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Artist Corner

August 15, 2011

We’d like to introduce Laura Wade, a dear friend of ours and a very accomplished young painter. We’ve commissioned Laura to paint us a series of works for Centotre – watch this space!

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Wynad Pepper

August 12, 2011

Very dear friends of ours, Colin and Kolquin live in India. Colin is in his 70’s and Kolquin in his 80’s. About 15 years ago they retired and chose the region of Kerala as their home. They bought a few acres of land and adopted the locals as their own. Para, Johnson and many others. They decided to start growing pepper as Kerala is the most famous growing area in the world for this incredible spice.

Victor and I were able to visit them in 2001. We found a community of three generations living in the most stunning countryside you could ever imagine. Grandparents, parents and children are working in this plantation. Thanks to the success of the pepper and all the support from Colin and Kolquin these families have running water, all the modern conveniences we enjoy, their children go to school and are clothed and fed. All of these basic needs that we take for granted didn’t exist for these families before the plantation was established.

We have bought the pepper for many years but we’re really sorry to say we hadn’t ordered any for over two years. We now have this back in stock. White for The Scottish Cafe an black for Centotre.

What makes this pepper so special is that it’s hand picked and it’s organic. Unlike commercial pepper that you buy each string of berries is picked from the pepper vines only when they are ripe. This makes the picking three to four times more labour intensive that commercial peppers. Once picked they are left in the sun to dry for a few days then they are pasteurised to prevent salmonella. Cases of salmonella is very high in pepper due to the elephant and cow dung that is used as fertiliser.

White pepper is black pepper with the skin removed which is also done by hand by Wynad. We buy direct therefore ensuing that all the money goes back to the plantation to support the families. While fair trade ensures a fair price, the growers don’t get the best price and sometimes there can be three or four tiers of middle men inflating the price to the end users but not ensuring the best price for the growers.

Wynad is a huge story. But the region has had great losses over recent years. There has been a lot of blight and many of the crops have failed. Leading to one of the highest suicide rates of any farming community in the world. Grandfathers and fathers have been lost due to
the devastating loss of income these communities has suffered. One less mouth to feed has been the sacrifice these men have made for
their families futures.

So when you’re putting that little bit of ‘gioventù’ as we say in Italy, youth, on your food, it’s really a much much bigger and very special story…

Visit Wynad’s website to find out more : www.paraspepper.com

Armed Forces Day

June 21, 2011
This weekend 24th-26th June, Edinburgh hosts the UK’s National Armed Forces celebrations.

To show our support for our brave men and women we’d like to offer 50% off for members of the Armed Forces, ex-service men/women and their families when dining at Centotre this weekend. Come in in your uniform or bring your ID on Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th and enjoy a family meal with us!

Reservations subject to availability. Tables of four maximum. To book you table, please call 0131 225 1550 or email reservations@centotre.com

Armed Forces Day marks an opportunity to do two things. Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Secondly, it gives the nation an opportunity to Show Your Support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

On Armed Forces Day itself – Saturday the 25th June – a parade of up to 1500 serving personnel, veterans and cadets will march down the Royal Mile from the Castle Esplanade to Holyrood Park. The parade will end with a short ceremony of thanks “a Drumhead Ceremony” and this will be followed by a packed afternoon of events and entertainment for all the family, including flypasts by military aircraft, Highland dancing, music and a Veterans’ Village.

For more information on the weekends events visit http://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/National.aspx
Look forward to seeing you there!

Loch Arthur Ricotta – Wow!

May 21, 2011

An authentic taste of Italy straight from the heart of Scotland!

A traditional Italian soft white cheese made from the heated whey after cheese-making. We source this delicious Ricotta direct from The Loch Arthur Community and serve it on our May menu with Italian courgettes stuffed in our homemade ravioli, with fresh cream, courgettes, chilli and Parmigiano Reggiano.

Loch Arthur cheeses are completely organic, and made with care by community member’s on site themselves. We’re delighted to be able to use this very special ingredient on our menu and proud to support local communities in doing so!

Loch Arthur is a rural Camphill community at Beeswing, Dumfriesshire, in south west Scotland, which includes men and women with learning disabilities. A total of about 70 people live there including 28 in supported tenancies. The community’s 650 acres are farmed according to biodynamic principles and the dairy herd provides 60 per cent of the milk used by the creamery. The remainder is bought from local organic farms. Cheese-making takes place on three days each week and the community members on the team have all been involved for some time.

FISH FIGHT!

January 15, 2011

Our flavours are Italian, but our fish comes from Scotland. We’re proud to support Scottish fisheries and proud to be supporting Hugh! Around half of the fish caught by fishermen in the North Sea are unnecessarily thrown back into the ocean dead!!! The current quota system does not match our fish eating habits or the mixed fishery methods. It all needs to change to eliminate unnecessary waste and ensure our fish stocks stay healthy.

Please join us in supporting Hugh, we’ll do everything we can to help this cause! Visit www.fighfight.net for more information and to show your support.

Slippers for The Scottish Ballet

November 5, 2010

Our friends at The Scottish Ballet is taking part in the Big Arts Give this December, raising money for dancers’ shoes through the Cinderella Shoe Appeal, and you can help by taking part in Slippers for Slippers week!

From 10am on December 6 until the 11 December, any donation you make to the Cinderella shoe appeal will be doubled if you donate through www.thebiggive.org.uk. In the week before, 29 November – 5th December, we are encouraging businesses, community groups and schools to wear their slippers to work or classes and pay a small donation to do so. Scottish Ballet staff will be taking part on Tuesday 30th November – check our website for photos!

Thanks for your support!

Aperitivo Hour!

May 19, 2010

Complementary nibbles when you brighten up your week with some Centotre cocktails.

(Monday-Friday, 3pm-6pm)

Who’s that Customer? Jon Mountjoy.

September 28, 2009

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Jon Mountjoy has been a friend of Centotre since 2007.

He’s lived in South Africa, the Netherlands, and now resides permanently in Edinburgh.  

Jon is a true global citizen who tends to work Californian hours, as his work life is centred around a thriving San Francisco-based company.  He often travels the world, but is kind enough to send us postcards.

He also loves his food and coffee and makes no secret of his love for our double macchiato and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs breakfasts. (The consummate multi-tasker he can often be seen in a booth with a fork in one hand, while running his business via an ever-open Apple MacBook Pro, on our super-fast broadband wi-fi.

When work is done and on the odd weekend off, Jon has been know to diligently explore Victor’s wine list, and such is his enthusiasm that he has on occasion been treated to a private tasting of some of Victor’s super-special wines.

A stalwart of Edinburgh Coffee Morning, (#EdCM) the weekly gathering of the great, the good and not so good of Web 2.0 in the city, Jon is always in demand from attendees for his insights, discoveries and enthusiasms for all things social media.

A power-user of Twitter, Quicksilver and all things OS X, Jon is also a keen photographer and student of the finer things in life, which is (we hope) why he’s such a fan of Centotre.

And, we hasten to add, why we’re such fans of him.

Teenage Cancer Trust Auction update:

September 20, 2009

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As we said in an earlier post, Centotre was delighted to help Teenage Cancer Trust Ambassador Lynne McNicoll host a fund-raiser at 103 last week.

And we’re absolutely delighted to report that the Lynne’s Challenge Auction raised an amazing £5,500 in just one morning!

Thanks to the many friends of Centotre we’re out in force, with their cheque-books in tow, to generously support this vitally important charity.

Master-of-ceremonies and head auctioneer, Victor was, as you can imagine, in his element, surrounded by beautiful ladies, (and a few beautiful men), a dazzling array of donated gifts and artworks plus more than a few cup cakes.

You can see the full album of photographs for a most memorable and worthwhile mornings work here on Lynne’s Picassa page:

And more importantly you can read more about Lynne’s work and find out how you can help, here on her charity website.

Famous Faces: Ian Rankin

August 7, 2009
image courtesy of DigitalAgenc

Image courtesy of DigitalAgency

Every once and a while a face you might recognise more than most comes in to enjoy a coffee or dinner at Centotre.

Edinburgh native, Ian Rankin (pictured above) has recently been in and signed several copies of his new book, Doors Open, in which Centotre has a mention (Chapter 3 Page 21)!

You can pick up your very own signed copy at Centotre and look out for Ian at this years Edinburgh International Book Festival!