American comfort food served up with some French bubbly? Hey! Why not? Londonist tagged along last week to a Champagne and food pairing at Outsider Tart in Chiswick. If you don't reckon a Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru with good ole mac 'n' cheese is a scrumptious match, ya might wanna reckon again (especially when it's a secret recipe, six cheeses mac 'n' cheese on offer). As indulgent as it was informative, American-style bakery and deli, Outsider Tart, is to team up with London-based reps of limited-production grower Champagne, French Bubbles, for another tasting on the 18th of May.
The line up of restos to have a presence at this year's Taste of London is to be particularly star studded with a total of eleven Michelin stars represented. Expect nibbles and more from the likes of Scott’s, Le Caprice, Petrus, Skylon, Gauthier Soho and Bocca di Lupo from the 16th to the 19th of June at Regent's Park for this very popular outdoor foodie fest-a-rama.
René Redzepi, chef patron of Noma in Copenhagen (just named best restaurant in the world for the second year in a row) will be at ToL as well, participating in an intimate Q&A where people keen to recreate his style of progressive cooking will be able to hear first-hand about his unique foraging approach, take note of the more unconventional ingredients he uses. Redzepi will also be making a guest appearance in the new S. Pellegrino Trilogy Masterclass, tasting and pairing food, wine and water.
Luxury chocolate cake makers, Lucky's, has an “Easter in Wonderland” themed pop-up shop at Harvey Nichols. Launched as part of the Knightsbridge department store's Taste Lab series, Lucky’s will be creating a Wonderland garden on Harvey Nichol’s Fifth Floor. Chocolate “enrobed” cakes and filled Easter eggs will be available until 30th April for customers to taste and purchase in a “spectacular, dream-like Alice in Wonderland themed garden with it’s very own Mad Hatter to greet you”.
A new “Big Society style” community roof garden is open opposite Dalston Junction Station at the beginning of May. Situated on the roof of the historic Print House building in Ashwin Street, Dalston Roof Park will feature a licensed bar, a decking area, beehives, as well as gardening and event space. The project is an initiative of enterprise and training charity, Bootstraps Company, which manages workspaces for small, creative and social businesses, local groups and charities. Bootstraps aims to highlight the lack of green spaces in Dalston and to demonstrate the green potential for urban development and the role the city can play in nurturing and enriching ecosystems.