If you love traditional Mediterranean cuisine and innovative sustainable food, you’re in for a gastronomic treat later this month.
The Mediterranean Culinary Academy (which will be launching later this year) is presenting a pop-up dining concept, Pollen. This first-in-a-series event will take place over three consecutive evenings, starting with Thursday 30th March.
If you somehow still needed convincing, here are five reasons why you absolutely must attend this foodie event.
1. The menu is a six course celebration of Maltese spring
Promising to give diners a completely new experience, the huge majority of the produce was sourced locally and will be presented in a truly modern manner.
“The creation of this menu has taken us on an incredible journey to meet the wonderful community behind Maltese produce – from the farmers and fishermen to the beekeepers and winemakers,” said the MCA’s Chief Culinary Officer. “We have been so impressed by the quality of their products and by their dedication to the sustainable future of Maltese cuisine, and look forward to presenting an experience that will be the ultimate reflection of that.”
The team has also crafted a beverage pairing for each course, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinkers will be catered for. In fact, from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave, guests are constantly guaranteed something entirely different.
2. The food will be cooked by Stephen La Rosa, a 26-year-old Maltese chef with an insane portfolio
Chef Stephen graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has since worked at Michelin-starred eateries Per Se in New York, Quince in San Francisco and Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London. He’s now returned to Malta to take on the role of Chief Culinary Officer at the MCA.
3. It’s being held at the worldwide headquarters of the Sovereign Order of St. John
Castello dei Baroni in Wardija was previously a baronial hunting lodge and has today established itself as the Headquarters of the Sovereign Order of St John worldwide. full of unique features and authentic furnishings, Castello dei Baroni will be transformed into an exclusive dining room for 40 people on these three special occasions.
4. The catering service is being handled by the very sophisticated Delicia
Delicia has established itself as one of the country’s top caterers with 30 years of experience in anything from weddings to corporate events, and they’ll be helping the MCA take things to a whole new level for Pollen.
5. The MCA is set to be the first of its kind in the whole world
Launching towards the end of 2017, the Mediterranean Culinary Academy will be the world’s first product-driven culinary academy dedicated to developing Mediterranean cuisine. It will also be leading the way with regards to sustainable agricultural practices. Delicious and sustainable; consider us sold!