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Sep

23

Book now for The Cinnamon Club's Wine & Spice dinners 2015

The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen have always led the way in flying the flag for wines that can stand up to their elegantly spiced dishes. Over four courses, the group's skilled sommelier Laurent Chaniac introduces a series of fine wines from his cellars and explains just why they work so well with executive chef Vivek Singh's food.

This year's series of wine and spice dinners will concentrate on Old World wine regions, but with a few surprises. On 10 June, Cinnamon Kitchen will see some of its dishes paired with Loire wines (£60), while on 10 July, Greek wines will be the focus of a slap-up dinner at The Cinnamon Club (£90). Later in the year, on 23 September, Les Caves des Pyrènes will co-host a wine dinner at Cinnamon Kitchen, which will showcase wines from small producers, including natural wines (£60). The series will be rounded off on 16 October at The Cinnamon Club with a dinner celebrating game season, with each course paired with a Burgundy wine (£120).

Booking in advance is recommended. For more information and to book your place, visit The Cinnamon Club's website.

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The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen

Sep

23

The wines are the stars this summer at Galvin at Windows

You know how at traditional wine dinners, it's the sommelier's job to find a wine that perfectly matches the chef's dishes? Well, this year, Mayfair restaurant Galvin at Windows will turn that philosophy on its head, with four wine dinners where the wines are the true stars.

And what wines they are. Each dinner will centre around a selection of wines from a specific producer, including Champagne houses Louis Roederer and Taittinger, Burgundy vineyard Domaine Faiveley, and Second Growth Bordeaux wine producer Pichon Longueville.

The winemakers themselves will attend the dinners, talking diners through the wines and answering questions about their production. Meanwhile, guests can tuck into a four-course meal, with dishes prepared by Galvin's chef Joo Won to bring out the full potential of each wine - and, of course, take in Galvin at Window's fabulous views.

This monthly event kicks off with a Taittinger wine dinner on 12 May (£125), followed by Domaine Faiveley on 2 June (£125), Pichon Longueville on 7 July (£125) and Louis Roederer on 23 September (£150). Each event starts with a canapé reception. For more information or to book tickets, email reservations@galvinatwindows.com or call 020 7208 4021.

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Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane

Sep

19

Pimp your weekend with leisurely masterclasses and wine tastings at Hibiscus

Ever wondered why, exactly, dishes at your favourite restaurants taste so much better than any attempts to recreate them at home? Or wanted to learn more about wine but can’t find the time? Then the series of one-off classes and tastings that Hibiscus has lined up this autumn and winter might be perfect for you.

The two Michelin-starred restaurant is letting amateur cooks in on the secrets behind their chefs’ tastiest dishes. A senior chef will cook four courses in the private room of the restaurant, explaining the techniques and tricks behind the layers of flavour and picture-perfect looks. Pupils can take notes and ask questions as they watch the demonstrations, as well as tasting the finished result (the best bit). Every guest goes away with a signed menu and a goodie bag (also very good). If wine is your passion, treat yourself to a weekend tasting event laid on by the restaurant and hosted by Hibiscus’ head sommelier Bastien Ferreri. These one-off classes take place twice a month on Saturday mornings from 19 September until 21 November, and – with plenty of top-quality wines specially picked from the restaurant’s cellar for you to sample – they’re a fantastic way to kick off the weekend.

Weekend wine tastings start at 10am and last for two hours; they cost £100. To book tickets or find out more, visit Hibiscus’ website.
These take place on the following Saturdays:

19 and 26 September
10 and 17 October
7 and 21 October

Hibiscus’ masterclasses cost £225 and take place on 24 October, 31 October, 14 November and 28 November. To book tickets, visit Hibiscus’ website.

Or, combine the two experiences for £325. Combined classes will take place on the 5, 12 and 19 December; to book, call 020 7629 2999.

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Hibiscus

Oct

12

Rum Experience Week 2015

As the temperatures begin to dip this autumn, a very rum do is set to kick off just in time to warm Londoners up again. From 12-18 October, Rum Experience Week will unleash seven days of tastings, masterclasses, parties, music and fine dining on the capital. Love cigars, chocolate and rum? Then the pairing events being planned will be right up your street.

Rum Experience Week will culminate in the ninth annual RumFest, taking place at the ILEC in Earls Court. Expect two days of samplings, talks, masterclasses and delicious cocktails – as well as the chance to taste rums worth over £100 per bottle.

Check back to the website for the latest details as they are announced, and don’t forget to keep an eye on #rumweek for competitions, updates and more. 

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Various locations

Sep

7

Join Gaucho for seven Champagne-filled days

High-end steak chain Gaucho never does anything by halves, so when they organise a Champagne-fuelled event, they don’t just organise one, they organise a whole week’s worth. This September, Gaucho will celebrate the power of bubbly at seven consecutive evenings taking place at branches around the UK, which will mix tasting masterclasses, sommelier discussions and cocktails with full-on Champagne dinners.

The first four evenings (7-10 September) will be dedicated to Champagne-tasting. Hosted by representatives from some of the top Champagne houses, including Mumm, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon, these events will equip guests with enough knowledge to comfortably discuss all aspects of fizz with like-minded enthusiasts, without the need for bluffing. Compare different styles of Champagne, discover how to best showcase them in cocktails, and learn from the experts as you sip Champagne and feast on Argentinian appetisers.

The rest of the week will see Champagne paired with Gaucho’s signature wet-aged steaks (11-12 September) and consumed in true style at a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Gaucho Charlotte Street (13 September).

The tastings cost £25; the Champagne dinners cost £75, and the screening costs £45. For more information about locations and the Champagnes to be showcased at each event, or to book, visit Gaucho’s website.

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Various Locations

Sep

9

Why Wales's Tyddyn Llan has five reasons to celebrate

This autumn, anyone who is anyone in the wine world and beyond will be visiting Snowdonia’s Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, Tyddyn Llan, as part of a series of special events the venue has planned. From winemakers at some of the world’s biggest wineries and Champagne houses to household names such as BBC Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker, Tyddyn Llan’s owners are welcoming the great and the good to celebrate 14 years in the business.

On 9 September, John Duval, chief winemaker at top Australian winery Penfolds, will host a wine dinner featuring wines from the label he founded in 2003.

On 9 October, Tyddyn Llan’s co-owner and chef, Bryan Webb, will cook luxurious lobster and grouse dishes that will be paired with Bibendum wines in an evening led by Bibendum’s Simon Awdry.

On 25 October, DJ Johnnie Walker will host a special charity wine dinner in aid of Carers UK.

On 1 November, the restaurant’s annual Champagne dinner, hosted by Louis Roederer’s Guy Cliffe, will take place.

And to round things off on 15 November, Bryan and his wife Susan will celebrate 14 years at the helm of their restaurant, as well as a full decade’s partnership with Ludlow-based wine merchant Bentley’s; the evening will feature a tutored tasting of wines from the Bentley’s cellar.

These events all cost £95, including wines. Diners can take advantage of a reduced room rate of £60 (based on two sharing) on the night of each event. To book your place, call 01490 440264.

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Tyddyn Llan

Sep

9

Let St John's Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver wine and dine you this autumn

It’s hard to believe that restaurant-scene stalwart St John only ran its first wine-tasting dinner back in June of this year. Obviously, it was a smash hit – so owners Trevor Gulliver and Fergus Henderson have organised two more for autumn, both happening in September.

The first dinner will take place on 10 September at St John Bakery Rooms, on Maltby Street, and wine enthusiast Trevor will concentrate on wines from the Loire Valley, including a 2013 Pouilly-Fumé Les Cornets from A Cailbourdin, which won an IWC silver award. The second will take place on 21 September at St John Bread & Wine in Farringdon, and will see Trevor recommending seasonal wines to take diners into the autumn and winter months, such as a 2014 Sancerre rosé by François Crochet.

Fergus will be at the stoves, providing guests with a typically St John menu – four courses including, say, crispy pig’s cheek with dandelion, or roast sirloin with beetroot and horseradish, at the Bakery Rooms event, and the likes of native rock oysters or pig’s head pie at the Bread & Wine event.

Tickets to both events cost £95. To book your place at the Bakery Rooms Loire wine dinner, email wineteam@hgwines.co.uk. To book your place at the seasonal wine event at Bread & Wine, email max@stjohnrestaurant.com.

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St John Bakery Room and St John Bread & Wine

Sep

15

Experience Fera at Claridge's, The French and L'Enclume all in one week

Manchester’s dining scene has been on fire since Simon Rogan took the helm of The Midland Hotel back in 2013. So it’s fitting that as part of the celebrations for the city’s food festival this year, Rogan is planning something special.

During the Manchester Food & Drink Festival, The French restaurant at The Midland will play host to four chefs from Rogan’s other restaurants, which include two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume and star-studded London flagship Fera at Claridge’s. For one night only, each chef will showcase his style of cooking with a specially prepared nine-course menu that reflects the cuisine at his particular restaurant; Rogan himself will also take to the stoves for one night during his Chef Week. Expect the unexpected – from duck gizzards with whey, onions and chestnuts, to camomile with celery and pineapple sage.

This event takes place from 15-19 September, kicking off with Tom Barnes from L’Enclume. The set menu of each chef costs £100, or £160 including wines. To book, call 0161 932 4198, or visit The French’s reservations page.

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The Midland Hotel, 16 Peter Street

Sep

17

A dinner party in a stately home? Don't mind if we do

Herefordshire country house Dewsall has become so celebrated locally for its supper clubs that they have morphed into dinner parties, with guests returning to the stately home as friends do. That’s why for 2015-16, the kitchen team has relaunched the events as bona fide dinner parties, with a different top chef taking to the stoves for each, serving a four-course menu in an intimate environment.

Dishes on the menu promise to never be predictable – for the first dinner party, Salt Yard’s Ben Tish will serve up an unusual menu featuring rye bread fermented with vinegar and spread with yeast-whipped butter, plus lardo with walnuts and truffled honey, and spit-roasted shoulder of goat.

On October 31, it’s the turn of TV chef Valentine Warner to bring his seasonal cooking approach to a special dinner celebrating Halloween. Next year, two cookbook authors will host the event: on February 13, Sabrina Ghayour will serve a menu with a Persian flavour, while on March 31, Cook in Boots author Ravinder Bhogal will host the dinner party.

Each event costs £62, with discounted rates for guests who want to stay in one of the property’s 10 luxury bedrooms. To book your place at the next dinner party, email Dewsall or call 01432 276724.

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Deswall Court

Sep

19

Pimp your weekend with leisurely masterclasses and wine tastings at Hibiscus

Ever wondered why, exactly, dishes at your favourite restaurants taste so much better than any attempts to recreate them at home? Or wanted to learn more about wine but can’t find the time? Then the series of one-off classes and tastings that Hibiscus has lined up this autumn and winter might be perfect for you.

The two Michelin-starred restaurant is letting amateur cooks in on the secrets behind their chefs’ tastiest dishes. A senior chef will cook four courses in the private room of the restaurant, explaining the techniques and tricks behind the layers of flavour and picture-perfect looks. Pupils can take notes and ask questions as they watch the demonstrations, as well as tasting the finished result (the best bit). Every guest goes away with a signed menu and a goodie bag (also very good). If wine is your passion, treat yourself to a weekend tasting event laid on by the restaurant and hosted by Hibiscus’ head sommelier Bastien Ferreri. These one-off classes take place twice a month on Saturday mornings from 19 September until 21 November, and – with plenty of top-quality wines specially picked from the restaurant’s cellar for you to sample – they’re a fantastic way to kick off the weekend.

Weekend wine tastings start at 10am and last for two hours; they cost £100. To book tickets or find out more, visit Hibiscus’ website.
These take place on the following Saturdays:

19 and 26 September
10 and 17 October
7 and 21 October

Hibiscus’ masterclasses cost £225 and take place on 24 October, 31 October, 14 November and 28 November. To book tickets, visit Hibiscus’ website.

Or, combine the two experiences for £325. Combined classes will take place on the 5, 12 and 19 December; to book, call 020 7629 2999.

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Hibiscus

Sep

23

Book now for The Cinnamon Club's Wine & Spice dinners 2015

The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen have always led the way in flying the flag for wines that can stand up to their elegantly spiced dishes. Over four courses, the group's skilled sommelier Laurent Chaniac introduces a series of fine wines from his cellars and explains just why they work so well with executive chef Vivek Singh's food.

This year's series of wine and spice dinners will concentrate on Old World wine regions, but with a few surprises. On 10 June, Cinnamon Kitchen will see some of its dishes paired with Loire wines (£60), while on 10 July, Greek wines will be the focus of a slap-up dinner at The Cinnamon Club (£90). Later in the year, on 23 September, Les Caves des Pyrènes will co-host a wine dinner at Cinnamon Kitchen, which will showcase wines from small producers, including natural wines (£60). The series will be rounded off on 16 October at The Cinnamon Club with a dinner celebrating game season, with each course paired with a Burgundy wine (£120).

Booking in advance is recommended. For more information and to book your place, visit The Cinnamon Club's website.

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The Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen

Sep

23

The wines are the stars this summer at Galvin at Windows

You know how at traditional wine dinners, it's the sommelier's job to find a wine that perfectly matches the chef's dishes? Well, this year, Mayfair restaurant Galvin at Windows will turn that philosophy on its head, with four wine dinners where the wines are the true stars.

And what wines they are. Each dinner will centre around a selection of wines from a specific producer, including Champagne houses Louis Roederer and Taittinger, Burgundy vineyard Domaine Faiveley, and Second Growth Bordeaux wine producer Pichon Longueville.

The winemakers themselves will attend the dinners, talking diners through the wines and answering questions about their production. Meanwhile, guests can tuck into a four-course meal, with dishes prepared by Galvin's chef Joo Won to bring out the full potential of each wine - and, of course, take in Galvin at Window's fabulous views.

This monthly event kicks off with a Taittinger wine dinner on 12 May (£125), followed by Domaine Faiveley on 2 June (£125), Pichon Longueville on 7 July (£125) and Louis Roederer on 23 September (£150). Each event starts with a canapé reception. For more information or to book tickets, email reservations@galvinatwindows.com or call 020 7208 4021.

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Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane

Oct

8

The toast of the wine world hosts a Champagne tasting to remember

What could be better than an evening spent tasting some of the best and scarcest Champagnes in the world? Well, one tasting some of the best Champagnes in the world - including those matured in magnum and jeroboam - with wine buff par excellence Jancis Robinson MW talking you through them. This October, at exclusive wine club 67 Pall Mall, Robinson will host what promises to be the Champagne event of the year.

As part of The Finest Bubble, guests will be able to sample 11 superb-quality Champagnes side by side - five mature and rare vintages of prestige cuvée aged in different vessels. These include a 1996 Louis Roederer Cristal matured in bottle and in magnum (today magnums cost £1,278); a 1998 Krug matured in bottle, magnum and jeroboam (magnums currently cost £575); and a 1996 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill in both bottle and magnum (the latter of which costs £599 on today's market).

Robinson will explain in her inimitably accessible and entertaining way how, when it comes to Champagne, size matters: the same vintage ages in surprisingly different ways depending on whether it is matured in bottle, magnum or jeroboam. By tasting the same Champagne from these different vessels, guests will be able to appreciate their markedly different expressions.

This event takes place on Thursday 8 October, from 6.30-9pm. Tickets cost £395 and only 48 are available. To book yours and to find out more, visit thefinestbubble.com.

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67 Pall Mall

Oct

9

Sail away in style with top chef Ollie Dabbous

Still not managed to get a table at hip Fitzrovia destination Dabbous? Then think outside the box and book a trip on Thames river yacht the Silver Sturgeon.

Yerwhat? Trust us. Ollie Dabbous has been collaborating with Woods’ Silver Fleet, the company that runs the flagship Silver Sturgeon and other luxury cruisers, to create a showstopping menu that will be exclusive to guests at private events. But for one night only, the chef will unveil the menu and open it up to the general public, via an intimate and exclusive pop-up. Dabbous will be joined by his head bartender Oskar Kinberg, who will serve exciting cocktails and drinks to complement the menu, which will include typically inventive dishes such as coddled egg with smoked butter and mushrooms, and barbecued Iberico pork with savoury acorn praline and crushed green apple.

Once on board, with Champagne firmly in hand, diners will be treated to the full river-cruise experience: you’ll set off from Savoy Pier for a stately river cruise, tucking into bowl food and drinks as you sail past London’s riverbanks, all accompanied by live music. After the meal, a DJ will keep the party atmosphere going.

This event takes place on Friday 9 October. Tickets cost £95 and numbers are limited. For more information and to book, call Dabbous on 020 7323 1544 or email the restaurant.

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Thames River Yacht

Oct

12

Rum Experience Week 2015

As the temperatures begin to dip this autumn, a very rum do is set to kick off just in time to warm Londoners up again. From 12-18 October, Rum Experience Week will unleash seven days of tastings, masterclasses, parties, music and fine dining on the capital. Love cigars, chocolate and rum? Then the pairing events being planned will be right up your street.

Rum Experience Week will culminate in the ninth annual RumFest, taking place at the ILEC in Earls Court. Expect two days of samplings, talks, masterclasses and delicious cocktails – as well as the chance to taste rums worth over £100 per bottle.

Check back to the website for the latest details as they are announced, and don’t forget to keep an eye on #rumweek for competitions, updates and more. 

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Various locations

Oct

24

Get ready for an unmissable charity evening at Hawksmoor Guildhall

Not content with serving up the best steaks this side of the Atlantic, Hawksmoor also works tirelessly to raise money for the charities it supports, by hosting unique dining events. Tickets are now on sale for the restaurant's fifth annual dinner in aid of Action Against Hunger.

Once again, the organisers have gone all-out, flying barbecue expert André Lima de Luca and cocktail master Gustavo Bottino all the way from Brazil in order to host an unforgettable and never-to-be-repeated experience for lucky ticket holders.

Bottino will kick the event off in style, supplying guests with a raft of tantalising cocktails. Meanwhile, together with the Hawksmoor kitchen brigade and front-of-house staff, Lima de Luca will prepare a five-course dinner for diners, with each course paired with a wine from the restaurant's cellar. The evening will culminate with a silent auctions of ‘money can’t buy’ experiences and a live DJ set.

Thanks to Action Against Hunger's network, the money raised will go straight to needy people in Nepal, Iraq, Syria and South Sudan.

This event takes place on Saturday 24 October at the Guildhall branch. Tickets cost £175, with all proceeds from the event going towards Action Against Hunger. Buy your ticket online here.

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Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10 Basinghall Street

Nov

2

Italy's three-Michelin-starred Da Vittorio chefs cook at L'Anima

A meal at L’Anima is a hot ticket in itself, right? But this November, tables at the City’s best Italian restaurant will be even more in-demand because the Cerea brothers, from Bergamo’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Da Vittorio, will be in residence to showcase a special Italian menu for London’s gourmets.

Da Vittorio has a proud history in Italy: it’s a long-established family business whose style of cooking has influenced chefs throughout Lombardy. It has held three Michelin stars for the last five years and doesn’t show any signs of relinquishing them any time soon. Think of it as Italy’s equivalent to Spain’s Arzák.

Tickets to this event, which takes place from 2-4 November, can be booked by contacting L’Anima on 020 3463 7528 or visiting lanima.co.uk.

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L'Anima, 1 Snowden Street
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