Back to school


After the closure of Kitchen Food School in Edgbaston you would be wrong to think that owner Jayne Bradley would be putting her feet up. Instead she is refurbishing a brand new space for cookery classes, which will open in April.

Jayne says; ““We have used the room that will become our kitchen before as a pop up, so we know it can work as a cookery school. It has big Georgian windows on three sides and a wood burner. It is going to be such a nice space to cook in! It also has a huge dining room, which we will hire and programme as a party space.”

The new school will be based at 122 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham.

Can’t wait till April to brush up on your culinary skills? Then get your apron on and get down to Bar Opus at Snowhill Birmingham for their Happy Monday sessions.


Breadmaking – 27 February
A taste of South Africa – 27 March
Easter treats – 24 April
Spring chicken – 22 May
Superfood for Summer – 26 June

Classes run from 6.30pm – 9pm and cost £40 each or £160 for all five.Email to find out more.


Fabulous February

Over on the Events page you’ll find my top ten picks for food and drink events this month.

Feb events

The Sketts Fine Foods Market in Victoria Square and Food Market at the mac are great places to buy hot food to eat there and then as well as treats to take home.

Over a leisurely four courses,  Portugese and German wines will be tasted at Hotel du Vin and Square Door wine tasting dinners.

The art of tea is explored at Itihaas and following Chinese New Year Lap-Fai Lee tutors a Chinese Family Feast evening class at Harborne Food School.

Street food fans need to know that Leamington’s own Fresh Rootz make their debut at Digbeth Dining Club, while street food guru  Low n Slow is back at Brew Dog for a pop-up. Andy’s signature ribs, alongside ox cheek tacos and brisket fries will be on the menu.

The popular Opus Dinner Series continues with Carrolls Heritage Potatoes hosting the next evening. Over at their sister venue Bar Opus, you can shake it up with Sam during an hour long cocktails masterclass.

So whether you are food shopping with local producers, learning about wine regions, tucking into street food or mastering new culinary skills it all adds up to being a fabulous February!



Bottoms Up!

giant-wine-glass cooler

There’s a week of drinks events coming up that I’m really looking forward to – an introduction to wine tasting at Birmingham Wine School, the opening of Bar Opus, checking out the Gentleman & Scholar at The Hyatt and a bloggers event hosted by Whisky Miss Amy Seton. Posts and pics to follow.

Charge your glasses

charge your glasses

As Birmingham is buzzing with the news of two new bars opening soon – Bar Opus at One Snowhill and The Botanist in Temple Street, my latest In the Basket feature is everything you need to charge your glasses. From cocktail classes to hand crafted gin, I hope that you will have fun with these liquid heroes.