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Dram & Smoke pops up in Hackney Wick

Scottish pop-up Dram & Smoke springs up in a former sofa factory in Hackney for a five-week residency. Take one converted warehouse, bring in a trusty whisky barrel smoker, whip up a mighty Scottish feast, then throw in some whisky cocktails and you’ve got a pretty darn good pop-up on your hands. But then Dram & Smoke already know this and their latest stint by the River Lea, overlooking the Olympic Stadium, brings the Scottish fanfare they’re known for. The five-course meal, many elements of which will be have been cooked in the custom-built whisky barrel smoker, includes cullen skink (smoked haddock) mousse with crumbly, sharing-size oatcake, freshly-smoked onion broth with peas and cheese, potted duck with marmalade dressing and tattie (potato) scones, a whole salt-baked lamb shoulder that is cracked and carved at the table and finally, a whisky fix with some lemon hot toddy tart. Alongside a Monkey Shoulder whisky cocktail, which is included in the meal, you’ll be able to order additional wine and BrewDog beers. And because no party is complete …

Moët & Chandon launches pop-up Champagne academy

For two weeks in April, the Moët Academy will open its doors in London for those wanting to follow the journey of Champagne from grape to glass. If there was something you’ve always wanted to know about Champagne but have never gotten round to learning, now is your chance to find out. Offering an immersive educational experience, Moët & Chandon’s Moët Academy will take you through everything you need to know in just 90 minutes. Led by Masters of Wine Susie Barrie and Peter Richards, the session will see you walking through re-created rows of vines as you gain insight into the Champagne region, its vineyards and grape varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. You will then learn about the process of making Champagne, as well as sparkling wine, and the differences between the two. And this being a ‘Champagne school’ of sorts, you’ll naturally be taking part in an in-depth tasting session that will include bottles from the Moët & Chandon range. We’ll certainly drink to that. Tickets cost £40 (90-minute session), available at …

Cutter & Squidge pop-up opens in Soho

Cutter & Squidge, creator of the “biskie” (a biscuit-cookie-cake mash-up) opens their sweet shop-style pop-up in Soho today. Well this is rather convenient. Not only is the daily dilemma of what you’re going to be snacking on solved but you can now indulge in it morning to evening at Cutter & Squidge’s new pop-up café. When no other treat will do, a biskie-fix should set you right – think mouth-watering matcha green tea, white chocolate and raspberry to chocolate, peanut and salted caramel. Or, how about a slice of banana, vanilla and chocolate cake? Or, some light and fluffy strawberry marshmallows? Well, seeing as they’re only in town until the summer, you’d be wise to give them all a try. There’ll be a few savoury options too from veggie quiche to cheese twists to keep the lunch crowd happy. And whilst you’re stopping off, grab a coffee, hot chocolate or some of their new and cooling ‘Oomph-ade’ featuring fruit and botanicals and an infusion of white tea, sparkling or coconut water. Open until mid-August. Cutter …

The Stevedores Beer & Whiskey Bar pop-up

The London Craft Beer Festival and Bulleit have teamed up to create a specialist beer and whiskey pop-up with barbequed and slow-cooked meat dishes to boot. If the evenings are still too cold and dark for you, try seeking warmth and solace in The Stevedores, a newly opened pop-up bar serving up an array of British craft beers paired with Bulleit whiskey and rye cocktails. It is named after the dockers who loaded and unloaded alcoholic goods to and from ships. The bar features a weekly changing beer menu that focuses on a different British brewery each time. These are then combined with some Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye to produce a small selection of cocktails. The Stevedores Sour (Bulleit Rye, lemon and Evolver IPA reduction) is a good starter cocktail but if you want to get down to business, go for The Boulevardier (Bulleit Rye, Campari and Sweet Vermouth). Boilermakers are also available – that’s beer paired up with a shot of bourbon or rye. And to keep your hanger pangs at bay, there …

Pay-by-poker restaurant All-in Kitchen opens

Play your cards right and you could enjoy a three-course meal free at the All-in Kitchen pop-up restaurant in Haggerston, courtesy of PokerStars and Jones & Sons. “But I don’t kn-”. Don’t say it. If you’re not familiar with poker or if you haven’t played a hand for some time, think of this as an opportunity to brush up on your skills and line your stomach with some pretty darn tasty food as a reward. There is, as you will see, much to gain and very little at stake. Before you dine, the cost of your three-course meal will need to be determined with a game of poker. You’ll play three hands against seven other tables which should take no longer than about 20 minutes. Everyone begins with 10,000 chips and your final count will determine how much you pay: 10,000 and above: meals for your table will be free Between 5,000 and 10,000: diners on your table will pay £5 each Less than 5,000: diners on your table will pay £10 each A cheat …

Dram & Smoke: a Scottish pop-up in London

Haggis bonbons. Admit it, those two words have made you somewhat curious and strangely, you don’t seem to be put off at all. Well, that’s good news because there is a lot more to enjoy this winter at Dram & Smoke, a dining pop-up that celebrates all things Scottish. Set up in a warehouse space that was once a leather tannery, guests are served a five-course tasting menu, with elements having been put through a special custom-built whisky barrel smoker that sits as a centrepiece. As mentioned, expect haggis bonbons with smoked ketchup; a smoked coley and beetroot salad with a lemon and heather honey dressing; a savoury smoked bacon and blue cheese porridge; a venison Wellington with bramble and ale sauce that guests can carve up at the table; and a dark chocolate and raspberry mousse with salted whisky butterscotch and sharing-size shortbreads. To keep the palate moist, there is gin-on-tap, Brewdog craft beers, wine and cocktails from whisky den pop-up Monkey Shoulder. Tickets costs £40 and includes a welcome cocktail, the five-course tasting …

November: Guest chef takeover at Zoilo

Two-day chef residency showcases Argentine cuisine with an Italian twist Celebrating the historical influences that have shaped modern Argentine cuisine, Argentine restaurant Zoilo will be opening its kitchen for two days this month to former head chef at Murano, Diego Cardoso. Together with Zoilo chef Diego Jacquet, Cardoso will highlight the Italian influences on Argentina’s rich culinary history with a special five-course menu. Dishes will include: – Cured trout with citrus and smoked almonds – Argentine sweetbreads with celeriac and hazelnut puree and a chimichurri dressing – Homemade linguine with wild mushrooms and grilled onions – Lamb and artichoke escabeche with black pepper and watercress crème fraiche – Baked meringue with lemon cream and vanilla yoghurt The five-course menu costs £40 and is available from Thu 27th – Fri 28th Nov. Zoilo, 9 Duke Street, Marylebone, W1U 3EG. zoilo.co.uk

Stelle di Stelle: Three Michelin-starred dining at Harrods in October

Food pop-ups don’t get much finer than this Now onto its second monthly residency at Harrods, the Stelle di Stelle pop-up will play host this October to Italian chef brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea of Da Vittorio in Brusaporto in Bergamo, Italy, a restaurant that holds three Michelin stars. The duo will be presenting a six-course menu (plus an aperitivo) – an edit of signature dishes that are served in their own restaurant. After an aperitivo of Grana Padano cheese and prosciutto, there are some bite-size bruschetta slices with Cantabrico anchovies, tuna sauce and Piedmont hazelnuts, followed by langoustine with almond cream and Roveja wild peas. Next up, a rich but delicious cheese-fest of soft polenta, Roccaverano robiola cheese in a Grana Padana cheese sauce with white truffle shavings, followed by large potato gnocco bursting with a white cheese fondue. Try to finish it whilst it’s still hot for maximum fondue pleasure. The crowning glory is the Mediterranean-style sea bass with yellow tomato foam and rounding off the menu is a dessert full of textures …

Krug & Krustacean pop-up on the South Bank

Where is the joy in having Champagne and king crab if you can’t show off just a little? Well, how about five days for you to do just that this September?   To follow the successful pairing of Krug and crepês (by Pierre Koffmann) with the Krug Kreperie in Covent Garden, there will be a new foodie experience popping up right along the South Bank, identifiable by a giant wooden box housing a rather comfortable dining pod. In collaboration with the newly-opened Beast restaurant (the same team behind Goodman and Burger & Lobster), the Krug & Krustacean pop-up will be serving Norwegian king crab which has been caught in the Arctic Circle and shipped live to the UK. Open for lunch and dinner, diners can choose between a giant crab claw or a crab club sandwich – a glass of Krug Grande Cuvée is a given. The Krug & Krustacean pop-up will be available from 3rd to 7th September 2014 along the South Bank, London. Book online here or call 0844 371 5050. £40 per …

Champagne & crêpes, afternoon tea and ice-skating: three reasons to take the day off work*

*OK, so you can just do them at the weekend but with treats this tempting, it’s difficult to wait. Here are three things that will make it worth your while if you decide to act upon your urge. 1. The cosy champagne lunch Lunchtime treats don’t get more special than this. In the first week of December, Covent Garden will be playing host to the Krug Kreperie, a pop-up dining space housed inside a seemingly life-sized champagne crate. Whilst the sheepskin rugs warm up your feet, freshly made crêpes devised by Pierre Koffmann and a glass a Krug Grande Cuvée will help to warm up the palate. Both sweet and savoury crêpes will be on offer including crab, caramel, apple crumble and pistachio with caramelised pistachio nuts. The crêpe and champagne pairing costs £35. The Krug Kreperie will open from 2-8th December at Covent Garden’s East Piazza. From 9th December until the end of January 2014, it will be available at Koffmann’s at The Berkeley. 2. The blissful Christmas Afternoon Tea Now here’s the perfect …