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La Zuppa Event & Giveaway - The Botanical; South Yarra.

The Botanical
169 Domain Road
South Yarra

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La Zuppa launched their What’s Your Flavour? competition in search of a new soup flavour for their 2013 range. I was invited by La Zuppa to join the panel to select the winning entry (the lucky duck gets a coveted trip to Italy’s Amalfi Coast) from the five finalists.

As part of the event, La Zuppa has a giveaway for P&T readers, information on how to enter at the end of the post.

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La Zuppa’s soups come in microwaveable bowls & prides itself on being all natural, free from additives and are 99% fat free.

The tasting was held at The Botanical, their private dining room is gorgeous, blue skies & sunshine streaming through the skylight. 

Luke Burgess, The Botanical’s head chef, was tasked with creating the soups, based on the finalists’ submissions, some of which came with a recipe or just the name alone. As well as an accompaniment plate, which took its cue from the soup.

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mexican corn // chipotle prawn, watermelon, chilli & corn salsa

The first soup, was a firecracker. Paying homage to the Mexican wave that has taken Melbourne by storm - real heat coming through from the chilli, the creamy corn itself was quite mild, not at all what you would expect from the bold golden hue, sweet crunch of watermelon slivers & a hint of coriander.

Paired with a mild 2010 Shelmerdine Sauvignon Blanc, Yarra Valley.

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carrot & ginger, coriander // white cooked chicken, sesame, chilli & soy

Like the Mexican corn soup, another fresh unique flavour. A pleasant surprise, it’s lightly sweet & creamy, but perfectly so, it’s almost hard to pinpoint the carrot, with mild heat but strong flavours coming from the ginger. 

Paired with a 2010 Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Hawks Bay, more acidic than the Yarra Valley sauv blanc that preceded, full of citrus & lime.

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chicken, sweet potato & corn // steamed hapuka, corn & coriander salsa

Chicken has always been at the forefront in terms of flavour profile, it’s light & comforting and makes you want more. The hearty sweet potato makes for an interesting twist.

Paired with a 2010 Curlewis ‘Bel Sel’ Chardonnay, Geelong good acidity and well balanced, buttery & creamy. 

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tuscan vegetable with beans // pork cotoletta, italian coleslaw

Wonderfully hearty & rich yet light, a play on the elements with the heaviness of the beans playing off the crisp lightness of celery.

Paired with a 2011 Red Claw Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, light, juicy & simple, with the pepperiness coming into play with the pork.

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curried pumpkin // lamb rogan josh, raita

An established flavour, but the curry is the pumpkin’s edge. Crunch from the pumpkin seeds, not much heat and luxuriously creamy.

Paired with a 2010 Giant Steps ‘Sexton Vineyard’ Merlot, Yarra Valley, big & ripe.

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chocolate mousse gateau with citrus, cointreau bavarois, citrus terrine // lime cheesecake, strawberry essence, kiwi fruit, candied celery

Creamy layers of chocolate mousse with aerated oranges, with a honeycomb texture.

Paired with a 2010 Mitchell Noble Semillon, Clare Valley, sweet with exotic quince & apple. Slight acidity with Clare Valley being quite cold.

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The winner will be announced on La Zuppa’s Facebook Page.

In conjunction with the event, La Zuppa have been kind enough to give away a $200 food & beverage voucher for The Botanical valid for twelve months, so this giveaway will be open to anyone who will be in Melbourne during this period.

To enter the giveaway:

Comment below & e-mail me, telling me which of the soups featured in this post would be your pick and would have you running out to the stores to pick one up.

This giveaway is open for one week and will end on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time. The winner will be announced here and will be contacted via email. Winner must reply back with their address within 1 week or a new winner will be chosen.

UPDATE: The giveaway has now closed and the winner is Lady Cupcake. PR Edge will be contacting you directly via e-mail. Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway! x

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