19-20 January 2019
Olympia delle Tofane - Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina's all-Italian team of chefs

A great challenge calls for a great team and this team is 100% from Cortina


Date: 16/01/2019 from 1000
Place: Cortina d'Ampezzo

Friends and partners for 10 years, the group of local restaurants is the best welcoming committee and ambassador for the Ladies’ Ski World Cup to be held 18-20 January.

Cortina is under starter’s orders, everything is ready for the Ladies’ Alpine Ski World Cup scheduled for 18-20 January, an important test in the run-up to the 2021 World Championships. But the athletes are not the only ones who are warming up for this event. The restaurant owners and chefs who will be responsible for the food at the World Cup are also making their own preparations, so they can deliver their unique brand of hospitality that will make the Dolomites proud.

First on the menu is the Audi Cortina Lounge, the VIP tent located in the new-look Rumerlo finish area, where the team of Cortina chefs, who have coordinated the entire food service, will be ready to greet guests from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. As well as the buffet, produced by the company Dettagli under the supervision of the Cortina chefs, which will be open non-stop for breakfast, aperitifs and then lunch, the real surprise this year are the tables. Guests will be able to enjoy fine dining in the Audi Cortina Lounge, as if they were in the top restaurants in Cortina, a town with a wide variety of establishments offering first-class dining experiences. The group of Cortina restaurants will also be responsible for the meals served in the Athletes’ tent and the Media Center, “pampering” those who will be busy on the slopes and around the competition area. Another first this year is the exclusive Cortina 2021 Dinner Party, organised for Saturday evening, once again under the watchful eye of some of the restaurant managers. 

“The decision to trust the chefs of Cortina with such an important aspect of the competition – says Valerio Giacobbi, CEO of Fondazione Cortina 2021 – comes from our desire to showcase our local excellences, in line with the values of Fondazione Cortina 2021 which put "Cortina First". And if it is true that a place’s identity is expressed through its food, we have decided to give space to those who are best equipped to illustrate not only our history and traditions, but also our present and future."

The Cortina restaurant team came together about 10 years ago and embodies everything that this area, with its strong sense of initiative, has to offer. They are Al Camin, Rio Gere, Tivoli, Lago Scin, Ristorante Ariston, Da Aurelio, Baita Fraina, Lodge Alverà, Pasticceria Alverà, Embassy Cortina, Pasticceria Ghedina, La Corte del Lampone, Villa Oretta and SanBrite. They are united by friendship, mutual respect and a rediscovered passion for cooking and having fun, as Fabio Pompanin and Alessandra Bocus, the “team captains” for this event, explain. "We’re a close-knit group of friends who share two passions: cooking and Cortina. Over the past ten years, we have taken part in a whole host of events” says Pompanin. It all began when they decided to help out their colleagues at Baita Piè Tofana and Baita Fraina in the Chef’s Cup in Alta Badia; they then went on to take part in other events, the team got bigger and bigger and began specialising in events such as the World Cup, the Delicious Trail Dolomiti and, this year, the second Queen of Taste, an event organised in conjunction with Cortina for Us. Cortina cuisine went from strength to strength and reached its peak at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where Fabio Pompanin and Michelin-starred Graziano Prest were chosen to oversee the meals at Casa Italia, Italy’s team headquarters. “The challenge presented by Fondazione Cortina 2021 to manage the catering at the World Cup and the 2021 World Championships is just the next step in our journey, our journey that puts Cortina in the spotlight."


The options

The Audi Cortina Lounge, the VIP tent located on the slopes at Rumerlo, has a panoramic terrace overlooking the race course and offers guests who want to experience the thrill of the World Cup in a dynamic location a dining room with tables and a menu with dishes from ten of the local restaurants: the surprises don’t end there, as guests are taken on a sensory journey with five appetizers, each prepared by the chefs of the restaurants in the team, plus starters, first and main courses and desserts, with different menus for the different race days. The theme is the area, with dishes featuring locally sourced produce.

The Lounge also offers another dining option, namely the buffet, coordinated by the group of Cortina restaurants together with Dettagli: it will be open for breakfast (8.30-10.30), for aperitifs with a selection of cheeses, cured meats and finger food (10.30-12.00) and lunch, serving traditional, simple yet delicious dishes, and also a show cooking demonstration. There will also be gluten-free alternatives for coeliac sufferers. The catering will feature many of the Fondazione’s World Cup partners, whose products represent the very essence of Cortina: Consorzio Prosecco D, Lattebusche, Forst, Parmacotto, Cantine Santa Margherita and Lavazza. Special thanks also go to the suppliers who, once again this year, have lent their invaluable help in the organisation of the World Cup: Lazzaris, Bevande Futuriste, Felicetti, Gran Chef, Coppini, Selecta, Scordo, Wörndle Inter Service and Rafols.

The group of restaurants will also be busy in the Athletes’ tent, where it will be serving breakfast, and in the Media Center with lunch for the press: in each of these locations the focus is on quick meals with the finest products, quality and flavours of the local area. Nothing is left to chance, as everyone involved in the event deserves the best possible service.

Another first for the 2019 World Cup is the Cortina 2021 Dinner Party at the Lago Ghedina restaurant. It has been arranged for Saturday 19 January at 8.00 pm (entrance by ticket only, info and bookings: eventi@cortina2021.com) and promises to combine and celebrate the two sides of Cortina - glamour and sports. The party, set amongst the twinkling lights on the lake and to the beat of an RDS DJ, welcomes the 2021 World Championships. The dinner will be provided by Tivoli and SanBrite, while Molo Cortina and La Cave will be serving the drinks. And guests will get the exclusive chance to taste Enrosadira, the name given to the World Championships cocktail. A cross between an after-dinner drink and a martini cocktail, it changes colour from blue, the symbol of Cortina 2021, to a deep pink, which is reminiscent of the special and unique colour of the Dolomites at sunset. A toast with special effects.

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