Di Beppe’s Traditional Tuscan ‘Festa della Polenta’ Returns this April

It’s spring at last, and with it comes the seasonal highlights that Vancouverites have been eagerly anticipating: cherry blossoms in full bloom, early morning birdsong, and the Festa della Polenta menu at Di Beppe. For the fourth year in a row, the popular Gastown caffè and ristorante is plating a month-long menu from April 1 – 30 of delicious dishes that showcase the full versatility of the Northern Italian staple, all to be capped off by the signature Festa della Polenta multi-course dinner event on Sunday, May 1.

Made with coarsely ground corn, polenta can be served as a perfectly creamy base for savoury sauces, or fried into crisp-edged fritters or cakes. Di Beppe’s Festa della Polenta celebrates a centuries-old tradition in Tuscany which honours a time when members of the nobility offered polenta to hungry townspeople as famine was sweeping through the region. The festival has become a time-honoured event that continues in towns and cities across Italy to this day, and brings friends and families together around the table.

Di Beppe’s polenta menu puts the flavours of a Tuscan spring front and centre, with polenta croccante, chicken liver pate, accompanied by pickled vegetables made in house; a rich wild boar ragù served on creamy polenta; and a dessert of polenta cake, naturally, served with candied orange, walnut, and vanilla zabaglione. Available as a three-course, prix-fixe option for $52 per person with optional wine pairings for $28, all items can also be ordered à la carte. The grand finale takes place Sunday, May 1 when polenta lovers can take a seat for a multi-course interactive dinner with wine pairings, including the signature polenta pour as the evening’s main event. With two seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., tickets are available for $85 per person and $129 including drink pairings.

Di Beppe Ristorante

8 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9

604-559-1122

Dinner seven days a week 5 to 10 p.m.

Happy Hour 5 to 6 p.m.

James Chung

Vancouver Lifestyle, Cool Tech & Travel Adventure. Email: [email protected]

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