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International Food & Drink Exhibition 2011 Highlights

Earlier this month we were one of the thousands visiting the International Food and Drink Exhibition at Excel. We were there to support our client, fine quality food importer and agent, Donatantonio and scope out upcoming food trends.

A steady stream came to sample some of Donatantonio’s delights including Parmigiano Reggiano shavings and the selection of delicious tapenades and sauces that work wonders with gnocchi! All in all it was a great event and we look forward to the next one coming round in 2013.


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Supper Clubs: A Super Idea

You may have read the article in today’s London Evening Standard about supper clubs. If not you can read it here. We’d actually started drafting something about supper clubs and got very upset that the Standard had beaten us but we really are excited about supper clubs and less about the foaming cumin….

Can you imagine being welcomed into a stranger’s home, and given a very hearty and tasty meal? Whilst it sounds a far fetched idea, supper clubs are taking over from the cupcake revolution as the hot trend for foodies this year.

The recent revival has been more of a reaction to fine dining establishments that have been known to charge you £26 for a salad! Supper clubs give diners an opportunity to enjoy gourmet food and a different kind of dining social experience without the extortionate prices.

This ties in with the Argentine tradition that takes place on the 29th of every month that we’re all fans of: Gnocchi Night. Falling just before payday when we’re all feeling the pinch, Gnocchi Night is a chance to sit down with friends and family to enjoy some belly-filling gnocchi – a dish that won’t break the bank or stretch your culinary skills too far.

We’ve pulled together a few tips from Debi Shawcross’ book, Friends at the Table: The ultimate Supper Club Cookbook and added a few of our own.  So give it a go, enjoy, let us know how it goes and send us some photos!

  • Definition – Shawcross recommends organising your group with eight to ten people. Regardless, make sure that everyone involved is committed to the same supper club goals – laugh, have fun, try going vegetarian?
  • Organisation – The supper club is designed to expand your palates so check people’s allergies and dietary requirements, when to eat, where to eat etc.
  • Cleaning – Consider the clean up. Make sure that it’s not always the same person.  The Gnocchi night tradition is that the host places a one peso coin under a plate, whoever sits there is the next host. We would recommend this.
  • Test the Recipes – If you’re new at cooking, or cooking something new to you, make sure that you try the dish first. Practice boosts confidence and relieves stress!

If you are feeling the pressure, as Gnocchi experts we’d certainly recommend Nigella’s roasted Gnocchi. A bit different but as easy as boiling Gnocchi.

If you don’t feel up to setting up your own but want to check one out, have a look at ten of London’s best secret supper clubs.

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