Beronia Txoko Club
It’s a modern day dilemma – it’s your turn to have your friends round for dinner, but you have exhausted your repertoire of tasty and reliable recipes, and you want to wow them with something a bit different. But what?
Spanish food is happening all around the UK, with Tapas bars, sherry bars and smart award winning restaurants crammed to the rafters with diners enjoying pan con tomate, arroz negro, slow cooked lamb and croquetas. Chorizo, olives and jamon are on the shelves of every supermarket, and we merrily sup on thousands of bottles of Rioja. Yet we still don’t as a nation feel terribly confident about rustling up a Spanish feast at home.
In northern Spain, they approach eating with friends quite differently. Instead of one person cooking for everyone else, they do it together and make it part of the occasion. Gastronomic societies, known locally as Txokos, [pronounced chock –ohs] are formed by groups of friends – usually men – who share a passion for good food. They cook together, eat together, talk and even sing together – all helped along with some great wine.
One such group of friends believed that they could produce great wines to complement their culinary prowess. The result was Bodegas Beronia, multi award-winning winery which is now recognised as one of the finest Rioja brands in Spain.
We are going back to our roots with the launch of the Beronia Txoko Club, where we aim to share our passion for fantastic Spanish food, bringing you delicious, authentic Spanish dishes that you can easily recreate at home to share with your friends over a glass of Beronia Rioja.
We have a series of simple to follow recipes, cookery demonstrations, Txoko events in restaurants and shops, and lots of news and ideas, so there’s no excuse to be stumped for dinner ideas!