14 Feb 2018
Institute of Light, London Fields
Interlacing cinema, history and immersive dinning, KinoVino together with Pushkin House brings you a unique occasion to travel back in time to Russia of the late-1910s and explore the era through its food, music and cinema. In this Christmas-special edition you will be treated to a unique vintage gramophone performance from our special guest, Moscow-based DJ and performer, Anton Borisovich, bespoke vodka cocktails and a menu inspired by the recipes of the pre-Revolutionary era, as well as a screening of classic Soviet period drama ‘A Slave of Love’. A magical night in the heart of Bloomsbury!
KinoVino East London with Rosie Birkett
21 Sept 2017
Institute of Light, London Fields
During our KinoVino gatherings over the past 2 years, we have travelled to the most wonderful remote, exotic places, and now the time has come to celebrate the place where it all began, a place that inspired KinoVino and the one that I am lucky to call home – our dear city of London, and more specifically it’s quirky and charming East End. Enveloped in history, myths and rich traditions, the part of London I love best happens to have the most vibrant and diverse culinary scene as well as a wide array of produce that grows wildly in and around the area. Cinematically speaking the East End is one of the most iconic locations captured on screen, giving us a glimpse into the East that might no longer be there, yet preserving its unique energy and testifying to its dynamic growth. To celebrate East End in all its cine-gastronomic glory I could think of no better film than the Ealing Studios classic ‘It Always Rains on Sunday’ and am absolutely thrilled to welcome the quintessential East End foodie, writer and chef – Rosie Birkett. The author of ‘A lot on Her Plate’ and ‘East London Eats’, and an avid forager, Rosie will create a menu featuring locally sourced seasonal produce that reflects and celebrates East End’s rich culinary culture as well as showcases Rosie’s unique vision and style! To add to the list of things that excite me about this upcoming gathering is a new partner venue – Institute of Light! Located in the heart of Hackney in one of the London Fields railway arches the venue boasts a quirky cinema space (yes, a proper cinema!) and a beautiful dinning area, not to mention the courtyard ideal for our welcome drinks and nibbles. So all in all, I could not be more thrilled at the prospect of KinoVino East London with Rosie Birkett, and hope so are you!
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KinoVino Pakistan with Sumayya Usmani
3 August 2017
KinoVino is thrilled to welcome the legendary food writer and cook, Sumayya Usmani, for a celebration of Pakistani food, film and culture. Guests will be greeted with signature martini cocktails (think tamarind chutney, cardamon, pomegranate) as well as Sumayya’s signature spicy sweet paneer and nut mix. A screening of “Ramchad Pakistani’, a moving drama of a family separated by the Pakistani/Indian boarder, will continue the experience of the night. Following the screening guests will be invited to the beautifully decorated dining room where Sumayya and Kinovino team will serve a mind-blowing feast featuring Pakistani dishes like Rose Petal Garam Masala, spicy aubergine relish, pullao rice and freshly baked naan breads, culminating the night will be a dreamy desert of stewed Hunza apricots topped with cardamom and rose spiced cream and walnuts.
KinoVino is delighted to welcome back Emma Spitzer, finalist of MasterChef 2015, who will cook a scruptious Middle Eastern feast from her newly launched debut cookbook, Fress. The luscious feast will be preceded by the screening of Hummus, the Movie, a mouth-watering documentary about the humus rivalry in the Middle East. This film will leave you speechless with desire for this simple chickpea dip. Israeli wines and the star dish of the night – hummus, are just a few of the delights that this event will offer.
Celebrating the cinematic and the culinary talents of women from Iran, KinoVino teams up with cook and author, Yasmin Khan, to create a sensual night of Iranian food and arthouse cinema. A traditional Iranian feast will be preceded by a screening of an award-winning captivating drama, Women without Men, by US-based Iranian feminist artist, Shirin Neshat. The film is an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s magical realist novel that tells a story of four women, from entirely different backgrounds, who come together to challenge and change their male-dominated politically turbulent world. KinoVino is thrilled to welcome food writer and cook, Yasmin Khan, to create luscious Persian feast. Her debut cook book Saffron Tales is filled with truly beautiful and nostalgic recollection of her life and of the community in Iran, not to mention the mouthwatering recipes. Join us for one night only of exquisite cinema and beautiful food.
in partnership with Kinoteka Film Festival
31 March 2017
Place: Palm2, Clapton
Join us for one night of unforgettable Indian food and film! KinoVino is thrilled to welocme the legendary chef Romy Gill, MBE, who will create a luscious feast of her signature dishes, like the goat curry and aubergine in tamarind chutney. Romy is one of the few Indian chefs to run and own her restaurant in Thornbury, Bristol, and was awarded an MBE for the hospitality industry. Romy and the KinoVino team will create an unforgettable atmosphere immersing you into the sounds, sites and tastes of India.
Place: Palm2, Clapton
Place: Palm2, Clapton
Blinis, ‘caviar’, sour cream
Montand Blanc de Blancs Jura Brut NV
Beer&millet porridge, saltfish, aged Harvati
Chateau Saint-Roch Chardonnay Limoux AOP 2015
Caille en Sarcophage reduite
Quail in puff pastry, chicken liver pate, truffles
Domaine de la Noblaire ‘Le Temps Des Cerises’ Chinon 2014
Rum baba with figs in syrup
Barbadillo Pedro Ximenez
Seasonal fruit and French cheeses
Château Septy, Monbazillac AOC 2011
Wine pairing available for £20 per person
Date: Tue 11 October 2016
Place: Palm2, 153 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ
Pack your bags, brush up on your Italian, KinoVino is Rome-bound! It is truly wonderful to be able to team up with one of Rome’s most elegant, witty and charming chefs who is currently taking London by storm: Eleonora Galasso. Her debut cookbook As the Romans Do was met with huge acclaim in the UK, and rightly so: not only is it full of incredibly delicious and authentic dishes, it is a fascinating account of Rome’s history, culture and eating habits. The charm and grace of our guest chef could only be matched by that of the Hollywood legend, Audrey Hepburn, and her iconic debut feature film – Roman Holiday. A film that is a true classic of Hollywood romance genre, directed by the giant, William Wyler, paints the most enticing, joyful and charming portrait of Rome, a city steeped in (cinematic) history. The portrayals of Rome on film are indeed endless but it the Rome through the eyes of Audrey Hepburn’s character, Princess Ann, that, we felt, is closest to the vision depicted in Eleonora’s book. It is likely that Princess Ann has been to those cafes, squares and streets, that Eleonora recalls so evocatively in her account. Join us for one night only on this gastro-cinematic journey to one of Europe’s oldest and most characterful cities!
Place: MariVanna, 116 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PJ
It really is great news when one of your favourite restaurants in London invites you for a collaboration. So when Knightsbridge’s funkiest Russian restaurant – MariVanna – got in touch for a KinoVino partnership, to say that I was very please, would be an understatement. Offering a really good, hearty, home-style Russian food, the restaurant is also famed for it’s wonderfully eclectic decor, that effortlessly mixes classic Russian style with Soviet kitsch and beyond. Half-way between a beautiful pre-Revolutionary dacha and a crammed Soviet communal apartment, the restaurants setting was the departing point for the choice of the event’s theme. As those two periods in Russian history merge so well in the decor, our chosen film and the meal will also reflect the transition moment from Tsarist to Revolutionary Russia. One of the greatest commentators on this period in history was the extraordinary Russian writer, Mikhail Bulgakov. Luckily for us, there is a film adaptation of his novel that matches the genius of his prose – A Dog’s Heart. Set in the early 1920s, it depicts with sharp wit and satire the struggle between the old and the new eras, generations and classes and features some of the most mouth-watering scenes set around a dinner table.
In this special one-off edition of KinoVino chez MariVanna we invite you to experience the food and the atmosphere of early post-Revolutionary Russia. You will be welcomed with some traditional zakuski, ice-cold vodka, as well as a live DJ performance, spinning the vintage tunes from the era. More vintage music to accompany your post-movie meal, which will include the gastronomic classics of the restaurant with a Revolutionary twist.
Before the film
Open sandwich with ‘krakovskaya’ charcuterie or pickled herring
Toasted sunflower seeds (instead of popcorn)
Shots of ice-cold vodka
A selection of home-made pickles, aubergine ‘caviar’, herring and potato salad
A mushroom julienne
Sturgeon ukha soup infused with champagne
Suckling piglet with buckwheat kasha
Buckwheat kasha with white mushrooms (v)
Home-made ice-cream with cherry compote served with nalivka (berry-infused vodka)
*drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night from MariVanna’s usual menu
in partnership with Lonely Planet
Date: Friday 9 September
Place: Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
Join us for a delicious journey across Spain through food and film as KinoVino teams up with Lonely Planet for this special event celebrating Lonely Planet’s new food title, From the Source Spain. The book’s author, Sally Davies, has traversed the country, gathering Spain’s most authentic recipes – direct from the kitchens where they were perfected. Spain’s best local cooks, from family bakers to famed chefs, have shared their passion for food and their region’s classic recipes in this mouth-watering collection.
Come along to this special night to enjoy Pedro Almodóvar’s classic, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and relish some of Spain’s most wonderful regional dishes prepared by renowned chefs, Oliver Rowe and Tom Hunt. Journey with us from top to toe: travel from the north, famous for its wonderful variety of seafood and smoky chargrilled vegetables, through the centre – home to the county’s best cured ham, and down to the south with its refreshing chilled soups.
From the Source Spain author, Sally Davies, will be joining us for the evening to share her experiences of gathering, and savouring, the recipes. The night will be filled with plenty more perks and surprises, courtesy of Lonely Planet, transporting you to the beautiful Spanish lands for one night only!
Gazpacho with crostini
Octopus with savoy cabbage & streaky bacon
Tortilla with mushrooms and truffle oil (v)
Chickpeas with spinach
Tarta de Santiago with orange & saffron cream
KINOVINO: TOAST MASH ROAST HASH
A night of comfort food curated by Dan Doherty
in partnership with Octopus Books
Date: Thursday 18 August
Place: Plm2, 152 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ
KinoVino is very excited to celebrate the release of a new cookbook – Toast Hash Roast Mash – by a renowned London chef, Dan Doherty, head chef at Duck and Waffle. His second book is a personal account of honest comfort food that he enjoys at home, and this is what our event is about – delicious, simple home food celebrating the ‘behind the scenes’ of being a chef. To accompany the meal, curated by chef Doherty, is a screening of an absolute romcom classic – Frankie and Johnny, starring Al Pacino as a chef and Michelle Pfiefer as his waitress and love at first sight. Enjoy some trully lucious home cooking in a cosy setting and get to meet the chef himself to snatch a copy of a signed book!
Our menu includes the following delights
Devilled eggs and mackerel with pickled beets on sourdough toast
plus artisan brews from Skinners, Cornwall
Lentil salad with grilled vegetables and feta
Sloppy Joes with slaw
Hash veggie bake with eggs (v)
Mini lemon curd pavlovas
The menu is curated by chef Dan Doherty and will be prepared by chef Despina Siahuli of Pan London
KINOVINO: Tarkovsky’s Mirror with Olia Hercules
Date: Saturday 23 July
Place: Palm2, 152 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ
KinoVino is thrilled to take part in Curzon Artificial Eye new retrospective of Andrei Tarkovsky’s work. Taking place on the 23rd of July, the event will include a screening of a new digitally restored copy of Mirror. The screening will be followed by a dinner where Olia Hercules, one of the most vibrant and sought-after chefs in London, will create an array of dishes inspired by the film. Guests will also be treated to artisan vodka, courtesy of Our London Vodka, as well as to a unique atmosphere created by a group of set designers echoing the poetic vision of the film.
Welcome drink and nibble: ice-cold Our London vodka, home-made kompot drink, Borodinski rye toast with lardo or cheese&garlic spread and pickles
Tsar’s Ukha (crayfish broth with sorrel) (veg option also available)
Main course (sharing platters)
Buckwheat and mushroom pie
Chicken with crispy bottomed crushed potatoes with chicken fat and dill
Marrow, shallots, potato with smashed herb dressing
Tomato, cucumber, onion salad with unrefined sunflower oil
Peach, gooseberry, tarragon and mint relish
Buckwheat semifreddo, raspberries and pine cones
Fantastic Mr Fox with chef Oliver Rowe
KinoVino re-unites with chef Oliver Rowe to celebrate the quirky genius of literary legend Roald Dahl and cinematic giant Wes Anderson. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for Fantastic Mr Fox! We take you into Mr Fox’s territory to delight you with gastronomic treasures stolen from the three evil farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Chickens, doughnuts, apples, cider and a lot more. Those who have tried Oliver’s food before will know that we are all in for a real treat. Mr Fox’s feast will be accompanied by an array of specially designed cocktails courtesy of Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic distilled spirit, as well as rivers of top-notch Aspall cider and sparkling wine.
Get your paws on:
Seedlip welcome cocktail and sour apple popcorn
with goose liver parfait
or broad beans and ricotta
served with pickled radishes
Cider braised chicken with
jersey royals and spring vegetables
Roast carrot salad with hazelnut butter,
cider reduction, coriander seed dhukka and chervil
with blueberries and cream
Celebrating New York film, cocktails and food with Kylee Newton and Oliver Rowe
Date: Saturday 7 May
Place: Palm2, 152 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ
The art of preserving food is inherent in so many cultures and has become iconic landmarks in places like New York, thanks to the city’s Eastern European, Jewish heritage. In recent years, in the UK pickling was elevated to an art-form and a trend because of such talented entrepreneurs like Kylee Newton, the founder of Newton&Pott. Together we make a symbolic gastro-cinematic journey to New York. Drawing on Kylee’s pickling passion and chef Oliver Rowe’s Jewish heritage, we celebrate food, film and cocktails New York-style. Join us for a screening of a touching comedy, Crossing Delancey, set in the Jewish New York of the 80s, and a fabulous 5-course dinner featuring pickled produce in all shapes and forms.
Welcome bubbles and nibbles
Prosecco and home-made sloe gin cocktail
‘Champagne’, beetroot & horseradish popcorn
Smoked salmon with gin-pickled cucumber, sour cream & bagel crisp
Cod cheeks with quick pickled apple
Slow roast salt and mustard crust beef or salt roasted celeriac
both served with
sauerkraut, potato knishes & chrain
Vanilla & Milk pudding with sweet pickled plums
Cherry heering and a poppy-seed shortbread
Guests will be treated to bespoke cocktails featuring Newton&Pott produce as well as special party gifts to take home. You will also get the chance to get a signed copy of Kylee’s acclaimed book ‘The Modern Preserver‘ and treat yourself to more of Kylee’s creations at our special pop-up pickle shop.
Date: Thursday 21 April and Friday 22 April
Place: Calvert 22, 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
KinoVino is delighted to present a new exciting double-partnership. At the end of April, I will team up with the brilliant food duo, Russian Revels, to bring you the unforgettable two nights of Georgian wine, cinema and food at Calvert 22, the hippest spot in Shoreditch for all things (post-)Soviet. Together we will envelop you in the colourful and vibrant sights, sounds, scents and tastes of one of the most culturally and gastronomically rich areas of the Caucasus mountains – Georgia. Join us for a rare screening of a beautifully poetic drama, A Wishing Tree (1977), by one of the greatest visionaries of Georgian cinema, Tengiz Abuladze, which will be followed by a family-style Georgian feast (no formal courses, just a lot of sharing platters of amazing food). Your spirits will be lifted with the beautiful artisan Georgian wines that will be served throughout the evening, courtesy of British Georgian Chamber of Commerce, bringing your experience of the night as close as possible to an authentic Georgian celebration: soulful, eccentric, lyrical, delicious, surprising and utterly unforgettable.
Date: Saturday 5 March
Place: Palm2, 152-156 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ
Price: £40 (includes wine tasting and dinner; film screening is free)
To celebrate the end of winter, KinoVino creates a Mediterranean-themed gathering, taking you on a holiday to Greece for one night. Forget the misery of London winters, as you enjoy a delicious home-style Greek feast, accompanied by quality Greek wines and traditional cocktails. The holiday theme is prominent in the chosen film of the night too – an absolute classic of British romcoms Shirley Valentine. Let’s come together to celebrate romance, good wine and excellent food!
I am delighted to partner up with a London-based Greek chef, Despina Siahuli, who will treat us to a traditional Greek dinner, recreating the atmosphere of sharing a meal at a family table. Expect classic and authentic dishes, presented in most unique, traditional Greek manner. I can tell you now, there will be a lot of bread dipping and occasionally no plates. Full menu will be revealed soon.
KINOVINO: Celebrating Jewish Food with Emma Spitzer
What can be a better way to start 2016 that with a delicious meal prepared by the Master Chef 2015 Finalist, Emma Spitzer! Enjoy a tasting of kosher wines which will be followed by a screening of a beautifully touching and endearing documentary, Oma and Bella. Emma will work her magic to culminate the night with a 3 course meal featuring the Jewish food classics from latkes to salt beef and beyond. Let’s chase away the January blues with a celebration of Jewish food, wine and film!
Jerusalem artichoke soup with toasted hazelnuts and sourdough bread from The Snapery
Salt beef with latkes, pickles, red cabbage slaw and horseradish cream
Vegetarian option: aubergine and tomato stew with latkes and a fried egg
Clementine and almond cake with whipped cream and mandarin oil
KinoVino Christmas Special:
Babette’s Feast with chef Oliver Rowe
Date: Saturday 19 December
Place: Palm2, 152-156 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QJ
KinoVino together with chef, Oliver Rowe, hosts an unforgettable Christmas dinner party inspired by one of the most iconic food films in history – Babette’s Feast. Enjoy the screening of the film enveloped in the scents and tastes of French and Nordic cuisines. Treat yourself upon arrival to an array of festive cocktails curated for this night only, enjoy the film in our unique pop-up cinema, and indulge in a gourmet feast, featuring the iconic dishes from the film.
(blinis with roe and crème fraîche)
(Millet porridge with beer, bread, aged Havarti, dill & saltfish)
Caille en Sarcophage Reduite
(quail in puff pastry with chicken liver pate, porcini and truffle oil)
Vegetarian option with roast Jerusalem artichoke, mushroom pate, porcini & truffle oil.
Rum baba with Figs in syrup
Seasonal fruit & French cheeses
A special Halloween edition in Brighton
Saturday 24 October
On a dark, chilly October night come to Brighton to relive the experience of John and Laura Baxter!
A cult art house horror “Don’t Look Now” (Nicolas Roeg, 1973) provides the inspiration for this special Halloween edition of KinoVinoVenice. We travel to the sea side in Brighton to re-create the eerie water-clad atmosphere of one of the most enigmatic cinematic cities – Venezia! In this special edition, which celebrates Venetian food and wine, and the cinematic imprint of the city, I team up with a Venice-born actress, Susanna Cappellaro Cohen, who will curate an authentic regional feast that we will cook for you! I am very thrilled to be working again with Alexandra Kharibian, who opens the doors of her new-born Cafe Noor for this special inaugural KinoVino pop-up.
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Cinema of Sergei Paradjanov and a Caucasian Feast of the Senses
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KinoVino2: Quiet is the Ukrainian Night
Cult Ukrainian horror, fiery spirits and food by Olia Hercules
6 August 2015
Red Wines, Peter Greenaway and classic British food with a twist
30 May 2015