Monday, February 11, 2013

Italian cultural evening!

How do you bring a culture to life in your lives when you live thousands of mine away from that culture?  Host an Italian themed evening of music, poetry and of course food from the culture! That' just what I did this past weekend.... menu was pretty special with a variety of cuisine from different regions... Ferrara, Liguria, Emilia-Romanga, followed by a splendid slide show from the Ligurian region and some inspirational poetry by Montale. Five hours goes by very quickly when the body, mind and soul is engaged with such sustenance....
So to the menu... Asparagus wrapped with prosciutto and baked in the oven, Fava-Bean Crostini, winter salad of escarole with oranges, olives, and pecorino, pasta with pesto from the Genoa region, a delightfully delicious cappellaci di zucca from Ferrara ( stuffed home made pasta with butternut squash, Parmesan, ricotta, armaretto and ground hazelnuts, served with a brown butter and sage sauce, followed by a delightful "torta al vino rosso" red wine chocolate cake with whipped cream and macerated raspberries and a variety of gelato!
If you would like to host such an evening in your home with a food theme from Italy, France, Germany or Ireland, please contact me!