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September, let's go back to toast! All wine events (and more) – Italian Cuisine

September, let's go back to toast! All wine events (and more)

For many, the holidays are over, but at the weekend we can continue to have fun and relax. With a glass in hand among the vineyards, but also discovering how a balsamic vinegar is born or the path of milk to cheese

The office, school, going out with friends: little by little, everything is returning to normal, or almost, because we always have to deal with masks, disinfectant gel, distance and all the precautions related to Covid-19. Small, but important gestures that allow us to be together again and also to participate in those events that in recent months we have seen canceled or postponed. It starts again from here too. And, then, here are the food and wine initiatives scheduled for September.

Sforzato and pizzoccheri in Valtellina

From 11 to 13 September the city of Tirano hosts the sixth edition of the wine festival Heroic Red. It will be a weekend to savor the Valtellina at 360 degrees with tastings, music, meetings to discover the excellence of the territory, itineraries among the terraced vineyards and in the historic center, guided tours in the palaces and culinary experiences. Twenty-nine wineries producing Vino Sforzato offer tastings of their wines in three elegant locations in the historic center of Tirano: Palazzo Salis, Palazzo Merizzi and Palazzo Marinoni to create the perfect combination of oenology, culture and hospitality and offer visitors an experience made of history , scents, aromas and culture that the territory offers. Also in Valtellina, every weekend in September, in Teglio, thanks to the initiative Pizzocchero d’oro, you can taste the pizzoccheri and the typical products of the territory thanks to themed menus offered in restaurants and farmhouses.

Franciacorta in the cellar

On 12-13 and 19-20 September the autumn appointment with the Franciacorta Festival, a widespread event to discover the territory of the famous bubbles among wineries, restaurants, producers. On the official website you can discover all the places affected by the event and all the planned initiatives and you can also make a nice test to find the event that's right for you including dinners under the stars, aperitifs at sunset, pedaling through the vineyards, walking in historic centers, guided visits to sites of interest, picnics among the rows, pairing with sushi and spit. For example, the Berlucchi winery among other things it offers a brunch at the castle: the tour of the historic cellar is followed by a brunch in the panoramic vineyard of the Berlucchi Castle, accompanied by live music. The gourmand box is combined with the 3 Franciacortas of the Berlucchi '61 line. Reservation required.

Cellars open during the harvest

With Open Cellars in Harvest in the months of September and October, the wineries associated with Wine Tourism Movement will open their doors to visitors again with visits to the vineyard and tastings, wine trekking and traditional pressing to experience the magic of the grape harvest from Piedmont to Sicily. New this year will be the first edition of Picnic in Cantina: on the weekends of 19-20 September and 26-27 September, the largest picnic in Italy will take place, a "strictly chic" picnic with a glass of wine in hand , to savor the wine tourism areas even in times of social distancing and rediscover the luxury of simple things and life in the open air.

Alassio, A sea of… champagne

Destination for the weekend? A Sea of ​​Champagne! This is the title of the event dedicated to bubbles which returns to Alassio on 20 and 21 September with its eighth edition. At the Diana Grand Hotel you can taste over 120 of the best labels from over 40 French maison, accompanying the wine with fine products of the land and sea. Also on the program are masterclasses with illustrious names in the world of wine, gala dinners, sensory analysis sessions, a national preview of the truffle of the Alba Truffle Fair and cocktail presentations.

Gastronomic September in Parma

Until 30 September a widespread event will bring the culture of food to the Parma area with many events, from solidarity dinners to storytellers in the tavern. Here you can learn more about the Gastronomic September program, or on the official website www.parmacityofgastronomy.it.

Open Acetaie in Modena

How is a balsamic vinegar born? You can see it with your own eyes by visiting the vinegar factories and talking to the producers: the appointment is with Open Acetaie, organized on 27 September by the Consortium for the Protection of Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI and the Consortium for the Protection of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PDO. Throughout the province of Modena about thirty vinegar producers will offer tasting tours accompanied by walks in the vineyards, harvests of the children and demonstrations of cooking the must, live music and snacks based on typical specialties of the territory, from Lambrusco to crescentine, up to pies with ancient fruit jams.

Trentino in a jar

On weekends in September, but also in October and early November, fourteen farmhouses located throughout the Trentino area offer experiences from harvesting in the field to creating the fruit preserves offered by nature. Find it here the Trentino program in a jar to choose what you want to do: pickled vegetables, onion and apple sauce, but also black cabbage pesto, apple strudel jam.

Milk celebrating in Trentino

An event for young and old to discover the path of milk, from milking in the malghe to cheese tasting. Milk in celebration is scheduled for 12 and 13 September at Alpe Cimbra with workshops for making caciotte, butter and canederli, but also trekking and bike tours in the mountains, games and picnics in nature.

Sea plastic in Rome

The second edition of A-SEA PLASTIC, the plastic free Eco Festival, returns to the Tourist Port of Rome, in the territory of the X Municipio and to Ostia Antica, from 19 September to 10 October. The aim of the festival is to raise public awareness on the issue of plastic pollution (widespread also in the kitchen) to the detriment of the seas and to underline how this material, appropriately recovered, can transform itself from plastic into the sea into "plastic to love ". On the key days of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September, debates with environmental protection experts, talk-performances, live painting, live music concerts, workshops for children will alternate and you can also participate in the "Explorations between nature and history" , six guided walks to discover and learn how to protect the territory of Ostia and Ostia Antica.

The avocado toast with Vittorio Brumotti's ndujia – Italian Cuisine

At breakfast with the envoy of Striscia la Notizia and his fiancée Annachiara Zoppas, fusion cuisine, Ligurian focaccia and detox diet triumph. Stunts? They are not limited to the menu. Here is the backstage of the "Focolare Domestico" service, on page 62 of our May issue

He is used to flying high Vittorio Brumotti, not to get around obstacles, on the contrary, to climb them as he did for Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world, in Dubai, who got back on his bike in just 2 hours and 20 minutes. No stakes for the world bike trial champion, specialty derived from the motorcycle trial (from «try, all, or «try everything) and sent on behalf of the satirical news Strip the News. Before the lockdown, he welcomes us to his parents' home in Liguria. We are in his new Milanese apartment, a large open space with a custom-made kitchen, designed together with Snaidero. «I love design – he says. Next to it is his fiancée Annachiara Zoppas, influencer and marketing officer for the family mineral water company (San Benedetto, ed), with which he has been living for two years. And as Vittorio starts jumping from the counter reinforced with the bike, she gives in to romance and slices eggplants for a vegetarian coconut milk curry.

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«We met at Vinitaly thanks to my cousin Matteo Zoppas, Vittorio's bike companion. Ironically he drinks very little, I do too but I was there to present the project of a glass bottle for a new mineral water ", reveals Annachiara" Vittorio was making fun of me, but something went off immediately. Today he is also our testimonial for a campaign on environmental sustainability . In constant training, Brumotti follows one strict diet and he rarely allowed himself some rudeness. Meanwhile, he slices a generous dose of Valtellina bresaola with a vintage black Berkel, purchased in a restaurant, at the end of a dinner with friends, another of his instant falls in love. «I used to live on proteins, now I am more balanced: I also do detox periods based only on fruit and vegetables. I'm almost vegan (laughs). "

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"There Breakfast it's our favorite moment together ", she joins" I like to prepare something special likeavocado toast. Seemingly classic, his recipe actually hides a "little" secret Calabrian Nduja: part of my origins come from there , reveals Brumotti, very close to the family. So much so that the parents' initials are tattooed on one arm. Preserves stand in a row on a shelf in oil of the company Polla with which Vittorio's father Claudio works. «As a child I accompanied him to deliver to the bakers the lactones, or rather large 25-liter extra virgin milk: I still remember the scent of hot focaccia. As a good Ligurian I learned to eat it dipping it in cappuccino: it is another of my favorite breakfasts ". The sea it is the place where the athlete regenerates, so much so that, among the outstanding projects, there is a holiday home overlooking the Ligurian coast «it belonged to Gianfranco Funari: an ancient Moorish-style building: Annachiara and I hope to be able to finish the work early .

On a shelf triumph Taggiasca olives and tuna fillets lined up with meticulous care «they are gifts for friends he says «and a way to promote Italian products, our goodness . It is ready on the table: no tablecloths, but an American service. Bowls instead of the perfect soup plates for another favorite dish, this time by Annachiara, the Japanese poke. The round table and the leather chairs give the whole a rockabilly touch. Time for a few minutes and the famous avocado toast "alla Brumotti" arrives. Gasconi and spicy like the biker who stops just the time to bite one.

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Avocado toast with 'nduja: the Brumotti recipe

Here's how to prepare spicy avocados toast "alla Brumotti".

Ingredients for 4 people

4 fresh eggs
4 slices of cereal bread
2 ripe avocados
150 g cherry tomatoes
1 lemon
150 g of spicy Calabrian Nudja
extra virgin olive oil
wine vinegar counter
pepper in grains


Simmer some salted water in a non-stick saucepan, add 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar.

Gently break an egg into a bowl and drop it into the water with the help of a skimmer. Let it cook for 2 minutes without sliding it off the skimmer: with this trick it will not break and it will be very easy to drain it.

Place the egg on a plate lined with paper towels and repeat the operation with the missing eggs.

Blend the avocado pulp with the juice of half a lemon, a pinch of salt and two tablespoons of oil. Chop the tomatoes and keep aside.

Toast the bread and spread it with the 'nduja. Pour a generous layer of avocado cream, then place a poached egg on each toast.

Complete with diced cherry tomatoes, a mince of fresh pepper and serve.

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Batata toast for breakfast – Italian Cuisine

Batata toast for breakfast

To start the day in a healthy and tasty way, here is an exotic alternative to sandwich bread, to be combined with sweet or savory ingredients

The sweet potatoes they have become a very fashionable food among sportsmen, health-conscious and anyone who is constantly looking for food news. With orange or white paste, this tuber that does not belong to the same family as traditional potatoes, has really recommendable characteristics for a healthy diet: a skin rich in fiber, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, vitamins A, C and B6. Try i batata toast it then becomes a must, both for the throat and for health.

How to make batata toast

Prepare this delicious dish, also suitable for those who follow a diet gluten free, it's very easy. just wash sweet potatoes very well and cut them to slices about 3-5 mm high lengthwise, without peeling them. You can then decide whether to cook batata toast in the classic toaster, thus obtaining even darker stripes on the slice of sweet potato, or in an oven already hot at 220-250 degrees. In both cases it will take a few minutes, but check the cooking that varies from the thickness of the tuber to the power of the oven or toaster. Once cooked, fill your batata toast with sweet or savory ingredients.

Avocado & batata toast

L'avocado toast it was one of the trendiest dishes of 2016, photographed and shared on social networks, by stars and VIPs in the first place. The slices of toast are stuffed with slices of ripe avocado or crushed avocado pulp and then, the sweet tooth, add other ingredients to taste in the filling: poached or fried egg, bacon, salmon, cheese and even strawberries, honey and cinnamon. If you want to be keeping up with the latest food trends, substituted slices of toasted sweet potato with bread, for a snack as healthy as it is exotic.

How to stuff batata toast

To stuff batata toast you can go on the classic: butter and jam or hazelnut cream they never disappoint and also go well with sweet potato. To prepare gods perfect sandwiches to post on Instagraminstead you can opt for peanut butter and blueberries; goat cheese, honey and walnuts; hummus or guacamole. But the is also very good tahina, a Middle Eastern sesame cream, as well as the paired honey and cinnamon or mustard and salmon, both highly appreciated on social networks. Those who have in mind to delight their palate with particular combinations without paying too much attention to the popularity of their creations will opt for peanut butter and banana slices; extra virgin coconut oil and almonds; cheese, chocolate chips and cocoa beans or apple and raisin slices.

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