Laura Caparrotti, formerly "only" a facebook friend, sent a message asking me to donate a basket for a fund raising.
We receive so many similar requests, we usually kindly decline. But Laura fund raising had a title that caught my attention. It was "Gomorrah". I immediately replied, Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah? Yes, she wrote. Anything you want, I replied.
So the "virtual" relationship changed to friendship, we donated the basket and went to the event. Held in a most beautiful loft in Soho, it was a reading of some passages from Roberto Saviano's book. Laura's Kit-Kairos theater is raising funds to bring Gomorrah to NY and US stages.
Our basket was "The Gomorrah Basket a.k.a. Long Life to Roberto Saviano", dedicated to all the honest food artisans of Campania, who, with big sacrifice and hard work, resist temptation of easy profits; those who care about their land and their people. These producers are our heroes.
- Piennolo tomatoes from Mount Vesuvio. In Neapolitan, Piennolo, means "appeso" in Italian, "hanging" in English, because in the winter, in Naples, the tomatoes are stored in the home attics hanging from the ceiling, kind of like a prosciutto. The members of the camorra should hang, too.
- Colatura, the anchovy sauce. Made in Cetara, on the Amalfi coast. It is a wonderful ingredient to enhance every dish. It is so strong, you use it by the drop. Torture for the camorra would be the whole bottle in one gulp.
- Walnut jam and concord grapes jam from Maida farm in Cilento, a few kilometers from Pollica (also in Cilento), where last September, the mayor, Angelo Vassallo, 57, was gunned dow by the camorra because he was a good man.