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A Sicilian Banquet

We’re always on the hunt for an excuse to carb load and Italian Week, a week long celebration of Italian in Brisbane, is as good a reason as any. And how better to celebrate a culture so known for food and wine than with a Sicilian Banquet featuring plenty of both? Chef Dominique Rizzo of Putia Pure Food Kitchen in Banyo isn’t just a passionate foodie, champion of local produce and celebrity chef, she also hails from a Sicilian background and loves nothing more than sharing her heritage (and it’s food) with others. So of course she’ll be joining in the Italian Week celebrations with a banquet of the Sicilian fare she grew up with. Nab yourself tickets to the event, on Friday the 29th or Saturday the 30th of May, and you’ll be feasting on a banquet of epic proportions. It all starts with a selection of antipasto, including bites like Sicilian fried pumpkin, fennel fritters and eggplant caponata. But don’t fill up there, there will still be four courses to come! Get plenty of those carbs we love so much with ricotta ravioli and spaghetti alla norma with fried eggplant, tomato sugo and salted ricotta. After a lighter in-between dish of grilled tuna with pistachio salad, you can then tuck into a hearty main of beef rolled with prosciutto and Italian sausage slow braised in sauce. Be sure to save room for dessert though, because ricotta cannoli with blood orange sorbet is one sweet pastry treat you don’t want to pass up. In fact, maybe you should do some training for the event – Italian feeds aren’t for foodie novices! The five course (but what will feel like ten) course banquet is $80 per person or $120 with wine and you can get yourself tickets by email (eat@putiapurefood.com.au) or phone (3267 8247). Make it feel like a real Italian banquet and take all your la familia! If just one night of Italian feasting isn’t enough for you, maybe joining in Dominique’s gastronomic tour through Sicily would satisfy you better! After 3 weeks of Beautiful Sicily and the Aeolian Islands, you would certainly need some stretchy pants! Or you could do something a little closer to home and try and Italian cooking class at Putia, but totally up to you. Words by Ranyhyn Akui Keeping the G&G up to date with all the latest tasty tidbits requires a lot of double lattes and espresso martinis, so we occasionally need to give out some sponsored love. But rest assured that we only work with businesses that we think are really nifty, as the sponsor for this post is!