Side Dishes (7 August 2008)

News to nibble on


Gourmet Glasgow, the annual promotion run by Glasgow Restaurateurs Association, kicks off this week and runs through to Sunday 31 August. Over 40 restaurants around the city are participating in the Dine Around scheme, which features fixed priced menus from £15, with a free dram of Auchentoshan whisky for all meals booked online. Participating restaurants and booking details can be found at In addition, events such as themed meals, cooking demos and tasting sessions are being held by member restaurants including Alla Turca, pictured.

Food muscles its way into Edinburgh’s hectic August programme with the Foodies at the Festival event held in and around the Sheraton Hotel on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August. A clutch of top-level chefs from in and around the city, including Martin Wishart, Tom Kitchin and Jeff Bland, are appearing in the chef’s demonstration theatre. There’s more at

With the news last week of the Beanscene chain going into administration, you can get an insight into the ups and downs of these food empires in a new book by Pierre Levicky, founder of Pierre Victoire. Cooking Life recalls the rise and collapse of the chain which began in Edinburgh’s Victoria Street and encompassed 140 restaurants at its peak. Self-published (it couldn’t really be any other way) and highly personalised, the book conveys the craziness of the heady days, with Levicky taking a dig at the bean-counters involved as PV foundered. It’s available from Levicky’s new venture, Chez Pierre, in Edinburgh’s New Town, priced £14.90.


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