We were delighted to welcome Dr. Ilvento and his daughter Juliana to The Inn Crowd cooking show. Dr. Ilvento, a well respected heart surgeon, has another passion, Food! He has recreated the pasta sauces from the family restaurant.
Click on the link for the story of Ilvento's Proprio Italiano Sauces.
"Made locally in Santa Barbara, CA, Ilvento’s Marinara uses all natural ingredients and no preservatives. It all started in 1933 at the repeal of prohibition when Joe Ilvento, an immigrant from Grassano, Italy, opened Ilvento’s Restaurant in Jersey City. Joe’s son, Pete became well known for his wonderful tomato sauces. Now, Pete’s son and granddaughters, Joe and Juliana, Christina and Luisa continue the Ilvento’s tradition by doing a small batch production of these classic southern Italian style sauces. Our sauce is hand made, slow cooked, hand bottled and hand labeled, assuring the highest standards. 80 years of Sunday dinners later, these recipes are still "Proprio Italiano" ("Truly Italian") and we hope you enjoy some with fresh pasta, on homemade pizza, or with just about anything! "
I first met the Dr, when I cooked a dinner for a group call Commanderie de Vin de Bordeaux. The Commanderie de Bordeaux aux États-Unis d'Amérique was organized in 1957 by a small group of lovers of Bordeaux wines and became a New York corporation in 1959. Since, it has grown to include 30 chapters and some 1100 members located in different cities around the United States. It is also affiliated with a worldwide network of 75 Commanderies in 26 countries under the overall patronage of the Bordeaux-based Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux (GCVB).
The members ("Commandeurs") of these chapters get together periodically for dinners (called "parlements" from the French verb parler, to talk) and other events in order to enjoy, discuss and learn more about the wines of the various Bordeaux regions in their different vintages. Through their passion for these wines, the Commandeurs become emissaries of the Bordeaux winemakers to their several localities.
For this dinner, I prepared a Pea and Fennel Soup, Chicken Cacciatore featuring Dr. Ilvento's sauce and a wonderful chocolate dessert first created my chef-friend Michael Richard.
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Special thanks to our production company, YTS Video Productions and William Conlin for the photographs.
Recipes Copyright 2015 by Chef Michael Hutchings All Rights Reserved