Il Tavolo, Zurich’s annual food event premiered in 2013 and has since become a real gourment institution. La Bonne Vivante was lucky to be invited to its opening and closing night.
Wednesday’s opening night took place at Gate Gourmet’s gigantic kitchen and attracted Gourmets, Gourmands and Swiss celebs alike. The kitchen hosted various cooking stations and the various chefs of renowned restaurants such as The Dolder, Hyatt and the Baur au Lauc provided culinary pampering at the highest possible level. It was fun to get a glimpse behind the scenes of gourmet cooking and see the likes of Hyatt’s Frank Widmer and Dolder’s Ingo Kühn in action.
Food-wise we loved the tender bison which was offered at two cooking stations as well as a flavourful salmon. Yes, it was crowded, yes it was a bit hectic but that’s exactly what makes the charm of this great annual event.
The Mercato Dinner, the event’s closing night at Zurich’s Engrosmarkt Hall offered culinary delights and a 200 meter long table. Various cooking stations and bars invited guests to indulge. The hall was beautifully decorated and the ambiance on this balmy summer night was relaxed and pleasant. Various high caliber chefs of restaurants such as Carlton, Blaue Ente, were present and presented refined and playful dishes. The food trucks offered a variety of desserts for those who could still make space and The Giovanni’s, an Italian band complete in 30’s outfits rounded off the evening with Mediterranean music.
We enjoyed every bite! Thank you, Il Tavolo!