October 14, 2019
This week, it’s all about Italian comfort food at Co-op! We’ve engineered a takeover of our popular Make It Tonight featuring recipes and foods from a popular Calgary fine food deli.
Spolumbo’s has created some special recipes for Co-op customers to enjoy and to share with family, using the company’s fresh, local, and wholesome ingredients.
“Every Spolumbo’s product is made locally in Calgary from Canadian sourced pork, poultry, or specialty meats,” explains Remo Trotta, Sales & Marketing Manager, Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli. “We make our foods using simple artisanal standards, never adding fillers, binders, nitrites or artificial colours. A Spolumbo’s sausage is always gluten-free and it’s never more than premium meat, salt and spices.”
At Spolumbo’s, making family meals special doesn’t have to involve elaborate preparations. Trotta says some of his fondest childhood memories are of his mom making homemade pizza. While Trotta recalls they weren’t perfectly shaped or evenly baked, he says he loved those natural dark edges around the crust, and that no restaurant pizza or commercial bread has ever come close to his mamma’s homemade.
Creating those kinds of lasting memories with our children is as simple as picking up a new recipe, or sharing some recipe choices with the kids, and letting them have a hand in playing chef.
“Food as a communal experience is the most tangible and visceral human gesture. Sharing a meal is a demonstration that says you are welcome, you are valued, someone cares for you; that you belong here,” says Trotta thoughtfully. “A family that ritualizes those messages creates security and stability, the members truly nourish one another, not just physically, but also intellectually, socially, and emotionally. That’s so much more powerful than just feeding yourself.”
Trotta and the Spolumbo’s team are thrilled to be sharing their family recipes—and that communal food experience—with Co-op customers. And even if your cooking skills are a bit more limited, these easy Italian recipes are nearly foolproof, and Trotta says they’re perfect for experimentation or customization.
“A lot of people haven’t discovered their inner chef yet. The kitchen intimidates them. We just want people to know that it’s okay to get creative with our products – sausage with pasta, rice, or quinoa is just as good as sausage on a bun. Even sausage in a salad is great, and we have a variety of flavours to have fun with.”
So this week, have fun with flavours and high quality local ingredients, courtesy of Spolumbo’s!
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