The Culinary Center of Kansas City was the first stop on Filippo Bartolottaâ€™s â€œ Italy at Your Tableâ€ tour. He came to Overland Park via 2 CCKC patrons that met him while on a wine tour of Tuscany. When they discovered he planned to tour the states introducing Americans to the joy of Italian wine they were one of the first to book â€œItaly at Your Tableâ€.
In his beautiful Italian shoes and very hip jacket Filippo stood in front of the teaching island in the intimate Santa Fe kitchen. He kept the 36 guests and 3 waitstaff entranced w/ his stories and descriptions of the wines. Starting w/ Panizzi Vernaccia di Sangimignano Riserva 2006 and ending 5 wines later w/ the Cepparello 2006. Along the way he compared and contrasted 2 wines from 2001; the Grattamacco and Camp Quadro Barbaresco Punset.
During the appetizer reception Chef Matt and his talented staff presented cumin cured salmon crostini w/ tahini yogurt and bruschette w/ balsamic figs and goat cheese. The kitchen crew really got to shine during the plated tapas. Wild mushroom risotto w/ truffle oil, lamb kebob w/ pomegranate glaze and seared pork tenderloin w/ grape tomato chutney made the food as memorable as the wine, I thought, until, at the end of the evening, one guest pulled me aside and said the wine she would forget, but she would never forget the food. Hmmmmmmmâ€¦â€¦