In a final `salute to SALA’, Castello’s Cucina Restaurant at Living Choice Fullarton hosted the SALA Finale Mediterranean dinner on 26th August, which was attended by 50 diners, including Village Manager, Vanessa Elmslie, her daughter Sasha and Maintenance Manager, Kingsley Schmidtke.
Joan Ogden, one of the Fullarton SALA Festival Exhibition organisers, said long tables were set in traditional Italian fashion and guests were greeted with a choice of Italian wines. “Italian music was playing in the background and it felt welcoming and warm for guests,” she said.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to thank the members of the SALA Committee who contributed their time to the organisation and artist partnerships to make it a festival of creativity in music and art. Our volunteers were essential in making it all happen and our sponsors were also acknowledged,” she added.
Joan said guests enjoyed an Italian-inspired sharing banquet starting with antipasto boards laden with home-produced charred artichokes, prosciutto cruda ham, freshly baked bread, pecorino cheese, Italian olives and virgin olive oil.
“The home-made delicious arancini cheese and meat balls came next. The main course was slow cooked lamb, roast potatoes with two tasty Italian salads, followed by Tiramisu. The tables were lively were conversation of stories from artists and fun was had by all.
“Chef Nino Castello came out to mingle with each table - a gesture that was appreciated by all. The staff treated everyone as special family when serving and many positive comments were made as to being included in an Italian family-style feast,” she added.
Joan and Peter Radovic drew the winners of the SALA raffle which offered a first prize of a Lyn Robins painting “The flower stall at Adelaide market”, a second prize of six bottles of Padthaway Wines and a third prize of three bottles of Padthaway Wines. Joan said the winners were all regular local visitors to Living Choice music and art programs and were delighted with their prizes.
Patron Helen Hammond also donated a personal piece of art as a door prize - a pastel landscape that was won by staff member Kingsley Schmidtke as a door prize.
Joan said the month-long SALA Festival Exhibition was very successful and attracted many visitors – around 150 on most days – and that 34 pieces of art were sold. Take a bow, all the SALA exhibition organisers and helpers!