The Foodie Pop-Ups & Events To Know About
THE CHARITY BAKE SALE:
Bake For Ukraine, Covent Garden
On Saturday 4th March, some of London’s best bakeries and restaurants will come together for another #BakeForUkraine charity sale to support the Legacy of War Foundation. The sale will take place at Toklas restaurant from 10am to 1pm, when visitors can buy a range of baked goods from Brat, St. John, Gail’s, Ottolenghi, Pump Street Bakery, The Good Egg, Bao and the newly opened Claridge’s ArtSpace Café. Each will offer a selection of signature bakes, while premium Ukrainian vodka from Dima’s will also be on sale. Proceeds from the sale will go to the charity which supports civilians affected by conflict.
Nikita Pathakji X Grace & Savour, Warwickshire
Grace & Savour, the award-winning immersive dining experience in Hampton Manor’s walled garden, has announced a one-off partnership with MasterChef: The Professionals winner Nikita Pathakji for her first solo residency this April. Taking over the space for four nights from 12th to 15th April, Nikita will serve a five-course tasting menu heavily influenced by her love for travel and her experiences on the show – expect dishes such as khao soi-style chicken with mushroom tortellini, lime pickles, shallots and mustard greens. She will also cook a one-off lunch alongside fellow MasterChef: The Professionals winners Stu Deeley and Dan Lee on Sunday 15th April.
THE FOOD FESTIVAL:
Marylebone Food Festival, Marylebone
Ottolenghi, Cavita, La Fromagerie, Donostia, Cubitt House, The Italian Greyhound, T by Tamara, Delamina, The Cavendish, Philglas & Swiggot and Hagen are some of the names that have been announced so far for this year’s Marylebone Food Festival. Broadcaster and critic Jay Rayner will launch the six-day festival with a one-off dinner on 25th April, with proceeds going towards supporting London charity The Food Chain. With Rayner on hosting duties, some of Marylebone's most talented chefs will serve cocktails and canapés followed by a tasting menu with wine pairing, priced at £125pp. Dozens of more intimate events will follow from 26th to 30th April.
THE HOT POP-UP:
Ha’s Đặc Biệ At Oranj, Shoreditch
Hyped NYC spot Ha’s Đặc Biệt is coming to London this month as part of natural wine bar Oranj’s line-up of residencies. Kicking off today, the New York team is bringing its cult Vietnamese cooking to Shoreditch for a month. While working separate stints at some prominent NYC restaurants, Anthony Ha and Sadie Mae started their Vietnamese pop-up out of a desire to share their version of Vietnamese food with New York. The pair began with serving food from a small push cart, where they would set up a grill anywhere they could, from outdoor Manhattan markets to the backyards of Brooklyn bars. It has since grown into an international, residency-based pop-up. They most recently spent three months in Paris, cooking at Le 6 Paul Bert in collaboration with Julien Pham and Bertrand Auboyneau. As with all residencies, the menus will be accompanied by Oranj’s all-natural wine list.
THE NYC RESIDENCY:
King At Carousel, Fitzrovia
Ha’s Đặc Biệt isn’t the only cool New York restaurant to be setting up shop in London this month. From 7th-11th March, King will arrive in Fitzrovia for a five-night stint at Carousel. King's co-owner and chef Jess Shadbolt and exec chef Angeles Chavarria will collaborate with the creative culinary space on a menu of seasonal hits inspired by the home cooking of southern France and Italy. Diners can look forward to understated, seasonal food such as hand-cut ravioli with swiss chard, potato and saffron butter; and poisson en papillote of monkfish, red mullet and mussels with florence fennel and pastis. Female chefs are among the stars of Carousel's guest calendar this year, including Harriet Mansell (Lilac & Robin Wylde, Dorset), Joké Bakare (Chishuru, London), Julie Lin (Kopitiam & Gaga, Glasgow), Marianna Leivaditaki (Morito, London) and Mmabatho Molefe and her all-female team from Cape Town restaurant, Emazulwini.
THE PUB POP-UP:
Genevieve Taylor X The Princess Royal, Notting Hill
For its second instalment in the ‘Cubitt House Eats With…’ series, Genevieve Taylor joins The Princess Royal for one night only for a special cookbook supper club. With 12 cookbooks under her belt including Seared, Genevieve knows a thing or two about fire cooking. Taking place on 8th March – and cooking alongside Cubitt House’s Ben Tish – Genevieve will treat guests to dishes like lemon and garlic chicken wings, dukkah and labneh; and crispy lentils with charred apple and kale, dolcelatte and fennel croutons. For pudding, guests will be served rhubarb and rosewater pavlova, sharing style. Tickets are priced at £75pp and include a welcome smoky old fashioned.
THE PASTA EVENT:
Rosie MacKean X Albie At The Hoxton, Southwark
Self-proclaimed pasta queen Rosie MacKean has a new chef residency at Albie at The Hoxton. Over the next month, Rosie will serve her favourite comfort dishes, including mortadella mac ’n’ cheese topped with crispy panko breadcrumbs and pistachios; rigatoni with a broccoli, cavolo nero, spinach and basil sauce topped with toasted hazelnuts; and anchovy and chilli linguine with slow-roasted red peppers. Wash it down with a cocktail from Albie’s killer drinks list. The pop-up is on until 12th March.
THE HOLI EVENT:
Holi Festival At Kricket, Shepherd’s Bush
This year, modern Indian restaurant Kricket at White City will host an event on 8th March to celebrate the Hindu festival of colours, Holi. Chef patron Will Bowlby has created a vibrant four-course menu for the night with dishes designed for sharing, including lamb neck gilafi seekh; spring ragda chaat, peas, goat’s curd; and lamb fat kulcha. A separate fully vegetarian menu is also available. Tickets are priced at £55pp and include a welcome cocktail.
THE FUN NIGHT OUT:
Grilled Cheese & Wine Pairing At Morty & Bob’s, King’s Cross
This month, all-day dining spot Morty & Bob’s will host a grilled cheese and wine pairing night to showcase wines from across the world, along with Morty’s impressive grilled cheese. Priced at £36 a ticket, the event takes place at the team’s King’s Cross location on 7th March. On the night, guests will enjoy a glass of fizz and a selection of nibbles, before settling down five samples of wine, each of which will be paired with a bite-size grilled cheese sandwich designed to complement the wine. Hosting the event will be sommelier and Bordeaux specialist Benedict Butterworth and Morty & Bob’s founder Charlie Phillips.
THE MEXICAN MUST-TRY:
Cavita, Notting Hill
On Sunday 4th and Monday 5th March, popular Mexican restaurant Cavita will welcome Thalía Barrios Garcia from Levadura de Olla in Oaxaca. Born and raised in Mexico, Thalía is a traditional female cook from San Mateo Yucuntidoó who was taught to cook by her grandmother as a child, learning traditional rituals and practices around Mexican staples. At the age of 26, Thalía launched Levadura de Olla, which has quickly become one of Oaxaca City’s most exciting restaurants. These two nights will give guests the chance to try her famed cooking – without booking flights.
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