Planning for summer in midwinter

03 March 2014

It’s actually quite difficult to work up a new menu that will make full use of the abundant fruit and veg available in Spring and Summer when you are hunkered down in the depth of Winter!  But this is exactly what we tried to do over a very wet and windy New Year.  Squirreled away […]

Buon Natale e Buon Anno!

We’d like to send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Cin Cin in 2013! It really has been an amazing first year for us and we cannot wait to keep growing and serving Italian bubbles and nibbles in 2014!! We hope you have a lovely Christmas filled with food, family & […]

Winter Menu

Just in time for our Christmas markets, we revealed Cin Cin’s Winter Menu which focused on warming, cosy Italian classics with a street food twist. Our Minestrone soup with smoked pancetta and home baked grape focaccia on top was a big hit, keeping customers’ hands warm as they enjoyed their thick, satisfying pots of goodness. […]

Christmas Markets

In a busy November and December, Cin Cin popped up at lots of Christmas markets to spread the foodie cheer and offer delicious gifts for you to take away. We served authentic Italian street food and drinks to keep our customers warm and happy as well as that special something for your Christmas table like […]


I was really looking forward to this city break, almost as much as Libby whose enthusiasm was raised by the fact she had not been there before.  I generally prefer to go with flow when I’m travelling, armed with nothing beyond a skeleton outline of places to see and eat rather than having a regimented […]

Wedding fairs, fayres and bazaars

Something I learned this year is that late summer is wedding fair season.  Who knew?  When @Libbylovescake and I got married in 2009, I was spared having to attend the fairs as she went with her mum and sister.  But having now exhibited at five fairs in the last two months with Cin Cin, I […]


In September, Libby and I took a hard earned break and flew to Puglia in southern Italy.  If you don’t know where that is, it’s the heel of Italy’s boot shaped peninsula.  And what a place! We spent the first 5 nights in a small but extremely well preserved town called Maglie, about 20 mins […]

Summer Launch

After a stressful six months or so of getting the building blocks of Cin Cin ready – van, name, logo, design, fit out, suppliers, online presence, PR – we were finally ready to launch in mid summer so on 13 July 2013, Cin Cin served its first guests at a small reception in Hove.  Hosted […]


The idea for Cin Cin was to provide an offering for both events and street food markets, always serving fantastic salamis, cheeses and other antipasti to compliment the refreshing and elegant Prosecco served by the glass.  ‘Bubbles & Nibbles’, the Italian way. As a link back to the food I was lucky enough to grow […]

Fit out

Getting the van down from Leeds was one thing.  Fitting it out to become a mobile catering unit was another.  Armed with nothing more than a pad of grid paper and a tape measure, I mapped out an idea of how to fit a working kitchen into a space no bigger than 2.5m squared!  The […]

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