Relais Chateaux

The Caper: Leaves, Fruit and Flowers

19 - 21 JUNE 2018

The caper plant is an integral part of the landscape and to Salina’s local economy. A presidium Slow Food, this little perennial shrub probably originated in a tropical climate and has long played a strong role in the natural habitat of the Mediterranean; the caper has even been cited for its medicinal use in the Bible and in the writings of Aristotle and Pliny the Elder. In collaboration with Relais & Châteaux, Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia plays homage to the caper of Salina, which are found growing throughout the Locanda, bordering the restaurant and the rooms. The event will include a discussion with an expert guide, who will explain the anthropological significance of capers on the island of Salina. Alongside this there will be talks discussing the different cultivation and conservation methods with a local producer. Our head chef, Ludovico de Vivo, will create a menu where each course from appetizers to dessert rejoices in the different elements of this plant.