I’ve set myself a bit of a challenge for October to see how many food and drink events I can get to.
Why not join me at the Stone Food & Drink Festival, Jay Rayner’s My Last Meal, Warwick’s Chocolate Festival, The Pod Café’s Supper Club, A Taste of Leamington, Fiesta del Asado’s Malbec wine tasting and Slurp and the Meat Room’s first wine and charcuterie evening?
All the details as usual are over on the Events page and will feature on a swanky new calendar feature too (when I sort out the wordpress gremlins!)
Lo pan fries, macaroons and chocolate creme eggs are on the menu for this week’s Table Talk.
Anyone playing crazy golf at the Custard Factory could fill up at the new Slim’s Pork Chop Express. Focusing on slow-smoked meats and secret sauces, Slim’s takes inspiration from the 1986 cult classic film ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and combines two of the UK’s favourite cuisines – barbeque and Chinese. Diners will be offered snacks from brisket pots and burgers to chicken and waffles, plus Slim’s special Lo Pan Fries.
Next week, Miss Macaroon is celebrating the first birthday of their Great Western Arcade macaroon and Prosecco shop. This lovely little store not only sells sweet treats, but all sales fund Macaroons that Make A Difference catering and retail employability training courses, work experience and paid jobs for long term unemployed people aged 18-35.
Anyone with a sweet tooth should be heading over to Warwick next weekend for the return of their annual Chocolate Festival. The legendary creme eggs from Sweet As will be on sale, as well as cakes, biscuits, brownies and all things chocolatey from 10am to 4pm in the Market Square.
A couple of ideas of how to spend the weekend if you like gin, chocolate and Italian food. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I have a feeling that a lot of my top ten events favourite events for November will sell out quickly, so I have added this page now so that you don’t miss out.
November starts with a new event – the Chocolate Festival in Warwick where I will attempt to show some restraint and not buy everything I see!
Taste a few drams at The Edgbaston’s Whisky Tasting, savour the Rum Tasting at Leamington Wine Company or stock up for Christmas at Love Wine Festival at Hotel du Vin in a great selection of drinks events.
Making a meal a special occasion can be made even better when you are supporting a cause, so A Taste of Syria, the fundraising supper for Syrian refugees being hosted by Dine Birmingham, is sure to be a hit.
Two other new dinners worth noting are the Supper Club with Sophie Grigson at Kitchen School in Birmingham and the Bouchard Finlayson Winery Dinner at Restaurant 23 in Leamington.
Provenance is important to a lot of diners and at The Holly Bush in Alcester you can watch a butchery demonstration and learn more about Muntjac deer before enjoying a special three course dinner.
If you can’t wait until the BBC Good Food Show to see your favourite TV chefs in action, then hop over to Leekes in Coventry. Here you will find John Torode hosting a cookery demo and signing copies of his new book.
Wherever you end up in November I hope that you have some wonderful food adventures.