Newsletter 5 March 2014

Brazilian PopUps, Science of Food, Photographic Dinners, plus the latest foodie news!

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News & Events…


Brazil Pop Up Diner @ Bedford & Strand, WC2. 9 March-June 

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Brazil Pop Up Diner is a series of supper club style events taking diners on a culinary journey through the twelve Brazilian cities that will be hosting the 2014 World Cup.  Diners at the eleven Sunday lunch and dinner events can expect an exciting Brazilian feast featuring all manner of exotic ingredients, such as pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), camu camu fruit and a variety of Brazilian cured meat and cheese.  Leblon Cachaça and Amazon beer will ensure that drinks also keep to the Samba theme.  Event kicks off on 9 March with food from Recife, the capital city of Pernambuco followed by Manaus in the Amazon region on 23 March. Tickets are £35 including the meal and a cocktail.  Details and tickets from


Feed Your Mind Food Festival at various King College Uni Campuses. 10-14 March

At a time when everyone seems obsessed with food – whether it’s eating out, eating in, eating too much or just eating less – the subject of food is more connected to our lives than ever before.  The Feed Your Mind Food Festival brings together writers, academics and thinkers to explore the latest thinking on a range of food-related issues.  Fun and thought-provoking in equal measures, the diverse programme of seminars includes: Hot & Spicy Drugs, exploring chilli addiction; a discussion on Food, Diet & the Brain; the Science of Curry; and many more.  All events are free.  Tickets and schedules at


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House of Holi @ Cinnamon Kitchen, EC2. 11-22 March

Paint the City red… and yellow, orange and pink … at Cinnamon Kitchen’s House of Holi, marking the renowned Hindu festival of colour that takes place on 17th March.  Probably the most fun you can have with your clothes on, visitors will don protective suits before stepping inside the House of Holi pod for 30-minutes of colourful powder paint-pelting!  Of course, no Indian festival is complete without a feast, and Cinnamon Kitchen has created a delicious Holi-inspired menu as well as a range of colourful cocktails to relax with after the excitement of the paint.  Tickets are £8 per person or £15 including a cocktail and canapés.


Discover ‘The Grand Trunk Road’ with photographer Tim Smith @ Moti Mahal, WC2. 12 March

Acclaimed photographer Tim Smith has partnered with Moti Mahal for an evening where he will share his experiences of India’s ‘Grand Trunk Road’.   One of the world’s oldest routes, the immense Grand Trunk Road has connected eastern and western regions of India for 2000 years so it’s fair to say that the journey is filled with adventure and history.  The evening will be accompanied by a delicious Indian dinner prepared by Chef Anirudh Arora.  This talk is the first in a series of four dinners at Moti Mahal, celebrating the culinary and cultural heritage of The Grand Trunk Road.  Tickets are £44 including a drinks reception and dinner from


The Art of Dining presents ‘Say Cheese’, Hoxton N1. 19-29 March

The Art of Dining brings you ‘Say Cheese’: a unique photo-culinary experience combining a photography exhibition with a pop-up restaurant and bar inspired by esteemed photographer Martin Parr.  The collaboration takes the concept of a visual feast to a whole new level: Chef Ellen Parr will put food from Martin’s photography directly onto dinner plates by recreating the images as a five-course meal.  But while the dishes’ appearance will remain faithful to Martin’s work, looks may deceive as Ellen playfully inverts sweet and savoury and explores flavours and spices from all around the world.  Located in a former library in Hoxton, set designer Alice Hodge has used Parr’s kitsch, humorous and quintessentially British personality as inspiration for the design of the venue. Bar tickets are £10, dinner tickets are £65 from


St Patrick’s Day, Trafalgar Square. 12-6pm on 16 March

To most of us, St Patrick’s Day is basically about drinking obscene quantities of Jameson whisky and Guinness whilst draped in every green item of clothing you own.  However, there’s apparently a little more to it than that, so head down to Trafalgar Square to enjoy a more cultured version of Ireland’s most famous day.  There’s all manner of entertainment, including a parade, Irish dancers and live comedy.  Hungry visitors can also check out the Irish Food Market featuring some of Irelands finest food and drink producers.  Ps. Good luck to the brave souls celebrating St Patrick’s Day ‘properly’ this year, seeing as it falls on Monday 17 March!


News Openings…


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Out of the ethereal Hoxton haze comes Made in the Shade – East London’s latest ‘must visit’ bar.  The brainchild of well-regarded booze experts Jeremy Thompson Jewitt, Jim Wrigley and Peter Lewis, Made in the Shade promises to provide all the quality of the world’s finest cocktail bars and none of the pretention.  Guests can expect  millimetre-perfect hand-sawed ice, cocktails made with an eclectic range of juices prepared fresh daily and a menu of Caribbean and soul food dishes for those after more than a good cocktail.


Dub Jam, WC2

Hot on the heels of Boom Burger comes Dub Jam – London’s latest Caribbean inspired foodie joint.  The tiny Jerk BBQ & Rum Shack in Covent Garden fuses the laid back beach vibe of the Caribbean with tasty, contemporary Jamaican barbecue flavours and the sounds of legendary Reggae label ‘Trojan Records’.  Aiming to capture the spontaneity of a beach party, Dub Jam’s interior is packed full of quirky up-cycled home-made design ideas, such as lights made from reclaimed buoys, stools made from beer kegs and a rum filled shelf bar made from half a surfboard!


Hai Street Kitchen & Co, EC3

The latest Japanese-inspired food revolution sweeping the cool Californian coast has landed in London with the launch of Hai Street Kitchen.  Those expecting the typical delicate and subtle Japanese food experience are in for a shock to their taste buds. Designed along the lines of a burrito bar, diners have a choice of either a burrito style sushi rice roll or a bowl of either rice or salad.  Next up are the fillings that include Chicken or Fish katsu, Grilled pork belly, Salmon pastrami, Flank steak or Roasted carrot.  If you’re still hungry, Hai Street Kitchen also serves a range of light sides including Renkon chips, Tomato bisque and Miso soup.


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Marani, W1

Given the changing demographic of the poshest parts of London, it’s no surprise that Mayfair now has its own upmarket Georgian restaurant with the launch of Marani.  Painted almost entirely by hand by revered Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze, Marani’s owners hope that the images depicting Georgian culture and design will make it one of London’s most visually beautiful restaurants.   The menu aims to revive authentic recipes of ‘supra’ feasts and showcase a lighter, contemporary style of Georgian food highlighting Georgia’s Silk Road history that sees spices from India, blended with ingredients from Persia and cooking styles from the Middle East peppered with French influences.


Re-launch: Avenue, SW1

The long-standing Avenue restaurant in St James’s has re-launched with a new look and a menu inspired by New American cuisine. However, with its Mayfair location, don’t expect greasy burgers and messy ribs.  Instead, Chef Michael Blizzard’s menu provides a refined contemporary version of regional American food.  Dishes include Clam chowder (served in sour dough with littleneck clams and paper bag ‘crumbled’ bay crackers); Lobster macaroni; and a selection of USDA steaks and burgers.  The bar also keeps to the theme with craft beers, cocktails and a large selection of American wines alongside European bottles.

Try This Week…


Woodall’s British Charcuterie

1801 Newsletter 5 March 2014 There are few simpler pleasures in life than a selection of charcuterie and a glass of wine.  For most of us, the selection of cured meats tends to originate from either Spain or Italy, with choices such as Jamón ibérico and Lardo proving particularly popular at the moment.  For a more British approach to cured meats, take a look at Woodall’s.  The family business has been producing charcuterie that matches the best of our continental cousins for almost two centuries.  Most interestingly, instead of trying to replicate them, the Woodall’s range is inspired by British culinary heritage.  Highlights of the extensive range includes Air-Dried Royale Ham, pickled in a rich blend of Landlord Pale Ale, molasses, vinegar and brown sugar before being lightly smoked; and a rich, hearty Salami that’s based on a traditional Cumberland sausage recipe.  Look out for their range in Waitrose and good delis.

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Mr Sherick’s Shakes

Possibly the most indulgent drinks we’ve ever tried, imagine your favourite ice cream melted down into a cold milkshake and you’ve basically got Mr Sherick’s Shakes. Each bottle is filled with fresh British milk and the finest ethically sourced ingredients – including actual piece of everything from meringue to chocolate chips – to make super-thick milkshakes that burst with flavour and texture. With five diet-busting flavours – Pot au Choc, Strawberry Pavlova, Softly Banoffee, A Hint of Mint, and Cookies & Cream – there’s something to suit all palettes!  Available from Waitrose, Selfridges and Harrods for around £1.99.