A terrific event, fabulous dishes, and an√ā¬†unsurpassable wine list. This is what the√ā¬†remarkable team of outstanding celebrity chefs and the Italian wine expert Filippo Bartolotta offered to the√ā¬†many Vip guests at the fundraising events put on by Alice Waters, Jose Andres and Joan Nathan in Washington on Sunday,√ā¬†January 24th.
The dinners at $500 per person benefit D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Table. Their efforts are directed at feeding the needy by using locally-sourced ingredients.
For this very special occasion, Filippo Bartolotta selected thirty-five top-rated, environmentally conscientious and in some cases√ā¬†all-organic wineries.√ā¬†Fine wines√ā¬†from these estates were √ā¬†paired with√ā¬†unforgettablemenus prepared by America√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs top sustainable chefs,√ā¬†among whom were Cathal Armstrong√ā¬†from√ā¬†Restaurant Eve, Todd Gray√ā¬†from√ā¬†Equinox, Jamie Leeds√ā¬†from√ā¬†Hank√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Oyster Bar, Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern and Nora Pouillon from Nora, Fabio Trabocchi√ā¬†from√ā¬†Four Seasons, and of course Alice Waters√ā¬†from√ā¬†Chez Panisse.
The wine list? Unbeatable: in effect, a showcase of world-class traditional Italian wines that have deep roots√ā¬†in Italian history and culture: Latium√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Amarone; Barolos of Cogno, Fratelli Revello, Gigi Rosso, Mauro Molino, Massolino; Punset√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘsBarbaresco; Brunello di Montalcino from Castello di Banfi, Col d√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘOrcia, Tassi, Tenuta delle Ripalte, Tenute Friggiali, Tenute Nardi, Terre al Sole and Tornesi; Chianti Classico of Castell√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘin Villa,√ā¬†Castello di Monsanto, Cecchi, Fattoria di Valiano, Fontodi, Isole e Olena and Solatione; Vino Nobile di Montepulciano of Bindella and Boscarelli; Vernaccia di San Gimignano from Cesani, Tenute Guicciardini Strozzi, Il Palagione, Panizzi; the Sagrantino di Montefalco of Arnaldo Caprai; the Montecucco Rosso Riserva of Collemassari, and the very famous Flaccianello, Grattamacco, Cepparello, Montevetrano and√ā¬†San Leonardo. As a welcome? The Italian bubbly of Ferrari-Lunelli of course . . . and as a farewell the rare Aleatico of Tenuta delle Ripalte √Ę‚ā¨‚Äú Meletti Cavallari.
In addition to Filippo√ā¬†Bartolotta√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs wine selection, guest savoured two of Italy√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs most traditional and deeply routed food products: Prosciutto di Parma DOP and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena.
The team of top chefs was invited for a visit to the White House accompanied by Chefs Sam Kass and Christeta Comeford. Alice Waters, who√ā¬†had an important role in Michelle Obama√Ę‚ā¨‚ĄĘs choice of turning the White House garden in to an organic green garden, of course led√ā¬†the team. The group √ā¬†also discussed√ā¬†sustainability, food quality, traceability of products, and the economical and social aspects of√ā¬†food production. Read more about Filippo Bartolotta’s visit to the White House on the Obama Foodorama blog http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2010/02/alice-waters-other-chefs-tour-white.html
Christeta Comeford and Filippo Bartolotta
Chef Medina preparing menu
Nicolas Stefanelli and Filippo Bartolotta pairing wines with menu
The Washington event is one of the stops of the √Ę‚ā¨ŇďItaly at your Table√Ę‚ā¨¬Ě road show organized by Le Baccanti with Chef Benedetta Vitali from the acclaimed Zibibbo restaurant and Filippo Bartolotta.