A taste of the Italian Riviera at the Old Dairy

A touch of the Italian Riviera is coming to the little north Northumberland village of Ford.

Saturday, 27th January 2018, 07:19 am
Giuliano Piscina

Giuliano Piscina is travelling from his restaurant in Sestri Levante to spend a week at The Old Dairy where he will host two cookery classes and two suppers.

The classes take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 30 and 31, with the suppers to follow on Thursday and Friday, February 1 and 2.

“Giuliano is a truly passionate cook,” said Keith and Lynne Allan, who run The Old Dairy.

“We first met him some years ago at the famous Splendido Hotel in Portofino where he was an outstanding restaurant manager.

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“But he always wanted to run his own place and eventually he did just that and over the last few years, he has built up a remarkable reputation for innovative Italian cuisine.”

And it’s not the first time Giuliano has come to Ford, following a weekend at the Old Dairy back in 2015.

The demonstration classes will explore a classic Italian risotto, the secrets of a fine pesto, the perfect Italian tomato sauce and a delicious Italian broth.

As for the suppers, there will be wonderful pastas, of course, and a rabbit or two may pop out of the hat, along with a choice of Italian wines.

Last year, Lynne and Keith Allan took their baking skills to Venice to tap into the demand for British afternoon teas, teaching how to make scones, artisan jams, marmalades and Cornish clotted cream at the iconic Gritti Palace on the Grand Canal.

Lynne is also a past gold award winner at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards.

The cookery classes cost £42 per person and the dinners are £48 per person, to include coffee and petit fours. Contact Keith or Lynne Allan at The Old Dairy on 01890 820325.

For more information about the Old Dairy, which features a coffee shop, champagne bar, AGA kitchen and parlour, as well as dealers selling antiques and interiors, visit theolddairyinford.co.uk