Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Palmento dinner with Robert Camuto and Sharon Hage at Jimmy's in Dallas

...with a little Sicilian photo lagniappe for dessert at the end

Palmento author, Robert Camuto with chef Sharon Hage under the Sicilian trinacria

Short and sweet. Last night in Dallas at Jimmy’s in old east Dallas, there was a confluence, lets say a trinacria, of wine and food. And we were all the richer and happier for it. Robert Camuto was in town to talk about his new book on Sicily, Palmento. Sharon Hage was in town back for a spell from New York. And Paul Di Carlo and the Jimmy’s family were in ‘da house. And the place was filled with book lovers, Sicilian romantics, great wine great words and the food – out of this world!

Pictures – captions – self-guided tour – with a little lagniappe, the Alfonso “way-back machine” going back to 1971 and Sicily when it really was feral. If you live long enough all these things become historical. Anyway, talk amongst yourselves: eat drink, love, write - breathe.

A huge thanks to Michael Sutton for pressing for this event – without you Michael it wouldn’t have happened

Thanks to everyone: Robert, Sharon, Matt, Paul Mike, Mary, Rebecca, Jeff, Joe, Tom and anyone else I have nor mentioned. Oh, and sorry again to the gent that I dropped that bottle of Delila on.



Palmento author, Robert Camuto signing his brilliant new book

Mary Di Carlo and Sharon Hage doing what they do so very, very well

Paul Di Carlo passing out apps

Chefs Sharon Hage and Matt Balke on the soup line

Michael Sutton (L) and friend. Michael spearheaded this event

"Palmenti" under the Etna mural at Jimmy's

Sharon Hage's Orzo with pancetta and rabbit and wild greens from "out back"

The wine to go with it? Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria - one of 59 Italian DOCG's

Sharon Hage's Lamb with Cauliflower/Mashed Potatoes and Mint

The wine to go with it? The absolutely marvelous Nero D'Avola from micro winery La Lumia

Gorgonollis - cannoli stuffed with Gorgonzola - Mary DiCarlo's surprise cheese course @ Palmento dinner - brilliant!

Some of the folks who made this Palmento dinner possible: Robert Camuto, author, Sharon Hage, chef, Paul DiCarlo, proprietor of Jimmy's, and Matt Balke, chef


The way-back machine - Sicily 1971


Sicily - August 1971

Agrigento 1971

Zia Vittina and Zio Peppino 1971

Palermo - entrance to La Vucciria - 1971

Mondello 1971

Catacombe dei Cappuccini Palermo 1971

Zia Vittina with reflection of ancient temple - 1971

6 comments:

Marco Porticalazzo said...

Buon lavoro!

TG said...

looks like a great meal. i'm no cannoli fan but that one with gorgonzola and pistachios is awful pretty

Jennifer said...

OMG i love the black and white pics from '71. Interesting to look back at pics like that and see history. be it the history of an area, family etc. they are very clear for being 1971 photos. beautiful

Alfonso Cevola said...

Yeah , Jennifer it was two years after we landed on the moon...the camera, I still own it, a Canon VIT rangefinder. Great lenses. Tri-X film

Vinogirl said...

Great photos, I love B&W.

Philip said...

Alfonso
Thannk you for this fabulous post. Your warm descriptions and nostalgic photos atmospherically draw us into your wonderful world.
On behalf of those who care about and love Italy, Bravo!
un abbraccio
Filippo di Belardino

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