Kino Vino | Bridges of Istanbul with Chef Melek Erdal
We’re excited to once again welcome film-and-supper club specialists, Kino Vino, to TT Liquor for another unique night of film and food to cap off the summer.
This time we’ll be joined by Kurdish chef and home-grown Hackney-ite, Melek Erdal, who’ll be serving an exciting menu inspired by the magical city of her birth, Istanbul.
From being born in Turkey, to a Kurdish family, to growing up in the hustle of Hackney, Melek Erdal has always had a love for food which has grown and evolved thanks to her diverse and varied background and upbringing. With a style and flavour rooted firmly in her Kurdish and Turkish heritage, Erdal has focused on using food as a way to bring people together and communicate culture and history.
Erdal opened the celebrated Café Route in Dalston in 2013, since then she’s taught cookery masterclasses, made films, written about food culture and done work for both local and international organisations including Made in Hackney and Cook for Syria.
Her incredible menu aims to transport guests to the depths of Istanbul, featuring dishes and ingredients that define the city, and as with any supper club event at TT, our skilled bar team will be providing bespoke cocktails created especially for the evening.
Before dinner, guests will be treated to a special screening of critically acclaimed 2004 punk romance Head On, a film centred around Hamburg’s Turkish community, which explores cultural identity and follows one man’s journey of rediscovery as it leads him to Istanbul.
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Arrival – Attendees are encouraged to arrive through the doors of our liquor store by 6:00pm, allowing them ample time to collect their welcome cocktail from our Cellar Bar and get stuck into traditional Turkish nibbles.
Screening – A short while later, guests will be led back up the stone steps and into our 52-seater cinema room. Once there, guests will be treated to a screening of critically acclaimed punk romance ‘Head On’ – which is scheduled to start promptly at 7pm.
Supper – At the film’s conclusion, attendees will be guided further up the building and into our West Wing banqueting space, where they will get stuck into a 3-course Istanbul-inspired feast including our bespoke cocktail pairings – designed to perfectly match the varied flavour profiles of the dishes.
Afters – Plates clear, appetites satisfied, and glasses emptied, attendees are invited to continue their evening down in our subterranean Cellar Bar. Reservations recommended, although not mandatory.
We have a variety of lounges dedicated to hosting private as well as public dining experiences at our permanent home on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch, east London.
We can accommodate a wide range of group sizes – for private group bookings call 02031 312 706 to talk to one of our events organisers who can run you through every aspect.
Please bear in mind that some experiences will have a minimum number of people required to make a private group booking, and are subject to availability