Manchester food and drink news this week includes brewery specials by Beavertown and Founders, the news that Mary-Ellen McTague is going to take up the reins at the Real Junk Food Project, 55% off food at Dive, a new pop-up in Urmston called Get Chucked (from Guerilla Eats and Dirty Dogs) plus gluten-free day at the Kitchens.

PLY presents Beavertown Brewery (pic) plus pizza
Carrying on its in-house beer festival #HappyNewBeer, PLY are hosting a craft beer and pizza pairing evening with Beavertown Brewery. Not an easy sentence to say quickly after a couple of their brews. Sam and Nick will be running the evening, travelling from the award-winning London-based brewery, to match four of their iconically artistic beers with pizzas made fresh from PLY’s disco ball pizza oven. Over four courses, tickets include a pizza and a beer.
Wed 17 Feb, PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1DW. Tel: 0161 711 0401, 7pm, tickets cost £12:

Get Chucked pop up: Guerrilla Eats & Dirty Dogs in Urmston
The team behind last year’s Ancoats favourite Guerrilla Eats are joining forces with street food regulars Dirty Dogs to bring a six-week pop-up burger joint to Urmston. Setting up in a former pancake house, punters can dine in or takeaway at GET CHUCKED. A good chance to explore outside of the city centre, there will be the trademark double-stacked chuck steak burgers, hi-topped hot dogs, as well as plenty of extras. With beer and cocktails to wash it down, the boozy jewel in the crown comes in the form of their own MotherChucker IPA.
From Thu 18 Feb Get Chucked, 52 Gloucester Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 9AE. Tel: 07541 349 404, Thu – Sat 12-11pm for six weeks,

Malaysian supper club at Ancoats Coffee Co. with Nasi Lemak
Newly installed Ancoats Coffee Co. are hosting a supper club with Malaysian pop-up outfit Nasi Lemak at their roastery-cafe in Royal Mills. This will be the start of a regular series of foodie events, with a range of pop-ups and chefs lined up to make guest appearances at the venue. With meaty and vegan options to choose from, the four course menu from Nasi Lemak covers dumplings, fritters, Pho, Penang rice followed by a cleansing sorbet finish. There are soft drinks to buy on the night, but guests are invited to bring their own booze, allowing for a corkage fee.
Sat 27 Feb, Ancoats Coffee Co., Unit 9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill Street, Ancoats, M4 5BA. 7pm, tickets cost £25, with a deposit to be paid via Eventbrite:

FREE brewery talk with Founders at Cafe Beermoth
Cafe Beermoth welcomes Tim from the American Founders Brewing Co. to talk about the label and all manner of beery wonderment on Thurs 18 Feb. Customers that buy Founders Centennial on draft between 5-7pm are invited to join in and then at 8pm, two new brews will be poured for the very first time for the congregated to sample.
Thu 18 Feb, Cafe Beermoth, Tootal House, 40 Spring Gardens, Manchester. M2 1DA. Tel:
7pm, FREE (limited places, first come, first served)

Gluten Free Day at The Kitchens ft. Hip Hop Chip Shop & Chaat Cart
Arguably one of the most satisfyingly-named pop-up food outfits on the circuit, Hip Hop Chip Shop are hosting a gluten-free event at The Kitchens in Spinningfields. Having been at a wedding they catered last year, I can personally vouch for how tasty their GF fish is. They will be serving up the same delights, along with halloumi for the veggies, onion rings and their legendary chips. Joining them, Well Hung, Chaat Cart, Bangers and Bacon, Dim Sum SU Street Food and Nasi Lamak will also be creating gluten-free dishes for the event.
Sat 27 Feb, The Kitchens, Leftbank, Spinningfields, M3 3BZ, noon-9pm, www.

55% off food at new NQ haunt, Dive
A selction of Manchester’s restaurants offered 50% discounts on food in January, enticing diners in to carry on indulging and not sucumb to any short-termist New Year resolutions. Northern Quarter newbie Dive has seen that and raised it. Throughout February, they are offering 55% off food everyday from the deep South-inspired menu. Expect Maryland Crab Cake sliders to tempt you alongside Sweet Potato and Bean Hash Tacos and Philly Cheese Steak Subs.
Until Mon 29 Feb, Dive NQ, Tib Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1SH. Tel: 0161 826 3080, www.

Mary-Ellen McTague heads up The Real Junkfood Project at The Wonder Inn
Widely acclaimed former Aumbry chef Mary Ellen-McTague is set to take over as Head Chef at Manchester’s first ‘waste food’ restaurant, The Real Junk Food Project. Based at Shudehill’s The Wonder Inn, the not-for-profit operation intercepts perfectly good food that would otherwise be thrown out, and creates culinary magic. The concept is a holistic and sustainable one, with a pay-as-you-feel policy allowing everyone access to hearty fare. Set to open in mid-March, the project will prevent food waste and provide you with McTague-inspired cuisine. Winner.
Opening March, The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 2AF.

Wed 17 Feb - Thu 31 Mar
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 16 Feb 2016