Table Talk – 20 October

Table Talk 20 October

A couple of ideas of how to spend the weekend if you like gin, chocolate and Italian food. Enjoy!

Fumo, Selfridges Birmingham

The stylish Italian restaurant Fumo is now open on the fourth floor of Selfridges. This is the second Birmingham outpost for the popular family owned eaterie, with some new exclusive dishes on the menu.

Okens Kitchen tarts

Keep your eyes peeled for a new deli opening soon in Warwick. Scran will offer breakfasts, coffee, salads and baked goodies from Oken’s Kitchen.  Premises are currently being refurbished at 1 St.John’s.

Sacred Gin 40 St Pauls

Probably the smallest bar in Birmingham has scooped a major award. Congratulations to 40 St Pauls for winning Best Gin List in the country. They are also the first bar in the UK to stock Sacred Gin’s new sloe gin – a must for juniper fans.

Henley Chocolates

Chocoholics should head over to Brindleyplace on Saturday, where from 11am – 5pm Chocival will feature music, entertainment and a variety of food stalls. On sale will be a range of indulgent and unusual chocolate treats – from cookies to cakes, gooey brownies and chocolate flavoured cask beers, Central Square  is going to be choc-a-block with cocoa flavoured goodness!

June’s food and drink adventures

Its time for my favourite blog post, where we can look to the month ahead and plan our food and drink adventures.

June events

June starts with a gin masterclass at The Bureau. If wine is more your tipple then the Argentinian Wine Dinner at Opus or Rhone Valley wine tasting at the Leamington Wine Company might be for you.

Dive into the seafood recipes of Kerala, in the Pop Up Dosa dinner at the Hare and Hounds and experience the Best of British and European ingredients as Peel & Stone prepare a five course dinners for guests.

If you dare, venture to The Electric Cinema where acclaimed food artist Annabel de Vetten will be serving twisted culinary delights during the Hannibal screening.

Mid month the UK’s biggest consumer food show rolls back to the NEC. New chefs for the BBC Good Food Show Summer include Michel Roux Jnr, the Hemsley sisters and Andy Bates.

For a Father’s Day present with a bit more bite, The Original Patty Men are one of the challenging teams at the UK Burger Battle in Digbeth on Sunday 21 June.

At the end of the month, employees and visitors can pick up some tasty treats at the Local Produce Market in Brindleyplace which is back for the summer months.

All in all another appetising month!

A trio of new restaurant openings

new openings

In Leamington Spa a sign on an empty shop in Warwick Street has sparked my interest. Paleo is scheduled to open in August, the head chef has worked at Nobu in London and promises to use wood, charcoal, fire and smoke to cook your food.

There’s something fishy going on in Birmingham as two new restaurants are getting ready to welcome diners. The Great Western Arcade will soon be home to the quirky Sushi Passion and over in Brindleyplace seafood lovers are eagerly awaiting Le Monde to open its doors.

Look out for my reviews soon.

New food features

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New features that I am currently working on include a review of The Fat Pug in Leamington and a destination guide to the Jewellery Quarter. I will also be going to the new Sketts market at the University of Warwick and the Farmers Market in Brindleyplace next week.