The Green Heart of Italy Comes to Glasgow for the First Time at Cookie

Glaswegians will be able to taste a sample of authentic Umbrian cuisine for the first time when an Italian agriturismo farm decamps to Cookie, the inspirational eatery incorporating a restaurant, café, deli and shop in Glasgow’s southside over the weekend of the 26th February.

The event has led to a flutter of passport applications in the sleepy Umbrian town from where Claudio Piccirilli’s farm, Piana delle Selve, is located as the excursion will mark the first time that many of his chefs, assistants and farm hands have travelled outwith Italy.

Piana delle Selve’s kitchen staff – comprising farmhand Gian Luca, head chef Loretta and her assistants Paula and Maura – will run Cookie, introducing traditional Umbrian dishes to Glasgow for the very first time.

Cookie’s co-owner, Domenico del Priore, said, “We thought it would be a great idea to bring a taste of Umbria to Glasgow’s southside. Like other Italian agriturismo operations, the vast majority of Piana delle Selve’s operation is self-production. Unlike conventional UK farms, the Italian model effectively cuts out the middle man and places an emphasis on the retention of local tradition. As such, it chimes perfectly with our stated objective to break down the artificial barriers between food production, distribution, preparation and consumption.

“Piana delle Selve’s kitchen staff only know how to prepare food from scratch. It is really important to them that their livestock is killed and prepared by them for your table – and it is safe to say that they have never been to Tesco!

“Claudio and his staff are bringing all the ingredients they need to replicate their Umbrian kitchen and stock the shelves of Cookie, from ducks, guinea hens, chicory, lentils from Montecchio, pulses, flours, eggs, jams, bottled tomatoes, capers, wine and olive oil. Demonstration cooking lessons will be held on Friday and Saturday with pasta making, meat preparation on and sauces and cakes.

“On Saturday and Sunday they will serve traditional meals in the same way they do back home. We hope this event will create a gateway between our Umbrian home and Glasgow promoting similar exchanges in the future in both directions, with grape and olive harvesting events, mushroom hunting and foraging, children’s educational exchanges and cultural tourism as part of the agenda.”

Gastronomical specialities, all based on Piana delle Selve’s own products and cooked according to longstanding Umbrian tradition, will range from a variety of typical salami, toasted bread and omelettes with aromatic herbs, to handmade egg pasta such as tagliolini and tagliatelle with goose and wild boar sauce, and a variety of lasagne and cannelloni filled with fresh vegetables.

The Umbrian farmhouse event is the latest element of Cookie’s ongoing programme to break down the barriers between food production, distribution, preparation and consumption from its base at 72 Nithsdale Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

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For further information please contact Domenico del Priore on tel 07515 530543

Issued on behalf of Cookie by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018

Date 15th February 2010



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