In this episode Alissa shares how she started a supper club which is fast becoming one of London’s most stylish, interesting and special experiences. Alissa shares how she uses instagram, networking and email marketing to grow her business. This is a real gem!
Food and film are Alissa’s two greatest loves. She has studied and worked in film for 12 years, gaining a PhD in film history and a lot of valuable experience as curator and coordinator of film festivals, collaborating with UK’s leading institutions such as Tate Modern, the British Film Institute and the Barbican. While the world of film exhibition and scholarship seemed like a logical place to be, her creativity was stifled and the only satisfying outlet she could find was in cooking and hosting dinner parties. A hobby rapidly became an obsession and within a year of setting up her food blog and Instagram, she had decided to quit her job and embark on a new project: a cinema-supper club called KinoVino, which would offer film screenings and sit-down dinners with unique menus inspired by the films.
Launched in 2015, the supper club has been rapidly gaining recognition as one of London’s most original projects, redefining the local food and film scene. Featured in British Vogue, Oliver magazine, Vice, The Curious Pear, Khoollect and BBC Radio 4 Food programme, KinoVino was named one of the 10 best supper clubs by TimeOut London, and is regularly featured in their round ups of top monthly events. Initially welcoming 20 guests for its pilot run, KinoVino is now selling out most of its gatherings of 40-50 people each month. For each edition Alissa collaborates with some of the most vibrant food personalities on the British food scene, including London-based chefs Olia Hercules, Tom Hunt, Kylee Newton, Oliver Rowe, Yasmin Khan, Emma Spitzer and Dan Doherty, as well as chefs who come to London specifically for the occasion – Romy Gill, Eleonora Galasso and Bethany Kehdy. The KinoVino lineup of guest chefs looks equally exciting and includes collaborations with Rachel Roddy, Sumayya Usmani and Rosie Birkett, making the monthly gatherings a much-coveted event in the calendar of a London foodie.
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