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Sunday 23 December 2012
So you're about to gorge yourself on turkey and too much Christmas cheer. But that doesn't mean the party has to stop as the clock ticks over into New Year's Day. There are plenty of ways to extend the season of indulgence both in the UK and abroad.
Since 1992, New York Restaurant Week (nycgo.com/restaurantweek) has some of the city's finest dining rooms offering bargain-priced set menus. The full line-up for the 2013 event, which runs from 14 January to 8 February, is yet to be announced, but expect $25 (£16) lunch and $38 (£24) dinner deals. The initiative has been copied across North America, including Dine Out Vancouver (dineoutvancouver.com; 18 January to 3 February) and San Francisco Dine About Town (sanfrancisco.travel/dine; from 15-31 January).
On 25 January, Valentine Warner will be reunited with his mentor chef Martin Hadden to cook a four-course winter-themed dinner at Bailiffscourt Hotel in Climping, West Sussex (01903 723511; hshotels.co.uk). Bagna cauda (vegetables with anchovy and garlic dip) will be followed by bollito misto (an Italian stew of mixed meats) and a frozen chestnut dessert (£78pp).
w The 20th annual St Moritz Gourmet Festival (stmoritz-gourmetfestival.ch) takes place at venues across the Swiss mountain resort from 28 January to 1 February. The programme of gala dinners, cookery demonstrations and special events includes a host of internationally renowned guest chefs, including the opportunity to meet the "Demon Chef", two-Michelin starred Alvin Leung of Bo Restaurant in Hong Kong and the recently opened Bo London, as he prepares his "X-treme Chinese" food.
Take a three-night Delhi Gourmet Tour with Natural High (01747 898104; naturalhighsafaris.com) that includes a market visit, private cookery lesson and dinner with cookery writer and broadcaster Prabeen Singh. There's also a guided tour of the Meena Bazaar, Khari Baowli spice market and a special tasting menu dinner at celebrity chef Marut Sikka's modern Indian restaurant, Kainoosh (00 91 9560 715 544; keya-kainoosh.com). Launching in January 2013, the tour costs from £1,015pp, excluding flights.
New York's top seafood chef Eric Ripert hosts the annual Cayman Cook Out (caymancookoutevent.com; 17-20 January) that includes Rundown, a lunch exploring the Cayman's culinary traditions with chef and author Anthony Bourdain.
Or learn to cook new Cypriot cuisine in Limassol at a half-day course run by restaurateur and television chef Roddy Damalis (00 357 25 582 515; roddydamalis.com). The cost is £75pp, and dates are available year-round.
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