Niagara Culinary Experiences Back at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra

Chef Massimo Capra is back once again for this year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences series at Falls Avenue Resort, and is ready to take guests on magnificent culinary  tours of four unique regions, offering five course dinners and wine pairings, standing cocktail receptions with canapes, and a mix & mingle with the chefs in the Rainbow Room’s remarkable Fallsview dining room.

On November 18th, 2016 Chef Massimo Capra and Chef John Casciato will be hosting  the first of the Rainbow Room’s culinary events with A Culinary Tour of Veneto. The Italian region of Veneto is well-known for its capital city Venice, but just as worthy of adoration and praise is the region’s diverse cuisine, which has brought us some amazing dishes like risotto, polenta, and risi e bisi.

The Rainbow Room’s second culinary event will be held on March 3rd, 2017 and is A Culinary Tour of California. The Napa Valley in California is known for producing some of the best wines in the world, including Robert Mondavi Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc and Fume Blanc. At A Culinary Tour of California, Chef Massimo Capra and Chef John Casciato will be honouring  the amazing flavours and innovative spirit of Robert Mondavi wines by offering up remarkable west coast Italian cuisine paired with some of the winery’s finest wines.

On April 7th, 2017, guests can join Chef Massimo Capra and Chef John Casciato on A Culinary Tour of Marche and experience delicious and rustic flavours from throughout the Marches and amazing wines from Garofoli Winery. This Italian region incorporates so many delicious flavours and ingredients into its cuisine, and the Culinary Tour of Marche event will give guests a true taste of what this region has to offer.

And finally, guests can experience the last of the Niagara Culinary Experiences series events at A Culinary Tour of Emilia Romagna on May 12th, 2017. Many dishes and ingredients  like tortellini, lasagne, balsamic vinegar, and parmesan cheese originated in the Emilia-Romagna region and are now at the heart of Italian cuisine, and this special evening has been designed to showcase and celebrate them along with some truly incredible wines.

Dinner-only tickets for each Rainbow Room event are $139 per person, while Dinner and Hotel Stay Packages feautring a beautiful Fallsview King Room stay are $199 per person. To book your tickets now, please visit www.fallsavenueresort.com/culinary.

The Rare and Remarkable Black Truffle

The culinary team at The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has expertly crafted a dinner menu that adds unique and exciting flavours to traditional Italian cuisine by using fresh high-quality ingredients like Pingue prosciutto, east coast lobster, and the remarkable black truffle. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s Black Truffle Potato Gnocchi is a highlight of the menu, served with roasted cauliflower, pecorino, and Upper Canada ricotta, allowing it to pair perfectly with Creekside Estate’s 2013 Syrah wine.

But what makes an ingredient like the black truffle so special? For one thing, they are rare and hard to come by with most black truffles being cultivated only in France, Italy, and Spain. Finding truffles isn’t an easy task either, with truffle harvesters having to rely on the help of dogs and pigs to sniff out and uncover them in the ground. And while black truffles are not quite as rare as their white truffle counterparts, they continue to be a highly sought-after delicacy known for refining the taste of other foods. Black truffles can be found in many dishes and forms, however some of the most popular ways to enjoy them is by adding them to sauces, making them into spreads like truffle honey, eating them raw, and shaving them on top of various pasta and salad dishes.

You can experience the exquisite taste of the black truffle for yourself in an amazing gnocchi dish at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and find out why the remarkable flavour of truffles or “tartufi” has long been an integral part of Italian cuisine.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Rainbow Room

Make sure to leave plenty of room for dessert when visiting the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s spectacular Fallsview dining room as the menu features a selection of delicious dishes that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. From bread pudding to crème brûlée, here are some of the amazing desserts you can expect to choose from:

Molten Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding– The Rainbow Room’s spin on this classic dessert dish features an incredible liquid chocolate centre, vanilla gelato, and dulce de leche, which literally means “candy made of milk”.

Espresso Crème Brûlée– The Rainbow Room’s chefs take the rich custard and hard caramel found in crème brûlée and add white chocolate and espresso scented budino along with chocolate covered espresso beans to make this dessert into a chocolate lover’s dream.

Toffee Apple Semi-Freddo– “Semifreddo” literally translates from Italian as “half frozen” and this spin on the amazing gelato-based dessert features crumbled hazelnut and chocolate bark to make something entirely sweet and new.

These desserts and more are currently being served at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, so satisfy your sweet tooth  by heading to the Rainbow Room’s beautiful Fallsview dining room for an unforgettable dinner and dessert experience.

Pasta Lovers, Rejoice!

Pasta is a main staple of Italian cuisine and the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a number of classic and delicious pasta dishes that showcase Massimo Capra’s artistic culinary vision and pair well with red and white wines produced throughout the Niagara Region. Here is a look at some of the pasta dishes you can find on the Rainbow Room’s dinner menu:

Linguine

Linguine originated in the Italian region of Liguria and is a form of pasta that means “little tongues” in Italian. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a Linguine Carbonara, which features smoked chicken, bacon and zucchini ribbons tossed in a Chardonnay cream sauce with egg.

Cannelloni

Cannelloni is cylindrical pasta that is baked and filled with stuffings like ricotta cheese, beef, or spinach. It means “large reeds” in Italian and is generally covered by a sauce. The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a gluten-free and vegetarian Truffled Sweet Potato Cannelloni that features Ontario goat cheese, Yukon Gold “pasta”, red quinoa and black lentil soffritto.

Fettuccine

Fettuccine is Italian for “little ribbons” and is a type of pasta that is popular in Tuscan and Roman cuisine. The menu at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra offers a classic Fettuccine Bolognese dish that pairs well with a merlot and features a delicious sauce made with veal, beef, and sausage.

Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a type of pasta that consists of soft doughy dumplings that vary in ingredients and texture based on the region in which they are made. The word “gnocchi” is thought to be derived from the Italian word “nocchio” which means “knot in wood” or from the word “nocca” which means “knuckle”. The Rainbow Room offers a vegetarian interpretation of this classic dish with Black Truffle Potato Gnocchi featuring roasted cauliflower, pecorino, and Upper Canada ricotta cheese.

A Culinary Tour of Piedmont to Now Feature Special Guest from Pio Cesare Winery

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra is very excited to welcome Augusto Boffa, family member of Cesare Pio of Pio Cesare Winery in Piedmont, Italy, to the Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra dinner event on November 13th in Niagara Falls.

The Pio Cesare Winery was founded in 1881 by Cesare Pio, one of the very first wine producers to realize the amazing wine-growing potential of Piedmont, which is now home to the prestigious Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera wines. Piedmont is one of the most famous Italian wine regions and Pio Cesare Winery has been producing traditional Piedmontese wines in its ancient cellars for five generations.

Pio Cesare wines are intentionally produced in limited quantities in order to maintain a high degree of quality and they continue to be considered among some of the world’s finest. They will be specially featured at the Culinary Tour of Piedmont with Massimo Capra dinner event paired with delicious Italian cuisine, taking you from a spectacular Fallsview dining room in Niagara Falls to the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Piedmont with just one sip.

Take a Culinary Tour with Massimo Capra for a True Taste of Italy

 This year’s Niagara Culinary Experiences series kicks off on October 16th with an Oktoberfest celebration at Niagara Brewing Company and continues into 2016 with a number of spectacular dinner events with Chefs Massimo Capra and Jamie Kennedy.

Chef Massimo Capra will take guests on culinary journeys throughout Italy with remarkable dinner events focused on the Piedmont, Abruzzo, Sicilia, and Toscana regions of the country. Experience the best of Piedmont’s slow-food movement, distinct and popular wines from Abruzzo, the incredible ingredient-driven cuisine of Sicily, or the remarkable simplicity of Tuscan dishes.

Each of these regions offers culinary treasures and amazing wines that will give you a true taste of Italy right here in Niagara Falls and Chef Massimo Capra will pay homage to them all with one-of-a-kind evenings in the Rainbow Room’s remarkable Fallsview dining room.

For the Love of Coffee

Coffee lovers rejoice! The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra celebrates one of the world’s most beloved and popular beverages with a number of delicious caffeinated options like an Espresso Crème Brulee featuring white chocolate and espresso-scented budino, and chocolate-coated espresso beans.

And if you’re also in need of a caffeinated night cap, the Espresso Correcto is a perfect choice. It’s a classic espresso “corrected” by the addition of your choice of Grappa, Amaretto, Frangelico, or Sambuca.

So for anyone looking to enjoy a unique and delicious caffeinated dessert or just a hot cup of coffee in view of the spectacular Niagara Falls, don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.

Bolognese is Best

Bologna is a beautiful and historic city in Northern Italy that’s home to remarkable architecture, world-class art, and impressive cultural institutions. It’s also the place where the famous and delicious Bolognese sauce originated.

The original Bolognese sauce recipe dates back to the mid nineteenth century and is attributed to a man named Pellegrino Artusi who wrote a cookbook called “The Science of Cooking and the Art of Fine Dining”. Artusi’s original recipe consisted of veal filet, pancetta, butter, onion, and carrot cooked with broth, but the recipe has evolved to include different variations of meat and vegetables throughout the years.

Fettuccine Bolognese is one of the signature dishes at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra and features a delicious combination of veal, beef, and sausage. The suggested wine pairing is the 13th Street 2012 Merlot, which is a rich vintage red wine with hints of red cherry and black plums. Stop by the Rainbow Room today to taste this traditional Italian recipe and discover why it has become a favourite dish for food-lovers all around the world.

Spotlight on Dessert & Ice Wine

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra has an extensive wine list that features a wide variety of award-winning sparkling, rosé, white, and red wines from throughout the Niagara Region. But if you’re looking for some sweeter sips this summer then make sure to try the amazing dessert and ice wine offerings.

The restaurant’s wine list features the Southbrook Framboise, which is an Ontario fruit wine that is perfectly refreshing for summer. This award-winning wine from Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake showcases a fresh and delicious raspberry flavour and a touch of raisin and mint. It is sweet and refreshing, and is a delicious wine to enjoy chilled on a hot summer day.

The Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra’s wine list also features the Jackson Triggs Proprietors Reserve Vidal Ice Wine, which is a delicious VQA wine that features fresh tropical notes of papaya, mango, and apricot. It’s a a rich and fruity ice wine that definitely does justice to Niagara’s famous liquid gold tradition.

Reserve a table at the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra today and experience these two amazing wines along with all of the other sweet sips that the extensive wine list has to offer.

3 Unique Ways to Taste Niagara this Summer

Niagara Brewing Company

Experience craft beer like never before at the brand new Niagara Brewing Company – Niagara’s newest craft brewery located in the heart of the city’s tourist district on Clifton Hill. The brewery offers a variety of refreshing craft beers that are produced and canned in-house using locally sourced ingredients from the Niagara Region and a delicious Niagara-inspired tasting menu that offers a taste of the region like nowhere else.

Niagara Brewing Company is a part of the 20-acre Falls Avenue Resort and while visiting guests can also visit Casino Niagara, the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra, Hard Rock Café, Hershey’s Chocolate World Niagara Falls, and many more exciting destinations.

Bicycle Wine Tours

Travel through Niagara’s wine region on a bicycle winery tour that takes you along beautiful trails and allows you to stop and visit some of the region’s best wineries. Enjoy award-winning wine, delicious picnic lunches, and see breathtaking scenery and sights all from the seat of your bicycle.

And for another amazing winery experience, Falls Avenue Resort offers a Winery Experiences Package that includes a guided tour and tasting at four of Niagara’s award-winning wineries and includes transportation.

The 24th Annual Peach Festival

Celebrate the local peach harvest season on August 8th in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the 24th Annual Peach Festival. Niagara is known for its fresh local peaches and this lively festival will pay tribute to the delicious fuzzy fruit and the people who grow them.

The festival will take place on Queen Street from 10am-5pm and will feature live entertainment, street performers, fresh peaches for sale, a sidewalk sale featuring local merchants, and tons of delicious peach creations from local bakeries and restaurants.