The Art of Dining experiential dining event returns this weekend, and it's back to the grindstone as the theme is 1980's Office Christmas Party. Thankfully, there's no warm white wine in plastic cups, but there is punch in the watercooler. Moro-trained chef Ellen Parr is cooking up a contemporary four-course menu from the era, with a little twist. So a packed lunch actually means a braised pork bao, black coffee is rosemary and wild mushroom broth and tea is tea-smoked duck with pomegranate salsa and cinnamon pilaf. No word on whether you'll be able to photocopy your arses at the end, though. Tickets cost £55 from here, and the event takes place at The Pickle Factory in Hackney from Thursday 9th - Friday 11th, then also on the 15th - 16th.
We're continuing the Christmas theme with Fika's Swedish Jul, a traditional festive feast of meatballs, honey-roast ham, home-cured dill gravadlax, reindeer sausages, pickled herring and lots of sweet treats for dessert - that's not to mention a shot or two of schnapps. Skål! Tickets cost £35 from here and there's several sittings all across December.
A fish market might not seem like the most traditional way to kick off the festive period, but wait 'til you check out the menu for Billingsgate Market's Christmas breakfast. Over tea and coffee, they'll give you advice on buying oysters, smoked salmon and other fishy treats, then there'll be a session in which you'll make your own gravadlax. Finally, you'll get to feast on haddock kedgeree, fruit, pastries and that all important glass of Bucks Fizz. It kicks off at 8.45am and costs £38.50, tickets from here.
Or, if you want to get even more hands on, there's a one-day course at Made In Hackney on how to cook like a gourmet vegan. Chef Anton Petrov will guide you through all the skills and tips of cooking like a pro, from knife work to balancing flavours, and you'll also enjoy a delicious organic lunch and recipes to take home to start off your own collection of greatest hits. Starts at midday, tickets cost £65 from here.