The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce organized a Master Class in Italian food and wine this week in New Orleans, branching out to Louisiana where a robust Italian community and a focus on fine dining and food made the city a natural destination for the #TrueItalianTaste campaign organized by the Italian Trade Commission.
Across the United States, the interest in authentic Italian food products and wines only continues to grow. And New Orleans, like many major urban markets across America, is no exception to this expanding trend.
Historically, New Orleans has always been a center for fine dining and food tourism. It’s a city known for its culinary culture, whether traditional Louisiana cuisine made with local seafood and other local food products or haute cuisine by some of the world’s most renowned chefs.
And like so many major U.S. cities today, food professionals and laypeople alike are hungry for genuine Italian products. The good news is that today, more than ever before, access to real Italian food products is greater than ever.
But the interest in the products themselves is also mirrored in the gastronomic community’s desire to learn more about how Italian food products can be used. That’s why the IACC turned to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, asking this excellent organization to host our Master Class. What a perfect place for food and wine professionals to come together to taste traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena, mortadella, Prosciutto di Parma, and Grana Padano — just some of the foods discussed and tasted in the seminar.
Buyers and trade members from some of America’s most renowned restaurants and retail outlets were in attendance and all present participated a lively discussion on how to integrate Italian food products into traditional American cuisine and southeastern American cuisine.
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The IACC would also like to thank Consul General Elena Sgarbi, Trade Commissioner Carlo Bocchi, and Honorary Consul Frank Maselli for making the trip to New Orleans to attend this special event.