Anniversary feast at Hawksmoor
We’re kind of still in the honeymoon period with the Manchester branch, but Hawksmoor is celebrating its 10th anniversary and are celebrating in style. As part of Manchester Food and Drink Festival, it is serving its Classics Menu, designed to tell the story of the restaurant. Expect shortrib nuggets with kimchi ketchup, scallops with white port and garlic, pork belly ribs (pictured), fillet or ribeye steak with sides and sauces, sticky toffee pudding and salted caramels afterwards. Before rolling home, full and happy, presumably. The ticket includes these six courses along with cocktails, wine, whiskey and anecdotes, as well as a goody bag to take away with the restaurant cook book. Check out our review.
Thu 6 Oct, Hawksmoor, 184 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB, Tel: 0161 836 6980, £65, www.eventbrite.com
Big Indie Wine Fest 2016
There’s a plethora of delectable events in the packed Manchester Food and Drink Festival schedule, but this should not be overlooked. Held at the beautiful Whitworth Art Gallery, guests are invited to sample all wines on offer and chat to local suppliers. Lunya and Comptoir Libanais have got your back for essential food stops.
Fri 7 & Sat 8 Oct, Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER, Fri 6pm - 9pm, Sat 2pm - 5pm and 6pm - 9pm, £15, manchesterfoodanddrinkfestival.nutickets.com
Supper Club out of the city
Jump on the train from Piccadilly and nine minutes later, arrive in Sicily. Or at least a Sicilian supper club in Levenshulme. After a welcome aperitif, there will be a tuna or veggie tartare to amuse that bouche, followed by fusilli with seafood or courgette flowers, stuffed sardines or veggie Beccafico, caramelised figs with pecorino and ricotta, pistachio and chocolate cannoli. All lovingly cooked by a Levy Market regular stall holder, no less.
Sat 8 Oct, Little Italy Kitchen HQ, Barlow Road, near Levenshulme Library, Manchester, M19 3EF (full address given after booking), 7pm - 10pm, £35 (inc £10 deposit), www.eventbrite.co.uk
The Old Abbey Taphouse
After a refurb, this taphouse is opening as a science-focused hub, event and live music space with an ethical kitchen, urban farm, micro-brewery and bakery. Yep, I think that’s everything a person may need. It launches properly this weekend with a full itinerary. On Friday lunchtime, there’s a £5 all-you-can-eat buffet showcasing the new menu. After work, drinks and live music are to be had, as well as their first supper club, cooked up by a group of passionate activist foodies. Expect fermented pickles, cheese and chutney platters, slow-cooked meat and fish dishes, plant-based small plates, raw and unrefined puddings – the full menu is available via the link below.
Launch weekend Fri 7 - Sun 9 Oct, The Old Abbey Taphouse, Guildhall Close, Manchester Science Park, Hulme, M15 5SY, Supper club £15 from www.skiddle.com, theoldabbeytaphouse.weebly.com
Caketober at MilkJam
There are some events that don’t need any added fanfare. Listen to this. This Caketober, MilkJam are throwing a cakebrownieicecreamfest in aid of Forever Manchester. Not only that, it’s going to be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-themed in honour of the late Gene Wilder. Included in the ticket cost, you’ll get to enjoy a share of Bakeorama cakes, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium ice cream and Lush Brownies, with all proceeds going towards supporting community activity across Greater Manchester. Manchester Gin will also be on hand with a welcome drink, but bring your own whimsy.
Thu 13 Oct, MilkJam, 85 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6EQ, 6pm - 9pm, £25, forevermanchester.com
In short: The Liquor Store is the latest bar to join HOME and the gang down at First Street, and is opening this weekend. The theme is a vintage LA liquor store. Pop in and sample the extensive cocktail list, which has been a huge success in the other flagship branch of the bar.