Regional French Cookery at Almeida

Taking a regional approach to this year’s must-do, the cookery class, Conran’s Almeida Restaurant & Bar in Islington has recently launched a program of classes that all focus on a different region of France. And with the cookery demonstration followed by an introduction to regional aperitifs at the bar, ahead of a dinner with specially selected wines (again, regional), there’s plenty on offer for foodies and wine buffs alike. Head chef Ian Wood takes participants through a selection of typical recipes – the recent Provence class included salade niçoise, coquilles St Jaques à la Provençal, navarin d’agneau, and crème brulée – and while there’s no hands-on action on the day, everyone’s sent off with a full set of recipes to try at home, so bring a pen to take note of all the useful chef’s tips. Unusually, there is no rush to get post-class meals out of the way before ‘proper diners’ arrive for dinner, so prepare also for a drawn-out meal in the restaurant, where a table will be booked for the evening. Future dates are as follows: 8 July: Languedoc-Roussillon / 16 September: Savoyard / 7 October: Lyonnaise / 25 November: French Christmas Cooking.