Now with added veg


A Harvest Festival in Yelvertoft!

NOW WITH ADDED VEG

Yes, Squisito Butchers & Provisions shop renovations continue apace to add more fresh fruit and vegetables since Autumn is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and comfort food at home in particular!

For those of you who distrust supermarket claims about ‘happy farmers’ and the ‘finest’ ingredients we would like to tell you about Squisito’s own accreditation system for our shop and farmers market stall to answer the question many of you have asked, “What’s the speed limit sign on your labels for?”

Firstly, Squisito believe that

Provenance is knowing

There are many food ‘accreditation’ systems out there like Red Tractor, Organic and FARMA but ultimately what is better than being able to talk to the person who made your lunch and know’s what is in it because they made it and chose the ingredients?

Locality is a much trumpeted feature of many farm shops and even supermarket claims but the truth is that there is no substitute for making your own produce. If you are a farmer who rears cattle or poultry or has cows for dairy the facts are that you are not allowed to slaughter your own beasts or sell your own milk at the farm gate except in rare circumstances.

This means your lunch has to be ‘processed’ or ‘made’ by a ‘secondary producer’ which is why Squisito decided to source our ingredients from people we know, butcher our own meat and teach amateurs, smallholders and chefs how to ‘produce’ their own food from field to plate.

So, when Squisito choose our suppliers and other people’s products for our shop not only do Sara, Alex and Matt know the producer by first name, we display the origin of the product and the mileage from that producer to our shop. That’s why our labels display a local food mileage and a county or country flag so you can see where it was made at a glance and read a bit of that product’s life story.

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So, when we mean ‘producer’ or ‘supplier’, we don’t mean a brand name or ‘Mr T*%$co’ but the name of the people who actually made the product you buy from Squisito. Even Sara’s homemade ‘Lamborgini’ sausage rolls or her pies display our own food miles from our shop to our kitchen whilst Alex’s sausages display ‘0’ miles since they are made at the shop.

We think our ‘speed limit’ or local food miles sign is simple and clear statement and not one that can be applied to most ‘branded’ products where the name is the same in every language which often disguises an international system of unsavoury practices where food is reduced to a commodity and your health the lowest common denominator.

Squisito believe that whether you want to make change happen in food and in farming or just your health and your waistband, you have to put your money your mouth is and buy food that is just as good for your body as your community and the environment since

Every time you enter

because

Cheap food is only cheap

So, if you don’t want your hard earned money to go into offshore accounts, tax dodges and marketing budgets we say don’t eat food from who know’s where and producers who support supermarket domination but visit Squisito and buy local produce or grow your own (which is why you also see seed packets for sale in our shop).

To read how a young couple with a toddler cut their food bill by £895 a year and improved their food quality and choice by using independent butchers and farmers markets near Oxford instead of Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Aldi click here.

Our new Italian-style coldroom to dry age more beef and make more sausages to hang as salami should be up and running this week. That means we can get on with bringing you Fish on Fridays!

COMING SOON - FISH ON FRIDAYS

So, if you have any friends who are fish lovers forward this email and tell them that fellow customers on the Squisito emailing list will be able to get a free tea or coffee when we bring ‘Carmen’, Alex’s 1952 design Elektra coffee machine, back to the shop.

Squisito are planning another eclectic ‘Cheese & Wine Evening’ on Wednesday 12th November to showcase our new C%$&*!mas (sorry, we still can’t bring ourselves to using the C-word yet) cheeseboard and hampers for the foodies in your life and home. You can buy tickets online by clicking here or buy them in the shop.

Cheese & Wine Evening 12NOV14

Our next Secret Squisito anti-restaurant at home is on Saturday 15th November at Squisito HQ in Monks Kirby. To read the menu and book tickets click here

For this month’s new recipes click here (Slow Cooked Short Beef Ribs with Chinese 5-Spice & Tamarind are nice btw).

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Squisito opening a shop in Yelvertoft


Squisito is opening in Yelvertoft!

Reversing the trend of rural Post Office and shop closures Squisito are pleased to announce that we are opening a new butchers and delicatessen in rural Yelvertoft near Rugby.

The Squisito rural shop will be open by December and we’ll have our own and local produce from farms around Rugby plus a selection Italian basics from plum tomatoes to olive oil and the pick of award winning English cheeses, local breeds and charcuterie from our fellow Midlands producers.

To hear more you can come and see Squisito at England’s most unique Farmers Market in Stephen’s Church, Grandborough tomorrow, Thursday 7.11 from 9am ’til 1pm.

If you are planning for Christmas, Squisito will be taking orders for Fosse Meadows Turkeys, Geese and Cockerels or Grandborough Dexter Beef, Tamworth Pork & Manx Lamb for collection or home delivery and we’ll also be talking about our new artisan food courses in the New Year. One amateur sausage maker and visitor to Squisito HQ wrote

“It was like finding a treasure trove in the middle of the bush. Thank you so much for your hospitality and instruction on solving my “wors” dilemma. I was astounded with your knowledge and expertise on the subject, but in hindsight I should have known you were the ‘Sausage Don.’ “

Did you know that Squisito cater for private parties? If you’re entertaining over the Festive season we can make you everything from platters to parties. Just call Sara on 07824 314 235 or email sara@squisito-deli.co.uk to to discuss your ideas.

And lastly, you can now book tickets for our Secret Squisito Italian Christmas Feast at Squisito HQ in Monks Kirby on Saturday 6th December. Tickets are just £35.00 for 6 homemade courses and you bring your own wine. Unlike ‘restaurants’ Secret Squisito cater for all dietary requirements since we actually make your food fresh on the day. There’s limited ticket availability, so don’t delay and book today at our online shop or call Sara on 07824 314235 http://www.bigbarn.co.uk/marketplace/vendors/squisito

Midlands’ only ‘Best Food Producer’ comes to Belgrave Hall this weekend


Midlands’ only ‘Best Food Producer’ comes to Belgrave Hall this weekend!

Begin British Food Fortnight by joining Squisito in the beautiful gardens of Belgrave Hall in Leicester this Saturday and Sunday for the ever-popular Good Food Fair – now in its 8th year. Entry is just £1.50 and free for under-16’s.

Eat, drink and take home tasty treats, with the opportunity to meet local food producers like Squisito who are BBC Midlands ‘Best Street Food 2013′ Award Winner and shortlisted ‘Best Food Producer’ in the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2013 and nominated ‘New Butchery Business of the Year’ 2013.

The weather forecast is fine and Squisito will be there with our NEW selection of deli favourites from Alex’s sausages to Tuscan King Ribs and Sara’s pappardelle to truffle butter if you want to make her Pappardelle pasta with black truffle butter, chives & Grana Padano recipe from last week’s Secret Squisito at The Jekyll & Hyde in Birmingham. To read diner’s reviews click here and to put your name down for the next Secret Squisito in Leicester click here.

“Just SQUISITO! Amazing night, awesome homemade food, great company! Perfect setting at the Jekyll & Hyde. Please keep us posted with your next adventures! Well done!”

Not only will Squisito be cooking live and uplugged, Alex will be giving free demonstrations of Artisan Sausage Making at Home on both days!

The Italian Job


Many thanks to everyone who came along on Tuesday to my first pop up at the Jekyll and Hyde Gin Parlour in Birmingham. This is what our guests thought of the evening…

“A fabulous evening!! – A Secret Surprise!! – I was brought along by my friend Jo – Kings Heath – will be seeing you again with my sone who will LOVE it!! Fab food, Fab company and a WONDERFUL evening. Thank you to the whole team.”

“What a fabulous evening: Good food, good company. We will be back!!”

GREAT NIGHT!! We filled up on the bread – definitely not an error we will be repeating when we come again (which we will be!) Thanks.”

“Sumptuous Sumptuous Squisito! Fantastc food and great venue. Would definitely recommend.”

“Simply wonderful Gin & Tonic Sorbet. Great evening. About to launch into Gin No.3″

“:-)) SQUISITO! Amazing night, awesome homemade food, great company! Perfect setting at The Jekyll & Hyde! Please keep us posted with your next adventures! Wel done!”

“Lovely evening – thankyou! Gin sorbet was a triumph. Lovely chicken :-)”

“Fabulous food once again! Love the quirky surroundings of The Jekyll & Hyde. Thanks Sara & Alex and the team.”

“Wonderful food, wonderful hosts, fantastoc evening. Thank you.”

“Thank you for a lovely evening – excellent food & excellent company.”

“Thank you – a fantastic experience, great dishes – so may courses. Memorable!”

“Wow! Wow! Wow! A big thankyou. We will be back very soon.”

“Fabulous as always! Good food, good company, who could ask for more?”

If you would like to book for my Secret Squisito Supper club dinners now booking for November and December please email me at sara@squisito-deli.co.uk or go to our shop to buy tickets

Tickets going fast for our Jekyll and Hyde pop up supper club


And this is why…

“Had a lovely evening with beautiful food. Would definitely come again” Michelle 17.8.13

“Our first experience of a supper club, a lovely relaxed atmosphere with amazing food. Thought I didn’t like salami until I tried Alex’s and Sara’s pudding was lovely. A special birthday treat” Andrea 17.8.13

“What can we say…Absolutely lovely evening, lovely company, excellent food, we’ll certainly come again” David 17.8.13

“Oh please don’t get any bigger!!! Lovely night – it is what people want!!! I have been to lots of restaurants but you have to try this, go for it!” 17.8.13

“Fabulous food and company. Great night” 17.8.13

“Great evening experiencing not only fantastic food, but also having an expert on hand to explain more. Atmosphere was friendly and welcoming – couldn’t have asked for more” 17.8.13

And if you are interested in coming along at our next Supper Club on Tuesday 10th September at the Jekyll and Hyde Pub, 28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, B4 6BJ, this is the menu

6 seasonal courses homemade with artisan Italian and Warwickshire
ingredients. The Jekyll & Hyde has over 125 different gins and wine galore which Alex will review shortly! Wine available for purchase from the bar.

Benvenuto!
Puglian olives & artisan bread

Antipasti
Mixed seasonal antipasti

Primi
Sara’s truffle butter & chive pappardelle

Secondi
Chicken porchetta style with rosemary roast potatoes and veg from the Tina’s garden

or

Sara’s spinach & homemade ricotta crespelle with besciamella sauce

Formaggi mista
mixed Italian cheese selection from Alex’s dairy box including Pecorino Perlanera from Sardinia, Casafeico Busti Pecorino al Tartufo from Tuscany, Gorgonzola dolci, Taleggio DOP from the Brenner Pass, Grana Padano DOP from Latteria Mantova and any surprises from Nico Pivard of Curds & Whey at farmers market.

Dolci
Sara’s artisan gin & tonic sorbeto

Admission by advance ticket here

24 Carrots at JQ is back…


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Tickets going fast for our pop up at The Jekyll and Hyde pub in Central Brum

Originally posted on Secret Squisito:

Summer Barbecue at St Paul’s Square in Jewellery Quarter

Yes, the Jewellery Quarter Farmers Market is back! To celebrate there will be a community barbecue and market from 4 – 9pm in St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter this Thursday.

Squisito will be going all out with an Italian grigliata mista (mixed grill) so we’ll have Alex’s Italian sausages, Sara’s Kings Ribs, Sara’s Steak Burgers and Fosse Meadows Chicken voted Britain’s Best Gourmet Chicken by ‘The Independent’. Needless to say we’ll have interesting contorni and Sicilian tomatoes so you and your friends can relax on the grass and enjoy ‘il picnic Inghilese’ in the park in true Squisito style.

Tickets for Secret Squisito at The Jekyll & Hyde gin palace in Steelhouse Lane on Tuesday 10th September from 7pm are now available.

If you’re wondering what a Secret Squisito is like read this review from a supper clubber last…

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24 Carrots at JQ is back…


Summer Barbecue at St Paul’s Square in Jewellery Quarter

Yes, the Jewellery Quarter Farmers Market is back! To celebrate there will be a community barbecue and market from 4 – 9pm in St Paul’s Square in the Jewellery Quarter this Thursday.

Squisito will be going all out with an Italian grigliata mista (mixed grill) so we’ll have Alex’s Italian sausages, Sara’s Kings Ribs, Sara’s Steak Burgers and Fosse Meadows Chicken voted Britain’s Best Gourmet Chicken by ‘The Independent’. Needless to say we’ll have interesting contorni and Sicilian tomatoes so you and your friends can relax on the grass and enjoy ‘il picnic Inghilese’ in the park in true Squisito style.

Tickets for Secret Squisito at The Jekyll & Hyde gin palace in Steelhouse Lane on Tuesday 10th September from 7pm are now available.

If you’re wondering what a Secret Squisito is like read this review from a supper clubber last Saturday;
“Just a quick email to thank you and Alex for a really enjoyable evening last night.
We were all so stuffed by the time we got in the car we couldn’t have contemplated eating another crumb but nevertheless spent the journey home talking through every course (all good!) and our individual favourite bits. I didn’t think I’d manage another mouthful after the cheeses but the mango & strawberry lasagne dessert with the mascarpone gelato was just irresistible.

As a family, we always book a meal together to celebrate our birthdays and this one will be hard to beat. It was a lovely relaxed evening with great food and company. Being guided on the wine choices was also really helpful.

We found you by chance after booking tickets for the Good Food Show and are so pleased we did!

Today we’ve been singing your praises to our neighbours who were very intrigued and definitely want to join us next time we visit -hopefully sooner rather than later.”

To read this week’s recipe from Secret Squisito click here. To book tickets call Sara on 07824314235 or go to http://www.bigbarn.co.uk/vendors/squisito

Secret Squisito Supper Club at Jekyll and Hyde


Secret Squisito Supper Club at ‘The Jekyll & Hyde’ Victorian gin parlour 28 Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6BJ. Click here to book online

Tuesday 10th September 2013 from 7pm

6 seasonal courses homemade with artisan Italian and Warwickshire ingredients. The Jekyll & Hyde has over 125 different gins and wine galore which Alex will review shortly! Wine available for purchase from the bar.

Benvenuto!
Puglian olives & artisan bread

Antipasti
Mixed seasonal anti pasti

Primi
Sara’s truffle butter & chive pappardelle

Secondi
Chicken porchetta style with rosemary roast potatoes and veg from the Tina’s garden

or

Sara’s spinach & homemade ricotta crespelle with besciamella sauce

Formaggi mista
mixed Italian cheese selection from Alex’s dairy box including Pecorino Perlanera from Sardinia, Casafeico Busti Pecorino al Tartufo from Tuscany, Gorgonzola dolci, Taleggio DOP from the Brenner Pass, Grana Padano DOP from Latteria Mantova and any surprises from Nico Pivard of Curds & Whey at farmers market that day.

Dolci
Sara’s artisan gin & tonic sorbeto

Caffé
Alex’s 100% Columbian Arabica from our 1952 design Elektra espresso machine

Say no to substandard restaurant food at sky high prices and say hello to homemade local food!

See you there!

Please call Sara to discuss any dietary requirements on 07824 314235.

Sara xx

Squisito Deli – Butcher’s Shop of The Year Awards 2013 ‘New Butchery Business of the Year’ nominated, 2013 Observer Food Monthly Awards Best Food ‘Best Producer’ & ‘Best cheap eats (under £15 per head)’ nominated. Vote here!, BBC Food and Farming Awards 2013 ‘Best Street Food’ Award Winner, BBC Food and Farming Awards 2012 Shortlisted ‘Best Food Producer’, Slow Food UK ‘Good, Clean & Fair Producer’ Bursary Award Winners 2008 & 2010

You are invited to the first Secret Squisito Sunday Lunch


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Menu
Antipasti Mista, pea puree and pancetta sourdough crostini, artisan salami, prosciutto di cotto, tomato and basil on Carta di Musica crostini

Primi of orrechiette with broad bean and ricotta

Secondi of bistecca tagliata with rocket, Grana Padano and rosemary roast potatoes

Formaggi

Dolci of caffe affogato with vanilla and coffee gelato

Some recent reviews make a very tempting offer

‘Fantastic food and hospitality, delightful and delicious culinary evening’
‘Have had a lovely evening and will recommend to friends. Fantastic food and good company’
‘Yum, yum, yum, yum – loved the lamb’
‘Everything I expected and more! Delicious and bold, seasonal and traditional – all at the same time. Have eaten a lot, but don’t feel it!’
‘Fantastic food, hospitality and insight into how food should taste and be served, Thank You’

So please come and join us at the first Secret Squisito Sunday Lunch on Sunday 19th May at Squisito HQ from 1PM. Tickets are £32.50 and available here. Advance bookings only so book now to avoid disappointment. For more info give me a call on 07824 314235 or email me sara@squisito-deli.co.uk.

Buon Appetito!

BBC Good Food Show Best Street Food 2013 finalist
BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards, Best Producer 2013 shortlisted
Slow Food UK Bursary Winner 2008,2010

Few tickets left for April 13th Supper Club at Squisito HQ


Secret Squisito Supper Club Saturday 13th April 2013 from 7pm at Squisito HQ in the heart of the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Come and join us for an evening filled with fun and food. See what our latest guests had to say

“As usual the food and company was wonderful. Truly the best food we have tasted.”

“Bless you for our food experience, just wonderful, thank you.”

“Excellent food in a lovely relaxed setting. Great hosts too!”

“Our second visit to the secret supper club, yum, yum, yum!”

“Good food, good company. What more can you ask for? An evening I’ll remember for a long time”

“Excellent food in a lovely relaxed setting! Great job. Thank you.”

“Great Evening!” “Good food, good company. What more can you ask for? An evening I will remember for a long time.”

“Lovely food and company. Thank you for a great evening :-)”

“Yummy Yummy Yummy! In my tummy! What fabulous food and company. As Arnie famously said, ‘I’ll be back!’ “

“The first rule of Supper Club . . . great food – hopefully we’ll be back”

“Delicious food, good company. I shall be back.”

“If only more ‘restaurants’ were like this, a learning, fun experience. I will try using the recipes and ideas.”  

“Thanks for sharing your knowledge of all things Italian. Many thanks.”

“What a great night – very different night out. Beautiful food, great company.”

“Delightful, delicious and most definitely ‘SQUISITO’! We had a wonderful evening – so thank you.”

“Gorgeous food, lovely company. Thank you for having us ” “Wonderful variety of tastes, ingredients and interesting flavours. Thank you.”

6 seasonal courses homemade with artisan Italian and Warwickshire ingredients. Bring your own wine to compliment this special event.

Only 4 tickets left so book now to be part of the fun

MENU

Benvenuto Puglian Nocellara green olives, crostini misti and fennel taralli, Artisan bread and Calabrian extra virgin olive oil  

Antipasti Antipasti misti – prosciutto and salami  

Primi Brockhurst Lane Nettle Risotto

Secondi Locally reared native breed Manx Loaghton Lamb from Grandborough Fields  (up the road) cooked three ways with Tina’s Monks Kirby Spring vegetables  

Dolci Pineapple Carpaccio with Coconut Gelato

Formaggi misti with local single flower honey & sourdough toasts

Caffe & Sara’s Almond Cantuccini