The Week in Food

Learning As You Go
The Leiths School of Food and Wine is kicking off a series of cookery classes for children and their parents beginning Monday, 6 June, with ‘Feeding Your Baby: Starting Solids’ and carrying on up the age groups to ‘Rainy Day Baking Classes’ with children aged 8+.  The Leiths School already runs a hugely popular series of classes for teenagers as well as courses for people aged 18+ for Absolute Beginners and leading to the Leiths Essential Certificate.
Haven’t got children at home?  No worries, Leiths is ready to teach grownups lots of fascinating things about cooking better and more confidently.  Beginning at the end of June, you can take part in classes on Greek Cookery, Sausage Making, Perfect Picnics and Summer Salads — and much more.  Food is an endlessly fascinating topic, isn’t it?
Not sure you’ll need it as you’ll be bursting with expertise, but we know restaurants nearby.
Peruvian Pop-Up
Peruvian cuisine came on the scene years ago when chef Nobu Matsuhisa blended it with Japanese cuisine and opened the hippest restaurant in the world (at that time), Nobu.  Now further fusion stuff is arriving in London in the form of Limanation, a celebration of Lima and its inhabitants and their 500-year history of melting pot-ness.  The Limanation pop-up runs 16-17-18 June, but the last time we checked, the only date available was 18 June, so if you’re interested, best click right away.  It’s five courses and a pisco sour for just £25, which isn’t bad at all.
The menu will be a collection of Peruvian inflected with Japanese, African, New Andean and Chinese.  If you miss out on Limanation, be patient.  Ceviche, the proper non-pop-up restaurant, will open in London in November.  We’ll keep you posted.
Hansel and Gretl, Eat Your Heart Out
How is this for the most amazing half term treat?  Get your children over to The Brunswick in Bloomsbury on 3-4-5 June for a stunning foodie installation that will delight them and support a good cause too.  Upon arriving at the site, children follow a breadcrumb trail deep into The Brunswick where they discover a gigantic gingerbread house, the perfect spot for storytelling, accordian players, and giant gingerbread men.  There’s an enchanted garden with cupcakes instead of grass and a pond filled with confectionary.  Are we drooling yet? How about the furniture made of chocolate and the popcorn popping chimney?
Children can get stuck into Gingerbread Men Masterclasses and sign the giant journal. The £2 entry donation benefits the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and a further £2 donation lets children take part in the masterclass.  This is the place to click for more info.  And this is where you click to find toptable restaurants nearby.
I Polpo, You Polpetto, They Spuntino
… and now everyone can get to Da Polpo restaurant, from the same brilliant restaurateurs who brought you the delightful Polpo, Polpetto and Spuntino in Soho.   The restaurant opens on Thursday, 2 June, but bookings are now being taken for lunch only (dinner is a walk-in deal — maybe bring a book) but sadly –foolishly! — not on toptable.  No, you’ll have to ring 020 7836 8448 and get in quick.
Da Polpo is on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden and features the Venetian tapas style Italian food of Polpo and Polpetto with an enhanced meatball and pizzetta menu.  We predict another surefire hit, and wish Russell Norman and Richard Beatty and executive chef Tom Oldroyd an absolute blinding success.
Getting Crafty
Okay, not exactly a foodie news sort of item, but it’s from one of our favourite bloggers The English Can Cook, the one who does the amazing Underground Restaurant supper club.  Anyway, TECC has expanded into classes, conferences and workshops and now The Underground Restaurant has blossomed into The Underground University.  And this Saturday, 4 June, is Craft Day with brunch and tea cooked by the hands of TECC.  There will be instruction in making teacup candles, crocheting taught by a woman who once made a crochet model of her own intestines, and a combination astrologer-life coach-author will be on hand to ooh and aaah and offer advice as requested.  Did we mention there will be bounteous food?  There will.  Here’s where to book.  Send us photos of your creations.