Slow Food UK Week June 18 – 24 2012

There’s a very strong schedule of 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 an event to attend each day of the week.

You don’t have to be a Slow Food UK member in order to enjoy the packed schedule which has been created with many of the 53 Slow Food UK Chef Alliance members.

There will be special Slow Food UK Forgotten Foods-inspired menus and cookery classes with tastings of Highland Park whisky (supporters of the Slow Food UK Chef Alliance) being served at restaurants and cookery schools 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 a trio of Slow Food UK gelato, created by Gelupo Artisan Gelato in Soho, and available during the Slow Food UK Week only, one of which features Highland Park whisky.

‘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 partnership with Highland Park, 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 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.”

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 the Rivington on Tuesday June 19. She helps 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 Shoreditch, 28-30 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DZ

Tickets available through Eventbrite.

Canape Crawl – from Commercial Street E1 – Wednesday June 20, from 6:00pm

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 Eventbrite.

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 pm

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

A special trio of 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, 6:30pm

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