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Slow Food UK Week June 18 – 24 2012
There’s a very strong schedule of fabulous food events for this year’s
Slow Food UK Week, with top chefs, including Richard Corrigan, Angela
Hartnett, Giorgio Locatelli, Francesco Mazzei and Cyrus Todiwala
making sure that there’s a wonderful event to attend each day of the
The 53 Slow Food UK Chef Alliance members are creating these wonderful
events for Slow Food Week to demonstrate their commitment and support
for the Slow Food UK’s educational and charitable projects around the
There will be special Slow Food UK Forgotten Foods-inspired menus with
tastings of Highland Park whisky (supporters of the Slow Food UK Chef
Alliance) being served at restaurants in England, Scotland and Wales.
As well as major events in London, north of the border a number of
Scotland’s top class chefs including Neil Forbes (Café St Honore) and
Carina Contini (Centotre/The Scottish Café) will provide food for
thought and enjoyment.
There’s even some exclusive flavours of Slow Food UK gelato, created
by Gelupo Artisan Gelato in Soho, and available during the Slow Food
UK Week only, featuring a Highland Park whisky variety.
“Slow Food UK Week celebrates the many wonders of good British food.
This year we will focus on our newest initiative, the Chef Alliance in
which leading British chefs share their enthusiasm for local,
sustainable ingredients. Our Chefs will champion Forgotten Foods with
special Slow Food menus, share their insights in vibrant talks, and
open their doors for the first ever Slow Food Canape Crawl.” says Cat
Gazzoli, CEO of Slow Food UK.
“Come and celebrate with us and see how the philosophy of Slow Food
embraces and empowers both food lovers and producers.”
Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director for Highland Park commented: “Our
partnership with Slow Food UK has gone from strength to strength with
more than 50 chefs now members of the Slow Food UK Chef Alliance. What
better way to celebrate Slow Food UK Week than by joining forces with
some of the UK’s top chefs to showcase first class local produce that
is very much in line with Highland Park’s own values of promoting a
passion for flavour and craftsmanship.”
Eating the Italian Way – Monday June 18, 6:30PM
Press event only
Angela Harnett, Francesco Mazzei and Giorgio Locatelli will kick off
Slow Food UK Week with a look at ‘Eating the Italian Way’. Inspired by
their commitment to the Slow Food ethos and with access to wonderful
British ingredients, three of London’s top chefs will share their
passion for la bella cucina.
Invitations to this event are available on application, on a
first-come first-served basis, from Red Kite PR
[email protected] 0207 566 6730
Slow Food Dinner by Tom Lewis of the Monachyle Mhor Hotel – Monday
June 18, 7.00 pm
A special Slow Food UK menu has been created by head chef Tom Lewis,
using the very best Scottish produce, and each course will be matched
by an expression of Highland Park single malt whisky, topped off with
a special tasting from one of Highland Park’s experts.
Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Perthshire, FK19 8PQ
Tel: 01877 384622 for reservations
2062 – Rivington, Shoreditch – Tuesday June 19, 6.00 pm
Food artist Caroline Hobkinson will be bringing “2062”, a spectacle of
the feast in performance and social commentary, to Rivington Grill,
Shoreditch, on Tuesday June 19. In collaboration with Rivington's Head
Chef, Simon Wadham, she will help us to make sense of our world
through the way we eat, and will be offering an experience that will
make us think about the ritual of eating food, its traditions, and how
we prepare it.
Rivington Grill Shoreditch, 28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ
Tickets available through Eventbrite
Canape Crawl – from Commercial Street E1 - Wednesday June 20, from
The first-ever canapé crawl will begin at Hawksmoor and takes in some
of the City’s best restaurants and food vans including Alessandro
Grano’s Androuet cheese shop, Café Spice Namaste and Street Food. At
each stop you’ll be able to enjoy a drink and some wonderful canapés
created using Britain’s artisan foods, and ‘crawlers’ will meet the
Chef Patron at each establishment.
Hawksmoor, 157 Commercial Street London E1 6BJ Tel: 020 7426 4850
Tickets priced at £35 for all locations. Tickets available from
Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honoré, Edinburgh – Wednesday June 20, 7.00 pm
Neil Forbes has created a special Slow Food UK menu using the very
best Scottish produce, matching each course with an expression of
Highland Park single malt whisky, topped off with a special tasting
from one of Highland Park’s experts.
Café St Honore, 34 North West Thistle Street Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 1EA
Tickets cost £35 per person can be reserved by calling Cafe St Honoré
on 0131 226 2211 or by emailing [email protected]
Carina Contini of Centotre/The Scottish Cafe –Wednesday June 20, 7.00
Enjoy dining with the family and listen to the expertise of the team
as you eat a specially designed Slow Food UK five course family
tasting menu with ingredients chosen from 10 of the restaurant’s
favourite suppliers.
Centotre, 103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
Tickets cost £30 per person. Call 0131 226 6524
Francesco Mazzei of L’Anima Slow Food Menu – Thursday June 21
As one of the biggest UK supporters of the Slow Food movement,
Francesco Mazzei of L’Anima in the heart of the City of London will be
showing how it’s done with a deft and contemporary Italian touch to
bring out the best of British produce.
L’Anima, 1 Snowden Street, London EC2A, 2DQ
For reservations email: [email protected] or call 0207 422 7000
Gelupo Soho – Thursday June 21, 1:30-2:30pm
Slow Food UK themed gelati have been created using Ark of Taste
Forgotten Foods. Come along for the opportunity to sample these
flavours by ‘donating what you can’. All proceeds will go towards Slow
Food UK’s charitable education work.
Gelupo Soho, 7 Archer Street, London, W1D 7AU
Highland Park whisky tasting at Slow Food UK – Thursday June 21,
One of Highland Park’s whisky experts will take an audience on a
journey through different Highland Park expressions.
Slow Food UK, 6 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London, WC2H 9DP
Tickets available from Eventbrite at £15.00 each.
Taste of London – The Slow Food UK Secret Garden – Saturday June 23
and Sunday June 24
The Slow Food UK Ark of Taste Wheel will be ready for a spin at this
year’s Taste of London event in Regent’s Park, London. Set the wheel
rolling and take a flavour trip to Lyth Valley for a taste of damsons
or on a culinary journey to Somerset with artisan Cheddar.
The wheel has been designed by hipster Central Saint Martin’s graduate
team, The Decorators Art and Design Collective.
Taste of London, Regent’s Park, London, W1
The following Slow Food UK Chef Alliance members will be offering a
special Slow Food UK menu throughout Slow Food UK Week:
Richard Corrigan, Corrigan’s Mayfair
Anna Hansen, Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell
Marcus Wareing, The Berkeley and Gilbert Scott
Alessandro Grano at Androuet cheese shop in Spitalfields, London
John Pratt of The Traddock, North Yorkshire
Tom Hunt. Poco, Bristol
Mark Taft, The Angel Inn, Hetton, Devon
Jason Gallagher of the Stockbridge Restaurant, Edinburgh
Jonny Kimber/Craig McKend of the Edinburgh Larder Bistro, Edinburgh
Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh
Tom Lewis, Monachyle Mhor Hotel, Lochearnhead, Perthshire
Tony Singh, Oloroso, Edinburgh
Paul Croasdale, Ynyshir Hall, Machynlleth, Powys
Anthony Christopher, Penycae Inn, Swansea
For further information please contact:
Shelley Sofier or Marie-Claire de Sachy at Red Kite PR
0207 566 6730
[email protected] [email protected]
Notes to Editors:
What is Slow Food?
Slow Food is all about helping people think differently about food. In
the UK, we work to reconnect people with where their food comes from
so they can better understand the implications of the choices they
make about the food they put on their plates. We encourage people to
choose nutritious food, from sustainable, local sources, and which
tastes great, through our education programmes. Slow Food is a
non-profit organization, supported by members and donations. To become
a Slow Food supporter, join our Chef Alliance, or find out more about
our education programmes go to or call +44 (0) 20
7099 1132
Head Office: Neal’s Yard, London
About Slow Food UK Chef Alliance:
Slow Food UK (SFUK) developed the Chef Alliance in September 2011 in
recognition of those chefs who share our vision to champion small
scale producers and good quality local and sustainably produced food.
There are currently 53 leading chefs in England, Scotland and Wales
who are members of the Alliance.
About Slow Food’s Ark of Taste and UK National Ark Commission:
The Ark of Taste travels the world collecting small-scale quality
productions threatened by industrial agriculture, environmental
degradation and homogenization. The Ark of Taste searches out,
catalogues and describes ‘forgotten flavors’ from all around the
planet: products at risk of extinction but surviving, that could be
rediscovered and returned to the market.
Each country listed in the Ark of Taste has their own national
commission that reviews Ark nominations, consisting of exemplary
individuals in the food world, who strongly embody the Slow Food
ethos. Slow Food UK developed the Chef Alliance in recognition of
those chefs who share our vision to champion small scale producers and
good quality local and sustainably produced food.
Highland Park:
Five keystones contribute to making the Best Spirit in the World:
Hand-turned malt adds to the deliciously succulent, balanced
layers of aromatic character found in Highland Park single malt
Scotch whisky.
Aromatic peat gives a delectably seductive, luxuriant floral
sweetness to Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky.
Cool maturation enhances the smooth character of Highland Park
single malt Scotch whisky.
Sherry oak casks contribute to the distinctive richness and
multi-dimensional complexity of Highland Park single malt Scotch
Cask harmonisation ensures consistency and balance in Highland
Park single malt Scotch whisky.
Established in 1798 on Orkney, Highland Park is one of the most remote
Scotch whisky distilleries in the world. For over 200 years, the
distillery has combined time old tradition and the very best
craftsmanship to achieve perfection. Its core range of 12, 18, 25, 30
and 40 year old single malt is consistently acclaimed by connoisseurs
and experts. Please enjoy our brand responsibly.
Caprice Holdings:
The Caprice group encompasses London’s favourite restaurants. From the
glamour of Le Caprice to the elegance of Daphne’s, the theatricality
of The Ivy to the stylishness of Scott’s, these cover a wide variety
of atmospheres and clienteles. Their cuisines, too, range far and
wide: traditional British, Tuscan, French, American and South-East
Asian. All, though, share a devotion to quality, demonstrated in the
sourcing, preparation and presentation of their food and drink, in the
imagination of their design and in the warmth and skill of their
service. The Caprice group’s restaurants are renowned throughout the
world but they are as devoted to their regulars as their regulars are
to them.
The Caprice group is always looking for new ways to entertain. In
recent years there have been acclaimed new ventures in J Sheekey
Oyster Bar, Scott’s, The Mount Street Deli and 34, a thriving
event-production and catering company in Urban Caprice and a first
members’ club, The Club at The Ivy. The company is also expanding
abroad, with Daphne’s in Barbados, Rivington Grill in Dubai and The
Ivy Dubai. All of this has been achieved while holding fast to our
traditions, history and values.
Rivington Grill Shoreditch (+ private dining)
Address 28-30 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DZ
Area Shoreditch
Reservations 020 7729 7053
Opening times Monday to Friday: 8am - 11pm
(Breakfast 8am - 11am | Lunch 12 noon - 3pm | Dinner 6pm - 11pm)
(Saturday: 11am - 11pm (Brunch 11am - 4pm | Dinner 6pm - 11pm)
(Sunday: 11am - 10pm (Brunch 11am - 4pm | Dinner 6pm - 10pm)
Bar menu available all day Monday to Friday
Set menu 3 courses - £22.50
Available 11am - 4pm on Sundays
Opened in 2002, Rivington is all about simplicity, taste and sourcing.
Serving the busy media and creative district of Shoreditch and
conveniently sited just north of the City, it offers back-to-basics
dishes cooked with ingredients meticulously sourced from around the
British Isles. The décor, too, is honest and down-to-earth:
whitewashed walls, stripped-wood floors, long counters, white linen
tablecloths, salvaged Art Deco lamps and plenty of natural light.
Menus are drawn up seasonally, and range from “On-toast” dishes such
as devilled kidneys and potted Morecambe Bay shrimps to whole suckling
pig. Whether large or small, from ocean, forest or farm, everything at
Rivington is sourced from bespoke, responsible producers.
The Decorators Art and Design Collective, wheel installation designers