London Food & Drink News: 19 May 2011

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London Food & Drink News: 19 May 2011

A taste of what’s what in recent and upcoming London food and drink news:

Author of Persia in Peckham, co-owner of Persepolis and Londonist contributor, Sally Butcher, got a fab lil write up on Food Stories blog for her cooking at the first Peckham Persian supper at Anderson & Co. More dates for this pop-up feast are to be announced soon. If “fat, wibbly hunks of tender lamb and potatoes covered in a fragrant broth” sound appetizing to you, follow this link for more details.

Beak Street's solution to Thai food cravings, Benja, has had a re-launch. Set across three floors, the newly designed interior at the restaurant “reflects the modern menu with minimalist clean lines and the inclusion of two plasma screens”. Fine by us as long as the food and drink are as good as when we reviewed the place in 08. We're pleased to report they're still making their noodles by hand.

The Ethical Eats Restaurant Ramble returns with a “night of ethical indulgence” on Thursday 26 May. The event will wend its way round Soho and Shoreditch visiting Tibits and its local and organic veggie “food boat”, Soho vegetarian institution Mildred's and raw vegan wonder resto, Saf. Tickets for the Restaurant Ramble are strictly limited and priced at £45 per person. For more information and to book visit the Ethical Eats site.

English Wine Week runs from 28 May to 5 June. The White Swan on Fetter Lane is jumping on the bandwagon with somelier Paulo Brammer hosting an “exclusive and quintessentially” English five-course dinner paired with award-winning wines from Kent's very own Chapel Down vineyards and winery in Kent, the first English wine producer to win a gold medal at the International Wine Challenge. The dinner costs £46 per person. Only 40 tickets are available, and booking is advisable. Visit for more details.

How about lunch with famed restaurateur Antonio Carluccio next Tuesday? To celebrate the launch of his latest cookbook, Two Greedy Italians, and its accompanying BBC2 series, the founder of his eponymous and ubiquitous chain of Italo-restos will host a series of three-course Italian lunches paired with specially selected wines taking place in Milton Keynes on Friday 20 May, the Smithfield Market Carluccio's on Tuesday the 24th of May and Bury St. Edmunds on Wednesday the 25th. Tickets are £35 per person (with the book on discount offer at £15) and can be booked directly at

Peckham Persian photo by Helen Graves

Last Updated 19 May 2011