2013 Cheshire Life Lancashire Life Food Awards sponsor event, Don Giovanni’s, Manchester

Don Giovannis head chef, Roberto Tintis

Don Giovannis head chef, Roberto Tintis - Credit: Archant

One of the region’s finest Italian restaurants was the setting for a stylish lunch hosted by Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life.

A big thank you to all our suppliers and sponsors

A big thank you to all our suppliers and sponsors - Credit: Archant

The occasion, in a private room at Don Giovanni’s on Oxford Road in Manchester was an opportunity to thank sponsors and judges of this year’s Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life Food & Drink Awards.

Editor of Cheshire Life, Louise Allen-Taylor, welcomed guests and thanked the sponsors for their generosity and support.

She said: ‘As well as being a very glamorous occasion, our annual awards are now regarded as the most prestigious hospitality accolades in the region. We at Lancashire Life and Cheshire Life play a small but important role in highlighting the restaurants, hotels, pubs and food producers whose skills and services deserve praise and recognition.

‘The judges take the responsibility of their choices very seriously. They understand the passion and dedication of the key players. We are delighted that the awards allow us to pay tribute to them. We are particularly grateful to our sponsors whose involvement is so important.’

Family brewers Robinsons are the headline sponsors for the fifth year. Other sponsors include Stephensons catering supplies and Fiddlers Lancashire Crisps.

The Don Giovanni lunch began with a welcoming glass of a fine rich Prosecco, served by Salvatore Pagano. Don Giovanni’s kitchen brigade, led by head chef Roberto Tintis, created a menu which delighted the guests. Starters included Pate Della Casa (duck and chicken liver pate with toasted bread and cranberry compote) and Bruschetta Peperoni (roasted caramelised peppers and goats’ cheese). Mains included Salmon Adriatico (grilled salmon with asparagus and prawns in a white wine cream) and Tagliatelle al Funghi (fresh tagliatelle with wild mushrooms in cream sauce). For desserts, guests tucked into Panna Cotta with caramel sauce, Tiramisu or sorbets and ice cream.

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Don Giovanni, 1-2 Peter House, Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5AN. 0161 228 2482.