Hello from everyone here at DON GAUCHO – Creators of exciting authentic gourmet Argentinian food products and importers of fine wine. Born in Argentina, made in Spain and now coming to England!
Well the countdown has well and truly begun. Since deciding that we will be participating at this year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair at London Olympia from 6th – 8th September 2015 the last few week’s have been what can only be described as a roller coaster ride of excitement! This is our first trade fair in the UK and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our authentic flavours, never tasted before in the UK at THE industry’s flagship event.
As many of you, our loyal customers, fans and friends will already know, we’re crazy about Argentina, rich in tradition when it comes to food and wine, famous worldwide for its great quality beef. Our product range reflects the best of what Argentinian life is all about, simple living maximum enjoyment. Our product range respects authentic recipes passed on through generations of gauchos and families, brought up to date with a modern twist and new variations on traditional recipes. We thought it was about time we shared that with the UK where these types of world flavours are embraced almost more than traditional English grub!
We hand make our products in our production facilities based in Southern Spain, so right now we are currently making new batches, new recipes, sample packs and mini tasters to share with you all…all-guns-blazing to jump head-first into this exciting event.
A short history of who we are and where we came from:
For those of you that don’t know how we started: A chance meeting in a pub one late night in 2008, several years after playing football together in an amateur Spanish football team, saw the start of an unlikely friendship. Stephen and Juan quickly learnt that contrary to popular opinion, Argentinian and British men have very similar motivations in life: football, beer and barbecuing meat! Stephen thought the British were the kings of the BBQ, but very quickly learned his place in that little head to head. Astounded by the taste of all the unusual sounding cuts of meats, slow grilled over wood fire Argy style along with Juan’s signature Chimichurri sauce. They figured, together whilst enjoying yet another incredible BBQ; that they should change that for good.
Certainly from the response we’ve had from the British living over here in Spain, going crazy for DON GAUCHO, literally they often hug Juan thanking him for introducing them to our flavours… we can’t wait to share our authentic recipes with the most influential people in the British Gourmet Food scene and to see if they respond in the same way.
OUR YUMMY PRODUCTS
Don Gaucho Chimichurri Sauces:
Our signature sauce, the Original Chimichurri, is a similar consistency to a salsa or chutney, a deep red jeweled glaze packed full of flavour yet made from simple ingredients such as red pepper flakes, garlic and herbs. Hand made in our own production facility. In Argentina it has been traditionally served alongside grilled or roast beef for centuries. We have found it to be so versatile it is amazing with anything from scrambled eggs to roast potatoes (we’ve tried hundreds of combos). It works great as an overnight marinade for meat or fish too, or dunk rustic bread or nachos into it. The options are literally endless. But once you’ve tried it with steak, beef will never be the same again! Once our Original Chimichurri really took off, we had many stores asking for a hot variety, so we created a spicier version which is now as popular as the original. A similar base flavour as our Original Chimichurri but with a much punchier chilli kick, pan fry it with some king prawns for an instant prawns pil-pil…YUM!
Don Gaucho Dulce de Leche:
It’s hard to describe just how ridiculously delicious this is. Try to imagine the creamiest toffee or caramel you’ve ever tried (in a banoffee pie for example), times that by ten, then drape that thought with a velvety vanilla blanket and you’re almost there. Simple ingredients, awesome flavour, highly addictive and moreish. Keep away from children or it will disappear! Traditionally used as a spread on pancakes, but wonderful glooped onto ice cream, spread on biscuits, making banoffee pie without all the hassle, or (OK I admit it) eat it straight from the jar for an instant indulgent sweet treat.
Malbec Wine from San Juan:
Argentina’s most emblematic wine, mellow and fruity, smooth and warming. We wanted to offer the best accompaniment to our Chimichurri sauces to give the full flavour experience at any table. Favoured by connoisseurs globally, this limited edition award-winning Malbec is from the San Juan region from 2012, if red is your thing, you have to try this. In Spain we often serve it chilled too, something not so common in Britain, but a totally different experience flavour-wise.
NEW Don Gaucho Dry Rubs:
Our latest creation that we’ve managed to keep a secret to launch at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair…well, until I just posted it on here (shhh keep reading you haven’t noticed anything)….. Inspired by flavours from our Chimichurris, we wanted something we could use to dry marinade meats such as ribs, lamb and beef joints for example. You can also use it to replace your every-day salt and pepper, it easily turns any dull dish into something special… Even if you think you’re hopeless at cooking. Again we’ve created a mild Original version and a kicked up spicy version.
So, if you can make it to the event REGISTER NOW for free and avoid paying the £20 on-the-door fee, or if you can’t but you know someone that can, get them to register now and come and say hello! There’s so much to see at this amazing event, a massive 750 exhibitors in total including a separate Chocolate Fair…PLUS the Great Taste Awards are announcing their overall winners on the evening of the second night of SFFF with so many amazing winners so far contending…need I say more?
For further details please give me a shout, connect on Twitter or Facebook below, send me an email, or ideally come and try something new at our stand (Nº 3638). I’d love to hear from you. For more info on the Speciality & Fine Food Fair, visit their website here.