Sandhurst Fine Foods To Launch 'Festival of Nonna' via Special Group
Behind every great Italian meal, and chef, is a great food- loving Nonna. To give these matriarchs the recognition they deserve, Sandhurst Fine Foods has teamed up with Sydney celebrity chefs and their Nonnas to host the two-week Festival of Nonna.
The project, developed by Special Group with support from Alfred on event production and Poem handling PR and influencer engagement, will see the rooftop restaurant pop-up at Redfern's 107 Projects.
A foodie's dream, the Festival of Nonna offers dinners celebrating Italian heritage and flavours and workshops teaching all the best customs from the boot-shaped country. More than 90 per cent of tickets had sold out within a week of going on sale.
Says Cade Heyde, managing partner at Special Group: "We hope that this initiative will help to establish Sandhurst Fine Foods as a business that is about more than just bottles of pesto and olives - this is a business that is immensely passionate about food, love and family."
Celebrity chef Andrew Cibej, renowned for his work at Sydney's favourite restaurants Vini, Berta and 121BC, will cook side-by-side with Nonna Valerie Cibej creating a five-course meal with Italian prosecco for $50 per ticket.
Workshops will be held with chefs Luca Ciano (of 2 Michelin-starred Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan), Massimo Mele (previously of La Scala on Jersey) and Sara Oteri (Series 7, MasterChef Australia), plus their Nonnas, sharing authentic, time- tested Italian techniques passed down to them, with interactive, hands-on demonstrations.
Saucy gnocchi, tender veal, delicious antipasti and other delectables from their ancestral homeland will be served up on a traditional table for guests to enjoy. Coupled with heady, aromatic wines the five-course meal is sure to hit the spot with those who enjoy food 'just like Nonna used to make'.
Tickets to the Festival of Nonna dinners are priced at $50 and guests will enjoy a five course meal, wine, prosecco and a bag of Italian goodies to take home. Tickets for workshops are $30.
For more information on the dinners, food workshops and to purchase tickets, please visit festivalofnonna.com.