Summer Food Feast for a worthy cause…
25th June 2011
Nestling in the heart of Soho, lies the Soho Parish School and it’s this cause that took me to St Anne’s Garden, as well as fabulous food (of course). With the aid of some School Supporters and a few famous Chefs the Soho Food Feast was born, to raise funds. Hats of to them, if you have famous friends and neighbours, why not? The proposition to me, getting a warm glow from giving to charity (a mere £6.50 entry on pre-booking , going upto £10 on the day and thereafter £2 per portion). This seemed an absolute bargain considering the calibre of Soho-ite restauranteurs participating, there in attendance and happy to chat away, certainly in comparison to the farce that Taste Festival has become.
My highlights included:
Boca Di Lupo with their Sausage feast with sister co. Gelupo and their adorable gelato cart. There were initially 8 gelato’s and sorbet’s on offer but as expected on a hopt summer’s day sold out one by one like hot-cakes. Their crowd pleasing favourites were on offer: Bonet gelato (a delicate blend of choc, amaretti, caramel & expresso) and I opted for Coconut & Rasberry sorbets.
Polpo had some liver pate with crustini and a seafood and olive salad that was beguilingly beautiful. I met a fellow tweep at the Food Feast (Adam – featurded) he claimed that he had been pulled in to help out on their stall, from where I was standing he seemed to be enjoying the Pimms more so… he of course profusely denies this and claims it’s someone elses!
Koya was a new find for me, ever since a rave review in the Metro’s friend’s say this once hidden gem has become impossible to get a table at. A shame as the Buta Pork Miso I slurped away at, was a salty and moreish pot, that made me giddy yearning for more. Alas, I was whisked onto Hix to have some salmon on sourdough (Hix, a non attendee apparently at Glastonbury as was Yianni of the Meatwagon).
Valentine Warner gave us a welcome interval from eating, creating a simple yet wholesome seafood stew, which was whisked around the crowd so quickly I didn’t get a look-in. Close by Trevor Gullivan (of St John’s Bread & Wine) was on hand running a wine stand, with cases of different varieties, sharing his wondorous knowledge. offal was on offering on their food stand, I joked that had they had their famous custard filled doughnuts there may have been a stampede… so good are these doughnuts, I’m told they’re sold out by 9am on a Saturday.
I indulged in trying a few more ‘sweets’ namely a take-away of The Union’s cherry cupcakes and Gaucho’s Eton Mess (after being harangued at by the Sous Chef – I always succumb to food pressure). One lovely spot was a purchase of some thick-cut orange marmalade made by Jeremy Lee (of BluePrint Cafe). He was very sweet and posed for a pic with his pot for sale. I asked him how bookings were going in the restaurant’s 21st year after the rave review they recieved in the Metro. He responded humblyy that he was pleased that the restaurant had been reviewed as a piece after 21 years and that indeed bookings had resurged.
This event was a jolly one, with a great family spirit and tasty food offerings for a fan of Soho-ite haunts.
2012 update: J.Lee is now at Quo Vadis, should have guessed then, that his cooking at a ‘Soho’ event, was due to a move!