Event Coverage: Creanza Olive Oil tasting & Puglian Dinner
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Let me start by saying that this was undoubtedly one of the most magical occasions that I've ever been a part of. It's hard to even describe. The Larsen women (Patricia, Janaki, and Klee) really know how to make dreams come to life. Our dear friend Tonio Creanza, his wife, and his family, who we have been supportive of since we opened (there are two detailed interviews on our blog about Tonio, his olive oil, and his wonderful company, Messors, which you can read about here and here) brought their own flavour that was perfectly in sync with the aura that Le Marché St. George is known for.
The evening started with an educational olive oil tasting where guests were invited to sample Tonio's olive oil and enjoyed an intimate musical performance from Mr. Creaza himself. This was my first time seeing him perform and it was something completely honest. Tonio was in his element. The lush sound of his voice and guitar filled the room with warmth and charm. Meanwhile, the backyard of Le Marché was being transformed into a dining area that was a work of art in itself, to be enjoyed by its company, who transcended beyond its own beauty, as it was the people, from babies to grandmothers, who gave the setting its heart.
After a short intermission to prepare dinner, guests started pouring in and filling up empty seats. They chatted away with their friends and strangers while sampling various appetizers set at their table and sipping wine from freshly opened bottles. In what seemed like moments, the pasta was served. The orchestra of oohs and aahs was short-lived as people enjoyed their first bites. Two pasta dishes were joined by an abundance of Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh basil, salads of fennel, fruit, and roasted bell peppers, olive oil, and bread.
Everyone left with a smile and the gratifying feeling that can only be delivered by a wonderful meal.
For those of you who missed the chance to attend, we are currently planning a second evening and will shortly be making an announcement through our site and social media.
Photography (06 & 07) | Klee Larsen
Photography & Discourse | Luis Valdizon