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As the year eases into the festive season there's no shortage of celebrations showcasing some of the best food experiences to be found around the world.
Whether you want to try gluhwein and street food or sit down to some world-class fine dining, take your pick of some of the best food events to close 2018 in style.
Twins Garden Charity Dinner, Moscow - 19 December 2018
Join twin chefs Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy at their charity dinner in honour of the first birthday of their Twins Garden restaurant in Moscow as they present a special set menu made up of dishes that have become hits over the past year. Rare vintages of Russian and European wines: from 2009 Dom Perignon to the exclusive ‘Take me out tonight’ by Pavel Shvets, created with the participation of the Berezutskiy twins will be served alongside the exclusive menu. All funds received from the sale of the tickets will be transferred to the charity to the Twins Fund.
To make a table reservation, book through the website.
Chef Napol “Joe” Jantraget from 80/20 cooks at Saffron Restaurant, Banyan Tree Phuket - 14 and 15 December, 2018
Book a table to experience the finest contemporary Thai cuisine when chef Joe Jantraget cooks at Saffron, the signature Thai restaurant at Banyan Tree Phuket, on 14 and 15 December. The guest chef from 80/20 one of the hottest restaurants in Bangkok will display his cooking skills in a range of magnificent set menu combinations, featuring delicacies such as silver mullet cooked in herbal oil, concentrated turmeric broth, fermented hairy eggplant and local herbs.
For reservations or inquiries, contact Banyan Tree Phuket at +66 76 372 400, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Josue Lopez Dinners, Sydney, Australia - 11, 12 and 13 December 2018
Brisbane chef Josue Lopez will be curating three evenings of exclusive 7-course dinners with wine pairings on 11, 12 and 13 December at Salt Meats Cheese in Circular Quay. The dinners orchestrated by the executive chef of the Gallery of Modern Art and Queensland Art Gallery will include a dish called ‘Chroma’ showcasing painted crayfish from tropical North Queensland sitting playfully amongst a colourful explosion on the plate and evolution of his signature dessert based on Aboriginal dot painting.
Book a table through Eventbrite.
Twelve Days of Christmas Countdown at Meadowood - 7 December onwards
The legendary countdown to Christmas begins on 7 December at the three Michelin starred Meadowood in California. As usual, there's a line-up of some of the most well-known names in cooking, including Ana Ros, Kamilla Seidler and James Lowe amongst many more.
Find out more about the line-up here.
Josue Lopez Dinners, Australia - 5 and 6 December 2018
Following on from last month's line-up of dinners, the Australian chef returns with two more exclusive dinner dates for the diary on 5 and 6 December. Chef Josue Lopez will be curating two 7-course dinners with wine pairings inside The Bromley Room #2 art gallery in Brisbane using some of Brisbane artist Elizabeth Willing's performance pieces to create a stunning sensorial dining experience against the iconic art gallery backdrop with a menu punctuated by sweet and savoury ice cream.
Book a table through eventbrite here.
Once upon a kitchen, New York - 5 December 2018
For a total Christmas blow out try this multi-course gastronomic experience at Gotham Hall on 5 December in the very capable hands of chefs Mauro Colagreco, Massimo Bottura, Joan Roca and Christina Tosi, as they cook together for one night only.
Find out more here.
MetroCooking, Washington DC, 1 and 2 December 2018
Join big names headlining like Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pepin, Lidia Bastianich and TV host and cookbook author Carla Hall at this annual Washington culinary showcase and discover plenty of interactive food fun as well as the chance to pick up some Christmas food gifts.
Find out more here.
Creative Chef Summit, Ukraine - 1 December 2018
Five chefs from Ukraine, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Indonesia and the USA will set about answering "who is the chef" in a number of master-classes, mono lectures, autograph sessions and pop-up dinners in Kiev.
Find out more over at the website.
Southbank Centre, Christmas Market, on now until 27 December
If you're heading to the UK capital, you can always take a stroll along the Thames and soak up the festive vibe at the riverside Christmas markets.
Visit the website.
Christmas markets in Germany, ongoing until early Jan 2019
Get into the festive spirit by discovering all the tasty treats available at Germany's finest christmas markets.