ZERO - Emotional Tasting Gala Dinner
Italian Embassy in China, Beijing
12 November 2018
On November 12th, 2018 the Italian Embassy in Beijing together with 100ITA, graciously hosted an Emotional Tasting Dinner, creatively theme "ZERO". The dinner, graced by H.E. Ettore Sequi as well as the Ambassadors of the Moroccan, Argentinean, and the UAE embassies in Beijing, seated some 50 VIP guests representing the media, special friends, and valued associates of the Italian Embassy.
The thematic dinner menu featured 6 Courses, 6 Emotions, and 6 Interpretations, altogether aimed at reflecting the importance of ZERO for humanity and in particular, for Italy. The menu had three Italian Michelin-starred guest chefs, namely Fabrizio Girasoli, Gianni Tarabini, and Valentino Palmisano, who ingeniously translated the concepts of Temperature, Discovery, Origin, Shape, Number, and Earth into six amazing culinary creations: Piu’ o Meno Parmigiana (a typical Italian eggplant recipe declined in 3 temperatures), Sole (Sunny Risotto made with saffron and edible gold), Italia (Beef Lasagna with the Extra Black Truffles Tuber Uncinatum Chatin), Regina Margherita (a Pizza Margherita created with a fillet topped with burrata cheese and Tuber Magnatum Pico, the most expensive Extra White Truffle in the world), Liber Abbaci 1202 (Slow-cook Beef fillet with a Chianti wine and pepper reduction sauce), and Tartufo (a creamy gelato made with Truffles) as sweet ending.
Each of the 6 courses was meticulously paired with a rare collection of vintage Italian wines in super-magnum bottles, namely, PRIOR Valdobbiadene Procecco Superiore Millesimato Brut 2014 (the very first prosecco brut created in Italian History by Bortolomiol); Lucente 2006 by Luce della Vite (considered by Wine Spectator the best vintage of Lucente wine ever produced ); 50&50 2012 by Avignonesi-Capanelle; Galatrona 2015 by Petrolo (the second best wine in the World in 2018 for James Suckling); Chianti Rufina Riserva Vecchie Viti 2013; and Vin Santo 2001 Avignonesi (the best Italian dessert wine).Thanks to the masterful deliberation of Cristiano Fagioli, the abstracts of the theme, including its culinary and wine expressions, and were eloquently translated into poignant experiences for the guests in celebration of this Italian lifestyle.