Cozy Gastown hotspot, Di Beppe, honours its Italian roots with a one-night-only communal polenta dinner: Festa della Polenta.
You may be wondering, what is a Festa della Polenta? It’s kind of like Coachella Music Festival but instead of music, the event centers around polenta. And unlike Chella, which takes place for three nights over the course of two weekends, the polenta fest happens twice on one night only, on April 28 at Di Beppe in Gastown. And instead of dropping a couple of thousand dollars (including tickets, flights, food, drugs and other expenses) for a weekend in the California desert, this Festa will only set you back $79 per person (plus tax and gratuity).
So, just in case it wasn’t clear, Festa della Polenta is a way better deal. And here’s why.
During Di Beppe’s take on the traditional festival, guests will enjoy a welcome aperitivo of Aperol Spritz and mingle during a cicchetti course of small snacks and a Vermouth Martini Riserva Speciale before long communal tables are filled with polenta and gourmet accompaniments such as osso buco, fennel sausage & peppers, and rapini with Calabrian vinaigrette served alongside tumblers of Pinot Grigio and Valpolicella. The dolci course also showcases the festival’s star ingredient in polenta almond cake with blood orange and mascarpone.
The dinner will be hosted by Di Beppe General Manager Matthew Morgenstern alongside Di Beppe Chef Andrew Morales and special guest Alessandro Vianello, who recently joined the Kitchen Table family as Executive Chef of Pourhouse and collaborated with Morales on the menu for the event. The Festa della Polenta is close to the heart of Vianello, whose family hails from the Northern Italian region of Veneto.
The origins of the event date back to the 16th Century when members of the nobility offered polenta to hungry townspeople to help counter a famine that was ravaging the region of Tuscany. The gesture grew into a time-honoured annual communal feast that continues throughout many towns in Italy to this day.
“Hosting a traditional ‘Festa della Polenta’ dinner gives our team an opportunity to embrace Di Beppe’s heritage while providing guests with a taste of the authentic flavours, traditions and hospitality of our home country,” says Vianello.
DI BEPPE FESTA DELLA POLENTA MENU
— $79 per person plus tax and gratuity —
polenta with baccalà mantecato
anchovy, egg & olive
roasted mortadella & pistachio pesto
Vermouth Martini Riserva Speciale
fennel sausage & peppers
rapini with Calabrian vinaigrette
Di Lenardo Monovitigna Pinot Grigio 2017
Folonari Valpolicella Classico 2016
polenta almond cake, blood orange & mascarpone
espresso and il rimorchio
Tickets to Di Beppe’s communal ‘Festa della Polenta’ dinner with seatings at 5pm and 8pm are available for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased here.
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