(published in the Santa Barbara News-Press on 9/4/14)
The next chapter in Bacara Resort’s popular “Meet the Masters” dinner series will feature Italian nobility.
Armando Fumanelli will be the guest of honor at the September 18th affair, which begins at 6pm with a wine reception in Bacara’s Rotunda terrace. The celebrated winemaker hails from Italy’s Valpolicella, a famous wine growing region near the city of Verona. And, with the title of Marchesi and as a descendant of Italian nobles dating back hundreds of years, he’s also royalty.
|The historic Squarano Estate in Valpolicella|
“The Fumanelli family has been cultivating grapes and producing prestigious wines for more than 600 years,” says Kathleen Cochran, Bacara’s general manager. “We are honored to offer guests the rare opportunity to dine with a winemaker of this magnitude.”
|Some Marchesi Fumanelli wines are aged 3 years before release|
Starter courses will feature the classic agnolotti pasta, from Piedmont, stuffed with local spiny lobster and drizzled in vanilla cream, and pan roasted local sea bass dressed with a fall vegetable terrine. The feature course, paired with the Marchesi Fumanelli 2008 Amarone Della Valpolicella, presents a pistachio-crusted lamb rib eye served with Swiss chard, a puree of baby carrots and an essence of Medjool dates.
Dessert is a sweet treat medley, including espresso chocolate cake, coconut rum custard and chocolate mousse.
This is meant to be a multisensory experience, though. Enter professional singers from Opera Santa Barbara. Between courses, diners will be treated to a bevy of Italian arias.
|Natural light fills the Rotunda at Bacara, located above the lobby and offering 360-degree views|
Tickets are $150 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 877-496-9877 or visit www.bacararesort.com. An overnight package, which includes two event tickets and valet parking, is available from $549.
Bacara Resort’s “Meet the Masters” dinner series debuted in January. Previous high-profile culinary guests have included Master Sommelier Fred Dame and Japanese sake expert Yuji Matsumoto. Currently, the series takes place the third Wednesday of every month.