latcui 4.11 – longitude 84 this Sat at Alex & Sineads (Shoreditch) & booking now for two great feasts!
OnMarch 20, 2012
latcui 4.11 – longitude 84
On Saturday evening, a few hours before the clocks surge forward into summer, Alex & Sinead invite 10 people to surge forward into the heat of the Indian subcontinent and beyond.
It will be the 84th day of the year and thus longitude 84- a line stretching from Russia’s last major eastern tributary in the Kara Sea up North, through the eastern toe of Kazakhstan into Tibet via the province of Xinjiang (China’s biggest), and through Nepal into the Indian states of Bihar and West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh (India’s biggest).
Kazakh cuisine caem from their nomadic origins – strong on horse, dried meats and soured milk. The most popular (equine) dish, ‘five fingers’, is so called because that’s how it’s eaten – your size of portion traditionally equating to your status as a guest. In Xinjiang, the food reflects the Islamic majority of the population – particularly the ‘Eastern Turks’, or Uyghurs – and is thus halal; signature stuff includes kebab and roast mutton, roast fish and rice, but also stretches to camel. Uttar Pradesh also peddles kebabs and mutton, but is most famous for many of more locally-familiar snacks and meals – pakora, samosa and biryani.
We look forward to exploring with you
Next week: Two Great Feasts!
After a series of smaller home-grown dinners, and in anticipation of the Summer’s Olympian Latitudinal events, we have 2 lovely huge events the following week that are booking now.
The Caravanserai are building a magnificent long sheltered table to host a meal for up to a hundred people in their wonderful new community venue. Come join local neighbours and broader London guests on the evening before April Fools, Saturday 31st March, for drinks, music, a fashion show and a community dinner – cooked by and for all of us.
Everyone is asked to bring one small dish of food (enough to feed 4) using a recipe from your country, and to share it with the wider table. The evening is all about sharing – each other’s food, and most importantly, each other’s good company.
Canning Town Caravanserai is a welcoming oasis hosted by locals, open to all visitors. It is a locally-driven public space, capitalizing on London 2012’s energies and enthusiasm for sport, social enterprise and volunteering. It brings together trade, training, performance, a community garden, and a place to eat, drink and play before, during and after the London Olympic Games. Mixing a café with art workshops, food stalls with performance spaces, and enterprise units with allotments, it will be hosted by locals and open to all; in short, a community space run by the community.
18:00: Welcome Drinks (courtesy some great local shops!)
19.30: Fashion Show: African clothing from Hart Culture
21.00: Live Band
Canning Town Caravanserai (just north of Hallsville Road)
100-116 SilverTown Way, Canning Town, Newham, E16 1EA London
Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (GMT)
2.2: At Sunday lunchtime the following day, we co-host with ALISN the 2nd of our annual EAT with ART lunch feasts
EAT with ART is an unprecedented opportunity to dine in unison amongst the artworks inside a stunning art gallery overlooking a park and lake, and to talk & eat with all the artists, some of whom will introduce the works on show.
The gallery is playing host to the work of twelve brilliant artists curated from an international art competition – The Tower Hamlets Spring Open – this year themed with the topic “Scale and Place”. During the meal, the artists will be hiding dispersed among the guests; guests will rotate seats after each course, so you can hunt them all out . The artists are Tom Estes, Felicity Hammond, Rab Harling, Brian D Hodgson, Thorsten Knaub, Gina Lundy, Patrick Morrissey, Minou Norouzi, Emer O’Brien, Daniel Shanken, Rachel Wilberforce, and Mary Yacoob. The Artists Reception is Wednesday 28th March, 6-9pm, and the exhibition continues through the 7th April.
The custom-designed, glass-fronted Mile End Art Pavilion gracefully arcs through the sculptural & sumptuously landscaped Mile End park, offering great views, and opportunities for wandering around the lakes and gardens. You can even arrive for the lunch by boat, if you have one .
RESERVE YOUR PLACE AThttp://eatwithart2012.eventbrite.com ; £7 tickets cover the cost of hire and delivery. Due to the fragile nature of some of the art, the event cannot accommodate children under the age of 16.
Location: Mile End Art Pavilion, Grove Road, E3 4QY