Cantinetta Luca

“My dream places me inside a brick-walled wine cellar, or cantinetta, fashioned into an upscale trattoria, where I’m happily sipping Barolo from a globed glass. Torpedoes of cured meat hang from the ceiling in a glass-enclosed aging room, table vases bloom with elegant breadstick stems and we snack on warmed, fat Sicilian olives. I’m in full view of the kitchen’s heart, the 700-degree, wood-fired oven, where three black-hatted, squatty men with no arm hair perform a balletic ritual near the narrow opening that releases vapors of heat and wisps of wood smoke.” – Mike Hale, Monterey Herald

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Food for Soul

…[Food waste] is foremost an affront to the hungry, but it also represents a massive environmental cost in terms of energy, land, and water. Those who grow for export are also often at the mercy of over-stringent expectations of buyers who place a premium on cosmetic perfection. – “Think. Eat. Save: Reduce Your Foodprint”, UN Secretary-General’s 2013 message on World Environment Day

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Osteria Francescana – the Food

Chef Massimo Bottura and a pleased diner.

“…in the kitchens of Osteria Francescana we pry, poke and question the authority of our culinary traditions. We take a step back, then come in closer, and make inquiries about texture, flavor, and form. We see ingredients and recipes at a distance and through a magnifying glass, we throw out the recipes and start from scratch. Most importantly of all, we never stop questioning.” – Massimo Bottura, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef

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