I bypassed the Salon del Gusto/Terre Madre events in Turin in favor of several slow food dinners in the Langhe region of Piedmont. The perfect place to stay was the Albergo Agenzia, the hotel at the Slow Food University, in Pollenzo which is a friendly, modern hotel that also contains the Italian Wine Bank, a massive collection of wines from all over Italy that you can peruse and even buy.
Fortunately, the Slow Food Alliance dinner took place at the Agenzia so I needed only walk down from my room to participate. 4 chefs prepared each of 4 courses that would be accomapanied by Franciacorte sparkling wines.
While they were not trying to break any culinary ground presenting us with what could be considered Italian comfort food, it was delicious.
Sunday Dinner at La Spinetta winery also emphasized simple, satisfying food shared with family and friends. The Rivetti family joined forces to prepare and serve lunch (salads, pasta, beef cooked in barolo, and chocolate cake)....
...with some of their best wines (dolcetto, barbaresco, barolo, and moscatto).
It was certainly "slow" as we spent 4 happy hours together eating, drinking, chatting, laughing, and even singing....everything that Sunday dinner should be.
My last slow food dinner was a bi-national effort between Brussels and Italy hosted by La Torre restaurant in Cherasco. While it could have been seen as a face-off between the two chefs, the entire menu they produced was complimentary rather confrontational.
There were two starters, a plate of roasted root vegetables and an egg, spinach and parmesan...
and two desserts: warm chocolate cake with caramel sauce and caramel ice cream and a tarte tatin.