#RallyForRestaurants: Pasta Evangelists announce chef collaborations to support the restaurant industry beginning with Ben Tish, Norma
From Monday 13th April – Monday 4th May, customers can order limited-edition #RallyForRestaurants dishes from the Pasta Evangelists menu and raise funds for selected independent restaurants who have been forced to shut their doors during covid-19
For each #RallyForRestaurants dish sold, Pasta Evangelists are donating 20% of profits to the restaurant that inspired the dish
Confirmed partners so far are Ben Tish of Norma and Alice Staple & Dickie Bielenberg of Maremma Brixton
Nationwide pasta delivery service Pasta Evangelists are leveraging the growth the lockdown has afforded them to support the restaurant industry with #RallyForRestaurants – a new series of limited-edition, chef-inspired dishes in honour of some of their favourite neighbourhood restaurants in London. For the sale of each #RallyForRestaurants dish, they are donating 20% of profits back to the restaurant involved.
Kicking off the initiative is Ben Tish, culinary director at The Stafford Collection, including Norma. He has shared his recipe for their signature pasta dish, Pasta alla Norma. The sauce is typical of Sicilian cuisine – well-balanced, made using the finest, seasonal produce – from buttery aubergines grown in the outskirts of Catania to plump, fleshy San Marzano tomatoes and a scattering salty of Ricotta salata.
Of the dish, Ben says:
“I first tried this in Catania where it supposedly originates and it was delicious, so simple. It’s one of the few properly authentic dishes at Norma, I didn’t want to mess with it at all as it’s so good as it is.”
Each #RallyForRestuarants dish will be available for 7 days and will rotate weekly, with each dish offering a taste of a different region in Italy. The two first confirmed restaurants taking part in the initiative are:
● Norma London, 13th-19th April: Enjoy a taste of sunbaked Sicily with a classic Pasta alla Norma, designed by Chef Director Ben Tish.
● Maremma, 20th-27th April: Escape to the wild Tuscan hinterland with the house special at Maremma, a richly savoury slow-cooked wild boar ragù and pappardelle.
Brits missing the spirit of their local Italian during the national shutdown can enjoy chef-designed dishes from quarantine thanks to the initiative. The Pasta Evangelists team consciously chose restaurants that shared their ‘italianità’ ethos, specialising in the freshest, seasonal produce and simple, regional dishes with an interesting story behind them.
Of the initiative, Pasta Evangelists founder Alex Savelli said:
“We are lucky we can carry business on somewhat as normal as a delivery service. As a team, we feel passionately about supporting our friends and partners in the restaurant industry at this challenging time. When our national gastronomic life suffers, we all suffer, and we are all looking forward to the day when the brilliant restaurants across this country reopen their doors for business.