They are already one of my local food heroes, but it probably means more to Alex and Sara Chambers of Squisito deli to hear it from Carlsberg Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards. The Italiaphile couple from Monks Kirby are shortlisted as a finalist in this year’s competition.
Squisito’s village lost all its shops, so Alex and Sara reopened the Victorian butchers shop in Yelvertoft village Northamptonshire just under a year ago to sell their extensive range of fresh, home-made and locally sourced produce.
Sara says “Wherever possible, Squisito food is made to authentic Italian recipes with ingredients typical to its area of origin, but grown or reared locally in England. Over 85% of our ingredients are grown, reared and sourced within 35 miles of Squisito HQ.”
Sara’s homemade faggots in caramelised onion gravy sit alongside Cobblers Nibble cheese, milk from Newlands Farm in Hannington, Fosse Meadows chicken, fresh pasta and sauces, organic biodynamic veg, bread and a selection of unique products from Squisito’s farmers’ market friends like the rare breed long horn sheep from Grandborough.
The couple are currently working on a new Italian-style coldroom so they can dry age more beef and make more sausages to hang as salami, as well as launching a new Fish Friday service where customers can email orders for fresh fish from Cornwall.
The Carlsberg Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards winners will be announced 17 October, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Squisito will bring home the Local Food Hero award for the shop’s shelves!