What did Girlahead have at lunch today? Her favourite quick-snack food, burrata topped with truffle bits, and a mélange of cold – for which read ‘upcycled’ – veggies. Burrata is taking over the world. See the concoction, above, at Heckfield Place. Now what is the BEST burrata, and where? Since it was created in Italy just over a century ago to use up extra curds left over after making mozzarella, presumably somewhere in Italy. Any recommendations?
Talking of Italy, more and more Milan-based Alessandro Grassi and his wife Silvia Bruno Ventre are becoming THE mouthpiece of Luxury Italy. It seems every hotel that has a top-level story. What is now The Place, Firenze, and the lovely rural Tuscan retreat, Castelfalfi, are just two of the brands that Grassi+Partners share with passionistas. (Speaking to Alessandro a couple of days, his enthusiam bubbled over: ‘without tourists, it will be the privilege of seeing piazzas and monuments in the perspective they were created. Think of Piazza San Marco, or Piazza Santa Maria Novella or Piazza Plebiscito in Naples. Pure astonishment!’)
Want a passionate hotelier? Think Jean-Claude Messant, MD of Royal Mansour Marrakech. Last December he opened a three-acre extension, complete with mature trees, to the hotel’s already-beautiful grounds. By the end of 2021, he tells Girlahead, he will also have added to the Leading hotel’s extensive eating possibilities (most supervised by Yannick Alléno) no less than six ‘extraordinary’ private dining venues. One is in the kitchen garden. One is in the wine cellar. One, intended for a maximum eight diners, is in 430 sq ft The Nest, raised treetop-high.
More food and drink. Want something special? This week Doyle Collection’s The Westbury, Dublin announced a partnership with Charles Heidsieck, a Champagne owned by Société européenne de participations industrielles (EPI), founded by Christopher Descours. Interestingly, Charles Heidsieck has connections with Ireland going back over 100 years – a grandson, Jean-Charles, travelled extensively around the Emerald Isle, and a great-grandson Jean-Marc Heidsieck was at university in Dublin, subsequently maintaining strong links with the country. The new partnership between the House of Charles Heidsieck and The Doyle Collection marks a continuance of this story. The Westbury takes its drinks seriously. At the end of 2020 it unveiled its Sidecar Gin, named for its main bar: the limited edition of 300 bottles, distilled by Stillgarden Distillery in Dublin.
While on the food-and-drink tack, just as Bezos has gone into the grocery market, will Musk start eateries? Apparently he registered the Tesla ‘T’ logo with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – for the Food Business. Girlahead suggests that this would be competition for Domino’s and Subway rather than Alain Ducasse.
Enough for today…