The Summer Picnic 2017
Jul
23
12:30 PM12:30

The Summer Picnic 2017

I actually can't quite remember when we held the first Summer Picnic, but I think it might have been 14 years ago... and we've been going every year since then.

The Summer Picnic is more of a picnic event than a mere picnic, with everyone inviting themselves, their friends, their families, their friends they want to be their family, family that used to be their friend... everyone is welcome, and all are free to invite whoever they please. Essentially, the Summer Picnic is a big group of regular picnics, all being held at the same time, on the same day, under the same tree on Hampstead Heath.

The picnic is completely free and this year will be on the 23rd of July and start around 12.30. Bring food to share and drinks to hand around. It's a communal event and we all waddle home stuffed to the brim with the most delicious picnic food you can imagine.

The tree that the picnic is under is to the north of Parliament Hill and the best way to approach it is either round one of the sides of the Hill - you don't need to go up and over it with all your picnic finery... More info below...

If you get lost, send me a message on Instagram or Facebook and I'll do my best to guide you in.

I look forward to seeing you there!

The Summer Picnic
Sunday 23rd July 2017, 12.30 PM
Hampstead Heath - paste "51.561989, -0.161034" into your maps app or click the link below


Remember to bring a bottle of water for the walk over to the tree, and make sure you're carrying things in comfortable bags or hampers, as it's a 10-20 minute walk from the nearest parking spaces or public transport. Please also remember to take any waste home with you after the picnic - the Heath is a communal space so let's help look after it. Well-behaved pets are very welcome, but there will be children and lots of food around so please keep an eye on them.


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Food for All Seasons Thymes Table, at Thyme
May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Food for All Seasons Thymes Table, at Thyme

Book now for a delicious seasonal meal in the glorious tithe barn at Thyme in the Cotswolds. I'll be cooking with the Thyme team using stunning produce grown in their fantastic gardens and locally reared kid.

Menu:

Canapes

Purple sprouting broccoli, smoked mackerel and horseradish and dill dressing

Braised kid with chard and mint, roast seasonal veg.

Rhubarb upside-down cake with rose and lime cream. 

£50

(cheese course available - supplement applies)

 

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Kino Vino Film Night at Konstam - The Commissar
Jan
21
7:30 PM19:30

Kino Vino Film Night at Konstam - The Commissar

As part of my Konstam residency at the Calvert 22 Café, I'll be teaming up for the second week in a row with Kino Vino's Alissa Timoshkina to present a night of food and film with flavours from eastern Europe and Russia.

We'll be presenting a rare screening of the remarkable Soviet movie The Commissar, a once-banned gem of world cinema about a female officer in the Bolshevik army whose pregnancy forces her to make difficult decisions that will change the course of her life.

Tickets include a welcome drink and snacks created by Oliver and Alissa to accompany the film, and an extended introduction by Dr Alissa Timoshkina.

The Commissar
USSR, 1967, dir. Aleksander Askoldov, 110 mins

Based on a short story by a renowned Soviet-Jewish writer Vasily Grossman, this remarkable film was made during the Soviet New Wave and tells a story of a Red Army commissar who temporarily lodges with a poor Jewish family to give birth in the midst of the Russian Civil War (1917 – 1922). The Commissar is a sensitive and elegiac portrait of a mostly vanished culture, filmed with a unique poetic vision. The film was banned upon its completion and not shown to the public until 1988. 

More about the film here.

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Eastern Grains Supper Club with Alex Hutchinson - Konstam @ Calvert 22
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Eastern Grains Supper Club with Alex Hutchinson - Konstam @ Calvert 22

Friday 20th January

Eastern Grains with Alexandra Hutchinson

Embodying many of the philosophies that Konstam held to be at the heart of food and eating, Alexandra’s bijou eeatery, 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard, selling divine porridges and other delectable dishes, has been a stunning success. Alex has been a collaborator on several projects recently so it was natural to turn to her for this, the second of our Konstam at Calvert 22 supper clubs. We'll be inspired by the grains and pulses of the east and looking for interesting new ways to weave them into the dishes on our menu. £45

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Kino Vino Film Night at Konstam - Oma and Bella
Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

Kino Vino Film Night at Konstam - Oma and Bella

As part of my Konstam residency at the Calvert 22 Café, I'll be teaming up with Kino Vino's Alissa Timoshkina to present a night of food and film with flavours from eastern Europe.

We'll be screening the enchanting documentary Oma & Bella, an intimate portrait of two elderly Jewish women in Berlin with humour, powerful stories, and a deep fondness for good food.

Tickets include a welcome drink and snacks created by Oliver and Alissa to accompany the film.

Oma & Bella
Germany, 2012, dir. Alexa Karolinski, 76 mins

Oma and Bella is a deeply touching and endearing documentary about a life-long friendship between two elderly Jewish women living. While rooted in the tragic history of the Holocaust, the film is an ode to their resilience, survival and joie de vivre. It is a celebration of friendship, tradition and, above all, of Jewish food. It is through the food which Oma and Bella prepare together that they remember their childhood, maintain a bond to each other and explore questions of memory, heritage and cultural identity. They drink vodka, sing Yiddish songs and dress up to go out with their friends. Oma and Bella will evoke your unconditional affection and admiration from the very first scene!

More about the film here.

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Eastern Flavours Supper Club with Olia Hercules at Konstam @ Calvert 22
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

Eastern Flavours Supper Club with Olia Hercules at Konstam @ Calvert 22

Friday 13th January

Eastern Flavours with Olia Hercules.

Author of Mamushka, one of the stand-out cookery books of the last few years and one of my favourite people to cook with, Olia and I will be presenting a mash-up of Eastern European inspired dishes, with ferments, pickles, borsch and more:

Fermented pickles

Winter borsch with fermented beetroot, ginger and chilli

Ossetian pies

Roast pork belly with sauerkraut, apples, prunes and spices

Beetroot, walnut and caraway cake with sour cream and candied beetroot

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Konstam at Calvert 22
Jan
12
to Jan 21

Konstam at Calvert 22

Come to Konstam!

Back in 2004, before I opened my restaurant, or started writing my book, I had a little Café in King's Cross called Konstam. It was, as Time Out said very early on, cute as a button, and quickly became a hub of good food, good conversation and gorgeous community.

Sadly It closed in 2007, but recently I was talking to the good folk at Calvert 22, the fantastic gallery and events space on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch and they said they'd like to hold a series of pop-ups. I thought "why not have a Konstam Cafe Residency?", and they loved the idea, so that's what we're going to do.

It will be over two weekends in the middle of January - Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th & Thursday 19th - Sunday 22nd. We'll be serving breakfast and lunch Thursday & Friday, Brunch all day on the weekends. The menu will be simple and delicious, full of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients and available to eat in or take away.

The whole residency will be very collaborative, from the cakes, by heavenly baker Henrietta Inman and delicious pickles by Newton and Pott, through to the special events we'll be holding In the evenings. I've got super nights with amazing chefs Olia Hercules, author of the sensational Mamushka, and Alex Hely-Hutchinson from 26 Grains, and Kino Vino Film Nights, curated by Alissa Timoshkina lined up - it's going to be brilliant! 

I hope you can come and join us.

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Aldeburgh Food Festival
Sep
23
to Sep 25

Aldeburgh Food Festival

Aldeburgh is one of the UK's most exciting and well established food festivals and this is my first time there, and I'll be doing not one, but two events! On Saturday morning I'll be demonstrating the Roast Pork Belly with Hedgerow Sauce recipe from my book, and on Sunday my good friend Kylee Newton and I will be doing a masterclass as Kipper and Pickle. I hope you can join me for either or both!

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Urban Food Awards Evening
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

Urban Food Awards Evening

Run by the Mayor of London, London Food Link and Borough Market as part of Urban Food Fortnight, the Urban Food Awards celebrate London’s fantastic food scene. In addition to great taste, they throw the spotlight on the good food practices and people behind the products.

I was delighted to be invited to judge the awards for the second year running, alongside Rowley Leigh and joined by Olia Hercules and Tom Hunt. 

The categories are:

Produce: Londoners’ Loaf, Heavenly Honey, Beautiful Brew, London Leaves and Proper Preserves

People: Roots to Work, Capital Growth’s Growing Enterprise, Best Retailer, Sustainable Street Food, Most Inspiring Producer.

https://www.sustainweb.org/londonfoodlink/awards

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Shambala Festival
Aug
25
to Aug 28

Shambala Festival

This year Shambala festival has bravely decided to go meat-free and The Garden O'Feeden will host a lively line up of conversation, debate and tastings, where I will be speaking and cooking on Friday 26th August. 

It is a pleasure to be able to contribute to their sustainable focus, share some of my summer recipes and use some of the freshest produce found local to festival.    
Take a look at the Shambala wesbite for more of their food programme. 

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Oliver Rowe goes North
Jul
11
to Jul 15

Oliver Rowe goes North

OLIVER ROWE GOES NORTH, 11th - 15th July

In July I will be travelling to Yorkshire to take Food for All Seasons on tour.  Spending a few days in both Harrogate and Chapel Allerton near Leeds, I will be guest chef at Norse, Grub & Grog and House of Koko while sourcing from local suppliers to bring out the best of Yorkshire's local summer produce. 
 

Norse, Harrogate: 12 - 13th July

Grub & Grog, Harrogate: 14th July

House of Koko, Chapel Allerton: 15th July

Book individually for each restaurant. 

 

MENU

Deep fried courgette flowers with stichelton, goats curd & local honey

Seared mackerel with gooseberry compote, crème fraîche, buckwheat elderflower & dill

Grilled skirt steak with roast beetroot, red onion and caper salad tiède

Almond and blueberry tart with artichoke & crème fraiche ice-cream

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Thyme's Table - Food for All Seasons
Jul
9
10:00 AM10:00

Thyme's Table - Food for All Seasons

  • Thyme, Southrop Manor Estate, Gloucestershire, GL7 3NX United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Thyme's Gloucestershire estate encompasses a boutique hotel and dynamic cookery school running demonstrations, tastings, talks, foraging and garden tours, growing and sourcing from their country kitchen garden.

Charlie Hibbert and I will introduce guests to the best produce from the kitchen garden in a Masterclass morning featuring recipes from my soon to be published book Food for All Seasons and in the evening we will develop this into a Thyme's Table dinner served in the elegant surroundings of the Tithe Barn.

The Saturday Masterclass Morning two hour class will be £145 per head.

This dinner will be £75 for three courses (cheese course supplement); wine flight from £50.00; Wine list available.

Further information, menus and booking please call 01367850174 and visit the Thyme website.

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Food for All Seasons - Publication Special
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Food for All Seasons - Publication Special

Feast on the flavours of June with the London Cooking Project and Oliver Rowe. Come to the latest in his series of Food For All Seasons suppers celebrating seasonal food and his book by the same name.

Oliver Rowe - the man behind Konstam at the Prince Albert, London’s first locally sourced restaurant – has long been an advocate of seasonal eating. June’s menu will feature recipes from the book to bring out the best from the produce that June has to offer. 

Food for All Seasons, which will be published by Faber & Faber on the 16th of June, is a personal and informative wander through the food year and can be ordered here. Copies will be available to buy on the night. 

Profits from the supper club help to fund London Cooking Project’s community projects. 

BOOK TICKETS HERE.

Menu

- Deep-fried courgette flowers with Stichelton and Honey 

- Pea, lettuce and bacon soup (v) bacon optional

- Mackerel with warm beetroot & red onion salad, barley and cucumber, lovage & crème fraîche.

- Pernod-poached cherries with lavender ice cream.

 

 

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Kino Vino - Fantastic Mr Fox
Jun
9
to Jun 10

Kino Vino - Fantastic Mr Fox

This will be my third collaboration on the fabulous KinoVino project run by the marvellous Alissa Timoshkina. This time we'll be showing the film of one of my favourite children's books, Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. I read this over and over as a kid so it's a huge pleasure to be given the opportunity to recreate and be inspired by some of the food themes that appear in it. And it is a very culinary tale - in fact, apart from the theme of being chased, food is the most significant thread in the story. Not just the need for it, but also it's enjoyment and how important that is for bringing people together.

Roald Dahl and Wes Anderson are both incredible storytellers, and although the tale takes on lots of new flavours in Anderson's hands he holds true to Dahl's wonder in the amazing Mr Fox and the book's sense of excitement and adventure. Come and join us for a thrilling and delicious evening.

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Hay Festival - In conversation with Sabrina Ghayour
May
27
5:30 PM17:30

Hay Festival - In conversation with Sabrina Ghayour

At the end of the month I'm excited to be at Hay Festival in conversation with Sabrina Ghayour and John Mitchinson.

Ghayour follows her iconic cookbook Persiana with Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East. I will be discussing imaginative seasonal cooking in the run up to the publication on the 16th June of my book Food for All Seasons

Friday 27 May 5.30pm  |  Venue - Oxfam Moot
More information and booking here.

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Food for All Season - The Flood Begins
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Food for All Season - The Flood Begins

On Saturday 21st May, The London Cooking Project will host the last of my Food for All Seasons meals before the Launch Special in June. As ever, it will feature a four course menu focussing on the freshest, local, seasonal ingredients.

May is still a tricky time of year - the main summer harvest has yet to arrive but the cruelty of April is slowly becoming a distant memory. Asparagus continue to make it all better, and elderflower arrives soon to back it up. Peas and broad beans are on the horizon, and spring lamb is a seasonal highlight.

Book Tickets.
 

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Kino Vino Pickles - Crossing Delancy
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Kino Vino Pickles - Crossing Delancy

The art of preserving food is inherent in so many cultures and in recent years fermentation and pickling have become increasingly popular in the UK. These techniques were elevated to an art-form and a trend thanks to such talented entrepreneurs like Kylee Newton, the founder of Newton&Pott. In this very special edition Kylee teams up with KinoVino to celebrate the joys and wonders of pickling.

Join us for a hands-on pickling demo, where you get to learn how to make Kylee’s signature gin pickled cucumbers. We will then delight you with a screening of a classic New York romcom, Crossing Delancey, a.k.a romancing the pickle. The night will culminate with a fabulous dinner curated and prepared by Kylee and one of KinoVino’s favourite chefs, Oliver Rowe. Trust me, together they make an absolute dream team. Guests will be treated to bespoke cocktails featuring Newton&Pott produce as well as special party gifts to take home. You will also get the chance to get a signed copy of Kylee’s acclaimed book ‘The Modern Preserver‘ and treat yourself to more of Kylee’s creations at our special pop-up pickle shop.

Tickets are available here HERE

Palm2, 152 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0Q

Price: £70 (inc. pickles workshop) // £45 dinner

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The Food We Eat - in conversation with Joanna Blythman
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

The Food We Eat - in conversation with Joanna Blythman

How healthy is our food? In an age of salads washed in chlorine and factory ‘food solutions’, what guarantees are there that what we eat isn’t detrimental to our health, and what can we do about it? Food writer Joanna Blythman, author of Swallow This and How To Eat, and chef Oliver Rowe, author of Food for All Seasons, debate the issues with Steven Gale.

7.30pm at Omnibus | 1 Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 0QW

Tickets and further information here.

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Bristol Food Connections
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Bristol Food Connections

Bristol Food Connections will be returning for its third year from Friday 29th April to Saturday 7th May, embracing Bristol’s independent spirit and supporting the farmers, chefs, food projects and businesses that work tirelessly to put good food on our plates.

The festival includes feasts and banquets, discussions & debates, cooking demos and community events covering everything from cooking skills, to soil, children’s events to foraging walks, all designed to help the public to engage with the social, environmental and economic challenges we face in feeding our growing population.

I will be hosting a seasonal session in the Riverford Yurt, sharing tips for living seasonally whilst demonstrating some simple year round cooking techniques.

Full information and booking on their website.

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Food for All Seasons - The Hunger Gap
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Food for All Seasons - The Hunger Gap

On Saturday April 23rd, The London Cooking Project will host Food for All Seasons: The Hunger Gap, featuring a four course menu focussing on the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Traditionally a difficult time of year in the seasonal calendar as many crops have yet to be harvested, but supplies of the stored fruit and vegetables, like apples and beetroot, are rapidly dwindling. Wild garlic is in abundance, as are many salad leaves. This months menu will be green and lean, healthy and full of verdant flavours.

Tickets for the April dinner are available here.

23rd April at 7pm
London Cooking Project, 1 Ethelburga Street, London, SW11 4AG

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Residency at SALON, Brixton
Mar
29
to Apr 4

Residency at SALON, Brixton

 

I will be staging a(n authorised) takeover of Salon from March 29th to April 2nd. 
Nick Balfe is handing over the reigns to me for a week long residency, where I'll be cooking simple, seasonal, but exciting dishes with heart and soul.

No need to buy tickets in advance – just book or walk in as normal for brunch, lunch and dinner.

SALON, 18 Market Row, Brixton, London, SW9 8LD

http://www.salonbrixton.co.uk

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Food for All Seasons - Primavera
Mar
19
6:00 PM18:00

Food for All Seasons - Primavera

This Saturday March 19th, we will host Food for All Seasons: Primavera, featuring a four course menu focussed on the freshest organic, spring ingredients with a Spanish theme. 

This is the third in my series of seasonal suppers hosted by the London Cooking Project.

Tickets: £40pp - available from Billeto here

  • Saturday, March 19, 2016
  • 5:30pm
  • London Cooking Project,  1 Ethelburga Street, London, SW11 4AG
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Spurstowe Arms - The Spanish #Takeover
Mar
1
to Mar 14

Spurstowe Arms - The Spanish #Takeover

The Spurstowe Arms - 2nd Serving. Following on from my stint at the Spurstowe last autumn, they've invited me back for another go... rather, the lovely and over-worked Head Chef, Nico, wants to go on another holiday. Loving, as I do, the pub and the team, I readily agreed, and inspired by a recent trip to northern Spain I decided to go Iberian. Come down for a bite to eat and a pint of ale, or one of Nick's hand-picked wines. Two weeks only.

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Food for All Seasons - Winter's End
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Food for All Seasons - Winter's End

This is the second in my series of seasonal suppers hosted by the London Cooking Project.

If you missed the first one then you missed an evening of gorgeous food, great wine and a lovely atmosphere.

February's meal will be no different. The menu will be as seasonal as the last, picking delicious highlights from the best produce the season has to offer.

As ever I'll be focussing on ingredients grown and reared in London and the South East, with mutton from amersham, and most other produce from the home counties. Rhubarb will be from Yorkshire. 

Tickets: £40pp - available from Grub Club here

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KinoVino Christmas Special: Babette’s Feast
Dec
19
6:00 PM18:00

KinoVino Christmas Special: Babette’s Feast

KinoVino host an unforgettable Christmas dinner party inspired by one of the most iconic food films in history – Babette’s Feast. Enjoy the screening of the film enveloped in the scents and tastes of French and Nordic cuisines. Treat yourself upon arrival to an array of festive cocktails curated for this night only, enjoy the film in our unique pop-up cinema, and indulge in a gourmet feast, featuring the iconic dishes from the film.

Book here > 

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