6 one-off pop-up restaurants & dining events for February 2016. Including a Greek-Italian Love Feast, a classic film screening with Italian Street Food and a food & wine pairing evening.
February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s packed with exciting pop-up restaurants, supper clubs and dining events. From a classic film screening, with traditional Italian street food by Cin Cin, to a Jazz and stand-up comedy with a 70s inspired menu – there’s something for all tastes. Just hurry and book up your place, as tickets are going fast for some of these unique and one-off dining events.
1. I can’t believe it’s not Valentine’s
DATE: Fri 12th February 2016, 7:45pm
LOCATION: Café Rust, Brighton
FOOD: No date? Or just not one for the soppy Valentine’s. This one is for you. An evening of Jazz, stand up and local food with a taste of the seventies with contemporary twists. The menu begins with a selection of Vol-Au-Vents and follows with a main course of Grilled Giant Prawns, Tuna Steak, Swordfish Steak, Cherry Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers and Courgette follows. And your sweet end? A Chocolate Orange Trifle with Crystalised Orange Segments & Dark Chocolate Shavings completes the meal. A pomegranate sparkling wine is also included but there will be a paid bar on the night too.
IN THE HOST’S WORDS… “You’ll have never known the 70s to taste so good”
2. A Homemade “Love Feast”
DATE: Sat 14th February, 7pm
LOCATION: Brighton, Preston Road
FOOD: Inspired by ‘St. Valentine’s’ routes, a 5-course meal with a Greek take on Italian dishes. The menu will include, a Greek Bruschetta, a Feta Cheese Dip served with Traditional Greek Pitta Bread, a Green Salad, Spaghetti & King Prawns and for dessert, Chocolate Mousse with Homemade Butter Biscuit Crumble, Fresh Strawberries and Raspberries. The venue is licenced so alcohol can be purchased at the event.
IN THE HOST’S WORDS… “From a very young age I was watching my grandmother and my mother cooking and I always liked to be involved in the preparation of our daily meals… I learned to cook authentic, traditional Greek dishes, using the best ingredients and of course, our family’s recipes.”
3. A Valentine’s special with wines of Bordeaux
DATE: Fri 12th February, 8 pm
LOCATION: Hotel Una, Brighton
FOOD: Looking for something a little special to treat your Valentine? The search is over. Host, Radka, has designed a five-course dinner accompanied by a selection of slightly unusual wines from four family-owned estates in Bordeaux. The menu includes Cod with Beurre Blanc, Chicken Liver Parfait with Apple Chutney, Pot-au-Feu (French Stew), Rum and Raisin Ice-Cream and finally Coffee & Petit Fours.
IN THE HOST’S WORDS… “We know that Bordeaux wines are often seen as something dated and boring but we would like to show you that there are some great producers making remarkable wines that are reasonably priced, very drinkable and exciting!”
4. StrEAT Film
DATE: Sat 14th February, 6pm
LOCATION: Emporium Theatre, London Road
FOOD: Looking for a relaxed, non-cliché Valentine’s evening? Well, search no more as StrEAT film presents a screening of the Italian classic, Cinema Paradiso, followed by an antipasti box of Italian Street Food from Cin Cin and a complimentary Pago Premium fruit juice to take into the theatre. Your antipasti will include, Wild Boar Salami, Finocchiona, Coppa, Pecorino Sardo, Smoked Ricotta, Gorgonzola Dolce, Beef and Pork Polpette, Aubergine Polpettine in addition to Crispbreads & Olives. A cash bar will also be open serving a Valentine’s Strawberry Bellini, wines, beers and soft drinks.
IN THE HOST’S WORDS… “Lose yourself in the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso, one of the most romantic, nostalgic films of all time.”
5. Nose to Tail Feasting
DATE: Sat 20th February, 7pm
LOCATION: Tilt Coffeeshop, Fiveways, Brighton
FOOD: A nose to tail feast including Bone Marrow, Pig’s Head & Trotter Hotrocks and Slow Braised Beef Shin. The evening is a mixture of sharing plates and stews and the whole menu is suitable for a gluten-free diet. Furthermore, £1 from every ticket also goes to the homeless charity Antifreeze – Off the fence. It’s a BYO booze night too.
IN THE HOST’S WORDS… “With a knowledge in butchery, I have the utmost respect for any beast I cook with. I use it all, nose to tail and my menus reflect.”
6. CanTina Brighton
DATE: Fri 26th & Saturday 27th February, 8pm-11:30pm
LOCATION: Brighton (Tina’s Home)
FOOD: Tina’s supper clubs are an intimate affair, hosted from her sitting room, with space for just 18 guests seated over a long sharing table. The menu is a heavenly five-courses, anchored by delicious dishes such as sea bass with cauliflower, pistachios & tahini or spiced brisket croquette with squash puree, pickled squash, parsley & walnuts. A free cocktail and pudding tipple are also included in the meal. Having been to one of Tina’s supper clubs myself in the past, I can assure you it’s not one to miss.
IN THE HOST’S WORDS… “My food is based around seasonality and is big on flavour and texture. I am lucky to work with some fantastic local suppliers, which helps me to produce delicious, creative and interesting dishes.”