Manchester’s food and drink news this week includes new restaurant Dishoom opening soon, charity Thanksgiving meal at Hispi, champagne at The Refuge, a festive winter fair at Victoria Baths and more.

Coming soon: Dishoom in Manchester
With four restaurants in London and one in Edinburgh, Dishoom is set to arrive in the city. Read our full preview here.
Manchester Hall, 36 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BT. Watch this space for an official opening date and review.

Tonight: champagne tasting at The Refuge
There are still some spaces left for two time slots at tonight’s champagne tasting masterclass with Perrier-Jouët’s Jonathan Simms. Learning about the fizz’s heritage whilst being guided through the flavours and characteristics sounds like a pleasant way to while away a Tuesday evening. Tickets available via the link below.
Tue 7 Nov, The Refuge by Volta, Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA, Tel: 0161 233 5151, 6.30pm and 8pm time slots, places are £25

Vegan book launch party and tasting
Former MasterChef and British Street Food Awards finalist Jackie Kearney is launching her second book of vegan comfort food, this one inspired by travels across Asia and North America as well as home favourites. After an arrival cocktail, guests will be able to sample an array of dishes from the book, such as beetroot and watercress samosas, shitake croqueta, pecan cookie and blueberry ice cream sammie, and raspberry chai doughnut. Further ticket information is available via the link below.
Thu 9 Nov, Chapter One Books, 19 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1BY, Tel: 0161 298 2015,6.30-8.30pm, £5 entry or £20 with book included,

Food offer: 50% off at Font
Running across all three venues in Chorlton, Fallowfield and Manchester city centre, Font Bar is offering diners half-priced food from Monday to Friday, 2-5pm for the whole of November. Pop in to chow down on 100% tasty food at 50% of the cost.
The Font, 7-9 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, M1 5NP, Tel: 0161 236 0944.
The Font Fallowfield, 236-238 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M14 6LE, Tel: 0161 248 4820.
The Font Chorlton, 115-117 Manchester Road, Manchester, M21 9PG, Tel: 0161 871 2022.

Book tickets: whisky blending workshop at The Briton’s Protection
With its reputation sometimes tarnished, The Whisky Lounge has arrived to prove how delicious blended whisky can be in the right hands. Wanting to show how they can hold their own against single malts, guests are invited to concoct their own blended whisky, with a call only to bring an open mind and palate. After trying a couple of examples, the mixing will commence and a miniature of your creation will be going home with you. Snap up your tickets whilst they’re still available.
Thu 9 Nov, The Briton’s Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE, 7-9pm, tickets are £40,

Book tickets: Manchester Art Gallery supper club
Building on the success of previous supper clubs, the Gallery are joining forces this time with Anthony Lucy from Plaimont Wines to create another tasty menu. Plaimont is a French union of wine cooperatives which represents 400 families of winegrowers over four regions. Together with Manchester Art Gallery Café, a five-course menu of food and wine can be savoured this weekend in the stunning surroundings of the Gallery’s Drawing Room. Beginning with cheese pastry Gougères, there will be a starter of roast butternut squash velouté with goats cheese dumplings and sage, followed by seared monkfish, mussel broth and rainbow chard. A main of pheasant pie, liver parfait, savoy cabbage, chestnuts and truffle will then move onto a dessert of grapefruit posset with celery granita. Specially selected wines accompany each course, get your tickets whilst you can.
Thu 9 Nov, The Drawing Room, Manchester Art Gallery Café, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL, 7-9pm,

Book tickets: Thanks-for-Giving charity event at Hispi
Multi-award winning and all-round good eggs Hispi is hosting a fundraising Thanks-for-Giving Dinner, inspired by traditional Thanksgiving fare. Funds raised will be donated to Action Against Hunger, the charity leading the global fight against child hunger. The ticket price includes wine alongside a four-course dinner beginning with truffled sweet potato cake, jack cheese, cornbread and streaky bacon. Next up is deep-fried quail, crispy leg, chestnut and salted cranberry followed by pecan pie and English breakfast tea. To finish in quintessential American style, saltwater taffy, caramel popcorn and brown butter blondie will be served. Mouth-watering menu and a cracking cause – get your tickets via the link below.
Thu 23 Nov, Hispi, 1C School Lane, Manchester, M20 6RD, 7-11pm, tickets are £45,

This Sunday: Festive Winter Fair at Victoria Baths
Bonfire Night has banged and gone, which means it’s a steady descent into Christmas. Victoria Baths welcomes a festive fair this weekend, with local crafts people, artists and producers selling a wide range of goods and food. There will be guided tours of the stunning surroundings on offer as well, and the tea room will be open to serve warming brews.
Sun 12 Nov, Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE, 11am-4pm, £4 admission or £7 for admission and the tour,

Portuguese/Tejo wine tasting with nibbles at Cork of the North, 13 Northenden Road, Sale, M33 2DH, Wed 8 Nov, 7.45-9.30pm, £20 per person,
Wholesome Junkies are up this week for #SCRANCOATS at Ancoats General Store, 57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AB, Thu 9 Nov, 12-8pm,

Tue 7 Nov - Thu 23 Nov
Kate Holmes
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Tue 7 Nov 2017