Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Playing With Food 3! on March 21

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Featuring special guests Fabio Viviani (Bravo’s “Top Chef”) and local chefs from m&m bistro, VIVO Seasonal Trattoria and the Connecticut Convention Center

Playing With Food is back – this time, with a celebrity twist! Hartford Symphony Orchestra has cooked up a delicious event with Fabio Viviani (Fan Favorite on Bravo’s “Top Chef”), as well as chefs from m&m bistro at the Hilton Hartford, VIVO Seasonal Trattoria at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, and Waterford Venue Services at the Connecticut Convention Center. Playing with Food 3! will take place on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell, Hartford, CT, as part of HSO’s POPS! Series, sponsored by United Technologies.

Maestra Kuan has prepared a fabulous menu of music inspired by our guest chefs’ creative culinary masterpieces. The first part of the program will be co-hosted by Chef Viviani and Maestra Kuan, who, in between musical selections, will chat with local chefs from m&m bistro at the Hilton Hartford, VIVO Seasonal Trattoria at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, and Waterford Venue Services at the Connecticut Convention Center about their dishes, techniques and inspirations.

The second part of the program will be like nothing you’ve seen from the HSO before – Chef Viviani will prepare a full course live on stage, as the HSO performs music selected by Maestra Kuan. Chef Viviani will also share stories of his upbringing in Florence, Italy, his passion for food, his experiences on Bravo’s hit show “Top Chef,” and his successful career as a chef, author and restauranteur.

Guests may purchase samples of an appetizer and dessert created by Chef Viviani during an extended intermission and after the concert.

About Fabio Viviani

FABIO_W_PASTA_1-(1)-webChef Fabio Viviani has possessed a passion for food since his childhood growing up in Florence, Italy. At age 11, Viviani worked nights at a local bakery (since he was too young to officially join the staff) and, during his teenage years, held several positions in the restaurant industry, even serving under the mentorship of Simone Mugnaini, an iconic figure in the Italian restaurant industry.

Between his training in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at IPSSAR Saffi and working with culinary luminaries such as Simone Mugnaini, Alessandro Panzani and Saverio Carmagini, Viviani owned and operated five restaurants in Florence, a Farm House and two nightclubs by the time he was 27. Although a well-respected businessman in Italy, he was ready for a change and moved to Ventura County, CA where he opened Café Firenze in Moorpark.
Teaming up with one of Chicago’s most innovative restaurant consulting groups, Dine|Amic, Viviani went on to open Siena Tavern in Chicago in 2013 where it received accolades from Michigan Avenue and Chicago Tribune, to name a few. 2014 saw the debut of Mercato by Fabio Viviani, a quick service Italian concept in Chicago and San Diego, the opening of Siena Tavern Miami and the launch of Fabio Viviani Wine Collection.  Viviani is set to open his new steak restaurant, Prime and Provisions, as well as a craft cocktail and small plate concept, both in Chicago in 2015.

Perhaps best known for his television debut on Bravo’s hit reality series “Top Chef” – earning the “Fan Favorite” title – his on-screen appearances have propelled him to become one of the fastest growing household names in the country.  In addition to competing in Bravo’s “Top Chef All Stars” and starring in the spinoff, “Life After Top Chef,” Viviani has appeared is a recurring guest on television shows such as Good Morning America, The Talk, The Chew, Ellen, Good Day LA, Access Hollywood.

Off screen, Viviani is a regular headliner at global food events and festivals, sells his own line of ceramic cookware, Co-Branded Signature Series Aeternum Evolution and is a proud endorser of beloved brands such as Bialetti Cookware, Bertolli Olive Oil and Bauli authentic Italian baked goods. He has authored three successful cookbooks: Café Firenze Cookbook, New York Times Best-Seller Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, and his most recent cookbook, Fabio’s American Home Kitchen, released in the fall of 2014. Viviani also regularly shares recipes with his fans through his own digital magazine, Fabio’s Magazine.

Calendar Listing:
POPS! SERIES: PLAYING WITH FOOD 3!
Saturday, March 21, 2015 ? 7:30 p.m.
Mortensen Hall ? The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Ticket Information: Tickets range in price from $20-$67.50.  Student tickets are $10 and $25 tickets are available for patrons age 40 and under. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (860) 987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

Season Sponsor: Travelers
POPS! Series Presenting Sponsor: United Technologies
 
HSO programs are funded in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.