THE FOODIE SCENE is so lively in northeast London that deciding what is newsworthy can be difficult, especially for a site that lacks a food reviewer. But a pop-up in Islington caught Loving Dalston’s eye.
She gets excited about Ollie Downey, a chef working in the kitchen with Michael Thompson. Apparently, the guys cooked together at Fera at Claridge’s, under Simon Rogan, a name the publicist vocally brackets with the kind of hushed awe usually reserved for rock stars.
The pop-up runs alongside Urban Food Fortnight, an annual celebration of food and produce, which is helping to connect the cooks with local and independent suppliers, among them natural-honey collector Hive & Keeper, Article Number 25, which grows mushrooms using the grounds from London coffee shops that would otherwise go to waste, and vegetable-supplier Good Earth Growers in, uhm, Cornwall (local?).
Still, Thompson says: “September brings a new season… the hedgerows are brimming with goodies that we’ve been picking and preserving [for the pop-up].”
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* Seven courses will cost you £45. Fodder runs from today to 30 September 2017— Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm — at Brewery Below, Borough Wines and Beers’ nano-brewery and event space at 344 Essex Road, London N1 3PD. Wheelchair access difficult. Booking
* Fodder supplied no hospitality to Loving Dalston; only the pictures.
* Backstory: Shops behind Dalston market stalls; Bubble and squeak Shooey style, Bakewell pudding; Time Out left with bad taste after restaurant cluster plan burns; Best East End eateries, 200 years ago
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