Tortellini at Midnight by Emiko Davies

Tortellini at Midnight by Emiko Davies

At the end of this month, almost two years to the day that we last had Emiko in store with her book Acquacotta, we will again be chatting to Emiko about her life and family in Tuscany and celebrating the release of her new book Tortellini at Midnight.

When: 6.30pm 1 March 2019 – Tickets via Eventbrite below

Sometime in the 1950s, Emiko Davies’ nonno-in-law began the tradition of ringing in the new year with tortellini al sugo. He served it along with spumante and a round of tombola, and sparked a trend; up until the 1970s, you could find tortellini at midnight on New Year’s Eve in the bars around the Tuscan town of Fucecchio.

This is just one of the heirloom dishes in this evocative collection, for which Emiko Davies has gathered some of her favourite family recipes. They trace generations that span the length of Italy, from the Mediterranean port city of Taranto in the southern heel of Puglia to elegant Turin, the city of aperitif and Italian cafe culture in the far north and, finally, back to Tuscany, which Emiko calls home.

Tortellini at Midnight by Emiko Davies

Tortellini at Midnight is a book rich with nostalgia, with fresh, comforting food and stunning photography. It is a book that is good for the soul.  And of course we’ll be tasting a few recipes and learning how to fold tortellini with Emiko

About Emiko

Emiko Davies is a widely admired blogger, author, cook, illustrator, and photographer, who once lived in Melbourne working with many of our top restaurants, and now lives in Tuscany;  spending her days, when not cooking or raising her young family, researching, photographing, illustrating and writing several regular columns on Italian cuisine and Italian cookbooks.

If you’d like to know more about Emiko or are interested in the ‘behind the scenes’ of creating this beautiful book you can read more on Emiko’s blog

 Please join us for what promises to be a warm and wonderful evening celebrating the importance of family and family traditions with Emiko

Eventbrite - Tortellini at Midnight - an author event with Emiko Davies
Can I buy/pre-order signed copies of Tortellini at Midnight?

Yes – copies will be available for signing and purchase on the night – $52.  If you can’t attend we can organise to post signed copies to you.  Postage (tracked & insured): Victoria $7.95; Australia wide $9.95; overseas we’ll quote.

We will also have signed copies of Emiko’s other award winning books Florentine and Acquacotta available for signing and purchase.

I’ve already purchased the book – can I bring it to be signed

Well…to be honest…we’d rather you didn’t…we do these events to sell books. We subsidise our events by the sale of books on the night. We would prefer not to have to increase our event fee. If you did want to bring a book along for signing, please consider buying a book instore on the night to support our events.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

As alcohol may be served, attendees must be 18+ or accompanied by a parent/guardian

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

If you have been to one of our events before, please note we have moved to the northern side of the Queen Victoria Market.  Our new address is 115-121 Victoria Street (next to A Shed)

We recommend public transport.

The 19, 20, 57 (Elizabeth St)and 55 (William & Peel St) trams go past the Queen Victoria Market and run frequently.  We are in the Free Tram Zone and are a short 50m walk from the Elizabeth St Queen Victoria Market stop and the Peel St Queen Victoria Market stop.  Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are two blocks away.

Parking restrictions apply in the Melbourne CBD until 8.30pm.  You can park on Queen Street near the corner of Victoria Street.  There are limited parking spaces on Victoria Street.

 Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes – to another person – just have them present your ticket on the evening.  

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are not refundable but can be transferred if you can’t attend. 


 Please advise of any food allergies or intolerances.

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