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Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Kitchen Charity Event


Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Charity Event

by Filippo Bartolotta

Martha's Table Logo

I feel good! We have increased the donation of a 40% from last year: $140.00o to benefit Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Kitchen. And the overall spirit and participation was even higher!

What a great energy and how much love!
Sooooooo glad to be part of this. Our dinner last night with Roberto Donna
and Jeff Buben was a blast! Not only everyone had the chance to speak at
the table and to connect on the Martha's Table and DC Central Kitchen
issues but also the mood and the spirit were phenomenal and the matching
food and wine worked to perfection.
DC Central Kitchen
Although complex, this charity machine must be the most fun in the world!
I love the contrast between the super powerful international bonding and
cross-pollination ground and the very intimate nature of the final Sunday
Supper event, where only up to 30 guests per house share this experience.
This generates always new energy, new solutions to big problems!

Jan Buhrman, Joan Nathan, Filippo Bartolotta, Alice Waters, Christoper Lee
My self and my team at LeBaccanti, Italian Wine Merchants, our wine makers and food producers are nothing
but proud to be part of this Washington D.C. family.
Let's get to the diary.
Like always it all starts from Joan Nathan's home. We meet there to work, co-ordinate, cook, share and taste food.
From the head quarters everything moves. So on Saturday night we all go to Greg Nelson and Josè Cannigham for the SATURDAY NIGHT SIPS.
This two wonderful host live in an amazing house down town in D.C. and they are always very kind to offer their space for charity purposes.
But the best part of it is that they are totally committed to it. And so they run about preparing, dressing the tables and everything.
Benedetta and I get there in the afternoon to prepare our wines and foods.
We share the room with Graham Bartlett, Chef at Zengo. PS: Thank you for feeding us your great creations.
at 1830 the first guests turn up and by eight o'clock we have 250 people!
Everyone mingles and chats about the charity, nutrition issues, food and wine.
I believe with Italy at Your Table this year I got the best Fine Wine and Food Selection ever, and great artisan pieces.
The Italy at Your Table Selection is available at Italian Wine Merchants. Collectors may purchase just a few bottles or the full ItalyatYourTable case of: Bellavista, Graziano Pra, Romano Dal Forno, Luciano Sandrone, Proprietà Sperino, Castello di Romitorio, Isole e Olena, Fattoria delle Ripalte, Fontodi, Feudi di San Gregorio, Petra and Arnaldo Caprai; then Modica chocolate Bonajuto, the Gran Deposito Aceto Balsamico Giuseppe Giusti and Galleria Frilli art works.
Alice Waters and Filippo Bartolotta
Alice Waters and Josè Andres turn up at our wine and food station to try Italy at Your Table selection.
I loved it as they made it their room for a good part of the evening.
Josè is thrilled by our wines and seems to be liking also the Bonajuto's Modica chocolate and the Giusti Balsamic vinegar.

Josè Andres and Filippo Bartolotta
Although hectic the Saturday Night Sips is maybe the most buzzing part of this charity and it helps getting more and more people exposed to the issues of the charity and to the great products and dishes brought to talk about this.
The topic moment of the evening though is without doubts the speeches of the souls and minds of this great endeavor:
Joan Nathan, Alice Waters, Josè Andres.
They talk and inspire everyone, they stand and address issues that really counts and they give a purpose to all the efforts behind the charities.

Robert Egger
I also appreciated a lot the unfiltered presentation of the founder of D.C. Central -Robert Egger who started this charity 20 years ago using the over 20 tons of food that would go to waste to prepare 4.000 meals a day, everyday!!!
It's late at night and for us time to go to bed as in the morning we have a Radio Show to attend: The Foodie and the Beast on Federalnewsradio 1500 AM, with Nycci and David
I met this lovely couple last year during the Sips but I couldn't go on-air as I had to go to Kansas City for an Italy at your Table event with Gina & Kevin!
This year Gina and Kevin are going for another round of Italy at Your Table and I look forward to it!
Nycci and David love Italy and...I can tell...they love their Radio Show...the best in town

Nycci Nellis
I spent the whole morning with them and other guests among them Aviva Goldber of The Six O'Clock Scrable.
Aviva came with her son Salomn to inspire ideas for quick and healthy dinners.  Watch this space as Aviva and I will try to combine some Italian Insights to her great preparations!
I can't believe I was given the chance to open Italy at Your Table Wine and Foods throughout the show, but it was great.
The best part? When I was able to shave some Bonajuto's Modica Chocolate and Giusti Balsamic Vinegar on the super delicious Pink Berry Yogurt on Air with President Ron Graves calling form California! Then matching it with our soft and balance wines together with Ellen Grey from Equinox!
Finished the Radio Show we are off to deliver wines to five remaining houses or the Sunday Suppers.
I love this part, although not always easy for an Italian driving around D.C. I mean Downtown even a kid can do it as the streets go from 1 to 30 and A to Z!
Then if you get stuck in Chevy Chase it's like being in a forrest packed with beautiful fairy tale wooden homes, but the street can look pretty similar!
In the end we did it. We also managed to introduced the wines to our last chefs, among which:
Todd Grey from Equinox and Scott Drewno from Wolfgang Puck's Resors, cooking at the Benton's.
Then Fabio Trabocchi from Fiola Restaurant and my friend Nick Wisemann from Roadside organics, cooking at the Kelly's
Fabio Trabocchi
Finally we made it to our "home" at the Fabry/Klein house!
Joan and Mike had me as a guest also last year and they have being all the more wonderful this time.
Quite proudly I managed to get 7/10 of Mike's jokes, the rests remain a big mystery:)
We go straight to prepare the wines.
Liz, Laura and Tim volunteering for the eveniging...THANKS
The two chefs of the evening were Robeto Donna from Galileo III and Jeff Buben from Vidalia.
This two great master Chefs were really cool! At first I though I was gonna get in trouble as they were seriously engaged by the preparations.
Then they see what kind of wines ad foods I brought with me and they begun to be more friendly. By the end of the night I was opening my wines while they were finishing off their dishes!
Roberto and Jeff have being competing all night with roberto saying the Jeff was stealing Italian recipes from him and turn them into french dishes:))
Jeff was telling Roberto to stay away from his dishes as he was scared Roberto was going to sabotage his creations!

Jeff Buben and Roberto Donna
What a night!
I finally managed to take out of the Kitchen and everyone applauded to the two stars of the evening: well deserved.
On a last note I have to say how impressive the matching food and wine went considering that we designed it separated by the big Ocean!
People loved the pairing and listening to the stories of our wine makers, food producers and artisans that I was reporting during the dinner.
Incredible as it might sound I discovered that the Frilli Gallery from Florence -one of Italy at Your Table supporter- made a few statues on the Washington Arlington Bridge.
This helped a lot for the guest to enjoy and appreciate Michelangelo's Bacchus made by the gallery over a replica from the original Pietro da Barga in the 16th Century!
Thanks everyone for the great support!

Getting Ready for The Sunday Night Suppers…


Getting Ready for http://www.marthastable.org Event…

by Filippo Bartolotta

Finally we got the wines delivered at Ed Calvert Wines: D.C. best wine and gourmet shop.

Thanks to Mr. Ed Sand we managed to have all our wines delivered on time for the charity.

Now is time for Liz and Benedetta and Anders and all the volunteers to take them to the 14 houses and it’s 24°F!!!

Today we had lunch at Paolina, Frank Ruta’s place!  Perfect place to catch up again with Jan Buhrman of the Kitchen Porch!

Great to see Jan again with her never ending energy and positive mood. Joan Nathan and Jan have been friends for many years. Today we all meet up again for the great Charity event. But of course with all the thousand things to do Trillion-Tasking Joan and Jan turned up a little later, so I have been temped by a Sazerac drink by the very kind bartender: Old Overholt Rye, Syrup, Bitter, Absynth. Just what’s needed in this weather conditions.

Before the 14 dinners and the Sutarday Sips we are going to be having a Shabbat dinner at Joan’s place. Christopher Lee, chef at Chez Panisse, is cooking right now as we speak!

Jan Buhrman, Joan Nathan, Christopher Lee.

Jan is doing the vegetable stew and looking for an oyster knife! Meanwhile Joan is preparing the Challah and I got to help with that:)

David Gerson’s with the Challah bread

Everyone is doing something while waiting for Alice Waters to arrive.

Meanwhile we try the soft delicious fluffy challah!

Italy at Your Table “storage place”:)

Martha’s Table Head Quarter!

This are the menus for Sunday, but today is all dedicated to Saturday Night Sips…

To see the full list of the Sunday night Suppers Menu with Italy at Your Table Wine Pairing,


I look forward to seeing our 250 guests tonight at Greg Nelson and Josè Cunningham residence to take everyone for a Fine Wine&Food journey  to Italy’s most delicious regions: click here for a full view of them: http://www.lebaccanti.com/blog/?p=2218

The Gourmet Pit Stops of our Journey Tonight wills start with:

-We start from Lake Iseo with Italy’s most refined bubbly: the refreshing, zesty and creamy Bellavista Franciacorta Cuvée.

-Then we move to Venice with Graziano Pra‘s wonderfully oily and floral Soave

– Half an hour drive and we are in Rome&Juliet’s home: Verona. With Romano Dal Forno ultimate luscious, cashmere dense Amarone and Valpolicella.

– Going west we will taste one of the world most famous wines: Barolo. And not just any Barolo, but Luciano Sandrone‘s Le Vigne – a true long lasting artisan gem, made in Langhe, near Torino

– An hour drive north of Langhe, still in Piemonte is Proprietà Sperino. Luca De Marchi makes Italy’s Nouvelle Vague Nebbiolo with the silkiest touch.

-Let’s move down to Modena for a Balsamic vinegar Pit-Stop: the extra dense Balsamic vinegar of Modena by the Gran Deposito Aceto Balsamico Giuseppe Giusti. This isn’t just your regular vinegar, but Modena oldest one, started in 1605.

– Now is time to head towards Tuscany to visit one of Florence most important art galleries: the Galleria Frilli. Here  Anna Marinelli will welcome you with her enthusiasm to her sculpture art studio opened in 1860.

– Still hanging around Florence, only 20 miles away in Chianti, there’s Isole e Olena with Paolo de Marchi’s Cepparello: Sangiovese to it’s best!

-Another few miles south, going towards Siena is Fontodi producing a wonderfully dense and modern Sangiovese: the famous Flaccianello.

-The journey still heads south of Siena to Montalcino, for Castello di Romitorio wonderfully crafted Brunello by Sandro Chia.

– From Montalcino, the coast of Tuscany is only 30 miles. Near Suvereto is the outstanding Petra winery making a classy Super Tuscan: Petra IGT.

-From Suvereto, we get the boat to Elba Island for the new Pier Mario Meletti Cavallari’s project: Fattoria delle Ripalte, releasing a savory Red dessert wine to die for.

-Going inland in Umbria, near Perugia in the beautiful town of Montefalco is Marco Caprai of www.arnaldocaprai.it winery. He make one the most consistent and longest leaving central Italy elegant Reds: Sagrantino di Montefalco.

– Our last wine comes from the most beautiful winery in Southern Italy: Feudi di San Gregorio. In Washington DC we will taste the mineral and zesty Fiano di Avellino, made just off a few miles the Amalfi Coast.

-This will be the end of our Italian Wine and Food journey with Bonajuto ‘chocolate from Modica: one of the purest and most crystalline artisan chocolate experience.

All this will happen in a few hours Down Town in Washington D.C.

I look forward to seeing you all,



Tecnobohemian Wines


Yesterday I had the family and Le Baccanti hopping on flight to NYC.

I was meant to be there with them for the beginning of “Italy at Your Table” Road Show.

I will kick off my Italian Wine Challenge evenings in the US, on the 23rd in Kansas City at the Culinary Institute, then the 24th in Washington with the atomic Joan Nathan, Alice Waters, Jan Buhrman, Robert Morrison for a huge charity event.

After the Washington event I’ll be over to Martha’s VIneyard, Boston, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paolo Alto, San Diego, Santa Barbara and then NYC.

Throughout this event I’ll introduce over 1000 people to a group fo amazing Italian Producers.

Among them I have some Tecnobohemian Wines and above all a Tecnobohemian philosophy  with me.

This is the reason why I am still in Florence, to present Tecnobohemian Wines to John Malkovich supporting Simone Ramilli’s Roqk Novel which is the foundation of the whole project.

I was involved in all this thanks to Chef Pierpaolo Moroni and his make happen-girlfriend Rosalba and of course Simone Ramilli and Alessandra Ofir Ortolani – the magic pen!

Got to dash off for a dinner with Jhon and all the TB minded to present the TB WINES.