A one-of-a-kind wine dinner with famed Banfi vineyard and Michelin star Chef Domenico Francone
Vakkaru Maldives is worked up to carry a slice of Tuscany to the island paradise this January with an ultra-exclusive wine dinner on 22 January 2023, in collaboration with the famed Banfi vineyard, one Michelin star Chef Domenico Francone, and Di-vine Cellars Maldives.
The one-night-only dinner at Isoletta seaside, will see Chef Domenico create a five-course dinner showcasing the most effective of Italian flavours paired with a curated choice of wines from the Banfi portfolio.
Banfi was based in 1978 by Italian-American brothers John and Harry Mariani. Over the previous 40 years, Banfi has constructed a profitable and notable historical past via 4 key pillars – pioneering, analysis, innovation, and sustainability – which have helped form the corporate’s story and contributed to its success. The Banfi is arguably probably the most well-known of the model’s Italian wineries. Located simply outdoors the hilltop village of Montalcino, in one of many world’s most well-known wine-producing areas, Tuscany, it produces world-class Brunello’s, Rosso’s and Super Tuscans. Banfi additionally operates different estates all through Tuscany and Piedmont, producing varied crimson, white, and rose wines.
The centrepiece of their in depth vineyards in Tuscany is the beautiful, walled and turreted Thirteenth-century citadel, Castello Poggio Alle Mura. It homes a lodge, a glass museum, the Enoteca, and two eating places, together with the one Michelin star, La Sala dei Grappoli — Chef Domenico Francone’s area.
Originally from Puglia, Chef Domenico Francone grew up in a household with a powerful culinary custom. After graduating from the IPSAR Antonio Turi in Matera, he gained expertise in a number of prestigious Italian and worldwide eating places, together with at German tremendous chef Heinz Beck’s starred restaurant in London, Apsleys. On his return to Italy, he was provided the govt chef put up of La Taverna, Castello Banfi’s different restaurant. He then headed the opening of La Sala dei Grappoli, serving a seasonal menu of conventional Tuscan dishes with a fashionable twist that received the restaurant its first Michelin Star in 2020.
Chef Domenico will carry his culinary experience and genuine Tuscan flavours to Vakkaru and create an unforgettable eating expertise for company. “I’m amazed by the pure great thing about Vakkaru island and all of the great experiences it provides. I look ahead to having fun with them when I’m on the island,” he says.
“I’m thrilled to carry the genuine flavours of Tuscany to Vakkaru and to share my ardour for Italian delicacies with the company,” says Chef Domenico. “The mixture of my signature dishes such because the ‘Tortelli like Eggplant Parmigiana’ and the ‘Tenderloin, artichoke, greens caponata and Brunello di Montalcino Jus’, and the distinctive wines from Banfi will create a very unforgettable eating expertise.
Speaking concerning the upcoming dinner, Iain McCormack, General Manager, Vakkaru Maldives, says, “We are at all times searching for methods to reinforce the visitor expertise at Vakkaru and provides them elevated culinary choices. Thanks to Di-vine Cellars, this collaboration with Chef Domenico and Banfi permits us to do exactly that. We can’t watch for our company to expertise the genuine Italian style and distinctive wines at Isoletta.”