Saturday, November 12, 7:00 pm
Member $100, guests $125
On December 8th, the Olympic torch will leave Rome and make its way through each of Italy’s regions and provinces, arriving in Torino on February 10th for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games. Though most of us won’t be there to see the torch reach its final destination, we will have Carlo Zarri, our very own torchbearer, to bring the Olympic spirit from Italy to the Beard House.
Zarri, a gold medal contender when it comes to promoting and preserving the cuisine of Piedmont, is a graduate of the School of Tourism in Bergamo. He currently owns and operates his family’s Villa San Carlo Hotel in Cortemilia, a Piemontese town known for its prized hazelnuts. Zarri serves traditional regional cuisine in his tiny dining room, treating guests from around the world to locally inspired specialties like potato gnocchi with hazelnuts, veal fillet with cream and hazelnuts, and torta di nocciole (hazelnut cake). “You will be enchanted by the passion that Carlo Zarri...uses to experiment with his delicate and unusual dishes,” wrote Adreina Micali of Italy’s Telesette, adding that Zarri does more than his part to preserve Piemontese culinary traditions.
The restaurant’s nearly 1,000-bottle wine list is just as impressive as its food. Zarri, a sommelier and member of the Italian Sommelier Association, has personally collected an extensive cellar with a focus on local wines. In addition to his chef and sommelier duties, Zarri teaches classes on the foods of Piedmont and has written two guidebooks on regional cooking and cuisine. His enthusiasm for the region has earned Zarri a place at the Olympic games—he ran the kitchen of the Casa Italia restaurant in both the Salt Lake City and Athens Olympic villages. This year, he will also be in charge of catering services for the NBC coverage of the Games.
Davide La Mattina, a 2002 graduate of the Alba-Barolo culinary school, will be accompanying Zarri to the Beard House. La Mattina has worked with Zarri for the past three years, participating in several high-profile culinary fêtes, including Sophia Loren’s 70th birthday party.