This is an early cut of some footage that was captured at the Rinaldo di Stasio Renaissance Banquet held in February 2012. It's rough and unfinished.
The plan was to shoot it professionally with a proper crew and equipment but at the last minute, that plan was abandoned for numerous reasons. Despite the cancellation I was lucky enough to still receive an invitation to the event as a guest.
I brought my stills camera anyway, which at best is at the consumer end, but managed to 'squirt' off a few shots here and there without upsetting the clientele too much. Not really knowing what I was doing, as I am not a cameraman, I crossed my fingers, shut my eyes and hoped that there would be some footage that exposed properly.
Having now seen what my camera caught on the night, I can only imagine what would be the result of proper camera men, cinematographers, even an actual tripod or hand held rig, some lighting and someone who knew what they were doing.
It was an extraordinary night.
The evening celebrated the exhibition of Renaissance Art at the National Gallery on loan from Bergamo, Italy, but for the rest of us who worship at the feet of La Cucina Italiana, we went home with the same content expression Raphael captured in San Sebastino’s face.
Immaculate service from door to door, exceptional food that reflected both the ideas of the Renaissance and best of traditional Italian cuisine, and exquisite wines from both the vineyard where we dined and the vineyards of Barolo.
You could not find a kinder, more generous, more detailed host than Rinaldo. As Suzanne Carbone of The Age wrote, "It was the Ron-aissance". (Her full article is here: goo.gl/QhsqY).
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