By Chloe secures second London site ahead of expansion
Vegan, trendy, expanding — a veritable buzzword bingo to kick off this briefing. By Chloe, with 10 US sites in hand, has added a location in the One Tower Bridge development to its first London site in Covent Garden. Looking for a third before beginning the swim across the pond, the achingly hip chain offers hot vegan takes on mac 'n' cheese, salade nicoise and the Guac Burger, which has been compared to Shake Shack's iconic offering.
Dotards and rocket men aside, in the FT, Fuschia Dunlop reflects on the peculiarity of eating under guard. "In normal circumstances, wherever I travel, I try to eat as local people do. I discuss food with everyone I meet, seek out restaurants and markets and take copious notes. In North Korea, such opportunities were strictly circumscribed. We were on an approved itinerary, constantly accompanied by vigilant guides; visiting a home or going for an unmonitored walk was unthinkable."
Los Angeles comes to Clerkenwell
Hot on the heels of their collab with Pjoltergeist of Oslo, Breddo’s Tacos have announced their latest hookup with Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, Los Angeles. Two events of different ilks: a ticketed, sit-down dinner on Saturday 21 October, followed by an all-day taco/mezcal shindig on 22 October. Dishes on Garcia's home menu include Snails, Mushroom, Mole Verde and Stinging Nettle, as well as a quesadilla with oxtail and plantain. Tickets available here.
Peckham all-day spot takes on pop-up traders
Coffee-cocktail bar Spike + Earl will run a six-week series of pop-ups featuring traders from Peckham Levels. The Levels, an upcoming creative space inside Peckham's underused carpark, will have each of its seven food outlets take over the Spike + Earl kitchen, including wings from Drums & Flats, mezze from Nandine and Cali cuisine from WEST.
GBBO icon is star of Deliveroo’s latest bakery collab
Bake Off heartthrob Selasi Gbormittah has opened his first e-bakery with Deliveroo, serving up four cupcake boxes exclusively on the online platform. Chocolate Orange, Raspberry Vanilla, Strawberry Vanilla/Coconut and Passionfruit/Mango are the flavours on offer. Selasi wants his cakes to be eaten as he enjoys them: "at home, in front of the TV." Could this be another Game of Thrones’ Hot Pie stunt?
Thomasina Miers' Wahaca celebrates Day of the Dead
The Wahaca mastermind is hosting a Day of the Dead Party at The Vaults, Waterloo on 2 November. The festival will follow a sit down dinner showcasing dishes inspired by recent travels in Mexico, with mezcal a prominent feature in both cases. This year they will donate all of Wahaca’s profits from the festival to charities supporting those affected by the earthquakes in Mexico. Tickets here.
Gizzi does the lepoard print polka at B*A*M
Gizzi Erskine has collaborated with women’s lifestyle/workwear brand PolkaPants on a range of chefs' trousers "designed for service and style". It's the brand's first chef collaboration, modelled at the inimitable Black Axe Mangal. View the lookbook here.