Friday, April 20, 2012:

Chef Marco Forneris of Lalibera, Alba, and Chef Jonah Rhodehamel of Oliveto will join forces to create a tasting menu of the Langhe — a dinner of nine samplings of essential flavors of the Piedmont.

Saturday, April 21, 2012:

Produttori del Barbaresco’s Aldo Vacca will pair some of his most exceptional vintages with a tasting menu of Marco’s and Jonah’s collaborative Piedmontese menu.

Marco Forneris

Marco Forneris

For the past decade-and-a-half, after asking any winemaker (or local with the usual piedmontese passion for food and wine), “Which restaurants should I absolutely not miss for a true and exceptional Piedmont experience?” visitors to the Piedmont would first be directed to Marco Forneris‘s La Libera in the city of Alba. We are delighted to announce that Chef Forneris will be our guest, cooking two collaborative dinners in the Oliveto kitchen, in just a few weeks.

A gastronome and friend of Marco’s described him thus: “Marco Forneris is the best chef I’ve ever known . . . and I met him when he was my next door neighbor in Tetto Valentino Trombetto, Borgo San Dalmazzo

[at the foot of the Maritime Alps]. He was 8 years old and already had a passion for the kitchen.”

About the menu

Oliveto Chef Jonah Rhodehamel’s preliminary e-mail and menu suggestions from Marco read thus:

Ciao Jonah, I was thinking to do a Peperoni-alici fresche or sardines e gelato di “Bagna Cauda-like starter. About the salad we can play with artichokes, asparagus and some radish, hazelnut and hazelnut oil. For the pasta I was thinking Tajarin al raout di coniglio or a filled pasta that could be Ravioli di gallina nel suo brodo ristretto. The meat course probably a maialino arrostito con cime di rapa. What we need is a suckling pig. We could also make a starter of Merluzzo in sfogliata di patate con crema di acciughe with cod preserved and potatoes. Tell me your thoughts Jonah. Marco

Winemaker Aldo Vacca says Marco’s “wide and deep experience” meet “with his brilliant style, creative but not crazy, modern but with deep roots in tradition, with great knowledge and passion for the food and the wines of the region.”

Our relationship with Marco began when Oliveto co-owner Bob Klein discovered La Libera; he has since spent many evenings there over the years. Chef Jonah first met Marco in the chilly, rainy days of early spring 2011, and started planning this April’s visit at the end of last year. The two chefs are excited about the idea of two prix fixe tasting menus: “a nine-course menu of some of Marco’s favorite dishes, and an abbreviated five-course version for the evening of the 20th of April. (April 21st will be Aldo’s event, where he’ll host a multi-course dinner created by Jonah and Marco to be paired with exceptional wine vintages. More about that event and Aldo Vacca in the next posting.)

As the menu-making process has just begun, with many choices dependent on what comes to market in the next few weeks, Jonah’s response to Marco’s e-mail and further details will be revealed in our next posting on this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Chef Marco Forneris, Chef Jonah Rhodehamel, and Aldo Vacca collaboration:

Friday, April 20, 2012:

Piedmontese Tasting menu
9-course $130
5-course $88
Great vintage Produttori del Barbaresco wines by the glass, 1/2 glass, & bottle

Saturday, April 21, 2012:

9-course tasting menu paired with Produttori del Barbaresco vintages

from ’79, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’99, ‘2001


à la carte Piedmontese menu

Please join us!

call 510-547-5356

or reserve online