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SUNDAY SUPPERS IN WASHINGTON - By R. Curtis

Alice Waters and Filippo Bartolotta

A terrific event, fabulous dishes, and an unsurpassable wine list. This is what the remarkable team of outstanding celebrity chefs and the Italian wine expert Filippo Bartolotta offered to the many Vip guests at the fundraising events put on by Alice Waters, Jose Andres and Joan Nathan in Washington on Sunday, January 24th.

The dinners at $500 per person benefit D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha’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 cases all-organic wineries. Fine wines from these estates were  paired with unforgettablemenus prepared by America’s top sustainable chefs, among whom were Cathal Armstrong from Restaurant Eve, Todd Gray from Equinox, Jamie Leeds from Hank’s Oyster Bar, Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern and Nora Pouillon from Nora, Fabio Trabocchi from Four Seasons, and of course Alice Waters from Chez Panisse.

Chef Medina and Filippo Bartolotta pairing wines with menu

The wine list? Unbeatable: in effect, a showcase of world-class traditional Italian wines that have deep roots in Italian history and culture: Latium’s Amarone; Barolos of Cogno, Fratelli Revello, Gigi Rosso, Mauro Molino, Massolino; Punset’sBarbaresco; Brunello di Montalcino from Castello di Banfi, Col d’Orcia, Tassi, Tenuta delle Ripalte, Tenute Friggiali, Tenute Nardi, Terre al Sole and Tornesi; Chianti Classico of Castell’in Villa, 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 San Leonardo. As a welcome? The Italian bubbly of Ferrari-Lunelli of course . . . and as a farewell the rare Aleatico of Tenuta delle Ripalte – Meletti Cavallari.

Wolf Blitzer, Allan Gerson, Greg Nelson and Filippo Bartolotta

Wolf Blitzer, Allan Gerson, actor David Henry Gerson and Filippo Bartolotta
Discussing wine paring

In addition to Filippo Bartolotta’s wine selection, guest savoured two of Italy’s most traditional and deeply routed food products: Prosciutto di Parma DOP and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena.

Prosciutto di Parma being sliced for menu

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 had an important role in Michelle Obama’s choice of turning the White House garden in to an organic green garden, of course led the team. The group  also discussed sustainability, food quality, traceability of products, and the economical and social aspects of 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

Alice waters and Filippo Bartolotta before the visit to the White House

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 “Italy at your Table” road show organized by Le Baccanti with Chef Benedetta Vitali from the acclaimed Zibibbo restaurant and Filippo Bartolotta.

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