24 August 2015
The Talosa Contrada, or district, brought home their third consecutive win at the thirteenth edition of the “A Tavola con il Nobile” cooking contest, with their recipe for Tagliatini giallorossi con verdure e rinforzo (yellow-red Tagliatini pasta with vegetables and "reinforcements") paired with the following wines: Vino Nobile "Mulinvecchio" Contucci 2010, Dei 2012, Le Bèrne 2012, and Salcheto 2012. The contest was instituted by the Consorzio del Vino Nobile and the celebrated television journalist Bruno Gambacorta, in collaboration with the Magistrato delle Contrade, which organises the traditional Bravìo delle Botti barrel race (the last sunday of August). Talosa's recipe scored an impressive 319 points from the expert jury made up of journalists from the national press and a delegation of wine writers from the United States. Joining Talosa on the podium, second place went to the Voltaia district, for their whole-wheat bread and emmer wheat gnocchi dumplings with melted pecorino fossa (matured underground) cheese and tomato sauce, while third place went to the Gracciano district for their farmer's Ravioli squares.
A Tavola con il Nobile was originally set up in order to preserve traditional recipes and pair them with the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Over the 13 years of the “A Tavola con il Nobile” contest more than 200 traditional recipes have been presented, and six recipe books have been published. A book collecting all the recipes from previous editions was published in 2012 to celebrate the first ten years of the contest. The event is also an opportunity to promote the town: there have been over 700 articles, television appearances, and reports about the awards, many of them written by some of the almost 200 journalists from all over the world who have served as jury members in the various editions.
The Poliziano Theatre hosted the awards ceremony, preceding the presentation of the Bravìo banner. The districts were awarded by the Bravìo 'godmother': this year the honour of playing the role went to Sonia Peronaci, the queen of Italian food bloggers, who served as both jury member and award presenter. Sonia was the perfect choice for 'godmother': born in 1967, her love affair with food began at the tender age of just 6 years old, in her father's restaurant in her home town of Milan. In 2006 she founded the Giallo Zafferano (Saffron Yellow) website, the most popular foodie site in Italy, with her husband Francesco Lopes. The site has become an essential network for the 2 million foodies who visit it each month. Among her many other activities, Sonia also presents “In cucina con Giallo Zafferano”, the cookery show broadcast every day on the Fox Life channel.
Hall of Fame. Collazzi (three times), Talosa (three times), San Donato (twice), Voltaia (twice), Gracciano, Cagnano, Poggiolo, and Coste.