TRADITIONS AND EXCELLENCE
IL BITTO E LE STELLE (BITTO AND THE STARS) TRADITION AND A CHARITY EVENT REVISITED:
AN 18 YEAR-OLD CHEESE PUT UNDER THE HAMMER AT THE BENEFIT AUCTION FOR 12.000 EURO
The event which celebrates the Prince of Alpine cheeses summons once again acclaimed and innovative Chefs to Valtellina, whilst at the same time making a significant contribution to Cancro Primo Aiuto ONLUS – with a new formula – which sees the collaboration between Euro-Toques, Associazione Italiana Ambasciatori del Gusto e Chic – Charming Italian Chef – Le Istituzioni Regionali and Coldiretti – and in recognition of the crucial role of noble mountain farming – the concept of the “Sentiero del Bitto,” a 70km itinerary through the Orobie pasture lands.
Flavours of age-old traditions from which Bitto DOP cheese was created and the joys of discovering it in new shapes and forms through the signature creativity of 15 Guest Chefs at the very heart of Valtellina: yes indeed – it’s “il Bitto e le Stelle” 2018.
For the fourth year in succession L’Azienda Agricola La Fiorida di Mantello (SO) has assumed the promotion and hosting of an event dedicated to this Prince of Alpine cheeses, which over the course of time has succeeded in becoming one of the most outstanding labels within the Italian culinary panorama. It also presented a genuinely creative challenge to produce original dishes, with one simple constraint: that of exploring Bitto in all its versatility, the result of its evolution through enduring maturation.
Champion of longevity and charity
One particular element of “Il Bitto e le Stelle” 2018 will live long in the memory: the presentation of a cheese matured for fully 18 years, placed under the hammer by the founder of La Fiorida, Plinio Vanini, to raise funds on behalf of Cancro Primo Aiuto ONLUS, the Brianza-based Charitable Organisation which has worked to support cancer care for many years.
Thanks to the huge generosity of those present, the four quarters into which the cheese was divided, having been stamped back in the year 2000, were rewarded with the remarkable sum of 12.000 Euro.