Spanish tapas restaurant SKIPTON, La Casita, used the lockdown earlier this year to create a favorite tapas cookbook. It has since sold 300 copies, raising Â£ 3,000 for charitable food redistributor FareShare.
The little tapas book offers a selection of 40 recipes, combining restaurant classics and new creations, as well as wine, beer and cocktail recommendations.
Chef and co-founder Simon Miller came up with the idea when the lockdown was announced in early March. âWhen we closed our restaurants, I found myself with a lot of free time. I did a few tutorials on YouTube featuring our most popular dishes and they worked so well that I realized there was a demand for our recipes. It made me think there must be something we could do to help a charity in need and FareShare is close to my heart.
The little book of tapas can be purchased at La Casita restaurants or by visiting the website www.littlehouseoftapas.co.uk
FareShare is the UK’s national network of charitable food redistributors, made up of 18 independent organizations. Each week, they take surplus good quality food from across the food industry and distribute it to nearly 11,000 frontline charities and community groups. This redistribution provides enough food to create nearly a million meals for vulnerable people across the UK.
Since the lockdown began, FareShare has tripled the amount of food they distribute to frontline charities.
The cost of producing the cookbook was jointly funded by La Casita and the digital printing company gecko. Gecko’s help ensured that all profits could go to FareShare.
âWe are often asked our recipes for chorizo ââpopcorn, pork belly and beef cheek, it’s exciting to be able to share them with everyone. We are very grateful to gecko for helping us with this project and making a containment dream come true. It’s amazing to think that selling a cookbook has provided 40 meals to those who need them, âsaid Alyson Walsh, Commercial Director at FareShare.
She added: âThe money raised by La Casita will allow us to redistribute 12,000 meals this winter – putting vital food on the plates of those who need it most during this crisis. ”
After a rough patch, La Casita reopened in early July and expanded its offering to include take-out tapas in addition to its on-site menu. Simon, for his part, was happy to be back in the kitchen at La Casita. âWe are happy to be open again and our top priority is ensuring the safety of our customers and staff while serving delicious food.
âWe have reduced the capacity of each restaurant and implemented strict safety rules. Providing take out helps us subsidize the lack of restaurants that we can offer and we remain positive for the future, âhe said.