From your milk in the morning to your pudding after dinner, rice is one of the world’s greatest gluten-free grains and appears in many meals, dishes and recipes the world over. So much more than a starchy side to a main course, Gordon Ramsay Group’s Union Street Café will celebrate this versatile grain – a vital crop for over half the world’s population – throughout the UK’s first ever National Rice Week (7th – 13th September) in association with Riso Gallo.
Union Street Café, a modern Italian restaurant in the heart of Southwark, will offer a four-course menu (£45 per person) throughout the week, developed by native Italian Head Chef Davide Degiovanni, beginning with an aperitif of Arborio Arancini Pizzaiola with rice crisps, served alongside a Rice Martini. Dishes on the menu will include veal sausage risotto, made using Carnoroli Gran Riserva, with robiola, hazelnuts and Frangelico; pork fillet with three-grain rice, crispy speck and porcini mushrooms; and dark chocolate venere risotto with black truffle and earthy mushroom ice-cream.
Over two thirds of rice consumed in Europe today comes from the Mediterranean, with the majority grown in Italy. With over 150 years in the business, Riso Gallo is one of the oldest rice-growing companies in the country and its products have filled the shelves of Italian kitchens and delis for the past six generations, appearing in traditional dishes of risotto, arancini and sformato.
Whether you prefer long or short grain, risotto, arborio or basmati – head along to Union Street Café to celebrate this truly versatile grain.
The four-course menu at Union Street Café costs £45 per person and runs from 7th – 13th September 2015. To make a booking, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.