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The 6th edition of the popular food festival, Lausanne à Table, kicked off last month with a heart-warming fondue event that took place on the streets of Lausanne.

To mark the opening of this special gourmet festival, 13 restaurant owners installed tables in the streets, parks, squares, and water’s edge of Lausanne, and offered “pop-up” fondues to the first diners lucky enough to find a place.

With more than 80 events taking place this year over an 8-month period running from March to October, there is clearly something to suit everyone’s tastes! A quick glance down the event programme reveals a mouth-watering array of gastronomic occasions, many with a special accent on “le terroir”, and traditional home-made dishes created using local produce.

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Domino’s Pizza, a long-time partner of the Genève-Servette Hockey Club, wants to make Friday the 13th your lucky day!  One lucky winner will win 13 tickets to the Genève-Servette Hockey game against HC Fribourg-Gotteron this Friday, 13 January!  Additionally, the winner and their guests will receive 13 pizzas and 13 drinks!  This is a wonderful opportunity to get a group of friends or your own sports team together for a great night out at the hockey game, and change your luck on Friday the 13th!

To participate in the draw, just stop by any of the 4 Domino’s Pizza restaurants in Geneva to pick up an entry form, which you need to fill out and hand straight back in! No purchase is necessary, although who can resist a delicious Domino’s Pizza?

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Here are a few ideas for quick and easy apéritifs, with ingredients sourced from local supermarkets. The common feature of all recipes featured in this list is simplicity – none of us wants to spend hours creating gourmet dishes at this time of year.  So read on… and if you have a few ideas of your own, please send them in to us and we will add them to this year's list.

If you still need further inspiration, then why not try out one of the "festive" cookery lessons in the area! Many of the local cookery schools offer classes in the run up to Christmas. Check out the new chapter, Cook like a Local, in the new 10th edition of Know-it-all passport to find a local school near you! (Cooking courses are on pages 162 to 164).

And don't forget to check out the recipes in "Healthy Sweet + Spicy Christmas Recipes", the amazing eBook from knowitall.ch guest blogger, Hiba Giacoletto.

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A local mom, who specialises in cooking Mexican dishes and home-baked pastries, is offering knowitall.ch readers the chance to win one of her delicious chocolate cakes!

Having tasted one of Gabriela’s deliciously moist chocolate cakes, Know-it-all passport editor, Lisa Cirieco, was intrigued to try her Mexican homemade tortilla soft tacos with salsa verde sauce, as well as homemade chipotle sauce that looks like chutney, so has no hesitation in recommending her services to our readers!

Asked how she came to be so passionate about cooking, Gabriela told knowitall.ch, "I come from a Mexican family where food is very important.  My mum was a very proud cook and taught us how important it was to gather friends and family around delicious food."

She continued, "After retiring from the United Nations, I looked for activities to continue being active in life;  I started drawing zentagle-inspired designs and have even presented my work at different venues including the Espace-Santé in Bellevue, Geneva! However, my lifelong passion for cooking was nurtured again when I started to prepare typical Mexican food for my son's business, promoting artisanal Tequila (Tequila Villalpando). Things snowballed from there and, before I knew it, clients were asking me to bake pastries and cakes for them too!"

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A new subscription service has been launched in Geneva to take the hassle out of cooking and allow you to eat more healthily.

Called BeyondFood, the service enables you to receive a weekly delivery of fresh, local ingredients that can be used, with the aid of easy-to-follow recipe cards, to prepare 3 delicious meals for 2 or 4 people.

With vegetarian and non-vegetarian options on offer every week, there is something to suit everyone, especially parents who are looking to provide enticing and healthy meals for their children.

Co-founder Marie-Lou Veillon, told knowitall.ch, “The ingredients we choose are seasonal, fresh, mostly local and organic. We believe our service is special in so far as it makes cooking easier, healthier and more enjoyable, while promoting projects that support the local community and preserve the environment. By building partnerships with cooperatives and associations active in Geneva, BeyondFood has become more than a company and acts mores like part of a network. By cooking with us people are not only getting recipes and ingredients delivered to their home, they are also supporting a different approach to consuming, one that is more local, ethical, sustainable and indirectly helps other associations and cooperatives to prosper.”

Asked how she came to set up up her own food delivery service in the region, Marie-Lou told us, “My partner, Luca, and I co-founded this business. He used to work at the World Economic Forum, which gave him a solid experience dealing with start-ups and new businesses. He wanted to innovate by setting-up a service that would allow us to do business differently, with values, and by creating a network instead of solely running after profits.”