March 26, 2015

Vero Bistro Moderne – Mondial Event
March 26, 2015

Juergen Bahr, Chargé de Presse

 “Welcome to my heart” was the theme that Chef Jenny Chan and Michael Berg of Vero Bistro choose to name the L”Ordre Mondial event hosted by Vero Bistro Moderne.  Echanson Joe Scorgie chose the wine, all from the Piedmont region of Italy, and asked Chef Jenny Chan to plan and excecute a menu around those wines. Her response was magnificent. Four courses of exquisite balance and composition created not just to complement the wines, but also to demonstrate the skill and knowledge of the kitchen. The matches were outstanding and the food, beautifully prepared and presented artfully, presented layers of flavours that intrigued and excited the palate.  Italian, French and Asian influences created flavours that matched and supported the complexities of the wines. The traditional reds of piedmont are not gentle wines, usually rich in tannins, and require a careful match with food.

The event begun with the traditional reception.  Wonderful appetizers were offered accompanied by Bellinis.

After seating, Echanson Scorgie welcomed us to Vero Bistro Moderne, introduced guests and gave some opening remarks regarding the wines of Piedmont.



2012 Villa Ile Arneis

Calamari & Artichoke Frito – Kaffir Lime Aioli, Blood Orange Reduction

2004 Damilano Barbera D’Alba

House Made Meat Agnalotti – Rosemary Brown Butter, 12 Hours Slow Cooked Berkshire Pork “Bolognese”

2004 Ca’Del Baio Asili Barberesco

Poplar Bluff Organic Potato Gnocchi ‘Alla Brava’ – Gorgonzola & Cream, Shaved Black Truffles

2008 Damilano Barolo & 1971 Barisone Barolo

Slow Braised Veal Cheek in Barolo – Chestnut Puree, Porcini Mushrooms

2013 Batasiolo Moscato D’Asti

Semifreddo with Alba Hazelnuts – Candied Orange, Warm Valrhona Chocolate Sauce

Echanson Scorgie then delivered the accolades to the kitchen and wine. First thought was that the matchings were outstanding.  Again wines from Piedmont have character and the food must be carefully chosen to reflect the power of the wines and to at the same time maintain the flavours and concepts behind the food preparation. This was admirably done.  Chef Jenny Chan has the skills and imagination to meet these challenges and the overall response from the diners was one of admiration and contentment.  We had the wonderful opportunity to taste two Barolos of quite different vintage, a 2008 and a 1971. The experience was very educational and so supported the foundational beliefs and mandates of the L’Ordre Mondial. To enjoy and learn about noble wines and spirits.

The service was attentive and informative without being obtrusive.  Just right was the thought at our table. Kudos to the service brigade. Not an easy task in a small establishment and thanks to Michael Berg for such a wonderful job.

 As always the evening ended with a rousing edition of the Mondial Hyme “In Praise of Alcohol,” the last verse being dedicated to Vero Bistro Moderne.

Vero’s Mondial this is their first
Jenny cooks, Michael pours the wine,
With their drinks we’ll quench our thirst
And taste a menu of grand design
Let’s whoop it up with a song and laughter
Whoop it up with a song and laughter
Whoop it up with a song and laughter
Regardless of the morning after.

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