It’s not just new venues occupying my Birmingham-ish food gossiping sessions; there’s plenty of tales of other food and drink related news too. In an effort to spread the word – and clear my inbox, here are a few things that might interest you…
The ‘Full Spanglish’ comes to Brum
New independent Spanish bar and restaurant, El Borracho de Oro, is serving up a touch of España to Edgbaston with its new breakfast range. The star of the menu is surely the Full Spanglish, which includes bacon, specially-made sausages with a hint of chorizo flavourings, Spanish black pudding morcilla, Spanish potatoes, eggs, toast and baked beans. Other items on the breakfast menu include tortilla Espanola, churros con chocolate, croissants with jam, and bacon, sausage and egg sandwiches for the traditionalists. Breakfasts will be served from 8am- 11.30am, Monday to Friday initially, with plans for weekend openings in the works. www.elborracho.co.uk/
Itihaas opens in Manchester
Not content with serving tasty curry to Brummies for over a decade, the team behind Itihaas have recently opened up in the other second city, Manchester. This award-winning restaurant team with a focus on authentic South Asian food, including dishes from the northern Punjab to Kerala and Goa in the south, has opened in Manchester’s intu Trafford Centre.
Itihaas also recently collaborated with a local microbrewery to create a craft beer, Sambha IPA, that matches their Indian cuisine. http://itihaas.co.uk/
Record numbers at the Colmore Food festival
The fifth annual Colmore Food Festival saw approximately 32,000 foodies visit the event over two days – 6,000 more visitors than last year. Visitors were able to try out dishes from a number of eateries and drinkeries (if that’s a word) in the area, as well as enjoy on-stage cooking demos and live music from The 31st Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. And they let me judge Best Dessert too.
GPFNK sells out
Guests have snapped up all 400 tickets for Glynn Purnell’s Friday Night Kitchen with Friends, in record time. The October event sees Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell and Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace join forces to serve up a culinary adventure with TV personality and chef Rustie Lee serving the first course. The audience will enjoy a four course meal prepared under Glynn’s guidance and served by the award-winning catering team at Villa Park, where the event is being staged.
Meat free Mondays at Mockingbird
Purveyors of all things animal-free, The Vegan Grindhouse will be serving up an Americana style menu at the Mockingbird Theatre, Bistro & Bar in the Custard Factory every Monday from 10th August. Brunch will be served between 11am – 2pm, which will feature waffles, scrambled tofu, granola, BLT and bagels. Dinner will see a weekly menu change all featuring food from different regions of the USA, with the likes of Philly cheesesteaks, meatball marinara subs, mac’n’cheese and all American sides and desserts. There will also be vegan beers and soft drinks on sale, as well as free film screenings. http://www.thevegangrindhouse.co.uk/
re-think Tequila with Bodega
If you think tequila is just a shot to be suffered at some point in a heavy night out, then Bodega, the South American bar and cantina on Bennetts Hill aims to change your mind, with a month dedicated to the spirit – and its cousin mezcal. With a Tequila and mezcal masterclass planned for Thursday 13 August, as well as ‘Tequila of the Week’, a Taco & Tequila promotion and deals on the classic tequila cocktail the Paloma, there’s plenty of chances to change your mind on this spirit. www.bodegacantina.co.uk/