A terrific event, fabulous dishes, and anÂ unsurpassable wine list. This is what theÂ remarkable team of outstanding celebrity chefs and the Italian wine expert Filippo Bartolotta offered to theÂ many Vip guests at the fundraising events put on by Alice Waters, Jose Andres and Joan Nathan in Washington on Sunday,Â January 24th.
The dinners at $500 per person benefit D.C. Central Kitchen and Marthaâ€™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 casesÂ all-organic wineries.Â Fine winesÂ from these estates were Â paired withÂ unforgettablemenus prepared by Americaâ€™s top sustainable chefs,Â among whom were Cathal ArmstrongÂ fromÂ Restaurant Eve, Todd GrayÂ fromÂ Equinox, Jamie LeedsÂ fromÂ Hankâ€™s Oyster Bar, Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern and Nora Pouillon from Nora, Fabio TrabocchiÂ fromÂ Four Seasons, and of course Alice WatersÂ fromÂ Chez Panisse.
The wine list? Unbeatable: in effect, a showcase of world-class traditional Italian wines that have deep rootsÂ in Italian history and culture: Latiumâ€™s Amarone; Barolos of Cogno, Fratelli Revello, Gigi Rosso, Mauro Molino, Massolino; Punsetâ€™sBarbaresco; Brunello di Montalcino from Castello di Banfi, Col dâ€™Orcia, Tassi, Tenuta delle Ripalte, Tenute Friggiali, Tenute Nardi, Terre al Sole and Tornesi; Chianti Classico of Castellâ€™in Villa,Â 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 andÂ San Leonardo. As a welcome? The Italian bubbly of Ferrari-Lunelli of course . . . and as a farewell the rare Aleatico of Tenuta delle Ripalte â€“ Meletti Cavallari.
In addition to FilippoÂ Bartolottaâ€™s wine selection, guest savoured two of Italyâ€™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, whoÂ had an important role in Michelle Obamaâ€™s choice of turning the White House garden in to an organic green garden, of course ledÂ the team. The group Â also discussedÂ sustainability, food quality, traceability of products, and the economical and social aspects ofÂ 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 â€œItaly at your Tableâ€ road show organized by Le Baccanti with Chef Benedetta Vitali from the acclaimed Zibibbo restaurant and Filippo Bartolotta.