7.57pm, Friday 21st January 2011, set up in front of Zuma cafe, Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide in the midst of Tour Down Under fever, South Australia
Folks – this is our first live cross on location by phone blog. Our Sam “The V Man” Wigan and Olivia Barrie have been down at The Central Market in the heart of Adelaide with the first of the Max Allen inspired “Vermentino & Sardines … The Musical”” events. Sam and Olivia have been pouring tastes of chilly 2010 Yalumba Vermentino, and Matt Goodlet – the chef from the Sparrow Kitchen & Bar in North Adelaide – put together a very sharp sardine (+ breadcrumbs, garlic and chives) open sandwich straight from the BBQ plate into the hands of folks wanting to have a go! Now apparently the BBQ plate has been cleaned and has been cold for a while because the Vermentino & Sardines tasting stall was absolutely mobbed from 5 pm till just after 7 … when they ran out of sardines! 500 serves of sardines! Sounds like the kids did well.
According to a very excited Sam on the phone, most folks were trying both Vermentino and the sardines for the first time – and they want to get on board with both. “What can we do to help” is the common response when the “V&S” plan is explained. Apparently a lot of people went straight across to the fishmonger stalls in the Adelaide market, and there’s been a massive run on sardines as it looks like folks are going to cook them up themselves! Look out Max Allen – baby steps – but we may put a dent in that extra sardine quota yet! Only 46,997,000 little silver fish to go! From little things – big things come!
So we’re off and running, and Sam will be in Melbourne on Monday to do the second “Vermentino & Sardines … The Musical” event with Max and some other wineries in a double header with the Grossi restaurants – Merchant in the afternoon and Florentino in the evening. Good luck and we’ll be keen to see how it all goes.
PS Sam tells me I haven’t done it all until I’ve tried the Rabbit Pizza at the Sparrow Kitchen & Bar – it’s smoked rabbit with house made BBQ sauce, rosemary & asiago. Always good to have another reason to go down to town.
So have a good weekend and we’ll see ya when it’s Monday.