Fifteen, the restaurant and charity founded by Jamie Oliver, takes great inspiration from SanPatrignano, a social entrepreneurial organisation dedicated to helping young people with drug, alcohol and other problems in Italy. Based in Emilia Romana, near the city of Rimini, SanPatrignano offers community members the chance re-start their lives, learn a trade and get support.
Fifteen’s Marketing Manager, Angela Morris, says “we’re very proud of our long-standing friendship with SanPatrignano. As a like-minded organisation, there is much to learn from the success of SanPatrignano in regards to their successful community-led programme. Their skills in artisan produce is of the highest quality and Fifteen is pleased to be showcasing SanPatrignano’s range of cheese, cured meats and wines throughout our menus”.
From July 2010 The Deli Station has been awarded exclusive rights to distribution SanPatrignano food products and an elite range of cheeses to restaurants, hotels, food halls, deli’s and independent retailers in the UK and Eire. These products have been developed under the guidance of Vittorio Beltrami, a Slow Food producer and eccentric cheese master from Marche, Italy.
Under the guidance of Vittorio Beltrami, a Slow Food producer and eccentric cheese master from Marche (whose cheeses are also imported by The Deli Station Ltd), San Patrignano has developed a fabulous range of cheeses. Further to an introduction by Vittorio to Ben and Jo at The Deli Station Ltd, San Patrignano have now awarded The Deli Station the rights to exclusive distribution of their food products to restaurants, hotels, food halls, delis and independent retailers in the UK and Eire. Vittorio Beltrami said, “We have been working with Ben and Joanna to export our own cheeses to the UK for over a year. They are a fantastic company to work with and my daughter and I have become good friends with Ben and Joanna, who share the same values as we do. Through my work with SanPatrignano, I felt that the community could also benefit from working with The Deli Station, as their passion for food, desire to be involved with their suppliers businesses and their ethical, ‘can do’ approach, fit well with the team at SanPatrignano.“
Joanna Anastasiou-Milne, owner of The Deli Station, said, “We are delighted to be bringing these authentic, home grown products to the UK market. What SanPatrignano has achieved in Italy is truly inspirational and these products have been till now, hidden gems. In every product you can taste and smell the provenance – my personal favourites are the Bastardo (a hard, mature goats and cows milk cheese) and the Caciotta (a beautifully creamy cows milk cheese). These products are a must for every leading kitchen, hotel, and retail environment looking for authentic inspired products with flavours that not just tickle but alight taste buds.”
A first Deli Station customer to take up the opportunity to stock the fabulous cheeses is Harvey Nichols. The fantastic 5th floor Food Hall of the flagship London store will have the cheeses in pride of place across the cheese counter this summer. Further SanPatrignano products to be stocked – courtesy of The Deli Station – include delicious salami, pasta, wine and confectionery. Simon Askew, Harvey Nichols Fresh Food Buyer commented that, “Working with Deli Station has given our Knightsbridge Foodmarket Cheese department a real point of difference that sets us apart from other retail cheese counters in the capital. Not only are we able to sell exclusive cheeses through them that cannot be bought anywhere else in London, but we also are continuing to work with suppliers who share my commitment to buying great tasting cheese combined with ethical sourcing. I am delighted to be working with Deli Station in bringing the cheeses of SanPatrignano to the retail environment here in the UK.”
Harvey Nichols food hall is the first to stock these products for purchase, and the first to serve them is Fifteen restaurant, with a delightful cheeseboard collaboration! For food-lovers in the capital, the cheeses are also on sale from The Deli Station at the Chelsea Fine Food Market in Duke of York Square every Saturday. Distribution to fine food establishments across the UK and Eire is also available, for more information, contact The Deli Station Ltd.
Vittorio Beltrami, the cheese maestro (centre), with the team at San Patrignano