The origins of the event date back to the 16th Century when members of the nobility offered polenta to hungry townspeople to help counter a famine that was ravaging the region of Tuscany. The gesture grew into a time-honoured annual communal feast that continues throughout many towns in Italy to this day.
Guests will enjoy a welcome aperitivo of Aperol Spritz and mingle during a cicchetti course of small snacks and a Vermouth Martini Riserva Speciale.
Long communal tables are then filled with polenta and accompaniments such as osso buco, fennel sausage & peppers, and rapini with Calabrian vinaigrette served alongside tumblers of Pinot Grigio and Valpolicella.
The dolci course also showcases the festival’s star ingredient in polenta almond cake with blood orange and mascarpone.
DI BEPPE FESTA DELLA POLENTA MENU
— $79 per person plus tax and gratuity —
polenta with baccalà mantecato
anchovy, egg & olive
roasted mortadella & pistachio pesto
Vermouth Martini Riserva Speciale
fennel sausage & peppers
rapini with Calabrian vinaigrette
Di Lenardo Monovitigna Pinot Grigio 2017
Folonari Valpolicella Classico 2016
polenta almond cake, blood orange & mascarpone
espresso and il rimorchio
I attended a media preview of this special dinner which was absolutely delicious and enjoyable as a communal feast. Here are a few photos of the preview.
The dinner will be hosted by Di Beppe General Manager Matthew Morgenstern alongside Di Beppe Chef Andrew Morales and special guest Alessandro Vianello, who recently joined the Kitchen Table family as Executive Chef of Pourhouse and collaborated with Morales on the menu for the event. The Festa della Polenta is close to the heart of Vianello, whose family hails from the Northern Italian region of Veneto.
Tickets to Di Beppe’s communal “Festa della Polenta” dinner with seatings at 5 pm and 8 pm are available for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased online at here.