On a cold and bright day in mid-January we had the pleasure of heading out with Phoebe and Oliver from Stovetrotter to harvest some goods for a traditional Italian dinner with a unique Stovetrotter twist.
For the uninitiated, the gang at Stovetrotter is an incredible group of savvy and talented chefs and sommeliers who create pop-up restaurants in private locations, disused spaces or existing restaurants around the world.
Having known Phoebe and Oliver from Stovetrotter for several years, when the opportunity to collaborate presented itself, we couldn’t say no. As their first feast of 2016, the tables at North and Navy were treated to a meal that was heavy on the Italian influence combined with Stovetrotter’s dedication to local products.
While the main components of our menu for the evening were comprised of organic and local fares, we did incorporate some “ethical imports” to compliment the dishes. Ingredients like Tuscan olive oil, Italian chestnuts, Pecorino cheese and Bottarga made the dishes possible and provide an authentic Italian feel. As with all of Adam’s recipes, the inspiration came from the ingredients first and the vegetables and products that are currently at their seasonal peak inspired the plates that followed.
Each course of the evening was paired with a wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage designed to compliment the flavours of the course. Prince Edward County Hinterland sparkling wine, Bruton Blonde Ale, Stalwart’s Stout and Harvey and Vern’s Root Beer were just some of the beverage offerings available.
The evening went off without a hitch. The extensive preparation paid off with a seamless service as our guests enjoyed course after course of mouthwatering Italian fare with a twist.
We’d like to offer a huge thank you to the team at Stovetrotter for a great kick-off to 2016.