All posts by Alison Roberts

Zest Kitchen

Owner/Principal: Saskia Goldman

What is it? We run a Takeaway Service in North London Every Friday & Saturday.
Based at Dan and Decarlo.

Our Plates are 100% Plant Based, Asian-Inspired Bundles of Vibrant Vegan Goodness. We keep things fresh with a new menu each week. Expect aromatic ingredients and colourful, feel-good flavours from our unique & modern twist on South East Asian Street Food.

Find us at Dan & DeCarlo, 20 High Road, N2 from 5-9pm Friday & Saturday. Occasional weekday specials.

10% off your first order using code ‘Zesty10’ at checkout on our website.

Find them online at
@Zest kitchen.ldn

Pickle and Brine

Owner/Principal: Fernando Granzotto

What is it? We’re N2-based private caterers, providing bespoke wood-fired catering

Our food is handcrafted, artisan and from great suppliers that share our passion for sustainability and seasonality.

From canapés parties and fine dining degustation menus to proper barbecues, buffets and street food. We will provide your guests with a bespoke, fun and tasteful experience.

N2United says: As well as continuing with his heat-at-home specials, Fernando now back to catering local private parties where he cooks outside using his own bbqs in all weathers. A brunch is great value at £20 per person.  

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La Gourmandise

Owner/Principal: Riad Achour

Location: 105 high road, N2 8AG

What is it?
A French café offering a selection of healthy salad, juices and sandwiches

Riad’s shop was previously a butcher’s, mostly delivering to restaurants. But butchering is not his main skill – he is a general chef, originally training with Marco Pierre White at Piccadilly’s Criterion – and when the butchery closed with the March 2020 lockdown, he decided for the future to morph into a patisserie, far more in keeping with his skills and knowledge.

Opening in February, La Gourmandise thrived immediately. Although everything is a challenge, from buying new furniture to menu printing, Riad is very excited about the relaxation of lockdown in May, and is planning to develop his menu further. Offerings will include French and English breakfasts, and combination dishes enabling patrons to choose a mixture of salads to accompany quiches, and fish and meat dishes. He is particularly excited about his hoped for introduction of roast beef and Yorkshire puddings on Sundays!

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Meeting: December 2020

17th December from 7pm via Zoom!

Wait. Seasonal fun… with rules?

Well, after the last few months we certainly deserve a little light hearted distraction so come and join us at the N2United ‘Christmas Cracker’!

As well as updates from local Organisations and Businesses, we aim to have some fun and high jinks on Thursday 17th December from 7pm all via Zoom.

There are three rules…

  • Rule 1 – Please wear a jolly hat (or be like Brian* and get your full fancy dress costume out!)
  • Rule 2 – Be ready to share your favourite ‘cracker joke’
  • Rule 3 – Pour yourself a drop of your favourite tipple, (be it an earthy Pu’erh tea, an aromatic kombucha, that treasured bottle of wine you’ve been saving or a seasonal, spiced Porter…) for a community ‘toast’

Oh, and you’ll need a pen and a piece of paper

Warning: There will be Prizes, a BIG reveal (not Brian!) and lots of Seasonal Cheer!

Notes about those rules
If you’d prefer to pitch up in your ‘jimjams’ and just sit back and watch others, then that’s fine too, either way join usyou’ll be most welcome!
*To be honest, we’ve no idea what Brian will be wearing so it’ll be another reason to join us… we hope!

Zoom details for Thursday 17th December – 7pm

Please register by emailing to receive the Zoom joining details, or respond to the event on our N2United Facebook page!

For more information about how to get the most out of any Zoom meeting see our page on Zoom tips.

Dee McLean Art

Owner/Principal: Dee McLean

East Finchley Connection: My co-author Louisa Green lives in East Finchley and I live in Dartmouth Park and use the services in East Finchley, especially UOE who have been fantastic in helping us get our book out through lockdown!

Category: Art and Books

What do you do?
We have written, designed, illustrated and photographed a book for families ‘There’s Something About Wallace’, the lockdown love story of the two swans on Hampstead Heath who became famous through a piece Louisa wrote for the local press.

I am a designer, painter and writer exploring the relationship between our landscapes and ourselves. Louisa is an immunologist working at the Royal Free who, in her spare time, is a photographer and the volunteer who looks after the swans on the Heath.

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Craig’s world

Owner/Principal: Craig Johnson

East Finchley Connection:
I grew up in East Finchley and it remains my inspiration.

What do you do?
I make prints and aluminium prints ready to hang and sell to collectors and architects worldwide.

I have been taking photographs for over 21 years.  My inspiration comes from my village of East Finchley and other artists such as Greg Crewdson, Tim Burton and Anne Hardy.

My main photography has been taken on my trips to Hampstead Heath, Cornwall and The Lake District where the scenery is breathtaking.  
My Grandfather was a keen photographer and so I have a very artistic family background of artists and authors. 

I was trained at Barnet College for my GNVQ ADV Media in photography in 1999 and at Middlesex University where I studied my Masters in Moving Image & Interactive media after my BA HONS in Photography.
Currently, I work as a key-worker with vulnerable people suffering Complex Mental Health needs so my photography is a good way to relax and unwind…

Find me at

Craig (@craigsworld2) • Instagram photos and videos