Teaming up with Unwined!
Remember that residency in April with Unwined in Tooting? Well, we got along so well, that we’ve decided to team up and continue working together! Alongside running their permanent space in Tooting, Unwined also run private wine tastings and events under their original name, A Grape Night In, and now I’ll be providing the private catering and food pairings for these events!
Whether you are after one of their set tasting options (see below), or something completely bespoke, we work together to find the ideal wine and food to compliment your event, and each other. Unwined focus on demystifying wine, uncovering interesting and unsual wines and makers, and making the whole experience of tasting and enjoying wine more accessible. As such, their wine tastings are anything but the usual. There’s the Bang for your Buck wine package, exploring wines with big flavour but small price tags; Groovy Grapes which looks not only at how wines pair with food, but music genres as well; Wines with Bubbles featuring a series of effervescent tipples and more, each paired with a menu designed to enhance and compliment each wine.
If you want to see the full menu options, are interested in hiring us for a wine tasting, canapé party, sit down dinner or anything in between, get in touch directly with me, or with Kiki and Laura at Unwined.
UCL’s Food, Drink and Civilization Conference
UCL’s Food, Drink and Civilization Conference will take place 21-23 September 2016 and I’m very excited to be one of the speakers! This is my first academic conference (which is both exciting and slightly terrifying) and I will be talking about a project I did with The Intimacy Lab in 2013, looking at the relationship between intimacy and the shared meal.
More information, including the schedule and how to book tickets can be found on UCL’s website.
(Photo from the tomb of Nebamun, courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum)
“We Want Your Food, We Don’t Want You” in London Essays
The Centre for London is a not-for-profit think tank and charity that focuses on the issues facing London. As part of this, they publish a journal, The London Essays, with each issue covering a different theme from technology to culture. Issue 5, which came out last week is all about food, and I was honoured to be asked to contribute to it’s pages alongside some pretty amazing people. Even more so, I got to write on a subject that is very close, personal, and emotionally charged for me – that of visa regulations and it’s impact on London’s food industry.
*A note*: This was written and published just prior to the results of the EU referendum, and so while this article is about the challenges facing non-EU food workers, depending on what happens as a result of this referendum, in the future, some of these challenges could extend to EU workers as well.
Published in Olive Magazine!
Go down to your local shops this month and grab yourself a copy of Olive Magazine‘s April issue! In it, you will find my first proper published recipe (unless you count my banana bread recipe published in a local Surrey paper in 2011…)! Thanks to Anna Masing and Dan Doherty from Chefs of Tomorrow, a few of us from the 2015 cohort will be publishing our food trend recipes in upcoming Olive issues.
You can check out and try my Buttermilk and Sage Panna Cotta with Black Pepper Honeycomb, exploring our currently obsession with the interplay between savoury and sweet flavours.