The 150th anniversary of Canada, also known as the 150th anniversary of Confederation and promoted by the Canadian Government as Canada 150, occurs in 2017 as Canada marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s sovereign, has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada (composed of 10 provinces and 3 territories), Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February 1952. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession: Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
In occasion of this special event, our Chef Ambassador in Vancouver Alex Tung of La Grotta Del Formaggio has cooked in honor of the Honourable Judith Guichon, the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in the province, during the gala dinner last night at Walton Elementary School in Coquitlam.
On the menu of the gala dinner Rustichella d’Abruzzo also with the PrimoGrano INTOSSO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, an elegant, balanced oil, made from the monocultivar Intosso, a nearly extinct varietal from the Abruzzo region, prized for its large fruit and small seed. Mild, and fruity with an intense blend of artichoke and tomato leaf aroma, culminating in a peppery finish. The harvest, from a small plot of 478 plants in the Pianella region of Abruzzo is picked by hand the first week of October and milled within 8 hours of picking through a two-phase continuous cycle process.
One of the dishes cooked by Chef Alex Tung was named British Columbia West Coast, Best Coast: Fresh Ideas Start Here “schmoked” sablefish, celeriac, cured herring roe, soy ikura, and PrimoGrano INTOSSO Extra Virgin Olive Oil of course.
“I had the distinct pleasure of cooking for the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC – Chef Alex Tung said – and my sincere gratitude goes to Fresh Ideas Start Here, Acadian Sturgeon, Kin’s Farm Market, Chez Christophe and La Grotta Del Formaggio for supporting me. Without their generosity, this event would not have been possible and would not have been the outstanding success that it was.”