Learning to cook aperitivo dishes using Zonin prosecco

Learning to cook can sometimes be daunting, but with celebrated chef, Giovanni Pilu, there to guide you on how to prepare aperitivo dishes at the Sydney Seafood School using Zonin prosecco, the task can be made a lot easier.

Sydney Seafood School offers a diverse range of cookery courses, all from their state of the art auditorium style kitchen theatre.

Giovanni Pilu, celebrated head chef at his eponymous Pilu at Freshwater, provided a step by step guide on how to prepare Italian style snacks – otherwise known as aperitivo dishes.

In Italy, an aperitif is an alcoholic drink usually served with a selection of aperitivo dishes at around 6pm before a meal to stimulate the appetite. The aperitif used in the cooking class was Zonin prosecco.

Francesco Zonin, a seventh generation member of the Zonin family, was also on hand to share the rich traditions of prosecco in the Veneto region.

The menu, consisting of four light snacks, was designed to showcase the versatility of Zonin prosecco, as both a cooking ingredient and when matched with a specific dish. The menu comprised of:

  • Mozzarella en Carozza (mozzarella and anchovy fried toasties)
  • Hiramasa kingfish, radish and fennel with Zonin prosecco
  • Herb baked ricotta with roasted grape tomatoes on crostini
  • Zonin prosecco zabaglione with mixed berries

Following the expert demonstration by Giovanni, came the daunting task of cooking in front of him!  Divided into teams of four, we set about recreating his sumptuous dishes in the adjoining kitchen benches (think Masterchef challenge).

And the results?  Our four creations did not quite look like Giovanni’s but, for the most part, the taste was there.  And therein lies the secret to Italian aperitivo culture; quality, fresh ingredients, simply prepared and celebrated with a luxurious glass of prosecco!

Using the Glera grape, Zonin prosecco has been made in the north-eastern Italian region of Veneto by the Zonin family for over 200 years and seven generations.  Zonin is Italy’s largest privately held wine company and produces prosecco from the largest Glera vineyard in Italy. It is a dry sparkling white, with subtle almond notes.

Zonin prosecco is perfect as an aperitif or as accompaniment to most dishes such as kingfish, anchovies, oysters, and classic Italian desserts such as zabaglione.

Zonin Prosecco is sold exclusively through BWS and Dan Murphy for $17.00 (RRP).

For more information about Zonin prosecco, go to: https://www.zoninprosecco.com/

         

Longines launches in Sydney

Swiss watchmaking company, Longines, launches their first Australian Boutique in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney by welcoming the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton.

Longines is the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Queen’s Baton arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 and carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. It is now travelling across all states and territories of Australia to arrive on the Gold Coast in time for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

Australian high jumper, Amy Pejkovic, handed the 2018 Queen’s Baton to former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is Longines’ Ambassador of Elegance. Aishwarya Rai attracted a crowd of local Indian fans who recorded every moment of her speech.

She was joined on stage by Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli, who also spoke at the event. Matt Shirvington, sports presenter and the second-fastest Australian of all time over 100m, served as MC.

The Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the Official Watch of GC2018. This exceptional Longines timepiece displays an engraving of the Gold Coast 2018 logo with the mention “Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth  Games”.

The boutique is on the George Street side of the Queen Victoria Building and its’ display of watches for sale include the Master Collection, the Heritage Collections, La Grande Classique, La DolceVita and the Equestrian collection.

Longines is located in shop 10/12 of the ground floor of the Queen Victoria Building Sydney (455 George Street, Sydney).

For more information about Longines, go to: www.longines.com.au