Thursday, 27 April 2017

"A Taste of Sicily" Event in London

If you love Sicily and live in the London area you are in for a real treat on the 22nd May 2017. Save the date for 'A Taste of Sicily' with Capers in Sicily and Southern Italy.

This exciting event is to be held at Tasting Sicily UK Enzo's Kitchen in the heart of London's theatre land between 7:00pm and 10:30pm.

The event is hosted by Laura Panico owner and founder of Aeolian Adventures. Passionate about all things Sicilian, with Italian heritage plus staying at her family's holiday home on the Aeolian island of Vulcano, Laura had a vision of bringing together lovers of Sicily, people interested by Sicily and food and wine lovers to showcase the beauty, culture and cuisine of our beautiful island.

She has created a group on Meetup called Capers in Sicily and Southern Italy, Meetup is an an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. It allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest.

I met Laura for the first time three years ago when she had a stand for Aeolian Adventures at the Times Newspapers Destinations Holiday and Travel Show held annually at Olympia in London. We hit it off straight away and have been great friends ever since and when she asked me to assist her with her Meetup group I accepted with glee.

Aeolian Adventures is a gastronomical tour of Sicily and its Aeolian Islands enjoying truly authentic cooking and wine tasting exploring the islands, their volcanoes and a lot more. She also arranges holidays on Sicily itself in the Mount Etna area. Her motto is "Aeolian Adventures, more than just a cooking holiday".

So what is in store for you on 22nd May?

The event will be held at Tasting Sicily UK Enzo's Kitchen a brilliant newly opened Sicilian restaurant which is located on Panton Street in London's Piccadilly. The restaurant is where the much loved and well known 'The Stockpot' once was.

Tasting Sicily UK was born from an existing company founded fifteen years ago named Gusta la Sicilia (Tasting Sicily) and its goal is to spread the Sicilian taste worldwide.

Enzo's Kitchen has been created by the esteemed chef Enzo Oliveri who was born in Palermo and moved to England in the 1990's. He is also known as "The Sicilian Chef" and owns several restaurants in the UK including, Sicily in Epsom Surrey and Olivenzo in Bromley Kent. He starred in the television series "Sicily with Aldo & Enzo" with fellow celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, with Paul Hollywood in his City Bakes series and also with Gordon Ramsay on Channel 4 in "F Word goes Octopus Hunting in Sicily", and he was recently made the President of the FIC UK (Federation of Italian Chefs in the UK). Plus he is super nice.

On the night you will be treated to a demonstration by Chef Enzo of how to make the popular Sicilian street food Arancini, you might even get the chance to be hands on with helping.

Also a special treat will be wine tasting with Francesco Raciti owner and winemaker of the amazing Gambino Winery the highest vineyard on Mount Etna. Laura and myself know Francesco and we can both confirm that he provides an unforgettable wine tasting experience and his passion for his wines is exhilarating and infectious. My dog Daisy loves him too and always enjoys a visit up to Gambino when in Sicily, especially as he always gives her a yummy Sicilian sausage.

You will also be able to taste traditional Sicilian antipasti and desserts such as Arancini (Sicilian rice balls), Crochette (potato croquettes), Panelle (crispy chickpea fritters) and Cannoli (lightly fried pastry tubes filled with sweetened ricotta) along with other delicious delights.

All this whilst being entertained with Sicilian music and a Soprano, an offer you cannot refuse.

Why not indulge your inner Sicilian and come to discover more about Italy's largest and in our eyes its most beautiful region.

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend as I will be in Sicily soaking up those glorious Sicilian sun beams. But in any case Laura has a lot of ideas in the pipeline for future events so I will see you at the next Meetup.

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