Culinary Art Blog

Caorunn Summer Garden bursts into bloom at Edinburgh’s Hotel du Vin

Refreshing gin cocktails, al fresco dining and a chilled retreat from the city heat are this season’s main attraction at Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh, as the Caorunn Summer Garden opens for the just in time for the to enjoy the glorious sunny weather. Caorunn (pronounced Ka-roon), the beautifully handcrafted Scottish gin, has taken over the [more]

Exciting new Chapter for Edinburgh’s Landmark Scotsman Building

One of Edinburgh’s most magnificent Old Town venues will re-open to the public next week  as Grand Café at the Scotsman gets set to welcome guests following a six month restoration on 28th June.  Inspired by the ‘Grand Cafes’ of Europe, the new North Bridge venue promises a welcoming, relaxed drinking and dining experience to [more]

The UK’s largest Gin Festival Tour arrives in Glasgow | 16th June 2018

Sponsored by Franklin & Sons, The Great British Gin Festival will be hosted at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow’s East End, just a stones throw from the quirky and unique art centre, Barra’s Art and Design (BAAD).  Offering the opportunity to sample over 100 different gins from around the world, talks and presentation, cocktail demonstrations and even [more]


Back by popular demand, Foodies Festival – the UK’s biggest celebration of food and drink -returns to Inverleith Park, Edinburgh on the 3rd – 5th August 2018.  A mouth-watering summer event this year includes the launch of a brand new Musicians Against Homelessness music stage. The festival will celebrate live music well into the night [more]

Return of the Night Market at Balgove Larder

Balgove Larder, a farm shop just outside St Andrews, is well known for its commitment to selling locally reared, stalked, caught and handmade foods and aims to celebrate the unique and high quality provender Scotland is famed for.   The team behind the farm shop also enjoy a reputation for hosting foodie events which celebrate Scottish produce, [more]

Six by Nico Announces New Edinburgh Restaurant | April 2018

Nico Simone, the genius behind the immensely successful ‘111 by Nico’ and ‘Six by Nico’ restaurants in Glasgow’s West End, has announced a new venture, ‘Six by Nico Edinburgh’.  This new addition to the New Town will replicate the concept of his Glasgow ‘Six by Nico’ venue, with an evolving menu which changes every six [more]

Juniper Gin Festival | Edinburgh & Glasgow

With blue skies finally peeking through the shoals of Scottish cloud it looks like Juniper Festivals have chosen just the right time to get us in the mood for some spirited drinkipoos. Their bang on trend fiestas have become a fixture in the Gin lover’s calendar, and this year both Glasgow and Edinburgh will host [more]

Fine dining at the Chippie from Six by Nico Glasgow

Top chef Nico Simione sure likes a challenge. Not content with running his trailblazing 111 restaurant where he offers Michelin standard dishes at reasonable prices, his brand new venture aims to bring a six course tasting menu to eager foodies at a mere 25 quid a head. Opening on the 14th March in Finnieston, Six [more]

Divino Enoteca Reborn

One of Edinburgh’s finest food and wine bars is ready to reveal a new chapter in its mission to deliver authentic Italian cuisine and stimulating Italian wines. Following a recent expansion Divino is eager to launch its new menu and spanking fresh look. [more]

Glasgow gets ShrimpWrecked on Pop-up Fish Food

Ewen Hutchison’s fun and funky street food venture rocks up to the Buchanan Galleries this month. ShrimpWreck, the feisty outlet which cut its teeth on the blustery streets of Edinburgh prides itself on inspired sea-food served with a contemporary urban swagger. [more]

Wine Tasting | Chase out the cold with a warming vino at Le Di-Vin

Bringing a bit of inner warmth to those blustery autumn nights Le Di-Vin re-launch their popular wine tasting evenings later in the month. With some characterful choices from the sun-drenched Italian northern regions in the foothills of the Alps, it’s a great way to re-live your holiday memories. And what better setting to compare notes [more]

Three-day jazz fest in Leith

I went to this fantastic free event last year and absolutely loved the  laid back atmosphere and way you could easily go from bar to bar in Leith sampling food drink and jazz. with over 40 performances across 20 venues including Mud In Your Ear, Sandy Tweedale, Becc Sanderson Duo, Hot Tin Roof and the Johnson [more]

Fab Food and Drink Yard Extends Opening for Summer

The Pitt  – Edinburgh’s Food and Drink Yard is a monthly event – soon to go weekly from 18 June is a welcome addition of impromptu eating. Set up in a rental car space just off Pitt Street – just off Newhaven Road – you need to know its there ( though I was reassured [more]

That’s Jammy

Leith-based That’s Jammy jam company is gradually making the scone and toast consumption of Edinburgh rise. That’s Jammy founder started making jams and jellies using traditional techniques but with modern and interesting flavours and twists – raspberry jam with lime or even rum? She uses local seasonal fruit and vege bought direct from the farm [more]

The Thrill Of The Grill

After an hour of Bollywood dancing : hand waving, beckoning and hip swaying at the Little Egypt Dance Studio in Dalry   we needed some sustenance and recommended by our teacher who comes from Mumbai and a fellow dancer who comes from the Punjab we shimmied on down Dalry Road to Kebabish Original. On [more]

A Burns Night with a difference – the first ever Vegan

 Vegan Burns Supper 2016 Monday 25 January 2016 at This will be the FIRST fully formal and Vegan ROBERT BURNS SUPPER of its kind in the World, taking place in Burns Birthplace of ALLOWAY, in Scotland! A Truly *Revolutionary *Vegan *Burns Supper Hosted by Vegan Scotland and VARA. In Formal Burns Supper Style on the [more]

Unique Cinema Screening in Edinburgh New Town

I am really keen to help support the work of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust who have instigated the New Town Community Cinema in the historic building of the Glasite Meeting House at 33 Barony Street. I am involved with matching food to the film – so watch this space -at the moment I am [more]