Historic Heston Blumenthal
Where: The Conference Centre (British Library)
When: 8 November – 6.30pm-8pm
What: Alongside the British Library’s major autumn exhibition, Georgians Revealed, Heston Blumenthal will be exploring the lasting impact that the Georgians have had on the food we eat today.
Although Blumenthal’s background is one of culinary experimenting, and pairing science with food, the evening will focus more upon the influences that we still see today from the Georgian era, and where his inspiration lies within this time.
The Experimental Food Society Exhibition
Where: The Truman Brewery
When: 8-9 November
What: This exhibition will cover over 3800 square feet with intricately designed food and drink, for just two days. It is an absolute must-see for any foodie, with a breathable tearoom, a wild flower meadow made from sugar, a camera made from edible materials that when cooked form a meal and bitters infused with moisture scientifically extracted from the walls of the Churchill War Rooms.
Visitors will get the chance to try the edible art that is on show over the two days, and you will be able to pick up tips and tricks from the masterminds behind the exhibition as they will be there giving talks, which are all scheduled already and up on their website.
Food and Fragrance
Where: The Cookbook Café
When: 14-15 November
What: If you can’t make the Experimental Food Society’s exhibition, fear not as Blanch & Shock, two Experimental Food Society regulars, will be hosting a five-course banquet at the Cookbook Café. The pair will be showcasing how much smell can add to your experience of eating in creative ways with the help of psychology professor Charles Spence to stress how important smells can be to the enjoyment of eating.
Featuring on the menu will be dried mallard duck cooked in a dark beer, served alongside a recreation of a scented forest floor and smoking branches. The dishes will be centred on an autumnal experience with a theatrical twist.
An evening of fine tequila and fine chocolate
Where: Central & Co.
When: 16 October – 7pm-9pm
What: To celebrate chocolate week, Paul A Young is pairing with Cleo Rocos to bring a night of tasting and pairing chocolate with tequila.
First you will be guided away from the common preconceptions of tequila and shown how it is made, how to taste it and how to tell good from bad. Paul will be discussing the world of fine chocolate, from the cocoa bean to the bar. The two will infuse with a cocoa bean tequila, and the Guavarita truffle will be unveiled – a truffle inspired by Cleo’s cocktail for a Guava and Tequila margarita.
Where: Tom’s Deli – Westbourne Grove
When: 7-30 November
What: Every Wednesday to Saturday for the month of November, a variety of chefs will battle it out to see who is best at cooking up the ingredients they are given. Inspiration will be taken from the flavours of Italy, and the ingredients will come from the market that morning. The the two chefs going head to head will have to create a three-course meal for that evening's diners. Each course will go to a vote and the winner will be the best of three.
For £55 you can expect such chefs as Ollie Templeton and more from London restaurants such as Bocca di Lupo, Trullo, St John and Petrus.
By Henrietta Hitchcock