Valentines for Everyone

20 01 2012

This Valentine weekend, food charity FareShare are collaborating with Forgotten Feast and their eco-chef Tom Hunt to produce a unique 3 course banqueting experience – Valentines for Everyone.

For £40 you can expect a magnificent 3-course menu of delicious but unwanted foods that might otherwise end up in landfill. From heart to honey, pheasant to parsnip and even kaffir lime leaves, Valentines for Everyone will transform surplus food into a bountiful seasonal banquet. Surplus food is delicious, healthy produce that hasn’t made it into the shops because too much was ordered, it’s in the wrong packaging or it’s just a bit wonky. Be prepared for a culinary exploration, we will cater for vegetarian and red-blooded carnivores alike.

Everyone will sit together for the feast, so come alone, with friends or with your loved one and sit with other diners to celebrate and feast. The banquet will be held in FareShare’s east London warehouse, so diners will sit amongst towering stacks of FareShare’s surplus food, industrial fridges and lavish themed décor, created by Secret Garden Party designer Alex Geldenhuis.

Every ticket sold will enable FareShare to provide an additional 80 meals for the hungry and vulnerable people they support, thanks to grant-giving charity StreetSmart who are generously matching the number of meals raised though ticket sales. FareShare rescues surplus food year round and delivers it to local charities all over the country.

Tickets are available for dinner Friday 10th February, Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th (late lunch) and for dinner on Valentine’s Day itself and include 3 courses, a drink and canapés.

For dinner service, the venue will be open from 7pm and service will commence promptly at 7.30 pm.
Late lunch on Sunday 12th the venue will be open from 3pm for service at 3.30pm.

For more information, visit the Valentines For Everyone event pages.


Cheap Eat Central London?

11 03 2011

… sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it … a bit like ‘military intelligence’, ‘real estate’ , or there’s a tasty sounding guide to 10 of the best cheap eats in central London on the Guardian website.

Time Out have their own guide here.

On the Guardian website, Dave Hill’s Excellent London blog now has a London Blogoshpere roundup. Filonetwork’s sychophancy hasn’t convinced him to add us, probably because of the lack of posting and local politics dirt digging which he likes.

You can sign up for his ‘Metropolitan Lines’ newsletter here.

Carnaby Street and London Street Food

26 02 2010

Apparently 2010 is the 50th anniversary of Carnaby Street (although there are rumours that the name first appeared in the ratebooks in 1687, and that the street was almost completely built up by 1690). Anyway, ignoring all those boring things like maths and facts, the iconic London Street became popular in the 1960s among mods and hippies for its clothing boutiques, and unusual in that it focused on menswear. The great and the good (as well as some of the smelly and bad) of swinging London flocked to the boutiques. Time Magazine’s 1966 special issue on swinging London commented:

“Perhaps nothing illustrates the new swinging London better than narrow, three-block-long Carnaby Street, which is crammed with a cluster of the ‘gear’ boutiques where the girls and boys buy each other clothing…”

To celebrate the anniversary, a book has been produced with an accompanying exhibition: ‘Carnaby Street: 1960 – 2010’ will celebrate 50 years of fashion and music.

The central feature of the show is a unique 3D timeline which illustrates key people, events and happenings in the area from being a green field site with a well and a scarecrow 500 years ago, to the iconic characters associated with Carnaby’s music heritage such as The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols and Jimi Hendrix.

The exhibition, 38 Carnaby Street, will be open from 26th February until the beginning of April 2010 and is free. It will be followed by a series of events throughout 2010 to celebrate Carnaby’s 50th Anniversary including a live music weekend in June and a unique fashion show in September.

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 6pm, Sunday: 12noon – 6pm, 38 Carnaby Street, London, W1


In the Guardian today there is a video guide to London’s street food and a list of a few good places to ‘eat street’. Eat Street is the name of a website ‘driving british street food forward’ – has details of a diverse array of reviews and information about British street food, food vans and festival caterers. There is also a blog.