When English Hunting Season Opens, Game Of All Kinds Appears On London Menus

Then my nose picked up a meaty scent, just before I rounded the corner of Whitecross Street market, near the business district, and delighted at the sight of venison-imbued smoke billowing from the wooden awning of the Wild Game Co. stall. Electronic devices on planes I joined the line of giddy game lovers salivating over venison burgers and pieces of steak sizzling to award-winning perfection on the grill. I ordered the steak sandwich: strips of fresh tenderloin, cooked medium rare, piled with grilled onions and topped with Gouda, nestled between two freshly baked brioche buns. Seconds later, my American mouth enjoyed the taste of the Scottish Highlands at a lunch market in London. From that first bite, it was game on for me. Details: London game On Aug. 12, known as the Glorious Twelfth, the British wild game season opens. Throughout the fall and winter, its fair play to hunt multiple birds and beasts, starting with grouse and continuing with snipe, plover, partridge, duck, goose, woodcock, pheasant and a variety of deer, to name a few. To take advantage of the fresh meat, some of Londons best chefs nature-ize their menus according to which animals are available, offering adventurous eaters a field-to-fork experience ranging from traditional roasted grouse with greens to venison burgers with game chips and funky grouse-nest pizza with pumpkin chutney. And so, over the next four days, I embarked on a gastro-safari across the city, nearly sprouting fur and feathers from all the wild animals I ate. Savoring the flavor Menus dont come much funkier than those of Michelin-starred St. John restaurant in Smithfield. But the eye-popping selections have more to do with chef Fergus Hendersons revolutionary philosophy of nose-to-tail cooking, involving offal and pigs cheeks, than with his simply executed recipes. Sitting solo at a tiny wooden table in St.

London’s first U.S.-style JCC looks to excite community

photo/jta-blake ezra photography Raymond Simonson, head of London’s new JW3 community center, kibitzes with visitors on opening day.

Sorry, Im embarrassed, but weve only just moved into our offices, says Simonson, the 40-year-old boss of the citys first American-style JCC, which opened Sept. 29. The former director of the Jewish learning fest Limmud, Simonson steered that organization through the 2008 financial crisis, helping it to emerge as a vibrant global brand with an annual budget of $1.6 million that scholars of British Jewry call the flagship of a communal renaissance. photo/jta-blake ezra photography Raymond Simonson, head of Londons new JW3 community center, kibitzes with visitors on opening day. Now he wants to do something similar with the new community center, a centrally located four-story behemoth called JW3 a play on the local postcode, NW3 which was built with a one-time $56 million grant by a single donor, the philanthropist Vivien Duffield. But with Duffield now stepping back from the organization, Simonson has to build a constituency among Londoners for a kind of Jewish institution with which they are largely unfamiliar. This is now for the community to decide if they truly want to keep the gift, Simonson said. Duffield, daughter of the late business magnate Charles Clore, initiated the project after visiting the JCC in Manhattan a decade ago and deciding that Londons approximately 200,000 Jews also should have a one-stop shop for all things Jewish. The London center, centrally located in Camden, has space for a kindergarten, movie theater, sports facilities, kosher restaurant, library and synagogue. All that space requires a paying customer base, and for the past two years, JW3s staff of 45 has been working to build one. A huge banner that says JW3 The New Postcode for Jewish Life hangs from the buildings facade.