Back in the U.S.A. for the second leg of Italy at Your Table.by Filippo BartolottaThis time the tour is going to be quite heavy going as Ieuroll have a lot of late nights and early flights to catch. I must confess that I fill some pressure as there woneurot be too many sleeping hours on the way!I started this Road Show in the euroFull Montyeuro way, two years ago. The idea is all in the name: Italy at Your Table.
I bring some Italian Gourmet and cultural life style to peopleeuros home and restaurants in the U.S. The Road Show is a coast to coast adventure done by plane, train, GreyHounds!I travel with my assistant Benedetta, fifteen of Italyeuros most prestigiouswineries, food producers, artisans andeuroan unbelievable American spirit thrown in by our private hosts, restaurants and important institutions.Last year it was so successful, we managed to spend a whole morning at The White House discussing nutrition topics with the Iron Chef!From the Metropolitan Museum in New York, to Alice Waters -Chez Panisse-; from Marthaeuros Table and D.C. Central Charity to the greatest private collectors; from The Napa Valley Reserve to the W Hotel.
This is a project organized all by LeBaccanti Tours which connects the best wines and foods of Italy to American gourmets, journalists and chefs.I very often travel also with not only with the best Italian food and wine, but also with some of the greatest chefs. like Benedetta Vitali, Zibibbo Restaurant-Florence or Luciano Zazzeri, La Pineta-Tuscan Coast.
Together with them we teach how to cook, how to make pasta...from scratch:) while having fun with the guests.
It is the greatest way to learn about nutrition, organic food, fine wines and get some serious TRAVEL TIPS TO ITALY!
Either on an helicopter or with humbler means of transportation Italy is just a fabulous experience.
So while someone might be busy learning about the great Italian Fine Wines, others might like to take more leisurely. Which ever way is going to be an authentic and enjoyable experience.
AJ, one of our hosts, today has just told me that all of his guests are still talking about the Italy at Your Table evening as one of the best of their life!!!www.italianwinemerchants.com
This year with the greatest trade support given by our partners Italian Wine Merchants. If you are interested in purchasing any of the Italy at Your Tabel Selection, please do not hesitate to contact them.So here I am in the Big Apple for a couple of intimate dinners with very sophisticated collectors and a few meetings with some Chefs, like Sam Hazen - Veritas, Julian Medina euro Yerba Buena and Gabrielle euro Prune.
They all love Italian wines and make great food so, shall we sayeuroit woneurot suck!Although Ieuroll be ending up the tour with some sleeping issues, as I have many late nights and early morning flights, on the other hand though I am very excited as the next step after New York will be in San Francisco where Ieuroll meet up with new friends. Saint Antonio euroTexas; Santa Barbara; Los Angels; Napa Valley; Kansas City; New York the following pit-stops. Ieuroll keep you posted.But who are these new friends Italy at Your Table is going to meet in San Francisco?
Next to SanFrancisco is Berkely home to Chez Panisse, Alice Waters restaurant.
Alice is charged with some special human power. A special energy that allows her to take the lead of a thousand projects all directed to have Americans eat better, tastier and healthier food. After meeting her in Marhtaeuros Table and D.C. Central Charity event in January, I will now have the opportunity to talk about GOOD FOOD AWARD, good wine at the W Hotel.
This is all been possible thanks to the sweetnees and wonderful spirit of Alice and of course Sarah Winer,the Director of www.seedlingprojects.org
. Sarah and I have been talking thourghout the winter to have a blend of The Good Food Award and Italy at Your Table. The W Hotel accepted the challenge and decided to organize an event fot the city of San Francisco!!! Thanks Allison!So the recepie is made of: three hot chefs; Good Food Award winning products; great Italian fine wines, Chocolate and Balsamic Vinegar; a wonderful location andeurosome hungry guests!
The event is going to take place on the 9th at 1830. Prior to that though Ieuroll go and meet the Chefs in their element and a behind the scenes full report will be disclosed after the event!Meanwhile please take a look at the first draft of the evening:Chef Paul Piscopo of XYZ Restaurant
Grilled acme batard, la quercia prosciutto,hot pickled okra and sieved eggChef Tia Harrison | Sociale
Caramelized duck pate profiteroles with bourboneurod figs, rucola, house made fennel pollen mustardChef William Werner | The Tale Preserve Company
Caramelized brioche with red hawk cheese, cocoa nib and carrot
Pairing by FilippoBartolotta with:Arnaldo Capraieuro25 annieuro, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG 2005BellavistaFranciacorta Cuve BrutCastello RomitorioBrunello di Montalcino DOCG 2004Dal Forno RomanoValpolicella superiore DOC 2004Fattoria delle RipalteAlea Ludendo, Aleatico delleuroElba DOC 2007Feudi di San GregorioGreco di Tufo DOCG 2009FontodiVigna del Sorbo, Chianti Classico DOCG 07Isole e OlenaChianti Classico DOCG 08PetraPetra IGT TOSCANA 2006PrSoave Classico DOC 2009Propriet SperinoUvaggio, Coste della Sesia DOC 2007Sandrone LucianoNebbiolo DeuroAlba Valmaggiore 2007Acetaia GiustiAceto Balsamico di ModenaAntica Dolceria BonajutoModica ChocolateThank you Sarah for making it happen!!!If you want to know more about the euroGood Food Awardeuro
TheGood Food Awards celebrate the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. Granting awards to outstanding American food...www.goodfoodawards.org