Annie Feolde Press Club dinner

3 May

I recently had the good fortune to be invited to a dinner hosted by three Michelin starred Italian chef Annie Feolde at the Press Club, in Melbourne. 

Annie Feolde with her head chefs Maruyama San and Italo Bassi


Press Club

The scene at the Press Club


Annie and I spent two hours together the day before discussing her life, love of food and passion for Italian cooking for an upcoming piece for Voi Tutti magazine. The dinner taught me so much about her cooking style and helped illustrate her absolute attention to detail and thorough research of ingredients. Her restaurant in Florence, Enoteca Pinchiorri, is one of the most sought after dining experiences (with prices to match!) but it’s now firmly on my list of places to visit.

Maurice Terzini and George Calombaris


Leo Schofield and Annie Feolde


The night kicked off with a lovely glass of Tattinger champagne and a chat with the other guests (for me it was the fashion editor of Melbourne Weekly). Antipasto was an interesting flavour combination with a chunk of lobster meat encrusted in flaked almonds served atop droplets of lettuce puree with amaretto cherries. Loved it! Primo piatto was a Tuscan style fish and crustacean soup, that was more like a seafood risotto. Piatto principale was a rack of lamb with a herby crust and a white bean puree (as a tribute to the ‘beaneaters’ of Tuscany) next to potato croquettes flavoured with rosemary. Dolce was divino! Small chunks of sweet and spicy panforte from Siena scattered across the plate around the centrepiece of a coffee chocolate bomb. I cracked open the thin outer layer to expose the coffee chocolate gooeyness inside. Of course, being sponsored by Vittoria, there was a strong short black espresso to finish.

Tuscan fish and crustacean soup


Dolce = la dolce vita!


Lots of famous food industry faces were there, lots of fun times! I’m a lucky girl! Read more about Enoteca Pinchiorri here.

Images courtesy of Vittoria.


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