Cantine Settesoli of Menfi (prov. of Agrigento), one of Europe’s largest cooperative wineries, has launched an original initiative to promote Mandarossa Wines, their top range production.
The idea is to bring Sicilian traditional recipes inside the restaurants in a very original way. A team of housewives has been engaged to bring their cooking and teach professional chefs.
The importance of maintaining local traditions inspired Roberta Urso, public relation manager of the Settesoli Winery, with this original idea. “Wine is generated by its territory” she says “and is the expression of its particularity, vocation and tradition. Wine is territory and best savoured when paired with traditional dishes made with local products”.
“The real custodians of local gastronomy” she continues “are the mothers and grandmothers that prepare these everyday dishes using handed-down family recipies. Besides using natural local products and their hands, they add love and a pinch of creativity”.
Coordinated by Bonetta dell’Oglio – renowned chef and representative of Sicilian gastronomy – these women are putting together their know-how and are restoring traditional recipies often left aside.
The tasty dishes made with simple ingredients are not commonly found on restaurant menus, but they are very much appreciated. The initiative is obtaining great attention even beyond regional borders and as result, many restaurants are requesting the support of this very particular “teaching staff”.