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Rumble Part Deux

Following on from the success of Rumble at the Deli, the Shuttlecock Inc guys are back with their latest gastronomic venture: Rumble Part Deux and we can't wait.

The Gallic spin off is hosted by Shuttlecock’s latest comedy creation Arnaud Hérouville-Saint-Clair-Escoffier: great-grandson of culinary legend, Auguste, and chef/proprietor of Parisian institution, La Constellation - so called for its  unrivalled string of Michelin stars, don’t you know?

The rules are simple it is a battle to the culinary death as two chefs cook it out. Using three key ingredients taken from the market that morning and taking inspiration from some of Arnaud’s favourite recipes it’s up to the chefs to each create a starter, main and pudding which will impress the diners enough to vote for them! Because no one wants to  be the loser washing the pots and pans now do they?

Chefs taking part so far are Shuttlecock's very own Ollie Templeton (Moro), defending champion Max Pasetti ( from Bocca di Lupo, Trullo), Tom Stracker (The Walnut Tree, The Ledbury, The Dorchester Grill, Heston's Dinner), Tom Forster (St John, Bocca di Lupo, Trullo, Roberta's, Chop Shop, Clamato, Septime), Freddy Money (El Bulli, The Dorchester Grill), James Knight (Moro, Barrica, Copita, Quality Chop House) and Ellen Parr (Moro, The Art of Dining).

So chefs get your aprons and utensils at the ready, diners get your voting caps on and head to Rumble Part Deux!

Rumble Part Deux runs 18th  - 22nd March  and 25th  - 29th March. Tickets include six courses (3 for each chef) and an apéretif on arrival

www.shuttlecock-inc.com

 

 

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Wine and food pairings at Hush

Whether you are a wine connoisseur or you’ve always blinked blankly at the waiter and gone for the ‘safe’ option of the second cheapest bottle, you will love Hush’s new venture. 

Throughout the whole of 2014, Hush Brasseries have partnered with WineChap to bring a series of monthly food and wine pairings to London. These ticketed events are set to be a complete tour of Europe starting with a Burgundy evening of ‘Mercurey to Meursalt’ before progressing onto Northern Italy, ‘La Dolce Vita’ via Germany and Austria's ‘Teutonic Tipples’. 

 

Hosted at Hush St Pauls and Hush Holborn, each evening’s five wines will be paired with five European style courses, designed to specifically complement the night’s wines.

 

Tickets to  the first night 'From Mercurey to Meursalt' are priced at £55 per person 

 

www.hush.co.uk

 

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Shwopping Celebrities

M&S 'Shwop' Boutique

February 25, 2014

It’s always at the beginning of the year where words like ‘declutter’ and ‘streamline’ are thrown about leaving you feeling more than guilty staring at your fit to burst wardrobes. However, never fear as M&S and Oxfam have you more than covered this March with the latest addition to their Shwopping campaign. 

On the 6th of March, the two will join forces to launch the Kids Shwop Boutique at the M&S on Marble Arch, London. The pop-up charity shop will showcase and sell childrenswear items donated from top UK style icons and celebrity mums, as well as the best items Shwopped over the course of the year. For three days only, the British public can get their hands on these once-loved items from the likes of Peaches Geldof, Abbey Clancy and Joanna Lumley, with all proceeds going towards Oxfam’s Mother Appeal. Each celebrity item of clothing comes with a hand stitched message of advice. 

To help support the cause and hit the £10 million campaign target, the retailer is asking the public to Shwop any unwanted items of clothing, of any brand, at M&S stores around the country.

 

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Inside Novikov

The Venice Carnival runs between February 15th and March 4th and is one of the highlights in Italy’s yearly calendar. If you're scared of missing out, let the carnival come to you this year at Italian restaurant Novikov, where a celebration of the hedonistic event is set to take place.  With a nod to the truly unexpected, join in  with staff and don an elaborate mask  and traditional Italian dress before enjoying a  specially prepared Venetian menu in front of an evening of live entertainment.  

The event will take place on March 4th from 7.30pm onwards. There is a minimum spend of £100 per person.

 

www.novikovrestaurant.co.uk

 

 

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The Venice Carnival runs between February 15th and March 4th and is one of the highlights of Italy’s yearly calendar. If you're scared of missing out, let the carnival come to you this year at Italian restaurant Novikov, where a celebration of the hedonistic event is set to take place.  With a nod to the truly unexpected join in  with staff and don an elaborate mask  and traditional Italian dress before enjoying a  specially prepared Venetian menu in front of an evening of live entertainment.  


The event will take place on March 4th from 7.30pm onwards. There is a minimum spend of £100 per person.

 

www.novikovrestaurant.co.uk

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Sweet Margherita Pizza

Take everything you think you know about pizza and re-imagine it. That’s what Mayfair Pizza Co. has done, with interesting results.

Mayfair Pizza Co have created a Sweet Pizza menu with fruits and chocolates instead of tomatoes and cheese. The pizzas are ideal for sharing due to their size, (smaller than a regular pizza but still pretty sizeable) and because all that dough makes for a heavy pudding especially if you have already sampled a savoury pizza for your main. The Sweet Pizza menu has 4 options; Wild Strawberry with White Chocolate, Nutella Calzone, Banana Tiramisu and Limoncello & Lime. We sampled the Wild Strawberry flavour with strawberries, large flakes of white chocolate, milk chocolate covered popping candy and a basil pesto drizzle, served cold. The basil pesto actually fits well with the other sweet flavours and all the toppings mixed together taste great, it’s just the dough that doesn’t add anything extra to the dish. In lieu of a tomato base the sweet replacement is a strawberry cream which holds the ingredients together well.

One for next time is the Nutella Calzone, a pizza base topped with chocolate, marshmallows and crushed hazelnuts before being covered in itself with dough and served warm. The Mayfair Pizza Co. takes a little bit of detective work to find but is definitely worth wandering down through the courtyard to discover. The atmosphere is sophisticated and cosy, perfect for a first date and the sweet pizza menu is definitely worth trying.

www.mayfairpizzaco.com 

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The Pantechnicon Motcomb Street

Like wine, cheese is one of those things that everyone loves, but when it comes to talking about it sometimes we are a little lost and it can’t be denied that we all secretly wish we knew what we were talking about to impress others.

Well good news, on Tuesday 18th March The Pantechnicon Rooms are hosting a cheese tasting in The Loft. Their brilliant cheese supplier – La Cave a Fromage will be hosting the night with Jeff Brown, who will be talking through all the cheeses on offer. And of course as you can’t have one without the other, you can indulge in a glass of wine or two whilst you sample the cheese.

The evening runs from 6pm – 8pm at £20pp including cheese and wine.

Been to this venue? Leave a review here

www.thepantechnicon.com

 

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Inside Tonteria's LFW party

LFW Closing Party at Tonteria

February 21, 2014

Last night at Tonteria, Cristal was splashed, latex body suits were donned and eyebrows were raised at their distinctly dominatrix themed party. Marking the close of London Fashion Week, Guy Pelly and friends enjoyed champagne in VIP surrounded by catwalk models in Soft Paris lingerie and cat masks. In conjunction with Profile Model Management and PRITCH London (who introduced their new ad campaign there) this was truly an event that sizzled.

www.tonteria.co.uk

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Far Rockaway Shoreditch

Far Rockaway Review

February 21, 2014

The first thing that struck us about Far Rockaway was its size – it is vast, a mix of low tables, high  tables, little tables, trestle tables, sofas and bars, the next thing we  noticed was just how colourful it was. Every inch is decorated, whether it is graffiti art, skateboards lining the bar, neon lit up signs huge murals of world leaders or the album artwork that is plastered all over the bathroom walls.  And yet somehow it wasn’t overwhelming or garish which is always a bonus.

The menu is unashamedly American, no fine dining here – just lots of the good American diner style food –  buckets of 48 wings, 18 inch pizzas, beef salt sandwiches all served up simply or if you’re lucky on skate boards!

We started off with a range of the small bites – mac n cheese spring rolls, corn dogs and pretzels. The mac n cheese spring rolls – were pure, unadulterated guilty food – a crisp exterior filled with mac n cheese and served with more melted cheese, we could see why they were one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Brilliant. The mini corn dogs had the perfect fluffy exterior and were served with  homemade ketchup.

As part of the ‘bites’ section of the menu we were expecting mini pretzels, but they were quite large, doughy and seemed to be missing the sea salt dusting. New to the menu they need a little bit of tweaking or to be served with a little more flavour - but I am sure they will get there.

We followed this an enormous pizza – luckily on an Italian thin crust, thick dough would have been too indulgent we went for Garbage Pie topped with USA sausage, pancetta, artichoke, onion and mozzarella and crispy sweet potato fries

Pudding was slightly disappointing; a pecan pie and key lime pie were distinctively average in flavour but an Oreo and peanut butter and chocolate milkshake definitely made up for this.

The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed - they didn’t seem to mind toddlers running in and out behind the bar and clambering over the sofas and were attentive without being overbearing.

Far Rockaway, Shoreditch, I will definitely be back, I need more of those mac n cheese spring rolls! 

www.farrockaway.co.uk

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Jose Cuervo Margarita

Didn’t know National Margarita Day was a thing? Well it is! Now doesn’t February look a little better?

Falling on the 22nd of this month, Hawker House are honoring the holy day with a pop up Jose Cuervo bar serving authentic margaritas all night long. The company’s Frozen Margarita Machine will also make its debut, showing off its cocktail making skills for you all. A huge range of flavours of margarita will be on offer, ranging from the classic Strawberry Margarita to the Tamarind Margarita with Chilli Rum for the more adventurous customer. 

 

In addition the usual Hawker House street food traders will be serving up their burritos, curries and fresh Asian cuisine making this the tastiest way to celebrate our new favourite holiday. 

 

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 2014, Entry free before 7pm and £3 on the door after 7pm. 

 

www.streetfeastlondon.com

 

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