The Kinfolk brunch: in praise of slowness

We’re big Kinfolk fans at Beehive Place so we’re delighted to be able to announce that we’ve been asked by our friends at the magazine to host a brunch on 13 June focused on mindfulness and slow living.

As well as eating some great food, we’re going to be digging deep into the passions and processes of our growers, farmers and foragers.  Sam and Theo will talk about the composition, distinctiveness and uses of a host of fantastic ingredients from naturally risen bread and heritage grains to free roaming goats yoghurt and raw butter.

We’re looking forward to the opportunity to pause, take a breath and sit down with 20 guests to really get into why our suppliers are so incredible and important.   We’re also hoping to get some Kinfolk thoughts on slowing down a bit in our crazy, hectic city, taking some time to focus on what’s really important: thoughtful, nutritious food and good company.

Places are strictly limited and selling fast so please book up quickly if you would like to attend:

http://www.kinfolk.com/gathering/in-praise-of-slowness-london-england/

 

Saturday 13th June 2015

1030 to 1300

$110

Capezzana Vin Santo

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No one’s really got to the bottom of how Vin Santo got its name: because the harvest’s brought in on a saint’s day? Because it was a wine favoured by the Russian Orthodox Church? Some legacy of a Santorini labelling system? Well friends, we can put all that to one side today because we have the answer: Capezzana’s Vin Santo Carmignano is a truly religious experience. One sip and you’re in heaven. I’ll stop now; you get the gist: this stuff is seriously good.

This was one of the stand-out wines of our recent visit to the Capezzana winery in Carmignano, Tuscany (introduced to us by our friends at Liberty Wines). Their Barco Reale has been a staple of the Beehive Place wine list since we opened but we hadn’t had the pleasure of trying their sweet wine until last week. It was worth the wait. It’s a rampant prize-winner, with delicious sweetness, not cloying but clean on the pallet, a golden amber in the glass. You’ll taste the figs, warm caramel, candied fruit and then a faint spiciness at the end, creating a wonderful lasting finish.

The producer’s website details the facts: the grapes (mainly Trebbiano), how long they’re dried for (several months on cane matting) and how they’re fermented and matured (over four years in cherry-wood, oak and chestnut 100 litre kegs.) What it doesn’t say, and you only get to understand in the dim light of their ancient, frescoed, drying room (pictured), is that this is a truly beloved wine, coaxed out of the grape by the gifted winemaker Benedetta Contini like a baby taking its first steps. Hardly anyone but Benedetta herself touches the grapes, which she checks several times a day, they’re cradled on beds of cane cut from the estate (pictured), and it is she who caps their barrels off with clay. Long may that continue and don’t even think of dipping a cantucci into it.

A Special Lunch at Beehive Place

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In addition to our appreciation of fine seasonal food and drinks, we love art, music and photography so it was with huge excitement that we invited some our favourite Instagrammers to join us for lunch last Saturday. An amazing afternoon of creative chats, picture taking and of course lots of delicious food, cocktails and wine – here is a selection of the incredible pictures that were snapped by some of London’s absolute best photographers.

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Rosella Degori @roselladegori

We are super proud of our stunning Brixton location, and this event reminded us that during the day the light streaming in through the big glass windows is perfect, watch this space for more day time events. On Saturday we served a selection of super fresh British food a starter of radishes, buttermilk and sprouting rye, the four courses featuring pheasant eggs from Clarence Court, scallops from the Isle of Man, amazing organic free-range guinea fowl from Woolley Park Farm as well as asparagus and strawberries that have just come in season, fresh from the field.

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Joo Yee @candidsbyjo

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Tun Schin Chang @tschang

Late spring and early summer is one of our absolute favourite times of year. The produce we source from farms across the UK is at its very peak and we are delighted and amazed every week when we receive our supplies from around the country. Our menu is constantly evolving, becoming a snapshot of what’s in season in the fields and farms in Britain right now. Come and see us soon to taste some of it…

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Jennifer Wiersma @jenniferelizabeth_

Jess Macdonald @miss_jess

Corina Esquivel @corinaesquiel

* To see more of the fantastic work on Instagram, please check out @elice_f @jenniferelizabeth_ @The_storyteller @tschang @mondomulia @corinaesquiel @miss_jess @zoecaldwell @steffi_daydreamer @ roselladegori @candidsbyjo

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