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Cultivate Urban Food Growing Festival

cultivate‘Cultivate’ will be Waltham Forest Council’s first urban food growing festival, aiming to turn Waltham Forest into the garden of London.

The 9-day event will kick off with a one day conference where established and new local food growers will come together to talk about how to help put in place initiatives for sustainable food growing in the borough.

The conference will also include activities, stalls and information showing the whole food cycle. It will aim to establish a Waltham Forest Food Co-operative, create new community food growing plots and spaces, and promote food growing for personal use and sale.

“We want to make the most of all the opportunities there are in the borough to grow food and encourage local people to get involved,” explained Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment for Waltham Forest Council.

“The week that will follow the conference will see a programme of events that will demonstrate the broad range of approaches to urban food growing,” said Cllr Loakes.

“We want to ensure there is something on offer for everyone working in the food sector, from community projects to local businesses and interested residents. We’re also keen to see practical workshops and demonstrations take place and to organise cycle and walking tours and a food fair market place.”

“At the moment we are looking for expressions of interest to participate in Cultivate. We want to showcase all that is already on offer in the borough, support new initiatives and highlight established networks.”

Waltham Forest Council is also interested in people and organisations that provide teaching and training on growing your own food and want to create a forum for further collaboration and projects.

Anyone with proposals for workshops, talks, demonstrations, dinners, walks or anything else that celebrates local food growing initiatives should submit an expression of interest to by 7 February.

Cultivate Urban Food Growing Festival Waltham Forest, 21-30 March 2014

Illycaffe Opens Boutique CafÈ Bar In Central London

illy regent streetPremium coffee roaster illycaffè has opened its London flagship boutique cafè bar.

Situated at the heart of London’s iconic shopping district, illy Regent Street combines a genuine Italian cafè experience with illy’s chic design ideals and innovative high-end technology, offering Londoners the chance to refuel, reflect and relax in stylish surroundings.

Open daily from 07:00-20:00, the stunning venue incorporates sleek Italian architecture and classic illy design.

A split level seating area, complete with table service, is the perfect location to catch up with friends over a coffee or to exchange ideas with colleagues, using the free in-store tablet devices and Wi-Fi provided in partnership with Samsung.

Iconic illy photography and posters adorn the walls, complimenting an exquisite centre piece; an illy chandelier made from 216 illy Art Collection espresso cups, designed by some of the greatest artists from the past 20 years, including Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović.

An impressive mosaic replica of Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky’s 1934 illy advertising poster has also been installed in this unique cafè. Created by an Italian company, the mosaic consists of 85,000 tiles in 31 different colours and measures nearly four metres high by three metres wide.

It’s not just the interior design which reflects the best of Italian culture. illy Regent Street also serves a mouth-watering menu, boasting the best of Italian cuisine.

From breakfast bomboloni pastries, filled with vanilla cream and jam, to lunchtime piadina wraps, plates of antipasti and pasta dishes, you can be sure that you’ll find the perfect food for any time of day, whether you are eating on the move or enjoying a sit-down meal.

What’s more, illy’s range of desserts and mignons are a wonderfully indulgent afternoon snack or post-meal treat.

illy’s exclusive tiramisu (the illymisu) includes a serving of illy coffee for customers to pour onto the dessert themselves.

Alternatively, ICOLORI, delicious bites of crunchy biscuit with a variety of creamy fillings, created especially for illy by master pastry chef (and former Italian World Cup Pastry team captain) Luigi Biasetto, are bound to satisfy even the most sweet tooth.

To compliment this varied menu, illy Regent Street also offers a wide-range of hot and cold Italian-inspired drinks, from creamy illy cappuccinos to intense illy espressos, classic Italian soft drinks and juices.

Upon receipt of its drinks license, the boutique cafè bar will also introduce a range of apertifs and Italian wines later in the year.

And for those who want to take a slice of high-end, Italian glamour home with them, illy Regent Street houses a shopping corner, stocking illy’s state of the art iperEspresso machines, tins of coffee and cups from the illy Art Collection.

illy Regent Street is located at 295 Regent Street, London W1B 2HJ.

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar Co

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar CoIndependent patisserie brand Poppy and Sebastian and lifestyle brand Mar Mar Co are coming together to launch a new one off concept in Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1.

Poppy & Sebastian make beautiful patisseries – magnificent works of art that mix simplicity, seasonality and playfulness in their creations. They are creative patisseries that are a feast for the eye but with a focus on seasonal ingredients, quirkiness and the extraordinary. Classics like ‘Crème Brulee’ and ‘Mont Blanc’ are turned upside down, and in the ‘Le Snickers’ the snickers bar becomes an exploration of crispy peanut croustillant, domes of milk chocolate cremeux, crème brulee and salted caramel.

The Kingly Street shop is a French-style modern patisserie. There are limited seats for tastings served with Postcard Teas – the best tea in London. As well as being able to sit in and enjoy or takeaway the sensational patisseries, customers can buy almost anything they see in the shop. Beautiful objects of design are for sale from independent lifestyle brand Mar Mar Co including kitchenware, home accessories and gift ideas for Christmas. Products include: Japanese glassware, British ceramics, Danish wool blankets, handwoven throws from India, traditional copper cookie cutters, jade green rolling pins, colourful tea towels and newly commissioned ‘Trooks’: hooks and fridge magnets made from foraged wood. A small range of handmade straw slippers made by one of the last remaining makers in Denmark, will appear mid-December. Prices range from £4.00-£100.00.

Discover Kingly Court, a picturesque three storey courtyard which is the new food and beverage destination, a unique find in the heart of Carnaby and London’s West End.

Carnaby is in the heart of London’s West End, two minutes away from Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus, where over 150 brands of quality and distinction and over 50 independent restaurants and bars can be found across 13 streets, including the world famous Carnaby Street, creating a unique experiential shopping destination, not to be found anywhere else in the world.

Poppy & Sebastian Patisserie + Mar Mar Co launches on Saturday 30th November and will run for three months.
10 Kingly Street, Kingly Court, Carnaby, London, W1

Cocktails In The City

cocktails in the city The UK’s only consumer cocktail show is finally coming to the big smoke on 26th September 2013, at the cool urban studio space of Victoria House Basement Block, Bloomsbury Square, London. For one night only, thirty of London’s top bars from East to West and North to South come together to offer over 1000 cocktail enthusiasts serve over 2,000 cocktails in an interactive evening of cocktail education and fun. Say hello to Cocktails In The City

Launched in Manchester, Edinburgh and Bristol 2012 saw over 1000 visitors to the show with more than 4000 cocktails being made around the country and in 2013 Cocktails in the City predicts over 2500 visitors will enjoy the event nationwide. At each event Cocktails in the City hosts the cities top bars partnered by leading UK spirit brands to provide visitors with an interactive cocktail making experience allowing them to learn more about the art of cocktail making, discover drinks brands and learn more about the bars in their area.

Internationally renowned as the world’s best city for cocktails, Cocktails in the City has selected a wide range of London bar styles to give consumers a taste of the capitals variety of cocktail haunts from the west end swank of The Ritz and Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Champagne Bar to the East London cool of The Hawksmoor Bar, The Ivy and Off Broadway to funky South London operators Lost Society Group with The Lost Angel.

All visitors will be able to enjoy live bar demonstrations on the art of cocktail making at home across a variety of styles and tastes from Mad Men and Whisky Drinks to reviving super cool disco drink classics. Enthusiasts and Connoisseurs can upgrade their experience to include an intimate private tutored tasting session from industry experts on Rum, Whiskies and Gin.

No cocktail can be enjoyed without some without the music. Already earmarked the summer of disco, Cocktails in the City brings Horse Meat Disco’s legendary duo James Hillard and Jim Stanton to the decks. The Sunday Night Stallions bring you select thunk music galloping straight from the HMD stables. Legendary resident DJs will be spinning sounds that will leave you chomping at the bit. A tasty combination for the capitals and the UK’s legion of cocktail fans.

As well as the showcasing the UK’s finest bars, bartender and cocktails, visitors will be able to enjoy the finest of cool casual dining, with the delicious tapas from Salvador & Amanda – if you can never get in this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Founder Andrew Scutts comments on the show

“the interactive nature of the event ensures visitors are left with a very positive experience of all the participating bars and brands. With each bar creating a little “pop up” consumers are greeted with a great diversity of stands and it’s great to see how creative the bars and brands can be with their space”.

This really is the ultimate cocktail show in the ultimate city of cocktails……… get ready!

Ticket Prices:
£20 Taster Ticket: Includes two cocktails, demonstrations, cocktail booklet and entry
£35 Enthusiast Ticket: Includes three cocktails, a private tutored tasting session, cocktail booklet and entry
£50 Connoisseurs Ticket: Belvedere Champagne Cocktail on arrival, food from Meat Liquor, a private tutored tasting session, cocktail booklet and entrance


forknadoLaunching this week from those fabulous fellows at Dinnr a sub-brand called Forknado this week. Hot lunch in East London for a fiver, delivered in 20 minutes max. This is a complementary offering to Dinnr – Forknado is for lunch, Dinnr is for dinner.

The promise is simple: Hot lunch in 20 minutes max for £5 (no delivery charge). Our first day’s special is Cali’s food craze Ramen Burger (in meat and veg form). Meals are changed every day. Delivery hours are 11:30-2:30pm

Where: Here’s a map of their current delivery zone. And here are the delivery postcodes. And if you love Forknado but are outside the zone, please enter your postcode here. This will help in planning further expansion.

Why: Because sandwiches are boring and sushi is expensive.

How: Sounds too good to be true, I know. What’s the catch? Kerbside delivery only (you need to come out to collect) and there are only have 2 different dishes every day to keep things simple.