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News & Events…
‘The Last Supperclub’, EC2. Until 21 December
Another year, another ‘End of the World’ prophecy, although at least it gives us an excuse to have a glutinous blowout just in case January never comes! In case the Mayans are correct and we do all perish on 21 December, ‘The Last Supper Club’ sees the creative production expertise of The Halo Group collide with the gastronomic inventiveness of Platterform to create a feast for all senses. Visitors can either dine on an experimental three-course menu or opt for the cultural buzz of global street food inspired by previous doomsdays. The pop-up also features a charity linked art auction, with a display from creative artists to showcase their vision of what the end of the world has in store for humankind. Tickets are £35 from www.lastsupperclub.co.uk
Holiday Cocktail Masterclass @ 69 Colebrooke Row,N1. 15 December
Mince Pie Project, 11-14 DecemberTruly a unique opportunity, 100 of the UK’s best known chefs and bakers are offering the public an opportunity to bring their mouth-watering culinary creations into their homes with this charity auction of mince pies. The initiative takes the form of an online auction, with each chef’s unique and freshly made batch of 50 mince pies going to the highest bidder. Chefs involved include Michel Roux Jr, Raymond Blanc, Eric Landlard and William Curley. All money raised goes to charity and final bids need to be in by midday on 14 December. Make your bid at www.themincepieproject.com
Merry Christmas and see you in 2013! Yes lovely people, this is our final full issue of the year (although we may have a little ‘restaurant review’ special next week). We hope we have filled 2012 with plenty of tempting foodie inspiration and we look forward to seeing you again
in late January 2013!
The Luggage Room, W1
Following their super-successful Shoreditch pop-up earlier this year, steak restaurant Flat Iron has come to the West End for its permanent home. Those unfamiliar with the concept will find a menu of just one item – the little known butcher’s cut of beef called ‘the flat iron’. When cooked properly, the flat-iron is actually incredibly tender and tasty, but best of all, it’s also ridiculously cheap – a mere £10 for a steak! Throw in some beef dripping chips, maybe some creamed spinach and a beer and change from £20 is well within reach! www.flatironsteak.co.uk
Already home to some of London’s finest gelato, Gelupo has transformed its delicatessen into the ultimate sweet shop. Gone are all of the savoury snacks, instead replaced with shelves stack with the finest treats and temptations from Italy. Sweet-toothed visitors will have their pick of everything from Italian chocolates, sweet fruit pastilles, dark liquorice and panforte to desserts such as cassata, bonet and crème caramel, delivered from Gelupo’s renowned sister restaurant, Bocca di Lupo. The venue will also showcase the creations of one of Italy’s most celebrated chocolatiers, Guido Gobino. www.gelupo.com
Festive Drinks Special…
Chapel Down Rosé Brut
Chardonnay Reserva Vina Mar, 2010
Blue Nun Sparkling Gold
Bottlegreen Hot Cordials
Paul John Single Cask 161 Whisky
‘Whisky from India?’ you ask? Well yes, and this debut expression from John Distilleries has been creating a major stir in the whisky world since its recent launch. Rave reviews for the first of a series of single cask whiskies include a ‘Liquid Gold’ award from The Whisky Bible. Bottled to cask strength of 57% abv, just a single cask of John Distilleries inaugural whisky has been released totalling 150 bottles. The whisky is made from Indian malted barley before being aged in ex-Bourbon barrels in the tropical heat of Goa to provide an extremely approachable experience, with sweet notes of honey and ripe fruits, a touch of spice and a clean finish. Considering the quality and the limited supply, there aren’t too many better whiskies to spend £60 on. www.thewhiskyexchange.com/P-18122.aspx
Originally formulated in 1903 by Berry Bros, England’s oldest wine and spirits merchants and still holder of a Royal warrants to supply the royal family, King’s Ginger is the most quintessential of British spirits. The liqueur was actually created for King Edward VII as a drink to stimulate and revivify His Majesty as he took part in his many outdoor pursuits. At 43%Abv, King’s Ginger is wonderfully rich, zesty and potent liqueur created by the careful maceration of ginger root enlivened by the judicious addition of lemon peel. Although warming and heartening on a cold day, it is also great in cocktails; mix equal parts with a fine Single Malt for a delicious alternative to a Rusty Nail or lengthen with bitter lemon and a squeeze of lime for a refreshing long drink. Around £20. http://thekingsginger.com
One of the best known and most prestigious of all French liqueurs, Grand Marnier combines the warming wintery flavours of bitter orange with smooth Cognac to provide the perfect festive liqueur. The possibilities are endless, with a host of popular cocktails – including the Cosmopolitan and Sidecar – benefiting from Grand Marnier as an alternative to triple sec, as well as being ideal for a spot of flambé action and totally delicious over ice. Whilst the recipe has stayed true to the 1880 original, this Christmas sees the release of a stunning limited edition blue lacquered bottle overlaid with a gilded gold frieze outline of a star-filled Parisian skyline. Around £26 from Harvey Nicholls.
As hard as you may try, I defy anyone to go through Christmas without a little swig of Bailey’s along the way. This year they have given us another reason to nab a bottle with the launch of their filthily delicious orange truffle flavour. Imagine melting down a Terry Chocolate Orange, adding some booze and drinking it and you’re pretty much there in terms of flavour. Delicious on the rocks, it’s also ideal to pour over puddings or to add a rich twist to your coffee. Around £20 from Tesco’s.
One of the nicest flavoured vodkas around, Stoli Chocolat Razberi delivers notes of rich, deep chocolate followed by a delicate hint of fresh raspberries – perfect for those who want a sweeter style drink to sip on without bringing out sugar-laden liqueurs or creamy drinks. It’s one of the few flavoured vodkas that can genuinely be enjoyed on the rocks, although the experimental amongst you may wish to toy with a few cocktails too. £20 online and from all good drinks retailers.
Ice Ball Moulds
Musical Wine Glasses