FOOD & BOOZE NEWS

 
Timothy Barber
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WINE DINNERS AT PALM
Palm Restaurant, the smart American steakhouse in Belgravia that’s built up quite a following since it opened on Pont Street two years ago, is holding a series of wine tasting dinners over the next year. Things kick off next month with a dinner celebrating Taittinger champagne on 16 September, with four specially-matched courses plus insight and facts from the experts. The £100 price also includes a welcome drinks reception. There are only 30 places available for each monthly dinner, so get booking. www.thepalm.com

WINE BY IPAD
With the food industry beginning to cotton on to the power of apps and social media technology, the latest craze seems to be menus by iPad. Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants Maze and Maze Grill have joined his Claridges dining room in offering wine menus by the iPad, the advantage being an interface that includes photography, product information and other features to help you make an informed wine choice. But can you check your email on it too?

BIODYNAMIC BOSI
Also on the wine front, French chef Claude Bosi, who has two Micheline stars at his restaurant Hibiscus, is now offering a wine list made up of 85 per cent biodynamic wines. That means wines from small, natural growers, producing wine under ethical ecological conditions. That makes Hibiscus one of the leading restaurant for biodynamic wine in the country.

VERY BRITISH BRUNCH
Bastion of tradition Green’s Restaurant and Oyster bar in St James is launching a weekend brunch of kedgeree, cumberland sausages, mash and bullshot cocktails (a bloody mary with beef bouillon).