Food & Drink

Dining Out Together

Facilitator: Daphne Berkovi – please book

A group for all members, whether single or in couples, meeting monthly for lunch at a local venue, with discussion of a topical theme.  If you would like to be involved in planning our lunches, please contact Daphne Berkovi.

Our next lunches will be held as follows:

Sunday:  Please do not just turn up. Please confirm a week in advance. 

Indian Cookery               

Leader: Shirley Lal

Vegetarian Indian meal

Learn and enjoy the delights of North Indian cuisine in a friendly atmosphere in the leader’s home.

The programme starts with vegetarian dishes and will develop as the term unfolds. Ingredients will be provided to members at cost.

  • When:  Tuesdays, 12.30 pm  followed by lunch!
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6DJ
  • Frequency: Monthly:  17 September, 15 October, 19 November, 17 December
  • Charges: A nominal contribution of £5 – £7 for ingredients
  • Number of places: 5 — please contact leader first

Topical Tipples

Leader: Elizabeth Alcock

Sloe berries

This group will depend on the weather and Blackthorn! We will gather sloes to freeze at home first.  The following week we will use them to make sloe gin, ready for the winter festivals. Sloe gin needs a minimum of 6 weeks to mature — longer if possible. Recipe and materials list will be provided in advance.

The initial meeting in my kitchen will be devoted to making limoncello if the sloes aren’t ready. Gathering the sloes will depend on the fruit and the weather, but the weekend is usually quieter.

Our home, you may like to know, is a non-Kosher, wheat- & nut-eating household so you are welcome to bring your own supplies if you need them.  We also have a cat!

  • Next date: Contact Leader
  • When: 6.30 – 9.00 pm
  • Location: Leader’s home, N3 3HB
  • Frequency: Annually (two sessions a fortnight apart)
  • Charges: A nominal contribution of £2
  • Number of places: 5 – please contact leader first

Wine Appreciation

Leader: Valerie Cowan, assisted by Roger Cookson

Do you enjoy wine and want to learn more about it in a relaxed and informal way? Then join our Wine Appreciation group and improve your knowledge.

Members of the Wine Group raise their glasses
Members of the Wine Appreciation Group take their wine seriously — and with great pleasure — under the guidance of Valerie Cowan (standing centre)

You will taste and discuss a selection of wines under the guidance of Valerie Cowan, an experienced wine educator. Valerie has a Wine Diploma and is a member of the Association of Wine Educators. She has taught at The Institute and Morley College and currently runs the City Lit Wine Club in Covent Garden. Tasting sheets, glasses, and water will be provided (not to mention a selection of wines!)

The programme for 2018/19 included an introduction to wine tasting and viniculture; unusual wines, and wines from around the world. Occasional outings are planned, such as the one we made to Denbies Vineyard in Surrey on a glorious September day.

Members of the wine appreciation group at Denbies vineyard

  • Spring Term Dates: 27 January, 24 February and 23 March 2020
  • When: Fourth Monday of each month 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm
  • Location: Alyth Synagogue Library, Alyth Gardens, London, NW11 7EN
  • Charges: £7.50 per person per session to include wines, cheese & biscuits
  • Number of places: 20
  • Group currently full with Waiting List in operation.

Yeast Cookery & Pastry Making

Leader: Mary Whiting

Home-made loafInformal demonstration plus hands-on cooking sessions of some basic skills such as making bread, pastry, scones, mayonnaise, etc. Not a course as such, but one-off sessions. Dates and times to be arranged between the group leader and participants.

  • When: By arrangement with Leader
  • Location: Leader’s home, NW11 6LT
  • Charges: Cost of ingredients
  • Equipment: Leader will provide
  • Number of places: 3