Salt and Time: stories from a Siberian Kitchen
a SOOP supper club
London Cooking Project
Stories On Our Plate (SOOP) and Alissa Timoshkina invite you to a unique food and storytelling dinner, sharing the mixed heritage of Alissa’s family and the melting pot of Siberia. Expect recipe cards, interactive questions, and more! All proceeds from the monthly SOOP supper clubs go towards the SOOP culinary training programme for refugee chefs. As with every SOOP monthly supper club the menu is in the spirit of sharing.
Siberia, a vast region in Russia, is enveloped in mystery. With temperatures reaching -40 in winter, it is perceived as a vast plane eternally covered in snow. Come to Salt and Time: Stories from a Siberian Kitchen to discover the real Siberia through its food and personal accounts of cook and curator, Alissa Timoshkina. Born in Siberia in 1984 to a family of mixed ethnic backgrounds, Alissa came to the UK almost 20 years ago, and is now hosting and curating unique dining experiences around London. Best known for her cinema-supper club, KinoVino, Alissa also explores food and culture from her native Siberia in a series of popup dinners, entitled Salt and Time. Organised by SOOP, Stories on Our Plates, these two evenings will promise to enrich your cultural and gastronomic knowledge as well as fill your bellies with great food and drink, and your spirits with positive vibes. A beautiful summery menu will include, okroshka (a refreshing cold soup), a buckwheat tabouleh, courgette ‘caviar’ and spicy Soviet Korean salads, you can except delicious cocktails and a poppyseed cheesecake with berry-infused vodka to culminate the night on a high note!
Spurstowe Road, London, E8 1LS
6&7 July 2017
Join Joey O’Hare (Hare on the Hill) and Alissa Timoshkina (Kino Vino) for a 4 course vegcentric supper club celebrating the bounty of the summer. Joey and Alissa are preparing a sharing feast full of seasonal salads, bold flavours and cultured foods whilst Our/London Vodka will be expertly pairing the dinner with cocktails (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) using fermented and preserved ingredients.
Following her appearance on Masterchef the Professionals, Joey O’Hare launched a vegcentric supper club, Hare on the Hill. Her food is seasonal, vegetable focussed and incorporates plenty of cultured food for the complexity of flavour they bring to the party – Joey believes this to be the key to exciting vegcentric cooking. Her menus are directly influenced by weekly shops to the local farmer’s market in Herne Hill.
Conceived by film curator and avid cook, Alissa, KinoVino marries best of world cinema with some of the most innovative menus inspired by the films and brought to life by London’s leading chefs. Alissa is also a cook herself, with a passion for fermented foods and vegetarian cooking, as well as food from her native Siberia, Russia.
KinoVino is joining forces with Kino Klassika Foundation at an extraordinary screening of Bernardo Bertolucci’s legendary epic, 1900 (Novecento). This Easter Saturday extravaganza will see Kino Klassika screen a pristine Italian language print of the original 5 hour and 20 minute version of 1900 (Novecento) with English subtitles. Boasting stellar performances from Gerard Depardieu, Robert de Niro and Donald Sutherland, the screening is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Bertolucci’s masterpiece on the big screen. It will be complimented by KinoVino treating cinephiles to a rustic Italian buffet and wine reception in the cinema bar during the hour-long interval between parts 1 and 2. A specially-designed menu will feature prosciutto, peach and honey crostini; sundried tomatoes hummus with crudités; artichokes, pancetta, peas and mint salad; and a selection of fine Italian wines. Original room and table decor will heighten the event’s revolutionary theme.
A selection of crostini
Prosciutto, peach & honey
Grape & ricotta
Pea & mint
Fennel, artichoke and butter bean
Sun dried tomatoes hummus
served with crudités
Cauliflower, butter beans, parsley and capers
Cheese, charcuterie, olives, bread & oil
Fresh fruit and nuts
A selection of Italian wines
a vegetarian food popup at Calvert 22
25 and 26 March 2017
Calvert 22 Foundation, 22 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, E2 7JP
Neal’s Yard Pride, 2 Neals Yard, Covent Garden
Borodinsky-style blinis with aubergine “caviar” and pickled carrot
Spicy fermented red borsch
Fermented cabbage and toasted fennel seed bigos with smokey croutons served with garlic and dill smashed potatoes
Apple and almond crumble with pickled plums
Kombucha welcome cocktail
“Kompot” (dried fruit mulled drink)
shots of OUR VODKA
You are also welcome to bring your own drinks
KinoVino cinema at Konstam Popup
14&21 January 2017
Calvert 22 gallery, 22 Calvert Avenue, E2 7JP
It is an absolute pleasure to take part in Oliver Rowe’s Konstam Popup in Calvert 22. Oliver will be serving some incredible food inspired by Eastern European and Jewish cuisines, while I have curated a programme of films exploring Eastern European Jewish history and food culture.
14 Jan 2017
Oma and Bella (Alexa Karolinski, 2012) is a deeply touching and endearing documentary about a life-long friendship between two elderly Jewish women. While rooted in the tragic history of the Holocaust, the film is an ode to their resilience, survival and joie de vivre. It is a celebration of friendship, tradition and above all of Jewish food. It is through the food which Oma and Bella prepare together that they remember their childhood, maintain a bond to each other and explore questions of memory, heritage and cultural identity. They drink vodka, sing Yiddish songs and dress up to go out with their friends. Oma and Bella will evoke your unconditional affection and admiration from the very first scene!
21 Jan 2017
A screening of a legendary Soviet film Commissar (1967, Aleksander Askoldov). Based on a renowned short story by Soviet-Jewish writer Vassily Grossman, the film tells a story of a Red Army commissar who temporary lodges with a poor Jewish family to give birth in the midst of the Russian Civil War. Filmed with a unique poetic vision, the film was banned upon its completion and not shown until 1988. This work is a truly unique gem of world cinema. Don’t miss this rare chance to see it.
*with an extended introduction
Place: Calvert 22 Gallery, Shoreditch
On Friday 1st July Cafe Noor will be transformed for an evening of Russian Feasting and Singing. The Russian Menu will be created specifically for this event by Alissa Timoshkina – Alissa began the KinoVino supper club that has taken London by storm over the last year and we are delighted to welcome her back for the second time at Cafe Noor. To accompany Alissa’s feast for the senses will be The Brighton Russian Choir, led by Polina Shepherd. The award winning Brighton & Hove Russian Choir promotes Russian harmony singing and traditional Russian repertoire. This promises to be a very special evening, so don’t miss out!