Ate Days A Week: the new Manchester music and food pairing event coming to the NQ


There’s a new music and food pairing event coming to the Northern Quarter this month.

Ate Days A Week, the pop-up event to be held at new music venue 33 Oldham Street, will take inspiration from Manchester’s rich musical history.

The evening consists of a four course set menu paired with complimentary cocktails, all inspired by iconic Manchester songs, stories and traditions. Each dish is accompanied by its musical inspiration, played whilst the dish is being served.

The dinner will be followed by a DJ set from XS Manchester’s Clint Boon, formerly of the Inspiral Carpets.

The first course is a spiced noodle soup called Stand By Me, inspired by Noel Gallagher and served with a Champagne Supernova cocktail.

The dish is influenced by the story that Noel’s mum always used to ring him to check he was eating properly when he moved to London. One Sunday he made a roast and got food poisoning, so he decided it was back to Pot Noodles.

The incident led to the opening line of the song Stand By Me: “Made a meal and threw it up on Sunday.”

The next course, called This Is How It Feels, is a homemade lamb kebab served alongside a Saturn 5 cocktail.

The dish takes inspiration from Clint Boon’s and the Inspiral Carpets’ love of kebabs. Apparently Clint still regularly goes for a kebab after his DJ nights at Manchester club South.

The main course, I Wanna Be Adored, is 33 Oldham Street’s take on a classic Lancashire hot pot, and a love letter to Mancunians in general. The cocktail match is a Sally Cinnamon.

It’s followed by a dessert titled What Difference Does It Make?

The playful twist on a Toffee Crisp is influenced by Johnny Marr, who said that when The Smiths first hit the charts they were “surviving on crisps, chocolate and Coca-Cola.”

The accompanying dessert cocktail is called How Soon Is Now?

Ate Days A Week grew from an idea of wanting to put a spin on what you would normally expect from a food event,” said Andy James, the curator of the menu and 33’s head chef.

“We wanted to create a fun, original concept that guarantees an enjoyable and fully immersive experience.  

“From a Manchester musician’s favourite food to famous interview quotes, there is genuine craft and authenticity to the concept behind each one of our dishes.”

Ate Days A Week will take place on Sunday 26th May from 7-11pm at 33 Oldham Street, with tickets priced £33.


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