THE GOURMET-CONCERT EXPERIENCE
This year we are replacing our traditional al fresco dinners with three virtual Gourmet-Concert experiences that will include a concert, dinner and interviews, all from the heart of the Val d’Orcia. Each webcast will last roughly one hour and fifteen minutes and will be transmitted at dinner time in four different time zones: London, Rome, New York, and Los Angeles. You can read details of the musical content on the programme page. We are honoured to have the collaboration of acclaimed food and wine writer and author Jeff Gordinier, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and three Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn. Jeff will be interviewing our guests and Dominique has generously gifted us three of her own, masterfully-composed culinary creations inspired by our concert programmes.
“If you’ve ever had the good fortune to dine at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, you know that a meal begins with this Michelin-starred restaurant’s twist on a Kir Breton, an apéritif involving crème de cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur) and sparkling cider. Because Dominique Crenn is our guest chef for Incontri in Terra di Siena this year, we’ve decided that it makes delightful sense for everyone in the audience to kick off the experience of each performance with a Kir Toscan — a Tuscan spin on the classic sip. Courtney Olson, the beverage director for all of Dominique Crenn’s restaurants, suggests using Pierre-Marie Chermette’s Domaine du Vissoux crème de cassis, if you can find it, or the delicious Supercassis from Vedrenne. As for what makes it “Toscan,” Olson recommends topping off the splash of cassis liqueur with Colombaio di Santa Chiara Vernaccia di San Gimignano or Montenidoli “Fiore” Vernaccia di San Gimignano. “If we really want to take it next-level,” she says, “you can make a Kir Breton á la Toscan with Italian cider: Angioletti.” Cheers!” — Jeff Gordinier
‘IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE….’ (William Shakespeare ‘Twelfth Night’)
We invite you to be our guest at this year’s Gourmet-Concerts. Chef Asia Chirdo of our local Dopolavoro La Foce restaurant located in the heart of the Val d’Orcia has created three menus of dishes based on Tuscan traditions for you to prepare at home and enjoy during the concerts; links to the menus below will soon be live.
BEFORE THE CONCERT DAY
1) Add the event to your calender and invite some of your close friends to share the Gourmet-Concert with you remotely (another device is needed – see this example)
2) Discover the Tuscan dishes suggested for Incontri by chef Asia Chirdo (above)
ON THE DAY OF THE CONCERT
1) Time your aperitivo and dinner preparations so that you are ready to serve when the concert starts
2) Connect with your invited friends via Zoom, Facetime, Whatsapp, Skype and so on
3) Click on the link below to take you to the event which will be webcast on YouTube Live
July 23, 7.30pm (Los Angeles, New York, London), 8.30pm (Rome): Gourmet-Concert 1
July 28, 7.30pm (Los Angeles, New York, London), 8.30pm (Rome): Gourmet-Concert 2
July 30, 7.30pm (Los Angeles, New York, London), 8.30pm (Rome): Gourmet-Concert 3
FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FULL ENJOYMENT
-Connect your laptop to a big screen for best viewing, and use another device (laptop, tablet or phone) for including the friends who will be joining you. Think of it as a cosy dinner in front of your TV, shared with close friends.
Here are some secure links to help you connect to your TV screen:
Of course you can also enjoy the webcasts on a desktop, laptop, tablet or even a phone; we look forward to having you with us in Tuscany!