regional and National Trophies by the IWC judges.

Tickets to the show are now on sale and the IWC are offering a £5 saving on the usual ticket price (standard price £20).  Click here to get the discount code and more details…

News & Events…

Rioja Tapas Fantasticas @ Potters Fields Park, SE1, 25-26 June

1205 Newsletter 22 June 2011Londoners can experience a Spanish summer in the city this week as the Rioja Tapas Fantasticas event comes to Tower Bridge.  Now in its fourth year, the popular festival celebrates the produce of the Rioja region of Spain, renowned for its excellent food and wine. Visitors will be able to explore wines from some of Rioja’s most famous vineyards and savour a diverse selection of tapas from London’s finest Spanish restaurants.  There will also be cookery demonstrations by famed Spanish chef José Pizarro and tasting seminars with wine experts Olly Smith and Susy Atkins.  Free event and if previous years are to go buy, food and drink will be affordably priced.

Soho Food Feast, W1, 25 June, 1-6pm

The Soho Food Feast sees some of Soho’s top restaurants and bars come together in St. Anne’s Garden to raise money for Soho Parish Primary School.  Visitors will be treated to signature dishes and wines from stands throughout the garden as well as cooking demos, wine tastings with Trevor Gulliver of HG Wine and various children’s activities.  Some of the many restaurants involved include Polpo, The Wright Brothers, Arbutus, Hix and Barrafina.  Tickets are £5. Details at

Eat for American Independence – 4 July

1206 Newsletter 22 June 2011Hot-Dog Eating Contest @ Blues Kitchen, NW1

According to legend, on 4th July, 1916, four immigrants had a hot-dog eat­ing battle in New York to settle an argument about who was the most patriotic.  Not quite on the same scale, this year’s Blues Kitchen annual hot-dog eating see’s the winner taking home £100 worth of Blues Kitchen vouchers.  Contestants will have just half an hour to eat as many hot-dogs as they can.  Budding contestants can enter the competition by emailing or call 020 7387

Rib Eating Competition @ Big Easy, SW3

Chelsea favourite, Big Easy, will be marking American Independence with their annual rib eating competition. Ten guys and girls will go head to head in a no holds barred rib-eating race to eat as many racks of home-smoked meaty ribs as they can in 30 minutes. Bones will be counted and the winner will receive a £100 Big Easy voucher as well as having their name proudly engraved on the wall of fame. to enter and more info at

New Openings…

Rock Lobsta, E2

For one weekend only (23-26 June), Rock Lobsta brings a tasty selection of affordable, on-the-go crustacean delights to East London. Inspired by the Maine-style lobster roll as served in New York, the team behind Rock Lobsta decided they would share their love of lobster, crab and crayfish and bring it to London for all to enjoy. With inspiration coming from 1950′s British seaside, all seafood is sourced in the UK with dishes including The ‘Hackney Lobsta Roll’ – a brioche roll containing half a fresh English lobster, home-made thousand island sauce and ‘posh’ crisps all for the entirely reasonable price of £15.

Roganic, W1

Whilst most budding chefs are rushing to get themselves into a London kitchen, Simon Rogan left his Southern roots to move about as far north as possible to open L’Enclume in Cumbria in 2002.  Having earned rave reviews and a Michelin star, Simon has returned South to open Roganic.  The cuisine will be of a similar style to L’Enclume, with a tasting menu only policy taking diners on a journey of interesting ingredients and flavours based on the best seasonal produce.  Dishes include Roasted brill, chicken salt, cockles & ruby chard and Scarlet ball turnip baked in salt, smoked yolk, blite & wild mustard.  With just 25 seats, diners can expect a truly personal experience too.

Try This Week…

The Kraken

1207 Newsletter 22 June 2011Named after a sea beast of myth and legend, The Kraken is a strong yet smooth rum with a scarily dark colour and one of the coolest bottles we’ve seen in ages.  Its ominous colour and striking Victorian flagon-style bottle are a reminder of the beast that lends the rum its name, with two glass handles mimicking the eyes of the Kraken itself.   The liquid inside manages to be just as interesting as the appearance suggests, with spiced Caribbean rum aged and subtly enriched with exotic spices including cinnamon, ginger and clove.  Swirling the rum around a glass creates distinctive tentacle-like drips as the rich liquid seeps back to the depths, and the thick, spiced caramel-like taste lingers long after each sip.  With so much theatre and flavour to enjoy, we reckon drinking The Kraken is best kept simple, so pour some over ice or with ginger beer and lime for fiery cocktail. £22.99 from Majestic, Selfridges, Sainsbury’s

Meena’s Gourmet Italian Sauces

1208 Newsletter 22 June 2011Meena Pathak may be more synonymous with Indian cuisine, but she’s apparently been hiding a passion for Italian cooking.  So, as one does when you have a mega food empire behind you, Meena has branched out to launch a range of Italian cooking sauces.  With her Asian background, it’s no surprise that the sauces are far richer and more flavoursome than other sauces available.  Varieties includeSpicy Arrabbiata with roasted garlic, Rich Bolognese with a hint of red wine and a couple of risotto sauces, including Risotto alla Primavera with asparagus, lemon & mint. Available from Morrisons for around £2.

Win tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed with Johnnie Walker!

Love Food Lover Drink has teamed up with Johnnie Walker, a proud sponsor of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, to offer two tickets to attend the largest motoring garden party in the world at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed, from 1st – 3rd July 2011. The winner will join a star-studded line up of drivers as well as the hottest supercars from around the world within the immaculate grounds of Goodwood House.


You and your guest will be granted VIP access to the Johnnie WalkerViewing Tower where you will experience the best views possible at Festival of Speed.  Enjoy a drink away from the crowds whilst admiring all the action on the track.  After a weekend of cars, stars and motorsport royalty you will receive a bottle of Johnnie Walker and be able to experience the smooth taste, which is regarded by experts as the ultimate Scotch deluxe whisky and the benchmark by which all others are measured.


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