Only a brief roundup this week as everyone is far too busy with Christmas to be launching anything new, but never fear! – we’ve still managed to find a few tasty stocking-fillers for you.

If you’re reading this on the day it’s published, you’ve still just about got time to order your vegan Christmas cake from Proof Bakery. Priced at £25 each, and big enough to serve at least eight people, Proof describes these seasonal beauties as “richly studded with fruit, mouth-wateringly moist, and topped with pistachios, flaked almonds and glacé cherries for a jewelled effect”. Want one? PM the bakery by Sunday 15th, for collection from one of Proof’s collection points on December 19th and December 21st only.

Everyone’s talking about glorious Gloria and Lil’s Parkside Cafe since it opened last month, and to say thanks, they have a little Christmas offer for you! Book a table with them between now and 30th December and they‘ll give you 10% off your entire bill! Call them on 024 7767 0440 to book… weekdays 8am – 5pm (food ‘til 2), weekends 9.30am – 2pm (brunch menu til 1.30).

The apparently somewhat delayed fitting-out of the Coventry branch of independent Midlands chain Cafe Morso is now finally under way at the old Co-op building on Corporation Street. Bestowing a Coventry flavour, a life-size (maybe bigger?) detail from John Collier’s 1898 Pre-Raphaelite-style painting of Lady Godiva has been clocked adorning the back wall.

Coventry Market is continuing its imaginative series of art exhibitions in its central space. The latest works to be displayed are drawings by London-based artist Alice Angus, and stem from a commission by the Empty Shops Network. Alice Angus says she was “inspired by the vibrancy of Coventry Market, the sound of conversations, the diversity of people, and the care traders take over their stalls”. Here at Food Covolution, we love the way Cov Market is making art accessible and giving shoppers the opportunity to incorporate it into thier daily routines.

Need a break from Christmas shopping? Byatt’s Brewery is running a brewery tour this Saturday (14th) at 3pm. £15 per person (includes three pints of beer on tap and a branded glass to take home). Call 024 7663 7996 or email info@byattsbrewery.co.uk to book your place.

Aged 18-25 and interested in learning kitchen skills? The team behind Coventry legends URBAN is setting up a new series of free classes starting in January. Pop along to Holbrooks Christmas Fayre at Holbrooks Community Care Association on Saturday 14th (11am-2pm) to sign up. URBAN’S six week course with a trained chef starts 15th January 2020, 6pm-8pm. If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can also email urbancoventry@gmail.com for details.

And finally: a seasonal recommendation! I am reliably informed by someone who has spent the last few weeks road-testing as many mince pies as they can get their mits on (someone has to do it), that the Port and Sherry Mince Pie from Maria’s Bakery in Cov Market is THE BUSINESS!

STOP PRESS!: Curl up in front of a log fire with a glass of mulled wine in Cov City Centre’s fine old traditional pub The Old WIndmill every day in December! Now that’s proper #Christmas!