Soho House Plans Pizza Buzz, Sushi Chefs Compete: Richard Vines

According to a report on Bloomberg.com, “Soho House Group plans to open a pizzeria on Oct. 15 on the ground floor of the Tea Building, a stone’s throw from Shoreditch House in East London.” ""

“’Pizza East will offer gourmet cuisine in a relaxed and urban environment,’ according to a job advertisement on Caterer.com. No, I have no idea what that means. ‘The atmosphere will be buzzing and cosmopolitan with a strong emphasis on quality service.’ Well, that’s all right then.”

“Soho House, whose clubs are hangouts for the cool and those who want to be, has also taken over the Hoxton Grill, in the nearby Hoxton hotel. The eatery was confusing when it opened in 2006, promising Parisian chic with a New York vibe. The new owners say they’ve turned it into a classic American grill. The hotel’s official name? The Hoxton Urban Lodge. Respect.”

“’When Lehman Brothers collapsed, we were all privately crying in our offices,’ the chef Richard Corrigan told me in February. Looks like the tears have been replaced by action.”

“Corrigan is among the London culinary masters who are giving cooking lessons to eager amateurs. At Corrigan’s Mayfair, you prepare lunch with the chef and his right-hand man Chris McGowan, then eat with them. The sessions cost 250 pounds ($412) and are scheduled for Sept. 5, Nov. 28 and Feb. 6. Details on the Web site: http://www.corrigansmayfair.com/pages/home/.”

“Tom Aikens is offering similar food and wine classes at his eponymous Chelsea restaurant. Food alone is 120 pounds; wine alone is 60 pounds; combined, the cost is 165 pounds. Dates include Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. For more, e-mail info@tomaikens.co.uk or call +44-20-7584-2003,” the story said.