Saturday 31st October 7pm-11pm
Pochi ma Buoni – ‘Small but Great’
Pop-Up Rustic Italian Restaurant at Cargo Road Wines Cellar Door
Saturday 31st October, 7pm-11pm
A wine-tasting evening with a difference, the Pochi ma Buoni (‘Small but Great’) rustic Italian pop-up at Cargo Road Wines Cellar Door is back on Saturday 31 October 2015 as part of the Orange Wine Festival. The intimate event is aimed at celebrating the coming together of good people, good food and good wine for good times.
It’s a ‘wild-style degustation dinner’ featuring three courses of authentic Roman-style home-cooking, with each course paired by a wine from the Cargo Road Wines portfolio. Wine-maker and the Orange wine region’s ‘Vigneron of the Year’, James Sweetapple, will be presenting the story behind each of the wines during each course. “This is all about showcasing wines in an informal and fun setting, so you get the real flavour of the wines being complemented with a hearty, home-cooked meal,” explains James. “Our focus for the evening is on creating an experience of good food and good wine in good company, very much like a private dinner party but with the added bonus of being in a wine cellar,” says James.
On the menu for the evening is Zuppa di Zucca con Gorgonzola (pumpkin soup with a bit of bite), Polpetta di Cervo (Mandagery Creek venison meatballs served with Cargo Road Wines homemade fig & ginger jam) and Zuppa Inglese (a 16th century recipe for Italian trifle).
Tickets are $80 per person, including all food and wine.
ABOUT POCHI MA BUONI Pochi ma Buoni is a fun phrase used by youthful Italians to refer to an event that is small and select, but which attracts like-minded, gregarious people. Directly translated it means “only for the few, but very good”, however we like to explain it more simply as “small but great”. You can follow us on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pochipopup
All traditional Italian family recipes, handed down to cook for the evening, Paolo Picarazzi, from his grandparents. .
Pochi ma Buoni
About the Cook – Paolo Picarazzi
Paolo comes from Isola Del Lira (‘The Island of the River Liri’), a small village in the valley of the province of Frosinone, just an hour’s drive from Rome in Italy. Hailing from the ancient region of Ciociaria, this area has its own culture, dialect and traditions and is famous for being the birthplace of the Roman orator and philosopher, Cicero. Paolo’s family have lived in this region for centuries, and his grandparents cultivated vineyards and grew vegetables in the valley. Most of his cooking skills are thanks to his grandmother, Santina, and his grandfather Silvio taught him an appreciation of fine wine. Paolo has been a resident of Orange, NSW since June last year, and this is his first foray into sharing the wealth of Italian home-cooking recipes he has up his sleeve.
About the Wine-Grower – James Sweetapple
Locally, James needs little introduction as the President of the annual FOOD Week festival and an active member of the Orange Region Vignerons Association (ORVA). James has spent subsequent years since taking on the management and wine-growing role at Cargo Road Wines to add to the vineyard’s successful portfolio and making it into a viable business. He’s an enthusiastic advocate of holistic vineyard management practices, and has a story to share behind every single wine he produces.