[Piedmont specialty contorni
depending on what’s just come in from the farms]
And here’s the e-mail Pastry Chef Jenny Raven sent:
I am so glad to hear of your return to California! . . . I have recently been annoyed by all of the fusion-y takes on the Piemontese bunet al cioccolato that are currently trendy in San Francisco, and would love to serve a really authentic one while you are here. I ate a few in the region some years past, and do what I hope is an accurate version, but was wondering if you would honor me with your recipe for the dish.
Jenny Raven, Pastry Chef
I still remember very well our meeting in Oliveto, you with your child in your arms… I tried to dig deeply into the history of bunet and I’m pretty sure that this recipe is very close… I mean this Langa dessert was not very sweet and of course with a strong taste of hazelnut. I remember that my grandmother used to cook it in the bain-marie, finish it covered with foil and with hot ashes just to have the crispy top!!!! Wow, it was great-still soft and never dry!
More about Chef Marco Forneris from Aldo Vacca:
“Marco was born and raised in Borgo San Dalmazzo at the feet of the Piemonte Maritime Alps. He grew up as a young chef in the Langhe region. Both areas of Piemonte played an important part in shaping his personality and skills as a chef. He has deep knowledge of both products and recipes from the Alps (the herbs, beef, cheeses) and from the hillside (vegetables, truffles, small animals such as rabbit, chicken, pheasant, wine, olive oil, etc.).
This wide and deep experience meets 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. His cooking reflects his personality, humble yet confident.
I do believe that Lalibera, the restaurant that Marco opened 15 years ago, is still nowadays the best dining experience in Alba.”
Friday, April 20, 2012:
Piedmontese Tasting menu
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
á la carte Piedmontese menu
Please join us!
or reserve online