Twelfth Night on the Venetian Rialto – The Food
From the Credenza
The first course is ready to go when the guests are seated. The food will be placed on tables as soon as the presiding nobility is seated. This course is served room temperature. Most of these items are really finger foods.
Pollanche d’India Affumicato
Morsels of Turkey, Hot Smoked over Fruit Wood
Mixed green salad featuring fresh herbs
From the Kitchen at First
This is the first hot course from the kitchen. The porchetta is unctuous and just delicious. The components of this course will likely end up as little sandwiches in the hands of our guests.
Roasted pork, defined by crispy, salty skin and rolled and tied around an herb and garlic paste.
Toasted mustard seeds ground and married to vinegar and other spices to create a highlight for the pork.
Small rolls with large bubble structure that will soak up juices from the pork quite nicely.
Insalata de Cipolle
Roasted Onion Salad
Minestra di Broccoli asciutti
Broccolini (or Romanesco sauteed with olive oil and seasonings)
From the Kitchen at Second
This is the second hot course from the Kitchen. Simple and delicious, made special with a touch of saffron. This course is gluten free, and two dishes are vegetarian.
Pollo Arrosto con Limoni
Chicken roasted with Lemons
Piatto di Carote
Carrots with Parsley
Risotto with Saffron
Gluten Free, Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian
Arborio rice cooked with vegetable broth with saffron, finely minced onion, finished with cheese and cream
From the Credenza Again
Canditi et Confection
Candied spices, nuts, and fruit peels
Torta di Mele Rustiche
Chinese soup with bean thread noodles (G), vegetables (bamboo shoots, pea pods, Chinese celery, bean sprouts, and TBD (to be determined)) plus your choice, one of:
- Shredded chicken (G) (rice wine, soy) in chicken broth (chicken, black pepper, salt, carrots,onion, celery)
- Water dragons (G) (minced pork, green onion, apricot kernel paste, soy) in pork broth (pork, salt, ginger, water dragon poaching liquid)
- Marinated tofu (G) (TBD) and vegetables (TBD) in vegetable broth (G) (TBD, soy, ginger)
Hard-boiled egg (G) or tea egg (G) (hard-boiled egg marinated in tea, soy, and 5 spice)
Almond cookie (flour, ground almonds, butter, sugar, egg, salt, baking powder, almond extract)
Iced tea – sweet or unsweet
NOTE – except for the cookie all items were designed to be (G) gluten-free. However, some ingredients were manufactured in China and their ingredient lists may not be 100% accurate.
The menu and recipes are modified from and inspired by “Cloud Forest Hall Collection of Rules for Drinking and Eating” (Translated by Teresa Wang & E.N. Anderson, Published in Petits Propos Culinaires #60, ISSN 0142-4857, 1998) and A Soup for the Quan, translated By Paul D. Buell, ISBN 0-7103- 0583-4 @2000.