Audi Hosts Sustainability Event at the Michelin Star Don Alfonso 1890
On November 29th, Audi Canada held its third Sustainable Dining event, this time with Don Alfonso 1890, and we were lucky enough to be in attendance for the evening. Having recently been awarded a Michelin Star – one of the first in Canada to achieve such a global accolade – Chef Daniele Corona created a unique and sustainable multicourse menu for a few lucky guests. The event kicked off with a panel, moderated by Canadian media personality Devo Brown, and featured an inside look at the multi-year process involved in bringing the iconic guide to Canada, the work restaurants do to be considered for a star, and the level of excellence required by chefs to win the rare award.
Panellist Franco Stalteri, the co-founder of the CB Wine Program and Charlie’s Burgers private dining events, spoke about being a core member of the group of Canadians who set their sights on bringing the Michelin Guide to Canada. Stalteri added that when the project started in 2017, “It was really just a small team of people that thought that it would be a good idea to try to bring [the Michelin Guide] to Toronto. And that’s exactly what we did.” Stalteri’s efforts were met with enthusiasm by Mayor John Tory and the restaurant industry.
Ever since the collective efforts began over five years ago, “The diversity and talent [of Toronto’s culinary scene] have been increasing,” Stalteri added.
On being one of the very few culinary masters to be awarded a globally-recognized Michelin Star in Canada, Chef Daniele Corona said, “I am very proud of my team. We work very hard every day to make sure every guest has a unique experience. […] This achievement is just the beginning for us.”
Ristorante Don Alfonso 1890 were originators of the farm-to-table movement nearly 50 years ago, growing to produce on their organic farm on the Sorrentine Peninsula to serve in the restaurant. Chef Corona’s philosophy stems from this mentality and speaks on the imperative nature of sustainability to the future of fine dining. The evening itself consisted of a selection of canapés, tempura Nova Scotia lobster, Rigatoni di Gragnano, organic beef tenderloin wrapped in layered swiss chard, buffalo mozzarella, salsa verde, and San Marzano red chilli reduction, with a dessert featuring layered phyllo, cinnamon-infused pastry cream, and Amarena cherry glaze.
“I love to discover local products,” he explains. “I like the combination between local ingredients and our ideas. […] Sustainability is very important. We cannot turn away, […] everyone must do their part to make sure the next generation is on the right track.”
“Creating unique dining experiences through the lens of sustainability brings to life our company’s focus on responsible, sustainable development,” said Vito Paladino, President of Audi Canada.
This dinner, the third iteration of the Audi Sustainability Dining Series in 2022, follows the successful collaborations Audi created earlier in the year with dinners featuring celebrated global chefs Alex Atala (Brazil), Michael Hunter (Canada), Lucas Sin (New York), and Eva Chin (Canada).