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Thursday, 24 February 2011

THE BEST GIVEAWAY YET - Ida restaurant pasta making lesson for two and meal with wine to follow

I admire restaurants that are passionate about the food they create. IDA is a better example of this than any other with their homemade pasta and Italian attitude to life. Located in fashionable Queen’s Park, IDA is a short bus ride from Notting Hill and Portobello.

On the morning of Saturday 12th March IDA will be holding one of their legendary pasta making courses. A brilliant opportunity for beginners and experienced cooks, the class is run by IDA owners Avi and Simonetta Reichenbach and the restaurant’s talented chef Giacomo Matera. Students learn the techniques of kneading, stretching and cutting pasta -everything from tagliatelle to gnocchi to cannelloni; how to make a traditional sugo, the not so dark art of the perfect risotto, and the secrets of Italian cake-making. At lunchtime, participants sit down together over a glass (or three) of wine to enjoy the fruits of their labours; and leave with a detailed recipe sheet and certificate.

You can win a place for two (worth £80) on this fantastic and fun course, taking place on Saturday 12th March on the IDA premises in Queen’s Park. If you don’t live in London you can still enter and give the gift to a foodie friend or family member. But be quick the competition must end on Thursday 10th March so a winner can be chosen at random in time.
All you have to do is:

1) Be a follower on my blog, and write a comment below, telling me your following name
2) ‘Like’ the IDA Restaurant facebook page, here
3) Include your email address so the winner can be contacted

This is a really special GIVEAWAY. Handmade pasta is rarely made in restaurants in Italy anymore, let alone in the heart of London, and you have a chance to be part of it for free.

All the information you need can be found here.

If you can’t make the 12th March please still enter as it may be possible to accommodate you on another day’s course.


  1. OMMMGG!!!!! an english follower!!!!FROM LONDON!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3

    Thanks for your comment :)
    And keep posting, It´ll be perfect for when I get back to London!

  2. Ok! My best friend is called Ida :) So.... I guess I must win :p

  3. Hello,

    this sounds so FAB!! I have definitely entered!!

  4. Thank you so much for following 'Feasts and Festivals' Millie - look forward to hearing more of your doings..

  5. Hi Milly
    Thanks for following Eggs on the Roof... I'm going to enjoy reading your blog.

  6. Fantastic prize - please enter me! Every Italian from different regions cook things differently so it would be good to see how they do things at IDA. The interior looks so sweet too.

  7. Thank you so much for following 'Cookwitch Creations'! *squee*
    I have followed you, and Ida's too.

  8. Oh, what a lovely giveaway! Thank you for your comment, and for subscribing x

  9. I love this idea! Have always wanted to make fresh pasta... I'm a foodie/fashion model living in London..

  10. Hi there Milly! Thank you for visiting my page and your lovely comment. This looks great! Have entered away! xx

  11. This sounds like such a great giveaway! It's so good to see a different kind of giveaway, this sounds like such a valuable experience! I would love to enter! Thanks for the comment again, my following name is just Serina and my email is xx

  12. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice message :) I am now following your lovely blog

  13. ahh, this is such a perfect giveaway for me! I love anything like this. You have such a lovely blog :)
    Enter me as Lucy Jerrom (aliceandbeauty) please doll!
    my emails xo

  14. Thanks for the follow on !

    Please consider me entered into the competition, with the name Peter and email and let me just finish by saying this:

    IDA love to win.....


  15. Hi Milly, thanks for your nice comment on my blog. Your comp sounds great, although I'm not sure I can make 12th :( but entering anyway! Bye for now, Miss Immy

  16. What a great prize, thanks for your comment on our wall too.

  17. Wow what an excellent giveaway, so different! Thanks for the chance to enter. Am following you and have liked on facebook. My email is Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog! xx

  18. Wow, great giveaway. Thanks for hosting. I'm following and I have twittered as well: @xcrossthepond

  19. thank you for your lovely comment on my blog - I really enjoy reading yours! :)

    please enter me :)

    my e-mail is

    thank you!

  20. Very nice blog! and I love your background!

  21. thank you for your comment - it's a fab giveaway! Unfortunately I live in Glasgow so getting to it would be somewhat tricky! Will be following your blog thou :) x

  22. LOVELY giveaway! It might get a little hard for me to come, but maybe later...Hope you have a great day!!!


  23. great giveaway! i'm all the way in nashville, tn- but good luck to everyone. you have a lovely blog... thanks for visiting mine!
    <3 mode.


  25. this is such a sweet idea! love it

    your blog is so great,
    we miss hearing from you!

    come visit us again soon :]
    xo, camilla & valerie