San Francisco Chefs from the 2006 Giro in Italia
Greg Dunmore, Nash Cognetti, Erica Holland-Toll
Giro in Italia 2006 was in the last week of October and included three vibrant young chefs. We all had an totally awesome time (OK, except for when the van broke down while screaming down the Autostrada del Sol two hours out of Rome whereupon we were taken all the way back to Rome to get another van.).
The chefs who attended were:
Erica Holland-Toll, who was Executive Sous Chef of Americano Restaurant in San Francisco. Erica is now Executive Chef at Pather Ranch in the Ferry Building.
Greg Dunmore, Who was Executive Chef of Ame Restaurant, and who now runs his own restaurant, Nojo, in Hayes Valley.
Nash Cognetti, Executive Chef of Tra Vigne in St. Helena, Napa Valley and his girlfriend, Gillian Balance the director of wine for the PlumbJack Group
There was a special treat this year. While at Frantoio Olivestri our visit coincided with the Festa Della Bruschetta, the celebration of the new harvest and the new oil. And, there was much to celebrate as the harvest this year was abundant and of spectacular quality. A highlight of the festa this year was the appearance of a traditional dance troop from Castiglione del Lago, a nearby town on the edge of Lago Trasimeno.
Again this year the chefs (suffering from withdrawal of a week without cooking) put together a terrific meal for the Vestri family and friends. During the Chefs' meal, the dancers came into the dining room and entertained. It was exhilarating. Check-out the cool video on the Select Videos Page.
A new stop this year after leaving Petrignano was a visit to Sigillo and the compound of Agribosco. >Agribosco's organic legumes, lentils and grains are the very best quality and have been enthusiastically embraced by all our restaurants. The Cinti family, proprietors of Agribosco, were extraordinary hosts, taking us to Gubbio on our last night of the tour for a spectacular truffle dinner. There is a beautiful video of the dinner on the Select Videos Page.
Check-out the stories and photos from some of our other trips:
(some day I will assemble 2007 & 2008)
There are also some fun videos on the Select Videos Page
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