“THE PENULTIMATE SUPPER – THE LANGHE SUPPER” AT CASA NICOLINI
Treasures of Langhe in a film set on our terrace
To give value to the territory, to narrate its incredible beauty and to put on top of the excellent products: this is what we managed to do last October 13, with a magnificent artistic installation that we cooperated and we that had the great pleasure to host in our restaurant. But first things first.
Imagine a long lit and decorated table, set on the green terrace of Casa Nicolini, surrounded by the sweets vineyards of Langhe, an UNESCO heritage. A phenomenal banquet for which our chef Fabio Lamonaca, supported by all the staff, has continuously cooked the best traditional dishes in the Piedmontese Tradition, with the White Truffle as the protagonist; a banquet that lasted over 24 hours straight! Yes, you read that right: the event, entitled “The Penultimate Supper – The Langhe Supper”, in collaboration with the ’89 International Fair of the White Truffle of Alba, was conceived as a non-stop 12 meals symposium for 13 people at a time, lasting two hours each and served one after the other, which were taken with the camera, which will be transformed into a real film!
The film, directed by Paolo Dalla Mora (one of the Campamac restaurant owners), and Anotherview Srl, will be seen from next January, and will have the merit to encompass, as a precious crystal, the essence of our territory, handing in the future the traditions and the wonders of the Langhe. Starring, in fact, were the beauty of the landscape, the magical atmosphere of vineyards among the most famous in the world, the white truffle of Alba, the excellent flavors of these lands and the wisdom of man who has known how to turn them into pure poetry . Not a bad person, right? We like to think that, thanks to this original initiative, Casa Nicolini will go down in history!
In greater detail, the installation was created by the artist and architect Duilio Forte in collaboration with an artist collective (Anotherview), composed of Marco Tabasso, Tatiana Uzlova, Robert Andriessen. The idea was to create a banquet he regained the iconography of the Last Supper, with the guests and the master of ceremonies arranged on one hand to enjoy delicious food, taking turns in groups of thirteen every two hours, in a sort of multiple banquet that was both a living work of art.
When shooting those who contribute most to enhancing the treasures of our region were involved: the truffle hunters – excellent symbol enogastronomy of Langhe – the members of the brotherhood of the Hazelnut of Langhe, the presidents of the medieval villages, several members of the art scene and local culture, plus some starry Chef who gave us strong hand in the preparation of dishes: none other than Davide Oldani, Alessandro Negrini and Fabio Pisani. It was a very challenging and exciting for all of us: we are just proud to share it with you who are reading.
The representation of 13 October in Casa Nicolini was one of several “episodes” of the project created by the Anotherview collective, who travels the world making 24-hour movies ongoing in unique locations of their kind, such as landscapes threatened by environmental or climatic problems, religious places, national parks or, as in this case, places where you play festivals and fairs that last all day. These are short filmic “nomads” portraits who narrate the life of a place and, thus, hand down to posterity the beauty.
Twenty of those were made (in India, Sicily, Namibia, Camargue and other enchanting landscape frames), but only the one shot in Barbaresco was “staged” ad hoc fact, while other places were taken as they were in work in progress 24 hours, on the terrace of Casa Nicolini Penultimate Supper was created specifically with a stage-designed down to the smallest details.
We are very happy to be able to create this atmosphere so special and intimate, and it’s nice that this can turn into a work of art that can inspire those who come after us. We want to thank wholeheartedly the Ente Fiera del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba for promoting this extraordinary project of enormous historical and cultural value: thank you! This is the testimony that things Fine and Good always succeed at sharing, multiplying knowledge and to create interesting synergies. To stay updated on the development of this project and our future events, follow us on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/casanicolini/): we are waiting for you.