The iconic London hotel, The Dorchester is the setting for the opening scene of the new James Bond book written by internationally acclaimed best-selling author William Boyd, and the perfect place to read it, and enjoy a special breakfast, on publication day, Thursday 26 September. A book reading by William Boyd will be held on Saturday 28 September, when the author will also share his experiences of writing the book and sign copies for guests.
The breakfast, which Bond treats himself to on his 45th birthday in 1969, consists of “four eggs, scrambled with pepper sprinkled on top, half a dozen rashers of unsmoked bacon, well done, on the side and a long draught of strong black coffee”.
From Thursday 26 September, guests quoting ‘Solo’ whilst making a breakfast reservation will receive a copy of the book or can choose to listen to the audio version on an iPod over breakfast. Restaurant guests also have the option of listening to hits from the 60s on an iPod, be given a copy of a national newspaper and the menu from 1969, and will be served their breakfast silver service in keeping with the 60s. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged the Grill Menu’s 1969 price, a sum just short of £2.
Martini master classes are also provided at The Bar at The Dorchester by expert alchemist bar manager Giuliano Morandin.
For ‘Breakfast with Bond’, available until 30 November 2013, book English Breakfast priced at £32 and quote ‘SOLO’ to receive a complimentary copy of the book. For tickets to the Saturday 28 September ‘Breakfast with Bond’ William Boyd reading priced at £69 per person, please quote ‘BOYD’. TheDorchester.com
West Sweden Tourist Board has launched a new dedicated culinary website. The region is renowned for the wealth and quality of its natural, organic produce and offers many foody experiences to visitors. This includes setting off on seafood safaris all year round, tasting the best of the region’s home-grown produce at its charming farm shops and Taste of West Sweden-accredited restaurants - a network of 36 gastronomic eateries that make the most of local produce - and sampling ‘fika’ in Gothenburg’s trendy organic cafés. www.westsweden.com
Spread out over a vast expanse of verdant forest, ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa is a Destination Spa designed for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation experience. The first of its kind in Singapore, guests are invited to combine the spa experience with a luxurious lifestyle retreat, featuring wellness, fitness, cookery, spa and beauty programmes.
ESPA’s destination spa provides the opportunity to explore the depths of spa cuisine at Tangerine, the first celebrity chef-helmed spa café in Singapore. Pick up delicious and nutritious cookery skills from the resident nutritionist and celebrity chef Sam Leong. www.yoursingapore.com
Martini lovers in Fischers Fritz, the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at Regent Berlin, can now see their Martini prepared à la carte at their table with the only Martini trolley on the European mainland. Whether as an aperitif or as a cocktail in the Regent Bar, the skilled team is on hand to share their expert advice and mix the perfect drink. Bitter or sweet, classic or modern, shaken or stirred: the selection of six cocktails is available in a number of variations. www.regenthotels.com/berlin
The Jordan Tourism Board has launched a new dedicated gastronomic microsite designed to showcase the country’s diverse culinary scene, as well as its warm Bedouin hospitality. Visit http://www.visitjordan.com/food/
The Croatian Paski Sir cheese from the Sirana Gligora Dairy has been crowned the best sheep milk cheese in the world at the 116th Annual International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, Cheshire. The Sirana Gligora Dairy, located on the island of Pag, beat off stiff competition from more than 4,000 cheeses from around the globe. http://www.sirena.hr; www.croatia.hr
The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, the ethos of sustainability – buy and eat local, is a two week celebration of the best food and drink in Suffolk, with the main festival happening on Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 September, followed by 50 fringe events, and a conference on food safety chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Sheila Dillon.
There is a packed programme of hands-on workshops from bread or pasta making, to wine and chocolate tasting.
There will also be demonstrations from leading chefs Valentine Warner, Sarah Raven, Paul Foster (Tuddenham Mill, Young Chef of the Year, Observer Food Monthly 2012), and Daniel Clifford (Midsummer House, Cambridge, 2 Michelin Stars). Visit www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk
The School of Artisan Food at Welbeck, Notts is the UK's only not-for-profit company that offers professional and leisure short courses. Courses cover butchery, bakery, dairy, preserve-making, cider-making and some brewing; an Advanced Diploma in bakery; a Lottery-funded Local Food awareness programme for schools and bespoke and corporate courses.
Amongst the many courses offered is a two day Wild Yeast and Sourdough on 5 – 6 October. The School is giving away signed copies of ‘How to Make Bread’ written by the celebrated bread maker and tutor Emmanuel Hadjiandreou to anybody booking this course. www.schoolofartisanfood.org Tel: 01909 532171
Learn the art of authentic Moroccan cooking at the luxurious hotel El Fenn with head chef Hafid Aid Chiba.
Courses are offered on a private basis, so guests will have Hafid and his expertise all to themselves. Start the day at the famous Mellah market in the old Jewish quarter to source spices select the best of the day’s fresh produce, including vegetables, fish and meat. Returning to the kitchen, guests learn a whole range of new skills, whether it be blending spices or the ritual of making mint tea. There is also a patisserie chef on hand for those who also wish to learn about desserts.
A double room at El Fenn, including early morning tea/coffee, breakfast, afternoon tea, ranges from €185 to €550 per night. The four-hour cookery class costs €55 including lunch. www.el-fenn.com Tel 00212 524 44 1210