Mon, 13.05.2019

Zurich (EN) : Extra newsletter: Food Zurich

 
 
Dear Ronster
 

Dear Ronster

 

If you're a food lover, prepare to be seduced, French-kissed, and left in a state of drooling anticipation for the next couple of weeks as Food Zurich comes to town. The Food Zurich festival hub will be located at Europaplatz, and will be the beating heart (and full stomach) of the Food Zurich experience, with many tastings, a huge party called Chuchi Fäscht, workshops and events taking place, but they'll also have many culinary events happening throughout the city, taking place in, not only restaurants, but also galleries, breweries and pop-ups. I’ve put together a few of my Food Zurich highlights for you to chew on in this newsletter. For more information regarding times and locations of each event, click on its link.

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Around the world
 

Around the world

 

Welcome to flight FZ19. I'm your pilot, Captain Orp, and our destination today will be...everywhere! Please fasten your safety belts (actually you should probably loosen them again. We got lots of eating to do!). First stop: the Fresh Kenyan Kitchen. Classic Kenyan dishes served with a side order of 'feel good', with all profits helping to build a school for 300 Kenyan children. Next, we'll be flying over Indonesia with SOY&SYNTH. The renowned Swiss cooking crew, SendokGarpu, will be serving up a 5-course Indonesian feast, while Berlin's Soydivision will be performing experimental live synthesizer music.

If you look out your left window, you'll see Israel's Danielle Kitzis, the head chef of famous Tel Aviv restaurant DOK, bringing authentic Israeli cuisine to Zurich's NENI restaurant. My co-pilot, Miss Violet, will be handling the controls as she takes us low over Persia, with Miss Violet's Kitchen serving the finest Persian food you've eaten in 1001 nights. And our final destination is Thailand, where Stephen Witschi will be opening up his contemporary art gallery for a 6-course menu of the finest in Thai cooking .

 
 
 
 
No place like home
 

No place like home

 

Travel may be good for the soul, but there's no place like home. And when i say 'home', all you expats, i do mean Switzerland! So, let's start real close to home with the Go West, go Zürich Food Tour!, which is an organised gastro tour through the dynamic 'Züriwest' district of town. Our Graubünden mountain cousins, led by Davos chef Jann M. Hoffmann, will be bringing us his own interpretation of Bündner classics and specialities at the pop-up, Canorta.

Lausanne will be coming to Zurich and playing footsie with us under the dinner table, as two of their young, innovative chefs will create regional dishes during their '4-Hands Dinner'. Lausanne will also hang around after the food for Cocktail Night at Kosmos, with bartenders from the region serving local spirits and blenders, and djs from both cities playing together. Finally, chef Chris Züger and his team travelled through Graubünden and filled their bags with the finest local produce, to cook it for you on huge open-air wood burning fires. This Feuerküche event may be the only one where seeing the food cooked is almost as good as eating it.

 
 
 
 
Food and…drinks
 

Food and…drinks

 

'Food, food, glorious food', i hear you all sing. 'But where's the drink, Ron?!’ i hear others of you heckle. Well, even in a Food Zurich newsletter there's always room for drinking. If gin is your perfume of choice then prepare to get stinky: the GinTastic Tour will lead you through the process, aromas and, yes, tastes that go into making gin. Also, the All You Can Gin - Kitchen Party will be bringing together gin and food enthusiasts over a selection of gin inspired dishes (gin risotto, anyone?).

If you prefer your alcohol to tickle your nose as well as your taste buds, get to Champagne & Friends at Gustav Restaurant & Bar, where this Champagne festival will be serving up 70 different Champagnes from 20 different producers.

If you’ve ever dreamed of a never-ending six-pack of beer (every night, in my case), then the brewers at Kornhausbräu will be leading you through their Sixpack selbst gebraut workshop, where they’ll show you how to brew your own six-pack of beer.

There are also 3 wine events happening: Rioja hat Schwein combines 20 wines from the Spanish Rioja region with grilled Spanish pork specialities. Weindegustation: Burgund und Piemont has 120 wines from these two classic wine growing regions for you to taste. And Natürlich Schweizer Naturwein! will have bottles of Switzerland's finest natural wines for tasting, and the guidance of a wine connoisseur.

 
 
 

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Eat to learn
 

Eat to learn

 

Food isn't just for eating, you know. Apparently there are people out there who actually cook and prepare it too. Crazy stuff. If you have the urge to get your food freak on, but just not sure how to go about it, then Food Zurich is here to help. At the Master Cooking Class, world-renowned British chef, Theo Randall, will let you in on the secrets of his Italian masterpieces. The future may be unknown but one thing is for sure - we'll still need food. Lauren Wildbolz's event, Future Cuisine, gives us a taste, with her 10-course menu, of what your future eating habits may look like.

Although the ChefAlps: International Cooking Summit is aimed more at professionals, with its 1,300 catering industry participants, master classes, exhibitors with innovative products for the kitchen, and workshops, there's something for everyone to learn. And finally, Tea & Food Pairing with Sophie is a cooking workshop that will teach the principles of pairing tea and food with a 3-course self-cooked menu, also known as 'bistronomy', the Parisian idea of combining gourmet dishes in a bistro setting.

 
 
 
 
Food for fitness
 

Food for fitness

 

While eating all this food may be very enjoyable, is it actually doing us any good? Here are some Food Zurich events that keep one eye on your health and well-being, while the other eye stares lustfully at all the delicious food. If you experience stress in your daily life, then let Comfort Food show you how to handle it, how eating habits can be linked to stress, and learn two 'comfort food' recipes to create at home. If you’ve just eaten your tenth sugar-coated burger you may want to think about getting your cholesterol and blood sugar values checked at Gesund (geg)essen?, where there’ll also be a free workshop on the benefits of healthy oils by Vom Fass.

Apparently Flexitarian Plus isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle. So if you want to 'lifestyle' your way to fitness, they'll be showing you how to make beneficial sustainable changes with five steps to a healthier and more energetic life, and recipes to cook at home. The food may not be very healthy (it's hot dogs), the drinks won't be either (it's alcohol), but Ping Pong, Food & Mukke has one thing that lets it be in this 'health' section - it's a ping pong tournament. It's for doubles and singles, and every ping and pong will be accompanied by beats from dj Spoogy.

And finally, food allergies seem to be increasingly common over the last few years, so if you'd like an insight into food intolerance and allergies, what they are and what they aren't, and ways to manage them, then the Food Intolerance 101 workshop is for you.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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