The Sicilian Supper Club is a new series by Emilia Strazzanti, showcasing fresh and seasonal produce from Sicily. Hot on the tail of Strazzanti’s sellout supper club in the summer at Hackney City Farm, Emilia is working with east London suppliers, to serve the five-course traditional Italian feast, inspired by both British and Sicilian ingredients. Emilia’s supper club will be taking residency at Hackney Coffee Company on 18th and 19th October and 29th and 30th November.
Guests will be welcomed with a selection of aperitivo and stuzzichini such as deep-fried primo sale cheese with honey and Sicilian oregano; capuliato sundried tomatoes with fresh Ricotta and basil served alongside a welcome cocktail by Hackney Coffee Company. Next up is the antipasti course of caponata Siciliana and cherry tomatoes with Strazzanti’s pesto Trapanese served with E5 Hackney Wilde Bread. In true Italian style, Strazzanti has collaborated with Shoreditch based homemade pasta specialist, Burro e Salvia where Emilia was previously the pasta chef. Together they have created a traditional fresh pasta of slow-cooked pork rib sugo served with ricotta and pecorino encased in a fresh marjoram infused cappellacci pasta. The dish is inspired by Emilia’s time working in Modica, south-east Sicily where she met up with Gaia and Luca, the founder and chef of Burro e Salvia when they visited the Michelin-starred restaurant she was working in at the time.
For the sweet courses, first up is La Passeggiata inspired by the leisurely strolls taken after dinner where Italians bump into friends and go in search of an ice cream. Strazzanti has partnered with Hackney Gelato to serve the perfect palate cleanser of true Sicilian flavours, Zabaione Hackney Gelato served with a Strazzanti almond brittle. For Dolci, Emilia will be serving her signature cakes in Sicilian pistachio; Sicilian almond and Sicilian hazelnut.
The supper club is a true collaboration of east London suppliers bringing together a community and supporting local businesses. Strazzanti will be working with E5 Bakehouse, Burro e Salvia, Hackney Gelato, Hackney Coffee Company and McQueen’s florists for her latest supper club. Hackney Coffee Company will be decked out with olive trees and floral foliage by McQueen’s who will also be providing foliage to decorate the tables alongside bespoke illustrated menus by Carlotta Crepax and an abundance of candles.