ESB “TRUST” Dinner: Chef Massimo Falsini
ESB’s Second TRUST Dinner will feature Michelin Starred Chef Massimo Falsini, the Executive Chef of Caruso’s at Rosewood Miramar Resort in Montecito, CA. From a family of charcutiers, Massimo began his culinary training at the age of 16 in Felice a Testaccio, a historical Roman Trattoria, and spent his youth in prestigious kitchens until reaching Harry’s Bar in Rome in 2004. Harry’s Bar was awarded a Michelin Star while Massimo was at the helm of the kitchen two years later. After many years of travels mastering his craft, Massimo and his family decided to call the US home and moved to Florida 12 years ago. Chef Massimo then served as the Executive Chef at the Solage, part of the Auberge Resorts Collection in Napa Valley, where he oversaw the nine-time Michelin-Starred restaurant Solbar. Prior to this role, Massimo held positions as the Executive Chef at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in the Big Island Hawaii, and as the Executive Chef at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
The dinner will feature Chef Massimo’s personal connection to his Italian upbringing, including his pastas, vegetables, seafood and proteins, as well as his enthusiasm for the resources of the Central Coast. Chef Massimo is known for utilizing the highest-quality ingredients sourced from neighboring farmers, fishermen and ranchers. *please note that this menu will contain gluten and dairy. As these are specialized menus, modifications are politely declined.
The revenues of Chef Massimo’s dinner will be donated to No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength, a nonprofit working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. After 25 years of successfully investing in local nonprofits and helping find the best approaches to eradicating poverty and hunger, Share Our Strength launched No Kid Hungry in 2010. The campaign includes food skills education, school breakfasts, summer meals, and advocacy.
What is a “Trust” Dinner?
A trust dinner is an upscale multi-course meal (5+ Courses), where guests put their trust into the Chef, who will be preparing a one of a kind dinner revealed upon arrival! Why no menu in advance? Because: #1.) we like to surprise our guests, and #2.) we want to remove any pre-conceived notions regarding what the dishes will taste like, or look like. This is part of the experience, and part of the fun.
What we can tell you is that the food will be fantastic. We are featuring only chefs who have inspired us, who have shown great passion and remarkable skill and pedigree; chefs who have a distinctive culinary voice. Their biographies and the event description will provide sufficient details about the dinner; (for example: Mediterranean, Modern, or Vegetable-driven). The team at Epicurean Santa Barbara will know the menu in advance, so we can notify the chef of dietary restrictions, and answer any questions regarding the dinner.
The Trust dinner is BYOB. You heard us right! In the event reminder, we will offer wine pairing suggestions for the dinner, and you are welcome to bring whatever bottles (or spirits) you see fit!