Dallas Celebrates Friuli Close to Home

Bobby Stuckey, Author of Friuli Food and Wine and Chef

 

 

Dallas celebrated the publication of a James Beard Award Winning Chef’s Cookbook with one of the hottest restaurants in town giving tribute to the region and the chef.

 

 

Dallas Celebrates Friuli Close to Home

The Friuli Food and Wine Line-up with a Dallas Twist

 

It was a time for fans of the well-known chef and James Beard Award Winner and the region of Friuli in Italy to try menu items from his award-winning restaurant, Frasca Food and Wine, and Friuli Food and Wine Cookbook with a 6-course meal paired with wines, curated by Meridian sommelier Caitlin Ball.  The launch of Friuli Food and Wine: Frasca Cooking from Northern Italy’s Mountains, Vineyards, and Seaside, from Master Sommelier and renowned hospitality guru Bobby Stuckey came to Dallas with a cookbook inspired menu executed by Meridian Executive Chef Junior Borges and his team.

 

 

The loveliness of the region

 

The Region

 

Fruili is a small area of Northeast Italy that is bordered between Austria, Slovenia, the Adriatic Sea, and Venice known for its white wines. There are four regions growing thirty different wine varieties:

 

  • Friuli Grave – more than half of the production comes from this region and it is known for its flatness and large stones off the Adriatic Sea. It is a DOC wine region within Friuli-Venezia Giulia with 16,000 acres of vineyards known for mostly white wines from the gravelly soil.
  • Collio – the region of Collio is known for hills amidst the province of Friuli Venezia Giulia on the border of Slovenia and between the Julian Alps and the Adriatic Sea. The regions Indigenous grapes include Malvasia, Ribolla Gialla, Friulano and Picolit.
  • Collii Orientali del Friuli – Colli is the name for hills or slopes and the wines here date back to Roman times. They are grown near the Alps and are known for notes of jasmine, apple and minerality. This region is known for three DOCG (two for sweet wines, these are the top wines of the region)
  • Carso — Carso (Kras) is a wine region and DOC that is unique in character and known for being hard to cultivate. It is known for fresh and floral reds and herbaceous whites.

 

The cuisine is influenced by both history and geography – rivers to mountains to an intersection of Latin, Germanic, Slavic, and Italian.

 

I loved how the cookbook was broken into sections – Wine, Land, Sea and Mountains – covering the entire region and the components that make it such a special place and the cultures and cuisines the influence it. It is clear with the time spent for each of the sections that wine is as important as the food recipes given and they all play together (we all received a signed cookbook at the dinner).

 

Courses and Wines

 

 

The Line Up Begins; Scarpetta “Timido” Sparking Rose of Pinot Nero

 

 

Capesante Gratinate

 

Roasted scallops on the shell, lemon, garlic, parsley and Friulano wine

 

 

Cicoria Rossa E Ciccole, Red chicory, apple, guanciale vinaigrette

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2019 Venica & Venica, Friulano, Collio

Polenta, Friuliana-Montasio butter, Burgundy Truffle with 2017 Livio Felluga, “Terre Alte” Rosazzo and Cjalsòns

 

This was followed by a delicious Ravioli of beet, poppy seeds, smoked ricotta and a 2013 Gradis’Ciutta Cabernet Franc, Collio.

 

Manzo Short ribs, apples, horseradish

 

 

2014 Meroi “Vigna Dominin,” Refosco, Colli Orientali de Friuli

 

 

Semifreddo al Cioccolato Chocolate semifreddo with raspberry Meroi, Picolit, Colli Orientali de Friuli

 

 

It’s always been said that Friuli has a bit of a cowboy culture with the way the diversity of countries and cultures have come together. Dallas embraced that intersection of food, wine and culture. The book is a great uncovering of a very special region that remains unknown by many.