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01/31/2019

Taste of Italy: The largest trade fair devoted exclusively to authentic Italian food and wine in the U.S.

On Monday, February 25, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas will be hosting the 5th annual Taste of Italy trade fair and food and wine festival in Houston, the largest trade fair devoted exclusively to Italian food and wine in the U.S.

One of the highlights of this year’s gathering is sure to be the Prosciutto Master Class (see details below) featuring a “Prosciutto Whisperer” who will be sharing expert insights not only into how to preserve, carve, and serve Prosciutto di Parma but also how to use the entire thigh.

When it comes to Italian gastronomy, nothing matters more than authenticity. True Italian cuisine relies on genuine Italian ingredients. Without them, the chef or home cook lacks the necessary elements to recreate the wonders of Italian cooking.

Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, aceto balsamico tradizionale, extra-virgin olive oil, Grana Padano, mozzarella di bufala, bottarga, arborio and carnaroli rice… the list goes on and on. Classic Italian food products like these and myriad others are the building blocks of great Italian cuisine.

This year’s event will feature more than 300 authentic foods and wines. And the Prosciutto Master Class offers an invaluable opportunity to better understand and utilize this amazing Italian culinary treasure.

Click the link below to register. Grand Tasting and registration info for the other seminars and tastings follow below as well.

Prosciutto Master Class
Seminar and guided tasting

1-2:30 p.m.
Presented by Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma and featuring a “Prosciutto Whisperer.”

Please email us here to obtain a password to register for this seminar (open to trade and media only).

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TASTE OF ITALY 2019
Schedule, Seminars, and Speakers

presented by
the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas

Hilton Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston TX 77056
Google map

CLICK LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER FOR EVENTS.

Monday, February 25

Grand Tasting

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
11 a.m. open to trade and media
3 p.m. open to the public (with registration)

“Recipe for Success: Italian wine in the Texas market.”
Seminar and guided tasting

Please email us here to obtain a password to register for this seminar (open to trade and media only).

11 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
With Master Sommelier June Rodil (moderator), acclaimed food and wine writer Bruce Schoenfeld, Italian wine importer Nathan Smith, and Houston-based wine writer Jeremy Parzen.

Prosciutto Master Class
Seminar and guided tasting

1-2:30 p.m.
Presented by Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma and featuring a “Prosciutto Whisperer.”

Please email us here to obtain a password to register for this seminar (open to trade and media only).

“The Italy-Texas factor: How to pair Italian wine with Texas BBQ”

3:30 p.m.
Leading Texas BBQ expert J.C. Reid and veteran Houston wine writer Dale Robertson explore the magic and science of pairing classic Texas smoked meats with Italian grape varieties and wine styles. They will be joined by 3 top Houston pit masters who will share some of their smoking secrets as well as insights into matching their foods with wines from the Old Country.

Participants will sample smoked meats from all three pit masters and taste 4 wines. Houston-based Italian wine educator Jeremy Parzen moderates.

$20 per person (open to trade, media, and consumers)

Featured speakers:

J.C. Reid
(BBQ columnist Houston Chronicle)

Dale Robertson
(wine writer, Houston Chronicle)

Featured pit masters:

Arash Kharat
(Beaver’s)

Ara Malekian
(Harlem Road Texas BBQ)

Jim Buchanan
(Buck’s Barbeque Co.)

Image via the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma Facebook.

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