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An Intimate Evening with Gaia Gaja

On Monday, October 26th, 2015, Grapes for Humanity held an intimate dinner hosted by Gaia Gaja at George Brown’s The Chef’s House in Toronto. Following a champagne reception, graced by the presence of the Consul General of Italy, Giuseppe Pastorelli, Gaia led off with an eloquent presentation of the family's wineries in Piemonte and Tuscany. (The village of Barbaresco, where the Gaja family lives, has, apparently, 600 inhabitants and 100 wineries!)

The dinner menu, prepared by Grapes for Humanity’s food and wine ambassador, Chef Massimo Capra and his George Brown team:

Hors d'Oeuvres

Crudo

Brandade Croquette

Oven Dried Savory Macarons

Beet & Goat Cheese Napoleon

Gorgonzola Brûlée

Champagne Pol Roger Brut

Dinner

Quail Stuffed with Figs Wrapped in Pancetta, Chestnut Flour Pancake

2000 GAJA Gaia & Rey Chardonnay, Piemonte

Risotto Classico Piemontese with Porcini Mushrooms

2011 GAJA Ca' Marcanda, Promis, Bolgheri, Tuscany

1999 GAJA Sorì San Lorenzo, Piemonte

Rosemary Roasted Veal Shoulder with Seasonal Vegetables and Potatoes

2001 GAJA Barbaresco, Piemonte

1978 GAJA Barbaresco, Piemonte

Degustazione Formaggi

Dessert

Chocolate Bonet

GAJA Grappa di Barolo

A very successful evening with great good and amazing wines – especially the 1978 Barbaresco. The dinner raised $40,000 for the building of a secondary school in La Union, Guatemala.