Gastronomic Dinner at Quadro Restaurant


A few days ago,  the bloggers of  ilovefood.com.mt received an invite from Maria Gauci of  Quadro Restaurant, at the Westin Dragonara Resort, to attend a gastronomic dinner prepared by Chef  Jonathan Vella.

Bloggers Loraine Hussain, Jennifer Grillo and myself were treated to a fantastic dinner where we could sample some  of the best creations by Jonathan and his team.

menu

The menu for the evening was as follows:

Prawn tartare, scallop on split pea salad and pomegranate & orange salad
Grilled asparagus, dried blueberry, macadamia nuts & egg salad
Beef fillet with mushroom and speck crust Or
Local Catch, artichoke and tomato comfit, black olives
Deconstructed apple crumble
Chocolate and fruits

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The food was delicious and  presented very originally.  As you can see from the photos taken by our blogger Jennifer, the attention to detail was impressive. I loved the way the menu was presented written directly on the table cloth. The way the entrees were presented in small tins and the very original salad jar. I had Pesce San Pietro as a main and it was cooked to perfection.

 We had a very interesting discussion with our host Mr. Edward Bonello – Director of Sales & Marketing for Westin Dragonara Resort on how the hotel uses Social media to communicate with its customers, handle and special requests or complains that might arise. Every single email,  FB message, or comments on review sites are acknowledged and replied to personally.

Our love for food was obviously the main topic during the dinner, and we had the opportunity to get to know another two bloggers who are also very popular on Facebook. After the dinner, Chef Jonathan Vella joined us for a quick chat and was happy to hear our comments and answer questions on some of the very interesting items presented for tasting.

Jannifer Grillo was busy throughout the dinner snapping photos, I think she is super talented but you can judge the results yourself! Click here to see the whole gallery on FB.
(check out the full gallery by clicking here)

Jonathan

Getting to know Chef Jonathan Vella
Here are a few quick questions I asked Chef Vella.

T: how long have you been working at Westin / Quadro:
J: since 2005. So , nearing 9 years

T: Why is it important to experiment and create new and innovative dishes?
J: To explore new possibilities. To innovate, lead and make life at work more fun!

 T: Where do you get ideas for new dishes?
J: From everything that surrounds me. Markets, nature, the sea, ..everything

T: Do you agree that traditional Maltese food can be reinvented to create new dishes? –
J: Absolutely. Maltese food should make a bigger comeback and be more modern without forgetting the origins

T: Do you have a  favorite dish? 
J: Anything that I feel like at that moment in time

T: Name one kitchen utensil you could not live without
J: My personalized SABATIER knives

T: How can restaurant food be healthy?
J: Keeping it simple. Use fresh, local produce whenever possible. Learn to say “stop” adding more & more ingredients to a dish. Listen to what people want and cater accordingly.

T: Do you see an increased awareness for healthier good by patrons?
J:Not as much as I would like…

Tony (28, March 2014)

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The Soulshaker is back on XMS eve


Steve Caesar & SO City
present

THESOULSHAKER
xmas eve

24.12.12

SO City club (ex SugarShake)

Djs: STEVE CAESAR | BOI FUNK | MATT FUNK | CHRIS B

Time: 22:00hrs
Entrance: Limited FREE invitations | 10 euro without invite
Info: 7977 7979 | 9906 2876

Supported by: Heineken | Jack Daniels | Stoli | EL

Sugarshake – Paceville

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MHSA Black Tie


At MHSA we always party in style. Sometimes we like to party in Extra style, especially at our BLACK TIE event at XO Lounge Paceville.

Be it Graduation or if you just feel like dressing Up, the MHSA Black tie features an luscious open bar, which is sure to keep you satisfied.

The first batch will be sold at 20 euros, so hurry up as this batch is limited! After that the price will go up to 25 euros. The price covers a full two and and a half hours open bar between the hours of 22:00 – 00:30 as well as nibbles.

Attendance will be on a guest list basis.

The place is also exclusive to the guests of the event.

Payment can be made to the following people:

Becky Dalli: 99293520
Nicola Camillieri: 79794848

XO Lounge and Cocktail Bar – St Julians

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Ghanafest – Malta Mediterranean Folk Music Festival


Celebrating the folk music heritage of the Mediterranean. Besides Ghana (Maltese folksong), the festival presents a selection of local ensembles, Maltese songwriter and folk musicians from Mediterranean countries or countries that influenced music in this region. Ghanafest also hosts a series of workshops on traditional instruments and a special programme for children. A wonderful event for the whole family complemented by traditional Maltese food in the marvelous surroundings of the Argotti botanical gardens in Floriana. Further information may be found on www.maltafolkmusicfestival.org

Venue: Argotti Botanical Gardens, Floriana

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Steve Mccurry Photographic Exhibition


Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, had won many of photography’s top awards. Best known for his evocative color photgraphy, McMurry, in the finest documentary tradition, captures the essence of human struggle and joy. Member of Magnum Photos since 1986, McCurry has searched and found the unforgettable; many of his images have become modern icons. Born in Philadelphia, McCurry graduated cum laude from the College of Arts and Architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. After working at a newspaper for two years, he left for India to freelance. It was in India that McCurry learned to watch and wait on live. “if you wait,” he realized, ” people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view.”

Venue: St James Cavalier, Valletta.

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Thresholds


An Exhibition to mark the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the British  Council in Malta. Artist Paula Rego selects art works from the British Council Collection for this Whitechapel Callery exhibition. The artist has delved deep into the Collection to curate an exhibtion of over 50 works dating from start of the 20th Century, most of which are on paper – prints, drawings and photographs. Beginning with the work of Sickert and his unvarnished depicttions of bedroom encounters in north London, the exhibition includes nudes by Gwen John and Wyndham Lewis, rarely seen early photographs by Cecil Beaton, scurrilous watercolours by Edward Burra, Graham Sutherland’s wartime gouaches of tin mining in Cornwall and Lucian Freud’s etchings of young girls.

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2012 Sette Guigno


Malta remembers the tragic events of Sette Giugno, 7 June 1919, the riots where 4 people died when the Maltese people fought back against the British administration and demanded some form of representative government for the Maltese Islands.

A hounering ceremony will be held in the capital of Malta, Valletta, at St. George’s Square organised by the National Festivities Committee.

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Bormla Culturfeast


Delicata Classic Wine Festival


Coinciding with the Maltese grape harvest, Valletta’s Delicata Classic Wine Festival kicks off the annual wine regatta, which “races” grapes from the waterfront’s winery to the grape crushers in the Upper Barrakka Gardens. Many quality wines are available for sampling.

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Journeys of Discovery


An annual artistic project organised by the primary art teachers of the Gozo College in collaboration with Heritage Malta. The Gozo Area Exhibition Hall in the Citadel is hosting an eclectic show of drawings, paintings, documentation of an installation and mixed media sculptures by Gozitan primary school students. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. till noon.

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