Sustainability and innovation, but above all restart. These are the three ingredients that characterise the eighth edition of the Gourmet Skisafari, which will take place on the slopes of Alta Badia on Saturday 11 December. Skiers will have the chance to move from one mountain hut to another, trying each chef’s creation, between 11am and 3pm. Real works of art will be on offer, not only for the taste buds but also for the eyes. There will also be the opportunity to get to know the chefs in person and to learn the story behind their dish.
2021 has led to changes everywhere, all over the world; this year therefore represents an opportunity for revival and innovation also in the food and wine industry. The chefs for the eight edition of this famous culinary initiative were very carefully selected, with the choice falling on young and charismatic professionals who are full of fresh ideas, able to best interpret the concept of revival also in terms of cuisine. These are chefs who are oriented towards the future and who wish to bring all their creativity and philosophy to Alta Badia, using Italy's top products to prepare their dishes. Simone Cantafio (Restaurant La Stüa de Michil, Hotel La Perla, Corvara, 1 Michelin star) and Marco Martini (Marco Martini Restaurant, 1 Michelin star, Rome) will take part in the event for the first time, whereas Alberto Faccani (Magnolia Restaurant, 2 Michelin stars, Cesenatico) participates on behalf of all the chefs who have taken part in previous editions. As well as focusing on innovation, the 2021/22 edition of the event wants to give a clear and concrete sign of a sustainable approach to food and drink. The chefs taking part will be asked to create their dishes by reducing waste and with a particular focus on protecting our planet.
The Chefs and their dishes:
* Simone Cantafio, Restaurant La Stüa de Michil at Hotel La Perla in Corvara, 1 Michelin Star, will be paired with the Ütia de Bioch mountain hut and he will serve the “Mamma Patty‘s lasagne: celeriac puff pastry and juniper-scented venison ragoût, grated egg yolk and crispy turnip flakes“
* Marco Martini, at Marco Martini Restaurant in Rome, 1 Michelin star, will cook at the Club Moritzino mountain hut the “Cuttlefish tagliatelle with amatriciana sauce”
* Alberto Faccani, Magnolia Restaurant, 2 Michelin stars in Cesenatico, will be paired with the Ütia I Tablá mountain hut and he will present “Pork cheek fondant, celeriac and apple with honey vinegar”
Each dish will be paired with a South Tyrolean wine, chosen by an expert local sommelier. The tickets to take part in the Gourmet Skisafari can be purchased in advance until the day of the event at the tourist offices in Alta Badia, or directly at the participating mountain huts. The ticket costs €60 and allows you to try three dishes, wines included. For further information and/or bookings:
The event will be organized with the support of the South Tyrol Wine Consortium.
OTHER UNMISSABLE CULINARY EVENTS
GOURMET SKISAFARI: THE EIGHT EDITION IS PLANNED FOR SATURDAY 11TH DECEMBER
The eight edition of the much-anticipated Gourmet Skisafari will take place on Saturday December 1. The event will take Michelin-starred cuisine to 2,000 m above sea level, into the heart of the Dolomites. Among the participants there will be Marco Martini (Marco Martini Restaurant, Rome, 1 Michelin star), Alberto Faccani (Magnolia Restaurant, Cesenatico, 1 Michelin star) and Simone Cantafio (Restaurant La Stüa de Michil, Hotel La Perla, Corvara). These chefs will be treating skiers to their delicious dishes, using top-quality products to sing the praises of Italian cuisine. In fact, the chefs will be using the best Italian products as inspiration for their dishes. Skiers will have the chance to move from one mountain hut to another, trying each chef’s creations. Real works of art will be on offer, not only for the taste buds but also for the eyes. There will also be the opportunity to get to know the chefs in person and to learn the story behind their dish. Enjoy your first ski of the season, characterised by great flavours. The event will take place on the terraces of the mountain huts to enable social distancing and respect the rules in terms of Covid-19.
SUNRISA: SKIING AT DAWN ON FRESH SNOW, BEFORE ENJOYING A HEARTY BREAKFAST AT 2,000M
Skiing on fresh snow, before anyone else, is a truly unique experience. The experience becomes even more magical if you do it in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Alta Badia's slopes, where the best athletes will be going head-to-head at the Alpine Skiing World Cup during the same period, all topped off with an excellent breakfast at 2,000 m a.s.l.
On Monday 20th December, the ski slopes on the plateau of Alta Badia will be opening at dawn, giving ski enthusiasts the chance to see the sun rise at 2,000 m a.s.l. and ski down the slopes that have been perfectly prepared the night before by the many snowcats that work in the area. What’s more, there is the chance to enjoy a hearty breakfast, based on genuine and healthy products, at the Club Moritzino, Ütia I Tablá, Ütia de Bioch, Ütia Piz Arlara and Ütia Las Vegas mountain huts. Each hut will be paired with a specific breakfast item, such as milk, cereal, eggs or fruits. The various dishes on offer have been created with the support of the nutritionist Dott. Iader Fabbri and they contain the essential ingredients for a perfect breakfast, guaranteeing the right number of calories and nutrition for each leg of the breakfast route from one mountain hut to another.
SOMMELIER ON THE SLOPES
The chance to taste some of South Tyrol's finest wines in two different mountain huts whilst admiring the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: only in Alta Badia.
Following the success of the last editions, Sommelier on the slopes will be returning to Alta Badia for the 2021/22 winter season. The aim of this initiative is to enhance the winning combination of skiing and excellent local products. There are six dates planned, scheduled between December and April (14th December, 11th and 25th January, 15th February, 8th March and 5th April), each involving wonderful skiing on Alta Badia's slopes, combined with the chance to taste South Tyrol's finest wines. Participants will be accompanied by a ski instructor as well as a professional sommelier. The price of the wine tasting session, including the ski guide, is €40.00 per person.
In addition to these events, there are three special editions scheduled for 18 January (Club Moritzino), 1 February (Piz Boé Alpine Lounge) and 29 March (Ütia de Bioch). During these events, four South Tyrolean wines will be tasted in combination with four dishes. Each event is organised together with the South Tyrol Wine Consortium and South Tyrol’s Sommelier Association.
WINE SKISAFARI: A WINE TASTING 2,000 METRES ABOVE SEA LEVEL
On Sunday 20th March 2022, Alta Badia will be bringing South Tyrol’s finest wines to the mountains for an exclusive tasting session, set to take place from 10am until 4pm in the Piz Arlara, Bioch, I Tablá and Pralongiá mountain huts. The aim of the initiative is to round off the winter season in style, dedicated to excellent food and wine. The tickets that include the tasting of all the wines can be purchased at the participant mountain huts at a price of €30.00. The event is organised by Alta Badia Brand, together with IDM (Innovation Development Marketing), and with the support of the South Tyrol Wine Consortium.