Welcome to the latest instalment of News Bites, where we’re enjoying a taste of the Italian life this week!
World’s largest Italian food market to launch in London
Eataly, a 42,000 sq. ft space near London’s Liverpool St is set to house cocktail bars, a cafe, pasta restaurants, a pizzeria, an ice cream parlour, grocers, bakeries, and a wine shop from the 29th April, with hopes to inspire British shoppers by offering the best of Italian and local produce. Pasta, bread, and Italian cheeses will be made on site every day, and as restrictions ease out of lockdown, a cookery school will bring culinary courses and demonstrations.
Tom Kerridge & Marcus Rashford call ‘Full Time’ on food poverty
Get Cooking with Marcus & Tom is a new initiative aiming to better equip families with the skills to get the most out of the Governments Healthy Start vouchers which currently equate to £4.25 per child per week. The chef has created 52 recipes which will be available in various forms including recipe cards which can be picked up from select Supermarkets. Each recipe card features a QR code linking through to tutorial videos from Tom and Marcus plus some celebrity guests. What a great idea, well done lads!
Scottish pubs given green light
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that all pubs in Scotland can reopen from next Monday, however the rules have been met with some frustration by the industry. The restrictions will allow alcohol to be served outdoors to a maximum of six people, however only soft drinks and food can be served indoors until 8pm. From May 17th, operators will be able to serve alcohol indoors when the restrictions are relaxed further.
Food delivery market hits £11bn
The rise in food delivery since the pandemic has seen the market double in value since 2015, and is now estimated at a whopping £11.4bn. During 2020, delivery accounted for £2 in every £10 spent on food service, and is expected to drive habitual delivery behaviour beyond the pandemic. Not wanting to cook was the key motivating factor according to the new research. We can certainly relate to that!