Cooking with Monika Linton – Brindsa: The True Food of Spain will be bringing all the elements of Brindisa hospitality to our family table at Book and Kitchen for oe our last events before leaving our Notting Hill location. The event is in part to celebrate the publication of the new cookbook and guests to our event will enjoy not only the food but the stories behind the seasonal food of Spain at this time of year. The cost of the ticket will include delicious food from Alicante, a copy of the cookbook and a welcome drink.
The company ‘Brindisa’ comes from the word ‘brindis’, to raise one’s glass in a toast, and the work they have done over the past 29 years has been to toast and celebrate the varied cultures, landscapes and, above all the exceptional foods of Spain.
In essence, the business is a tribute to the people who create the remarkable cheeses, hams, meats, fish, and a huge selection of other ingredients that are now enjoyed in the UK.
It is hard to imagine now but, back in 1988 when the business was founded by Monika Linton, knowledge of Spanish gastronomy was almost non-existent in the UK. Starting with a conviction that the foods she loved in Spain deserved to find a wider audience, Monika launched her company on a shoestring.
Monika didn’t just want to sell Spanish products; she wanted to export the Spanish way of eating to the UK. So, in 2004 she moved from warehouse to table with the opening of their first restaurant, ‘Tapas Brindisa‘, in Borough Market. Since then the company has opened five tapas bars and restaurants across the capital; becoming the home of authentic Spanish food in London.
Brindisa pride themselves on the fact that even though it may be a big red bus that passes their windows, they offer guests a genuine experience of the fantastic food and hospitality of Spain.
- Empanadillas de Espinacas – mini spinach pasties
- Caldoso de Alcachofas – soupy rice with artichokes, cuttlefish and prawns
- Torta de Almendra – airy almond cake