Scarpetta Meets The Italian Culinary Experience

The Collective Plate was given another wonderful opportunity to attend the “Italian Culinary Experience” hosted by Casa Vinicola Zonin which took place in the beautiful state of the art demonstration theater in the Miami Culinary Institute. Casa Vinicola Zonin is the largest privately owned company in Italy and one of the most popular imported brands in the United States which includes 11 estates. Another impressive note is that Casa Vinicola Zonin has a well-known reputation in 109 countries. The event’s additional wine pairings also included Castello d’Albola and Rocca di Montemassi. The Zonin Prosecco is a dry wine and added a great touch to the delectable 5 course Scarpetta feast.

Here’s some 411 on Chef Nina Compton from Scarpetta Restaurant located inside the fabulous Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach. She grew up in the beautiful island of St. Lucia and always had a passion for cooking. If she wasn’t a chef, she would be a DJ. I definitely admire a woman who could hold her own in a male dominated kitchen. Now on to the main event… the fantastic meal!

Compressed juicy watermelon, burrata, and vinaigrette

Thinly sliced swordfish bresaola

Delicious tortello filled with braised short ribs, ceci beans and horseradish breadcrumbs

Pancetta wrapped pork and brussel sprouts

Dolce (My favorite part of any meal)
Chocolate zeppole nestled on top of a velvety vanilla anglaise and paired with crunchy candied hazelnuts

In conclusion, I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Zonin USA for inviting The Collective Plate to “The Italian Culinary Experience.” We are always thankful for the opportunity and we look forward to attending more future events.



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