With happy recollections of holidays with his mother, Maria Rosa Gallina, in Genoa where he picked fruit from the trees, and made early morning walks to collect goat’s milk from a nearby farm, Pierre White knows all too well the need to make the most of having someone special you can love, appreciate and have around as a guiding light.
But having lost his mother when he was just six, the famed chef wants families to make sure their own mothers know how much they mean.
He said: “Mums are always running around after everyone else and often don’t take any time for themselves. So looking after your mum and showing how much you appreciate her on 22 March will mean so much while giving her a day to remember.”
Understanding that not everyone will be able to replicate dishes that made him a household name during his culinary heyday, the famed restaurateur has devised a special three-course menus that has been inspired by memories of his mother at both his Steakhouse House Bar & Grill and Wheeler’s of St James’s restaurants which he hopes will delight and surprise in equal measure on Mothering Sunday.
Chris Jones from Wheeler’s of St. James’s said: “Marco has been very specific and has devised a menu that is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing family meal out and mums will also receive a delicious Lillet Spritz.
“Marco said in his book ‘The Devil in the Kitchen’ that it wasn’t until he was 31-years-old before he could analyse the tremendous impact of his mother’s life, and death, upon his own.”
Radoslaw Gerlac, restaurant manager at the Steakhouse Bar & Grill added: “Treating your mum to a nice meal out in a relaxed environment is a lovely way to show how much you care and is a great way to get the whole family together allowing everyone to sit back, relax and enjoy the day.
“We’re in the business of feeding people in a great environment where the service is of the highest standard. That’s why we’ll be pulling out all the stops so that from the moment guests arrive they are made to feel special, especially the mums.”
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