|Bearcelona Calçotada 06
||[ Monday, 06 Mar 06 | 00:56 ]
Yesterday I went with a group of about 20 people organized by Bearcelona to have a traditional Calçotada. The Calçotada is a typical meal from the western region of Catalunya, originating in the town of Valls.
We left Plaça Espanya in Barcelona a little after ten in the morning on a chartered bus. Our first stop was the Torres winery in Vilafranca de Pendes which is about 40 km (25 miles) from Barcelona. It is one of the largest wineries in Catalunya. The Torres family has been making wine for three centuries and also runs the Marimar Estate winery in Sonoma, north of San Francisco.
The term Calçotada comes from the calçot, a type of green onion that is specially cultivated for this purpose. They are roasted over vines and eaten by hand garnished with a special sauce, the salvitxada which is similar to romesco. At the restaurant they provided bibs and plastic gloves to eat the calçots. And they were messy!
Additional plates of embutidos curados (think pork sausage) and meat are also served. We had lamb chops for our third plate. For dessert there was crema catalana and cava.
You can see my pictures here.