Tavola Fresca launches new outdoor dinner + opera series

Opera + outdoor gourmet eats
Opera + outdoor gourmet eats

Nick Schneider, the chef behind this summer's Tavola Fresca garden dining series and Picnic Operetta (playing through September 26), has partnered with Picnic Operetta singer Meredith Cain-Nielson to host a fall dining series, Tavola Lirica, that pairs Italian cuisine with Italian opera.

Dinners will be served in a Northeast Minneapolis patio designed by Terra Vista Landscaping, and the five-course meal of local, seasonal fare will be paired with selections from the Venetian opera canon.

The Tavola Lirica dinners take place September 14,15, and 16 and cost $75. Spaces may be reserved via Tavola Fresca's website.

Tavola Lirica Sample Menu Beet carpaccio Radiccio, scallop, and sweet corn salad Risotto with Chioggia winter squash, aged asiago, and walnuts Lake Superior trout alla wood-fired oven with wild greens sauce and local pears oven roasted with homemade mascarpone and Ames honey

If you can't make the dinners, catch Nick and Meredith this Saturday at Italian Cultural Day at Mill City Farmers Market for food demos, singing, and discussions of Italian cuisine.

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