A taste of Tuscany at Black Pearl Epicure

Approximately 8% of Australians enjoyed international travel last year. I wasn’t one of them! However, if you’ve been reading my blog recently, you’ll know that I did enjoy international travel this year (2014) so hooray for me πŸ™‚

Tuscany has long been on my list of ‘must visit’ destinations and after attending the Taste of Tuscany event with Dominique Rizzo, hosted by Travel Team and Black Pearl Epicure, I’m keener than ever to visit.

The evening started with a glass of Lindemans Early Harvest Sparkling Rose and cheese tasting (Italian of course). Black Pearl has regular free cheese tastings, well worth checking out while you marvel (and possibly purchase) some of the beautiful local and imported products. The range of vinegars, olive oils and single-origin chocolates is sensational.

Back to Tuscany…

Passionate about all things Italian, Dominique Rizzo leads an 8 day food tour through Tuscany where you’ll visit markets, take cooking classes, enjoy wine and cheese tastings, eat where the locals eat and enjoy the company of other food lovers. Click here for more info.

To inspire our taste buds and get us thinking about the flavours of Italy, Dominique whipped up a feast for no less than 70 people. Seriously, there was enough food to feed 100 and oh my goodness, it was good. Simple flavours, fresh ingredients and easy cooking techniques. She gave us tips and tricks to get the most of our the ingredients (I’ll most definitely be trying the moist chicken breast tip) and entertained us with stories of her childhood while living with, and visiting her Italian family.

I was definitely inspired to recreate some of these rustic Tuscan dishes and let’s face it, cooking Italian food while listening to opera is just like being there… isn’t it?

What’s your favourite Italian dish?

Black Pearl Epicure (open Monday to Saturday)

Travel Team, 54 Baxter St, Fortitude Valley

Dominique Rizzo, chef/writer/presenter

For the Love of Food was a guest at this event.