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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!

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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

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

Sardinian Supper Club – Sat 9th June 2012 SOLD OUT


Born out of out of village ‘socials’ of the past, the ‘paladares’ of Cuba and New York Supper Clubs, my Secret Squisito supper club provides an antidote to lacklustre restaurant food. You won’t find Secret Squisito in any restaurant guide since it is my contribution to the ‘underground’ or ‘guerilla’ food movement. Secret Squisito is an anti-restaurant!

Secret Squisito is not just about food, it is about ‘good’ food and ‘conviviality’ – meeting new people and sharing our experiences at the table – something you can only get at home. Unlike normal restaurants diners sit down with us and other ‘foodies’ to experience my home cooking and local ingredients prepared by me fresh on the day.

At Secret Squisito there is no ‘sous vide’ but my Rayburn and pizza oven, there’s ‘no food service’ suppliers or artificial anything (because I am a bona fide farmers market producer as www.squisito-deli.co.uk) and my ingredients are grown here in Monks Kirby or bartered at Farmers Market that morning. In short, I make ‘real’ food with a modern Italian twist. Like any Italian dinner party my food is all homemade and you dine in my home.

There is a wine list – my husband Alex reviews locally avialable Italian supermarket or independent wines every month and gives his wine pairings – for you to bring your own wine so there is no disappointment from not-even-good £2.99 wine marked up to £29.99! Secret Squisito is an “anti-restaurant” in every sense.

Like any memorable experience, Secret Squisito is about the occasion and the ingredients – you are part of it and bring your contribution to the table.

‘Thanks for a brilliant meal at your Supper Club”, Ms Marmite, May 2011

Read Miss Marmite’s Review of Secret Squisito!

Tickets are just £27.50 per guest ‘excluding service’ which go towards laundry and washing up! Buy a ticket and book a date at Secret Squisito Bookings

You can also reserve fresh bread, Italian sausages, homemade ham, crespelle, Lamborghini’s and what we have at market that day. Just ask to go on my weekly customer email to find out what is new every week and get a free recipe or news about what’s on in the Midlands. Email sara@squisito-deli.co.uk for more info or discuss dietary requirements.

9th June Sardinian Menu

Coperto

Sardinian Pane Patate with extra virgin olive oil and olives

Anti Pasti
Carta di Musica with vine tomatoes, basil, smoked sea salt and peach and prosciutto

Primi
Bucatini with tomato and lobster

Secondi
Wood fired beef striploin with rocket and rosemary roast potatoes

Formaggi
Sardinian pecorino with honey and pink peppercorns

Dolci
Café con affogato – homemade vanilla gelato with a shot of hot espresso

Wine Recommendations (tbc)

red – Tesco Simply Chianti – read https://twitter.com/#!/squisitodeli/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FQBAiRxsW

red – Waitrose Torre de Falco Nero di Troia 2007 Puglia down from £7.99 to £4.99

red – ASDA Extra Special Nero d’Avola 2010 down from £6.98 to £5.00

red – Bablake Wines Torre Sarena Primitivo Puglia £5.70

red – Sella & Mosca Canonau  Sardinia http://www.twrightwine.co.uk/ £11.99

red – Waitrose Reserve de la Perriere 2010 Corbieres, France £4.99

white – ASDA Extra Speial Gavi down from £7.98 to £5.98

white – ALDI 2006 Vino Italiano Pinot Grigio Ramato £3.99

rosé – Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio Ramato Rosé £3. 99 ALDI

sparkling – Martini Prosecco £5. 99 ASDA

dessert – Martini Asti Spumante £5. 99 ASDA

Tickets are only £27.50 per person. Advance booking only. Bring your own wine. We will match wine to courses for added enjoyment. Food allergies catered for. Please call Sara on 07824 314235 or email sara@squisito-deli.co.uk

Wonderful food, friends and wine at September’s Secret Squisito on Saturday


with only a few hitches – pheasants not quite ready and tina’s carrots nibbled by rabbits – the evening went off really well and the star of the show was the risotto on the primi course – aged carnaroli rice with prosecco stock, enriched with grana padano cheese and butter and then roasted peach puree drizzled on top with a sprinkling of pancetta lardons – gorgeous! sally’s melons were also a hit – very ripe and juicy and the perfect partner to our parma ham. we sang happy birthday to nick – 21 again and salem the cat endeared himself to everyone! the last guest departed at 3.30AM and the night was over until the next time on Saturday 9th October. Thanks to Ella and Issy for helping wash up too.

April Secret Squisito is now fully booked


forage for wild garlic this monthhello! really excited as the April Secret Squisito dinner on the 24th April is now fully booked! Sorry to disappoint you . I am taking bookings for 22nd May and 26th June. Hoping to do a Summer Party 30-40 people so please let me know if you are interested in coming along.