Forward planning

A few dates for the diary that caught the eye of the food team at Artmag. There’s Slow Food Week to take a leisurely contemplation of. It might not take place till 1-9 June, but it’s worth pacing your build-up for this week, which was created in 2010 to celebrate good, clean and fair food and to raise awareness of the relationships between food production and the plate. More lively will be the return of the Foodies Festival to Inverleith Park in Edinburgh on 9-11 August.

More imminently, the Hub on Castlehill Edinburgh is hosting a pop-up restaurant – with mystery menu – on 15 March. A dozen French budding chefs will join be working under the watchful eyes of Mark Greenaway and Fred Berkmiller to cook a four-course menu. Fred Berkmiller, chef-patron of L’Escargot Blanc and L’Escargot Bleu, and the Institut français in Edinburgh have organised an exchange programme with young cooking students from the Lycée Hotelier in Dinard, Brittany and Scottish chefs. For the third year, the Budding Chefs will be touring Scotland to visit producers – fish and cattle farmers, fruit and vegetable producers – and work alongside the big names of the Edinburgh restaurant scene. The pop-up restaurant is the culmination of their visit. Tickets (£40) must be purchased in advance, tel 0131 225 5366.

Another taste of France is being offered by Jean Michel Gauffre at La Garrigue in Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh. As part of his Gastronomique Tour De France; there’s an evening of Alsace food and wine on 13 March with another focussing on wine from Corbieres on 10 April.

For something a bit different, Le Di-Vin in Edinburgh’s West End has an Italian/Spanish wine tasting on 5 March. Proprietor Ghislain and his knowledgeable staff will guide you through some of their personal favourites as you enjoy some of the popular wine bar’s trademark platters of charcuterie and cheese. Get a flavour of Le Di-Vin with ArtMag’s exclusive review

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