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Centotre – that’s 103 in Italian…

October 4, 2011


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

Slow Food Week

June 20, 2011

Good Farming = Good Food = Good Eating!

The first ever National Slow Food Week starts today and we’re delighted to be taking part!

With the Royal Highland Show taking place at Ingliston between June 23 and June 26, Slow Food Edinburgh is encouraging restaurants that value their connections to Scottish farmers to celebrate those links while the show is on with special dinners, menus or tastings. Scotland’s largest agricultural event should be a great excuse to remind diners and visitors that shorter links from farm to plate helps inspire better farming and better food, more interesting menus and more memorable meals. Enjoy food that’s well connected.

 

At Centotre we’ve designed a special menu to celebrate and showcase some of our favourite Scottish produce. It’s available all week starting today

Slow Food = the resistance movement against fast food.  Let’s have food (and farming) that’s good, clean and fair.
Slow Food Edinburgh’s initiative to establish closer links between Scotland’s premier agricultural festival and local restaurants serving local food is part of Slow Food Week 2011 www.slowfoodedinburgh.co.uk

HitListed!

May 9, 2011

We were absolutely thrilled with the recent List Eating & Drinking Awards held on the 26th April!

Centotre was HitListed as a highly-recommended Edinburgh breakfast destination – open from 7.30 daily (10am on Sundays), Live music venue – with our Jazzmain Trio joining us again this summer for sophisticated Sunday sessions! And, for our dedication to local produce, direct trade and seasonal Scottish ingredients! Well done to all the team and thanks again to all our customers, friends, suppliers and extended Love Happy Food family for your continued support!

Read full review below…

We are also excited to celebrate our sister venue, The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant’s, HitListing as a highly-recommended Arts Venue eatery! Well done to the TSC team and a big thanks to all our wonderful customers, friends and suppliers for your support – we certainly couldn’t do it without you!

The Scottish Cafe was also highly-recommended for their top notch Breakfasts – open from 8am daily (10am on Sundays), their delicious coffee – served all day (with homemade cake if you fancy it) and the same dedicated philosophy of direct trade – sourcing fresh seasonal Scottish ingredients as locally as possible from a long list of artisan producers from all over Scotland.

CENTOTRE
103 George Street, New Town, EH2 3ES | 0131 225 1550 | www.centotre.com
Open : Monday to Thursday – 7.30am until 10pm. Friday and Saturday – 7.30am until 11pm. Sundays – 10am until 8pm (extended in the Festival). Bar open : Monday to Saturday – 7.30am until midnight. Sundays – 10am until 10pm.

Like sister establishment The Scottish Cafe and Restaurant, Centotre promises to serve ‘happy food’, their term for food made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. True to their word, Victor and Carina Contini work with a large band of Scottish businesses and an impressive list of suppliers can be found on their website.

The interior of their George Street restaurant is also striking, a former bank with high, ornate ceilings, tall pillars and pristine white tables. Perhaps to cater for surrounding businesses Centotre opens nice and early at 7.30am for breakfast servings of pastries , rolls and even waffle dishes. The evening a la carte menu features pastas, pizza, salads and main courses. A starter of silky gnocchi is surrounded by cream, sprigs of dill and smoked salmon. A main course of venison arrives with a tangy horseradish dressing and grilled vegetables. Desserts at Centotre are worth saving room for, particularly a delightfully crunchy meringue filled with berries and cream.

+ Admirable commitment to local businesses
– Generous cream in pasta dishes might not appeal

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.

Festive Opening Hours

December 21, 2010

The New Year is almost here and Christmas is even closer! It’s time to be merry, relax and enjoy the festive season!
We’ll be taking a wee break over Christmas weekend, but we’ll back again as normal from the 27th of December!

Don’t forget out Hogmanay Celebrations either – Live Jazz, delicious food and good friends! Book your ticket with our reservations team, call 0131 225 1550 or email reservations@centotre.com

Wishing you peace, happiness and health in 2011.
Love from the team at Centotre xx

Congratulations Victor & Carina!

October 18, 2010

Victor and Carina have been nominated for a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Food Award. You can vote online HERE and be in the draw to win some fantastic prizes!

 

The top prize is a pioneering visit for two to The Glenfiddich Distillery featuring:

  • A luxury stay at the beautiful Meldrum House country hotel and golf club in scenic Oldmeldrum enjoying fabulous cuisine and relaxing in the hotel’s stunning contemporary rooms.
  • A personalised VIP tour of Glenfiddich – Including a fabulous nosing and tasting masterclass with the chance to sample the Glenfiddich range of single malts including Glenfiddich 12, 15, 18 and 21 year old
  • An outdoor experience of your choice to try from a range of activities.

PLUS
20 runners-up can raise a glass to mark this year’s Awards with a bottle of award-winning Glenfiddich Special Reserve 12 Year Old, the world’s favourite single malt.

CHECK US OOT!

August 3, 2010

In our fantastic Festival Bella Bonnets!

Handmade by ANTA and available for £10 from The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant during the Fringe.

Have you got yours!

Jazz at Centotre!

August 3, 2010

It’s just three more sleeps until the FRINGE!!

And we can’t wait for Jazz at Centotre!

We are delighted to welcome back the Jazzmain Trio, who will be joining us every Sunday throughout the Festival.

Join us for a meal in one of Edinburgh’s most beautiful rooms and enjoy the smooth sophisticated sounds of Jazz.

Free entry with advance dinner reservations, sittings at 6pm and 9pm.

www.centotre.com | 0131 225 1550 | info@centotre.com

Or if you fancy something a little Scottish…

Join us at The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant for Live Scottish Music & Great Food every evening throughout the Festival. Free entry with advance dinner reservations. Performances at 6pm and 8.30pm.