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Sofitel Hanoi celebrates 10th food and wine festival

Released at: 06:55, 16/09/2016

Sofitel Hanoi celebrates 10th food and wine festival

Chef Paolo Vitaletti’s Mouthwatering "Peppina" Pizza

Les Arômes Festival 2016 showcasing the best in wining and dining from October 10 to November 23.

by Doanh Doanh

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is bringing together myriad dinners, chefs and workshops into one six-week spectacular, the 10th Les Arômes Festival 2016, from October 10 to November 23 - one of Southeast Asia’s premier culinary events.

“The Metropole’s 10th Les Arômes Festival will be a culinary extravaganza, celebrating the end of the harvest and showcasing the very best that Hanoi has to offer in international cuisine and fine wine,” said Mr. Franck Lafourcade, the hotel’s General Manager.

Seven celebrated chefs from Italy, France, Vietnam, Thailand and China will show off their culinary skills in five wine dinners and eight delectable events that will include live cooking demonstrations, bread making classes, wine and cheese pairings, chocolate tastings, and private dinners.

More than 100 Metropole staff are coordinating the event.

Headlining this year’s event is Paolo Vitaletti, chef and owner of the Italian trattoria Appia in Bangkok. Paolo, who has cooked for such famous faces as Angelina Jolie, Mick Jagger and Mark Zuckerberg, is set to host a number of lunches and dinners featuring authentic Roman-style dishes like handmade paccheri carbonara and cavatelli with lamb ragu at the Metropole’s Angelina fine-dining restaurant. In a tribute to gastronomy, some of his signature dishes will become part of the permanent menu at the restaurant following the end of the festival.

Bread lovers can rejoice, as executive pastry chef and baker Christophe Grilo returns to the historic hotel for a bread, cheese and wine extravaganza on October 22. Meanwhile, master cheesemaker Gerard Poulard will introduce gourmands to a selection of more than 100 different varieties of cheeses at La Veranda, while Chef Didier Corlou, owner of the Verticale restaurant in Hanoi, will hold a lecture on Vietnamese spices and herbs on November 3.

Foodies should not miss the modern reinterpretations of classic Thai dishes from Chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn’s, owner of Le Du and BaaGaDin in Bangkok, on November 4 and 5. Chef Ton trained in two of the world’s three Michelin-starred restaurants: Eleven Madison Park and Jean-Georges in New York.

The Metropole has even designated a day for eating chocolate. Using only the finest chocolate made in Vietnam, “A Day of Chocolate” on November 5 includes a chocolate buffet, a chocolate cooking class, chocolate infused cocktails at the newly revamped Le Club, and a special chocolate dinner at Orangerie.

The festivities are set to continue throughout November with a number of wine events, including a Burgundy tasting and an intimate private dinner with French wine connoisseur Thibault Gagey, export director of Maison Louis Jadot, on November 10.

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