In the opinion of the Observer's food critic, Jay Rayner "there is no savoury dish that can't be improved by the application of a little pig." We quite agree. But why stop at savoury dishes?
Craft London, Stevie Parle's Greenwich Pensinula restaurant, has a piggy nose-to-tail feast planned where every single course - savoury and sweet - has been planned to feature something porcine. The pig in question is one of Stevie's own Mangalitsa pigs which has spent the past year in Stevie’s own garden in Kent, grazing happily on acorns and apples for just over a year.
Stevie, and Craft London's head chef Ana Garcia Cortes, will kick off the dinner with three snacks - a blood pudding with cured egg yolk & milk crisp and everyone's pub favourite of "pork scratchings" - given the full Craft treatment and served with cod's roe. Next up is bitter-sweet, warm ham with celeriac and mustard, followed by the first of this season's new asparagus, with a back-fat margarine and used Craft London coffee.
The main dish is shoulder of pork - cooked slowly over Craft's wood fire for 5 hours - and served with burnt apples, onion broth and sage.
Desserts include buttermilk ice-cream with a rhubarb biscuit followed by three amazing treats to finish; Sweet ham tart "Faviken", back-fat fudge and birch syrup bacon.
The dinner is priced at £45 per person to include all the food and also a new Craft London cocktail on arrival. Wines will be paired from a list curated by Ruth Spivey and Neil's Yard will supply an additional cheese course (if you have any space).
How to book:
The Mangalitsa Thursday feast is on Thursday 13 April 2017 and costs £45 per person for all food and a welcome cocktail. It starts from 6pm - with tables available until 10pm at Craft London, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0SQ. To book, click here or call 0208 465 5910.
Head, Feet, Chicories & Orange
Blood Pudding, Cured Egg Yolk & Milk
Crisp Scratchings & Cod’s Roe
Bitter-Sweet Warm Ham, Celeriac & Mustard
Early Asparagus, Back-Fat Margarine & Used Coffee
Five-Hour Wood Grilled Shoulder & Loin of Pork with Burnt Apple, Onion Broth & Sage
Buttermilk Ice-Cream, Rhubarb & Butter Biscuit
Sweet Ham Tart “Faviken”
Back Fat Fudge
Birch Syrup Bacon
The Mangalitsa feast is the second of a series of monthly Thursday feasts planned by Craft London. The menu will change monthly and see the kitchen team working alongside great British suppliers to showcase ingredients that are in season, or occasionally working in collaboration with other fantastic chefs who share a similar ethos.
"We're delighted to work with so many fantastic people, suppliers and products at Craft, that we wanted to shout about them," says Stevie, "and Thursday FEASTS is the ideal way to do this."
For £45 per person, dinner will comprise of up to four courses along with a tipple. Other events include a vegetarian feast on 18 May using Craft grown vegetables & foraged produce. June is mob-grazing lamb (Village Farm), July will be a guest chef collaboration, August will be Game and September will be a FEAST cooked on a new Craft London fire-pit.
For more information on upcoming events go to www.craft-london.co.uk/events