On April 25th in Miami, during the Authentic Italian Table event organized in the amazing setting of the Coral Gables Country Club over 40 Italian restaurants and gourmet food & wine importers will display their products, with great exhibitions and tastings throughout the night. Chefs will prepare their signature small dishes, following authentic Italian regional recipes and peculiarities. It will be a high-end Italian food & wine festival, for over 100 industry leaders, journalists, influencers and for a selected group of over 500 foodies. Guests will enjoy music and wine and complementary bites of the best selection of genuine Italian pasta, cheese, cold cuts, pizza and gelato. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to participate to seminars/gourmet experiences to gain a deeper knowledge of the most important Italian ingredients. Authentic Italian Table will gather most of the South Florida restaurants honored with the Italian Quality Seal – Marchio Ospitalità Italiana. The event is promoted by the Italian government and is part of the Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign, organized by Italian Trade Agency and aimed to raise awareness among North American consumers about authentic Italian products.
3.30 pm – 5.00 pm: Panel ‘Consumption trends of authentic Italian food in Florida’ (for industry only):
Welcome remarks by Tommaso Cardana, President of Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast and Hon. Gloria Bellelli, Consul General of Italy. Moderator: Lyn Farmer, James Beard Award-winning wine and food writer, broadcaster and arts educator. He is the author of the Engaging the Senses blog. Panelists: Evan Benn (Editor in Chief, Indulge Magazine), ‘Authenticity is the new black and Italian Food is part of the trend’; Sarah Nagel (Director- Client Development, Park Street Companies), ‘Italian Wine perception among millennials’; Victoria Pesce Elliot (Restaurant Critic, The Miami Herald), ‘How the Miami’s restaurant scene is evolving’; Alejandra Cangas (Editor, The Hungry Post), ‘The impact of social media on local foodies choices’; Jacopo Giustiniani (Managing Partner, La Centrale Italian Food Hall), ‘Food is culture and consumers are looking for an immersive experience’.
5.00 pm: Networking cocktail for F&B professionals (for industry only)
6.00 pm: Italian grand tasting (open to the public)
A Gourmet experience. A feast for the senses. The best and true Italian food & wine you can find in Florida.
Gourmet Experiences Program
6.00 pm: Black Truffle Festival (for industry only) – Presented by Urbani Truffles and Grana Padano. Speakers: Vittorio Giordano (Urbani Truffle); Lou Di Palo (Di Palo Fine Foods New York); Chef Carlo Donadoni (Spuntino Catering Miami).
6.30 pm: Artisan cured meats tasting (open to the public) – Presented by Tomson Hospitality Boutique and Toscana Divino. Speakers: Tommaso Cardana (Tomson Hospitality Boutique); Tommaso Morelato and Chef Andrea Marchesin (Toscana Divino).
7.00 pm: Italian Cheese Tasting and Jam pairing (open to the public) – Presented by Botteghe d’Italia. Speaker: Lorenza Robicci (Botteghe d’Italia).
7.30 pm: ‘Genuine flavors from the Southern region of Apulia’ (open to the public) – Presented by Flora Fine Foods. Speaker: John Flora (Flora Fine Foods).
8.00 pm: ‘Italian Aperitivo and Wine Pairing’ (open to the public) – Presented by Baldassare Agnelli USA and Cibo Wine Bar. Speakers: Paulina Arango (Sommelier for Cibo Wine Bar South Beach and Coral Gables).
8.30 pm: ‘Wine Meditation’ (open to the public) – Presented by Strahl and Emporium Nostrum. Speaker: Theo Von Ungern-Sternberg (Strahl); Danielle Liagi (Emporium Nostrum).
10.00 pm: Closing ceremony