The Glasgow Pantry teams up with Aldi for budget cookery demo - and a cocktail class

Two Glasgow businesses are teaming up with Aldi to create budget-friendly food and drink demos that are easy to make at home.

Published 21st May 2020
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

Glasgow's Café Gandolfi and modern Scottish pub The Gate are celebrating locally sourced, craft products in the latest series of live takeovers on The Glasgow Pantry this week, in partnership with Aldi.

The two independent businesses have been tasked to use Scottish products from their local Aldi stores for The Glasgow Pantry budget-friendly menus.

What's cooking?

Rising to the tasty challenge, Seumas MacInnes from Café Gandolfi is making a Glasgow Pantry feast using Aldi’s specially selected Scotch beef range.

He’s championing the 36-day aged, Aberdeen Angus ribeye steak with a classic chimichurri sauce, cheat cauliflower cheese and a mouth-watering black pudding boulangère potatoes. He’ll be streaming live from his home kitchen on Saturday, 23rd May from 4pm.

Then it’s cocktail hour on Sunday, 24th May from 2pm, with bartender Drew Gray from The Gate, set to shake up summer-ready perfect serves and cocktails using craft-distilled seasonal gins from the multi-award-winning Eden Mill and McQueen distilleries.

He’ll be using the Eden Mill Botanical Project gin range created exclusively for Aldi in a variety of flavours, including a tropical passionfruit & coconut, and zesty chilli and ginger. He’ll also be trying out the popular forest fruits colour-changing gin from McQueen.

With over 165,000 thousand views so far on The Glasgow Pantry channels, the platform has welcomed a host of top chefs and independents, including former Masterchef winner Gary Mclean, Tiki bar & Kitsch Inn, craft indy specialist Grunting Growler and Sprigg.

Drew Gray, bartender at The Gate said: “Tune in this Sunday for a special live session as I show you how to make some perfect summer serves with ingredients you can find in your local Aldi. If you love gin, you don’t want to miss this.”

Speaking about supporting The Glasgow Pantry, Seumas MacInnes from Café Gandolfi said: “It’s a real pleasure to get back in the kitchen and cook for The Glasgow Pantry.

"I miss cooking and I really miss my customers. We’re so excited to be taking part in this exclusive takeover this weekend, and we can’t wait to show Glasgow how to make our Glasgow Pantry steak at home.

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“And for those missing our Café Gandolfi dishes, we’ll also be launching a new takeaway service very soon. Watch this space.”

Graham Nicolson, group buying director for Aldi Scotland said: “We’re really excited to be working with The Glasgow Pantry and the teams at The Gate and Café Gandolfi on this take over.

"Scottish produce is the best in the world, and we are fully committed to supporting and championing our local suppliers who work hard day in day out to bring the best of Scotland’s larder to our customers.

“If you want to create Instagram-worthy cocktails and restaurant-quality meals at home, you can find the very best, locally sourced produce at Aldi – and now you can watch the experts tell you exactly how.”

How to join

Follow Glasgow Pantry on Facebook and Instagram.

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Watch their videos for inspiration and to get cooking and making cocktails.

Tag your creations with #TheGlasgowPantry

The Aldi Takeovers will stream live on The Glasgow Pantry Facebook page - Café Gandolfi from 4pm Saturday, 23rd May and The Gate from 2pm on Sunday, 24th May.

Want to cook along on Wednesday? Here’s the shopping list, all available to buy from Aldi:

Café Gandolfi ingredients

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Two Specially Selected Ribeye Steak

One bottle Kalamata olive oil

One bottle The Deli Speciality vinegar

1 bag rooster potatoes

Sea salt

50g coriander

50g parsley

2 chillies

2 limes

Beef stock

Brown onions

1 red onion

4 slices black pudding

1 head cauliflower

300 ml Scottish cream

150g grated Parmesan

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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