Following on from the sucessful release of his new cookbook, Not Guilty, Chef Mick Élysée is bringing his unique take on Congolese cusine to Hoxton, on Saturday 3rd March, 6.30pm, at the Open Kitchen Bar and Restaurant; with a special 4 course gourmet dining event for one night only. Combining the methods and style of modern French cooking with the ingredients and flavours of his native Congo, guests will have the opportunity to experience Mick Élysée’s signature Afro-fusion cuisine. “I want people to know more about African cuisine, and the only way to make it well known is to keep moving. That’s why I’m doing pop-ups – I’m taking the food to the people.” On arrival, dinners will be welcomed with Mick’s signature appetizer, then will be taken on a culinary journey through Congo with an exciting 4 course meal. The event is organised in partnership with the Wonder Foundation and a portion of the profits will go to the charity and their causes. Tickets cost £40 (excluding drinks). For more information and to book visit www.mickelysee.com. Open Kitchen Bar and Restaurant, 40 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LR.
PAPA L’s KITCHEN first pop-up of the year returns on Wednesday 21st February, 18:30 – 22:30, at the prestigious HYDE Kensington. After three successful tasting events in a space of just 6 weeks and renowned for his 10 Course Tasting Menu, head chef and creator Lawrence Gomez, will once again showcase his modern cooking methods and innovative culinary skills with a “Vegan Tasting Menu” that promises to ‘take your taste buds on a new journey and leave you wanting more!’ The menu has been carefully designed to cater for Vegans and non Vegans, showcasing the best of fresh fruit and vegetables through its “African fusion food” concept and includes: Beetroot salad with mint mimosa dressing; Creamed cauliflower soup with truffle oil; PAPA L’s coconut curry with baby sweetcorn, sugar snaps and steamed rice; Spiced plantain with confit shallots and Grilled brocolli with smoked tomato vinaigrette – to name a few dishes. If you want to be part of this unique, sociable dining experience, tickets cost £38.50 + booking fee. For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.eventbrite.co.uk. Hyde Kensington, 1A Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP.
If the way to your heart is through a humble sausage roll, a Mexican chipotle chicken wrap, or cheese and onion pasty; then you’re in for a treat as much loved high street bakery Greggs, in collaboration with OpenTable, are opening their doors on Valentine’s Day for couples to enjoy a romantic, four- course candlelit dinner in selected shops across the UK. Romance is definitely on the menu as selected branches will be transformed into restaurants for the night, complete with mood lighting, music, roses, candles and linen tablecloths and instead of ordering at the till, diners will receive first class table service, in their take on ‘fine dining.’ The one-night-only menu will be made entirely from Greggs favourites including: seasoned pork puff pastry sliders, katsu tortilla wraps, your choice of signature Greggs puff pastry parcels and brochette miniature doughnuts – just to name a few items from the menu: all washed down with prosecco. Tickets cost a bargin £15 for two people and tables will be available to book from Wednesday 7th February via Open Table. For more information and to book visit www.opentable.co.uk/greggs.
Little Baobab returns to East London on Friday 12th January, for their first pop-up of the year. Enjoy a night of Senegalese food, live African music and great vibes.These popular monthly events are well-known for their authentic Senegalese soul food, with some of London’s finest African musicians providing entertainment on the night. Diners can expect a heart warming, three-course Senegalese meal, with live music this month provided by: Abdoulaye Lamb and his band Minnjiaraby. Little Baobab offers a unique experience in the heart of Clapton and promises you a ‘fusion of flavour and fun!’ Tickets cost £28pp and include the 3 course meal + entertainment, from 7pm until 1am – the live music will start at 8pm. Palm2 Event Space, 152-156 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ London. There’s limited space and BOOKING is essential. For more information and to purchase tickets visit littlebaobab.co.uk
With the return of winter, comes the return of the igloos…but not just one! Since Coppa Club launched the famous igloos last year, they’ve since been copied by dozens of restaurants across the world, with a plethora popping up around London!
Over looking Tower Bridge, with views of the Shard – watch the world go by from the truly beautiful igloos at the Coppa Club, as you enjoy festive cocktails and sample the European menu that ranges from small plates and snacks, through to sourdough pizzas and grilled mains; all whilst snuggled up with a sheepskin blanket. Just like last year, the igloos have proved so popular that bookings for the iconic dining experience have fully booked up. However, don’t despair, as there are a limited number of spots kept aside for walk-ins. All bookings are for a maximum of 2 hours. Available now until the 30th March 2018. Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6AH. For more information visit http://www.coppaclub.co.uk
SOCIAL FUN & GAMES CLUB
The Social Fun & Games Club have headed to an East London rooftop for winter, brining glass igloo dining to the 8th floor of Roof East, with views of the Olympic park as your backdrop. Food is provided by Jimmy’s Lodge and guests can tuck into boards of raclette, charcuterie, and ‘Aspen fries’ seasoned with truffle, parmesan and rosemary; with hot toddies and ice cool concoctions to wash down the apres-ski feast. Igloos can be hired for an hour and a half at £40 which includes mulled wine for all on arrival. Additionally, a minimum spend of £40 is required which you can redeem with food and drinks, which you can pre-order or spend on the night. Available now until 23rd December. Roof East, Stratford Shopping Centre, Level 8, E15 1XE. For more information visit https://sfgclub.com
Social Fun & Games Club
After many years working at The Ivy, Scotts Restaurant and Sexy Fish, head chef and founder of PAPA L’s KITCHEN, Lawrence Gomez – will be hosting his first official supper club, a 10 course, YES a…”10 Course Tasting Menu”. For one night only, Thursday 9th November from 18:00 – 22:00, guests will be taken through a mouth watering 10-course fusion tasting menu, at the very prestigious venue HYDE Kensington. The menu will combine the exotic ingredients and flavours of Africa, with cuisine from around the world and include: Creamed Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil (V), Slow Cooked BBQ Lamb, Spiced Couscous with Mint Yoghurt and Sweet Potato, Plantain croquettes with Spicy Mayo (V) and Seared Scallops with Chorizo Relish, to name a few dishes. If you want to be part of this unique, sociable dining experience, tickets cost £45pp + booking fee and include the 10 course meal + complimentary drink on arrival. For more information and to purchase tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk. Hyde Kensington, 1A Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP
Pizza & Prosecco…a match made in heaven; so what could be better then bringing the two together for a festival based around the ultimate food and drink duo. Oh yes, a Pizza & Prosecco Festival is coming to the capital on Saturday November 25, at Building 6 at The O2. With two sittings – Brunch from 2.00pm to 6.30pm & Evening from 7.30pm to 01.00am, the pizza line-up includes the acclaimed Catch Doughboys, Ffwrnes and The Original Goodfillas, to name a few…who’ll be serving up slices all day long; alongside a choice of 20 varieties of prosecco and The Tiny Tipple Van knocking up prosecco cocktails. A sing-a-long to pop classics and live music all day, finish up the line-up. So get a pizza the action and find out more details here.
Foods from across a variety of African countries, are finally getting the accolade and exposure they deserve in the UK and of late, the capital has seen a sudden rise in the popularity of African Supperclubs and pop-ups…enabling Londoners to try delicious and diverse flavours from across the continent. On Saturday 5th August, from 6.30pm – 9.30pm, guests will be able to sample the delights of authentic Sierra Leonean cuisine, at My African Hob’s inaugural Supperclub in Hammersmith, West London. We’ve been told guests can expect “a warm welcome, an evening of African celebration, deliciously home-cooked food and full flavour from Sierra Leone.” Upon arrival welcome drinks made from traditional West African ingredients like a warming Ginger Beer and lime drink; or a Wonjo (Hibiscus flower/sorrel) cocktail, will be served and a three course menu will include a choice of: Starters – Banana akara (Ve) or Sierra Leone style banana fritters served with homemade pepper sauce; Mains – Skewered roast beef kebab with spicy Couscous (beef cubes marinated in peanut sauce, grilled with onions and sweet peppers) or Black eyed beans stew with roasted sweet potatoes (Ve) and Pear Tart (V) with vanilla ice cream, for dessert. It’s a BYOB event, so feel free to bring along your favourite tipple! If you want the opportunity to enjoy deliciously home-cooked Sierra Leonean food, or simply want to experience new tastes and flavours, be sure to check out My African Hob – Taste Of Sierra Leone Supperclub. Early Bird tickets cost £30 per person and are on sale until the 22nd July, thereafter tickets cost £36. For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk. My African Hob, Grove Community Centre, Bradmore Park Road, London, W6 0DT.
It’s time for baked beans to take centre stage, as a Heinz Beanz café will be popping up in Selfridges Food Hall from March 27 to April 23, to celebrate 50 years since the slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ has bean around! Habouring memories of student days gone by, the Beanz Meanz Heinz Cafe will serve – beans with crispy bacon, beans with ham hock and beans with scrambled egg, all of which come with the option of adding extra cheese. The cafe is open from 9am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sundays, with all the dishes costing £3. Selfridges Food Hall, 400 Oxford St, London W1A.
Egg-citing news, the Cadbury Creme Egg Café is back…and it’s touring the UK! The travelling Cadbury Creme Egg Hunting Lodge, will be situated near the London Eye for three days only – Friday 27th January, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February and guests can expect a range of Creme Egg inspired treats such as ‘Gooey Creme Egg S’mores (creme egg pieces and a giant marshmallow sandwiched between two biscuits and then toasted), Creme Egg Hunters’ Hot Chocolate, Creme Egg Forest Fridge Cake and Creme Egg Black Forest Toasties all priced at £4; along with floor to ceiling Creme Egg hunting paraphernalia.’ If you’re in a rush but can’t resist a Creme Egg catch, then head over to the takeaway area for a Gooey Creme Egg S’more priced at £2. This option does not include entry into The Lodge itself and no booking is required. Tickets sold out within minutes of going live…but don’t despair as there will be space for walk-ins on the day. For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/cadburycremeegg/