Prego – The Westin is hosting “A Gastronomic Trip to Emilia Romagna” where Chef Eraldo Colazzo presents authentic dishes from the region of Emilia Romagna. This festival runs from 18th Aug – 28th August, 2016 and when I received an invitation to try out a few of their dishes, I simply couldn’t decline.
Emilia Romagna is affectionately known as the legendary “bread basket” of Italy. With it’s capital of Bologna, this region is considered by many to be the gastronomical and culinary heart of Italy and that reputation resonates throughout very demanding Italian food circles. This region has bestowed it’s traditional culinary gifts and delicacies to make Italian food what we all know and love. If you desire to taste Italy’s best food, you must direct yourself to Emilia Romagna for it’s robust, distinctive and superior cuisine.
Emilia Romagna is home to the town of Parma, which is the birthplace of Prosciutto di Parma, Italy’s most famous pork product. It is also the birthplace of the highly prized Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. In fact, this legendary cheese is exclusively produced in this region of Italy by law. Although there are many imitations, there is no rival to this renowned cheese that has found inclusion in multiple recipes all over the world. The provinces of Parma, Reggio and Emilia have had legal title to production for hundreds of years.
Well, we started off with the welcome drink which was a water melon and ginger based drink for the festival. It was sweet and really refreshing.
The amuse bouche of the day was Beetroot Carpaccio with Ricotta and Balsamic Reduction. A beautiful combination of thinly sliced beetroot and ricotta to kick start the palate.
The first dish was the Mozzarella Carrozza. It was basically deep fried buffalo mozzarella cutlets served with a salad and a spicy tomato sauce. The cutlets were absolutely gooey and produced long strands of the mozzarella. When paired with the spicy tomato sauce, it tasted really good. The cutlet by itself was a little too bland for me.
The Lugo was more like a bruschetta with a grilled corn polenta, minced pork and tuna garnished with some micro greens. It had a good crunchy base with the perfectly seasoned quenelle of the pork and tuna on top of the polenta. I really loved this dish.
The Bologna had mushroom and taleggio cheese stuffing served with a vegetable consomme and a drizzle of olive oil. I thought the tortellini would have paired better with a thick sauce rather than a bouillon. But the tortellini by itself was really good.
The Luna was a calzone stuffed with parma ham, mascarpone, black truffle, mozzarella and white truffle oil. It tasted wonderful and the ham was just out of the world.
The Suzzara had a chicken fillet in a mushroom and thyme sauce served along with silky smooth mashed potatoes, broccoli, carrots and zucchini. The chicken fillet was tender but I found the sauce to be just a little salty. But the combination of the chicken, the sauce and the mashed potatoes when had together tasted amazing.
The Copparo was a potato cake having peas and vegetables served on a base of tomato and cheese sauce and garnished with grated and fried carrots and beetroot. The sauce was really nice and it said volumes about the quality of tomatoes and cheese used. The carrots and beetroots didn’t really make a difference to me but I liked this dish overall.
The star of the night was the Bondeno. An cinnamon dusted apple strudel served along with some vanilla cream and cinnamon sauce was absolutely heavenly. The vanilla cream was very light while the cinnamon sauce was absolutely subtle on the palate. It was a truly heavenly dessert to wrap up the night.
A big shout out to Sheeba Mammen from GolinOpinion for inviting and Jayeesha, Kartik and Chef Eraldo for hosting us.
Disclaimer : This invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. This review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source. However I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the Internet.
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