Manchester food and drink news includes a new tapas place, Porta, from the team behind Joseph Benjamin for Altrincham, a guest chef spot for The Lord Clyde’s chef-patron, Ernst van Zyl, at The Lowry, FAD food festival in Levenshulme and a Chinese dumpling supper club from Heart and Parcel.

Porta Altrincham tapas bar to open in September 2016
Joe and Ben Wright, the brothers behind Chester’s Michelin Bib Gourmand-rated Joseph Benjamin restaurant, have confirmed that they are to open a new branch of their tapas bar, Porta, in Altrincham later this year. The bijou bar in Chester serves a Spanish-leaning menu of small plates that could include croquetas and patatas bravas – only perfectly pulled off – see pic from their existing outlet in Chester. While it’s true that central Manchester is enjoying an upmarket tapas boom (look out for a review of Deansgate newcomer Tapeo and Wine soon), Altrincham is less well served. Plus the relaxed style of service and simple wine list, which might include two reds, two whites, one rosado and one cava should make this a go-to option any night of the week. (RA)
Opening Sep 2016, Porta, 50 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, WA14 1RZ,

Levenshulme Fadfest 2016
‘Fad’ as in ‘food and drink’. Levenshulme welcomes this food and drink festival with a week of events. Kicking off on Sat 18 June, with Pimms on the Plot, people are invited to visit the allotments at Tonbridge Road to sample a Pimms and chat to growers for inspiration. The rest of the week sees a pasta making course with Little Italy Kitchen and Trove Bakery, a Piefest evening as well as the established delights of Levenshulme food market during on Saturdays.
Sat 18 – Sun 26 Jun, various venues in Levenshulme,

Dumplings, darling: Heart & Parcel’s next supper club
Heart and Parcel are back with their next supper club. This time, they are bringing tastes of the Far East to our palates. The evenings are always centred around homemade food parcels, usually in the form of Polish dumplings. This time, expect an array of Chinese dumplings, fresh cooking, with a mini dumpling folding workshop as well. There are vegetarian options available, guests are invited to bring their own booze and all money raised will be used to fund the sterling projects they run, working with women from migrant communities. Top stuff.
Fri 24 Jun, secret location in Levenshulme, 7pm, £25,,

Guest chef: Ernst van Zyl (The Lord Clyde) at The Lowry
The Lowry Hotel is hosting a series of highly regarded guest chefs, to showcase the best of modern British cooking. Kicking things off is Ernst van Zyl from Cheshire’s only three AA rosette awarded gastropub, The Lord Clyde. Having spent stints in the kitchens of Raymond Blanc and Heston Blumenthal, Ernst has created a five-course taster menu for guests to sample on Mon 11 July in The Lowry’s River Bar and Restaurant. Keep an eye on the guest chef baton-passing in the coming weeks.
Mon 11 Jul, The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH. Tel: 0161 827 4000, 7pm, £45,

Tue 7 Jun - Thu 1 Sep
Kate Holmes
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Tue 7 Jun 2016