Category: Food and Drink

Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2007

Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2007

I’m pleased to learn that a vessel that I did voluntary work on back in my school days has received the award for the UK’s best large tourist attraction.   Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s  SS Great Britain in Bristol picked up the accolade at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence. The full list of Gold Award
Sofitel Earth Day organic menus

Sofitel Earth Day organic menus

Inspired by Earth Day, Sofitel is extending a special organic menu in each of  its North American properties throughout the month of April.  The Accor hotels brand is donating 10%  of the proceeds from the select food  and beverage offerings to the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Second Harvest. Enjoy anything from ‘Seared wild salmon,
The art of Vietnamese cooking

The art of Vietnamese cooking

Join Echo Palm Beach for their final interactive evening of the season – ‘the art of Vietnamese cooking’ – where their most popular dishes will be prepared before your eyes. A demo and dinner starts at 6.30pm on 11th April 2007 in the Far East Room. The four-course dinner includes a half-price specialty drink to
John Williams' Masterclass

John Williams' Masterclass

On 21st April 2007 there will be a rare chance to see a master at work! Just eight privileged guests will join John Williams in the kitchens of The Ritz to witness the creation of a spectacular five course dinner, and then retire to one of the magnificent new banquet rooms in William Kent House
Wear Valley Food Festival 2007

Wear Valley Food Festival 2007

The 4th Wear Valley Food Festival promises to be a bigger and better event than ever before.   Held at Auckland Castle in the north-east of England, the event celebrates local produce and crafts through an exciting and diverse programme.   In addition arts and craft stalls, there is a farmers’ market, exhibitions and demonstrations,
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival commences tomorrow. This year’s theme will be “Australian Wine: A World of Difference” and will be sponsored by Wine Australia. Over 100 different grape varieties are grown in Australia and it is hoped that the festival will demonstrate the diversity, quality, breadth and dept of Australian wines.
 £100...?  For a sandwich?!

£100...? For a sandwich?!

The Cliveden House Hotel  near London’s Heathrow Airport has created a very expensive sandwich, with visitors asked to cough up £100 for the treat. So… what do you get in a £100 sandwich? It comes complete with Iberico ham, air-cured for 30 months, poulet de Bresse, quail eggs, semi-dried Italian tomatoes, 24-hour fermented sour dough
Grand opening of the new wine cellars in the Palais Coburg, Vienna

Grand opening of the new wine cellars in the Palais Coburg, Vienna

Tomorrow will see the grand opening of the wine cellars at the Palais Coburg in Vienna. Guest wine experts Michael Broadbent MW and Jancis Robinson MW will be in attendance under the patronage of René Gabriel, editor of WeinWisser and Bordeaux Total. The cellars hold in the region of 60,000 bottles (approximately 5,000 different wines),
$1000 pizzas

$1000 pizzas

Pizza is one of things that you normally associate with being inexpensive, but that’s not necessarily the case at Nino’s Bellissima Pizza on Second Avenue, New York (near 47th Street). The restaurant is laying claim to the title of ‘world’s most expensive pizza’ by selling pizzas for $1000.   Of course, these  are no ordinary
The Burgundy Dinner at The Ritz, London

The Burgundy Dinner at The Ritz, London

To compliment a selection of superb Burgundy wines especially chosen by Ritz Sommelier Bruno Murciano, a special menu for this fabulous dinner on the 21st March 2007  has been created by Executive Chef John Williams. Savour a Terrine of Bresse Chicken and Foie Gras, Fricassee of Scallop and Langoustine and Fillet of Lamb accompanied by
Chodorow presses on, despite spat with New York Times

Chodorow presses on, despite spat with New York Times

Jeffrey Chodorow‘s  new London restaurant called Suka opens at the Sanderson Hotel today, replacing  Alain Ducasse’s Spoon restaurant. Chodorow has had no end of media attention of late, having been heavily criticised by Frank Bruni in the New York Times.   His response?   A full-page ad in the paper claiming that Bruni was out
Geneva Chocolate Festival

Geneva Chocolate Festival

On 17th March 2007 the town of Versoix  will host  a chocolate fair to honour the know-how of the Swiss chocolate-makers. Under a heated tent visitors will be able to discover, taste, buy and even make chocolate on various stands at the Festival du Chocolat (or  Geneva Chocolate Festival as it appears to be being
Feel the Wuv with W Hotels

Feel the Wuv with W Hotels

Book a ‘Feel the Wuv’ package with W Hotels before 5th August 2007 and you’ll get a bottle of bubbly and a box of Vosges Haut-Chocolat “Exotic Caramel Collection”. You can also get a little “wuv” with a Jimmyjane “Wink” blindfold,  a 20% discount on all Jimmyjane products at W Hotels The Store,  a set
British Tourism Week

British Tourism Week

It’s British Tourism Week!   From the 12th-18th March 2007 a series of inter-related events will  raise national awareness of the size, value and importance of Britain’s massive £74 billion visitor economy. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is Patron to the week-long programme. There will be many different events held, including: a photographic
500 listings for Spas of America

500 listings for Spas of America

Spas of America has welcomed its 500th listing and their  first wine spa experience: the Bernardus Lodge & Winery  in California. It can be found among the vineyards of the  picturesque Carmel Valley, and has a well-earned reputation for its food and wine – and, of course, its spa. All three aspects are  intertwined with

22nd Annual Winefest 2007

A large outdoor public wine tasting will be take place in the  picturesque Shelter Cove Community Park and Marina, in Hilton Head this weekend. Wine tasting and auctions will be held  on the afternoon of 10th  March 2007. It will  feature over 1,500 domestic and international wines, gourmet meals from the island’s top chefs and