A terrific event, fabulous dishes, and anÃÂ unsurpassable wine list. This is what theÃÂ remarkable team of outstanding celebrity chefs and the Italian wine expert Filippo Bartolotta offered to theÃÂ many Vip guests at the fundraising events put on by Alice Waters, Jose Andres and Joan Nathan in Washington on Sunday,ÃÂ January 24th.
The dinners at $500 per person benefit D.C. Central Kitchen and MarthaÃ¢â¬â¢s 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 casesÃÂ all-organic wineries.ÃÂ Fine winesÃÂ from these estates were ÃÂ paired withÃÂ unforgettablemenus prepared by AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s top sustainable chefs,ÃÂ among whom were Cathal ArmstrongÃÂ fromÃÂ Restaurant Eve, Todd GrayÃÂ fromÃÂ Equinox, Jamie LeedsÃÂ fromÃÂ HankÃ¢â¬â¢s Oyster Bar, Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern and Nora Pouillon from Nora, Fabio TrabocchiÃÂ fromÃÂ Four Seasons, and of course Alice WatersÃÂ fromÃÂ Chez Panisse.
The wine list? Unbeatable: in effect, a showcase of world-class traditional Italian wines that have deep rootsÃÂ in Italian history and culture: LatiumÃ¢â¬â¢s Amarone; Barolos of Cogno, Fratelli Revello, Gigi Rosso, Mauro Molino, Massolino; PunsetÃ¢â¬â¢sBarbaresco; Brunello di Montalcino from Castello di Banfi, Col dÃ¢â¬â¢Orcia, Tassi, Tenuta delle Ripalte, Tenute Friggiali, Tenute Nardi, Terre al Sole and Tornesi; Chianti Classico of CastellÃ¢â¬â¢in Villa,ÃÂ 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 andÃÂ San Leonardo. As a welcome? The Italian bubbly of Ferrari-Lunelli of course . . . and as a farewell the rare Aleatico of Tenuta delle Ripalte Ã¢â¬â Meletti Cavallari.
In addition to FilippoÃÂ BartolottaÃ¢â¬â¢s wine selection, guest savoured two of ItalyÃ¢â¬â¢s 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, whoÃÂ had an important role in Michelle ObamaÃ¢â¬â¢s choice of turning the White House garden in to an organic green garden, of course ledÃÂ the team. The group ÃÂ also discussedÃÂ sustainability, food quality, traceability of products, and the economical and social aspects ofÃÂ 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 Ã¢â¬ÅItaly at your TableÃ¢â¬Â road show organized by Le Baccanti with Chef Benedetta Vitali from the acclaimed Zibibbo restaurant and Filippo Bartolotta.