It has been quite the bumper harvest this year in Tuscany. Hardly a day goes past without one winemaking friend calling to celebrate a great vintage or calling to ask whether we have an empty container so that they can make more wine… for Charlotte too space has been a huge headache- but what a great vintage it will be!
And what a vintage to celebrate our twenty years at Potentino. To think back on what it looked like then. The rooms full of rubbish, the loggia falling down, the roof leaking… but it was a building so full of warmth and wonderful energy… Do come and help us celebrate all the hard work that has been done, particularly by Charlotte and Mum but also by all of the volunteers that helped plant the vineyards and clear them of stones, that helped paint the walls and find all the olive trees in the olive groves that were so covered in undergrowth you couldn’t see them…
I really hope that you can make it….
Renowned food archaeologist Farrell Monaco will be preparing a Roman Feast for Dinner and ex-River Café chef, Avinash Shashidhara will make a classic Potentino Lunch. Come to both!
Lunch will be cooked by Avinash who was instantly a great friend when he was introduced to us a few years ago when he was working at the River Café. He now runs his own Indian Pop-ups in London. A must-taste!
Avinash’s Anniversary Feast
Lunch 1pm for 1:30pmCured Wild Boar and Venison Sausages with Caseifico Murceti Cheese Board
with Charlotte’s Chutneys
Pasta with Bottarga
(Vegetarian Option: Sage Pesto)
Roasted quail with Fennel Pollen
(Vegetarian Option: Aubergine Parmigiana)
Roasted Quince and Potatoes
Amiata Saffron Panna Cotta
Dinner will be cooked by Farrell Monaco another great new friend who came to Potentino for the Terroir Tuscany to talk about Ancient Roman and Etruscan cuisine last year and came back to run a hands-on cooking course at Potentino on Etruscan and Ancient Roman cooking (she will be back at Potentino again in June and September 2020).
Farrell’s Roman Feast
Dinner 7:30 pm for 8pm
C O N V I V I U M
A Taste of The Classical Mediterranean
Grape Must Cakes
Chick Peas with Cumin and Defrutum
Leeks in Broth
Lucanicae (Lucanian Sausages)
Patella ex Olisatro et far / Vegetable Dinner and Farro
Goat’s Cheese and Honey Tarts
Hypotrimma with Spelt Biscuits
Wine and water, Wine and salt-water, Wine and Defrutum
Farrell Monaco is an award-winning Classical archaeologist and food-writer whose research centers on food, food preparation, and bread in the Roman Mediterranean. She writes regularly on the role of food and food preparation in Roman daily life on her site, Tavola Mediterranea, and publishes in both English and Italian. Farrell has also written exclusively for Atlas Obscura and BBC Travel. Her work has been featured prominently by National Geographic, Popular Science, The Atlantic, the BBC, The Guardian, The Economist, Esquire Magazine, SAPIENS Magazine, Verve Magazine, Saveur Magazine and Milk Street. In November of 2020, Farrell co-produced, wrote and presented a video on the history of the date palm fruit with The Getty Museum (Los Angeles, USA).