Posts Tagged ‘Chef Pino Posteraro’

Flavours of Italy Gala

On November 18th I attended the Flavours of Italy Gala tasting & dinner held at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel. This 8th annual dinner event was hosted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce Western Canada and featured over 100 Italian wines for guests to taste.

To begin the evening event, I had the pleasure to taste some of the fine Italian wines and Amarone that went well with Parmessan Cheese, Rice Balls, Olives, Panettone along with the delicious Gelato from Bella Gelateria.

Guests took their seats and the Gala Dinner got underway with an elegant meal and wine pairings. A few notable passionate foodies at my table were Pino Posteraro Chef & Owner of one of my favourite restaurants Cioppino`s Mediterranean Grill along with James Colleridge Master Gelato maker of my favourite gelateria which is Bella Gelateria.

To Start

Bresaola with baby arugula, exra virgin olive oil and grana padano

paired with Pinot Noir – Tenuta Maggiore

Bresaola with baby arugula, extra virgin olive oil and grana padano

Milanese Style – Risotto with Saffron Butternut Squash Ravioli topped with jumbo prawn

paired with Lugana Monte Cicogna

Milanese Style Risotto with Saffron

Followed by a palate cleanser Sorrento Lemon Sorbet

Sorrento Lemon Sorbet

Special Presentation by Chef Pino Posteraro

Pino Posteraro Chef & Owner of Cioppino`s Mediterranean Grill

Followed by the main dish, Ossobuco on a bed of Polenta and Gorgonzola with wine reduction and seasonal vegetables

paired with Amphorae – Tenuta Maggiore

Ossobuco on a bed of Polenta

Followed by, Cheese Platter: Grna, Taleggio and Provelone

paired with Amphorae – Tenuta Maggiore

Cheese Platter

Ending the meal with, Panettone Tiramisu and Gelato Al Torrone

paired with Pinot Noir Brut – Fattoria Colombini

Panettone Tiramisu and Gelato Al Torrone

Thousands of dollars were raised in the live auction that included a generous donation by Chef Pino Posteraro with monies raised going to support the Michael Cuccione Foundation.

By: Richard Wolak

A Canadian Food and Wine Spectacle

Last month I attended a wonderful event that showcased our areas notable chefs along with vintners and their foods and wines. The event took place on February 14th during the Olympics in Vancouver at the BC Pavillion.

Chef John Bishop and his team

Chef John Bishop of Bishop’s prepared a cold plate of Jerusalem artichoke pastry with yukon potato cubes, celery root, and roasted red pepper relish.  Nk’mip Cellars wine was paired up with the Bishop’s dish.

Chef Brian Misko - House of Q

Chef Brian Misko created a couple of plates, my favourite was the Barbqued Beef Brisket on a sweet potato latka. LuLu Island Winery paired up one of their wines with the brisket from House of Q.

Chef Hidekazo Tojo (left) - Tojo's

Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s made a Pink Salmon Sushi (garnished with asparagus and salmon row). Quails Gate Estate Winery paired up one of their wines with the sushi from Tojo’s.

Chef Vikram Vij (left) of Vij's

Chef Vikram Vij of Vij’s served a chicken curry with mint mango chutney. Therapy Vineyards paired up one of their wines with Vij’s Chicken Curry.

Cioppino's and their Cranberry and Blueberry Salad

Vista D'oro Farms Winery and their wines

Cioppino’s and their Cranberry and Blueberry Salad with grains topped with Buffalo mozzarella. Vista D’oro Farms Winery paired the salad with their Pinot Noir.

Chef Ned Bell (left) - Cabanna Bar and Grille

Chef Ned Bell of Cabanna Bar and Grille made a wonderful dessert, Cheesecake with cubed Fujiya apples, apple sorbet, red sugar and a white chocolate heart.  Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Chardonnay was paired with the Cheesecake from Cabanna.

Guests had a rare opportunity to meet with farmers and fisherman who supply these acclaimed chefs and their restaurants. I enjoyed sampling all the foods, tasting their paired wines and talking with each of the chefs about their creations.

By: Richard Wolak

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