The Art de Vivre is the tenth art. With a mission: make the world a better place with cuisine and hospitality.
Belonging to the world of Relais&Chateaux does not only mean exclusiveness and sophistication. It is a declaration of intents, it means to share a philosophy founded on precise values.
Culture, passion, sharing, respect, sense of belonging to one’s land and open to the knowledge and fusion of different identities. They are not just words; it is the promise to uphold its values and commit to a project, the one that in 2014 started a manifesto containing 20 points, 20 concrete commitments in favour of cuisine and hospitality in which all the associates Relais&Chateax have decided to take part in to preserve the culinary traditions of the whole world, to share the passion for the beautiful and tasty things in life and be promoters of a more humane world.
The Gourmet Festival is the complete expression of this way of thinking and acting, and perfectly embodies all the values of R&C. It consists of four-handed dinners in which two identities, two national excellences, two strong personalities, with their rich expertise and traditions meet and collaborate to give birth to a culinary journey that opens new horizons not only of an external reality but even of their own, observed from a different point of view, with the eyes of the guest chef.
Conviviality, friendship, warmth, are expressed the most around a table, along with some good wine and the desire to know each other better and to establish bonds. The beauty of the location, the courtesy and attention of the staff, the creativity and knowledge of the chef, sharing positive harmonious and benevolent sentiments, these are the ways Realis&Chateaux intends to contribute to making the world a better place, without forgetting the respect and equity due to all the collaborators and partners of our structures, mainly the local producers, which contribute in bringing forth a healthy and sustainable territorial development.
The prestigious appointment “Relais & Châteaux” returns to Sorrento for the 2016 Gourmet Festival Italia
The evening begins with the Moët & Chandon welcoming cocktail. The setting for the gastronomical performance will be the five-star hotel Bellevue Syrene 1820. A “four-handed” exhibition, open to the public but with a limited number of guests, during which the home chef, Ivan Ruocco, and Giovanni Gullace from Piemonte, chef of the Relais San Maurizio 1619 in Santo Stefano Belbo, create a high-level sensory itinerary.
For the occasion, the Pompeian terrace with its superb view of the Gulf of Naples will be prepared. Ivan Ruocco, whose cuisine is strongly inspired by the life-blood of the Sorrento coast and its sea, proposes an entrée whose name is quite evocative “Nella rete del pescatore”, in the fisherman’s net, a sort of puffed rice net with delicacies from the gulf.
Giovanni Gullace, promoter of a cuisine founded on the total respect of the raw materials, presents his “La via del sale”, the salt road, a dish in which creamy baccalà (salted codfish) and black truffle complement each other. The dinner carries on with three more courses where it will be possible to appreciate and learn more about the territorial suggestions of the two young chefs.
A show that explains the connections, the influences, the contaminations that have tied the two great civilisations of the Mediterranean since the ancient times.
From Turin to Pompeii to Naples, a show divided into three locations investigates the relationship between the Greek-Roman arts highlighting the recurring iconographic patterns tied with Egyptian religion themes recognisable in frescoes, pottery, sculptures from the Vesuvius area. From the Aegyptiaca, the widespread talismans in Campania since the 8th Century B.C. when Pompeii wasn’t a city yet, to the cult of Isis and the Egyptian fashion which spread after the conquests of Alexander the Great and then the Roman fashion, present in the furniture and decorative patterns in the most important homes, artefacts; cults and rituals have travelled through the sea for centuries to join the two coasts of the Mediterranean.
The setting inside the Palestra Grande in Pompeii is particularly suggestive with its granite monoliths with their lion head from the goddess Sekhmet and the statue of the pharaoh Thutmosis III, that belong in the permanent collection of the Turin Egyptian Museum, accompanied by an interesting video installation, a narrative table for synchronised pictures with the title Isis in Pompeii, tales from the sand.
Inside the archaeological site an Egyptian itinerary starts from the temple of Isis and goes through the series of Roman Domus that have Egyptian decorative elements.
The conclusion of the project will be celebrated on the reopening, on October 8th, of the Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, with the exposition of over 1,200 artworks that make the Neapolitan collection one of the most important Egyptian collections in Italy.
Pompeii’s Archaeological Site
Open every day
From April 20th to October 31st from 9 am to 7.30 pm (last entry at 7 pm)
November 1st and 2nd from 8.30 am to 5 pm (last entry at 3.30 pm)
Ticket cost: 13 euros, reduced: 7,50 euros
National Archaeological Museum of Naples
Egypt Naples. Oriental cults in Campania from June 28th
Egypt Naples, Egyptian collection from October 8th
Open every day from 9 am to 7.30 pm (last entry at 7 pm)
Closed on Tuesdays and on May 1st
Ticket cost: 13 euros, reduced 9 euros