The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas and the organizers of Taste of Italy 2017 are already gearing up for what is sure to be their best event ever.
Not only will the 2017 festival be bigger and better than in years past, but it will also include consumer events that featuring Texas-based chefs, restaurateurs, and sommeliers.
And the organizers have also confirmed the participation of some of the top food and wine professionals working in Texas today, including Italian wine buyer for the state-wide retailer and importer Spec’s Joseph Kemble; food writer and Houston Chronicle columnist J.C. Reid; and Italian wine writer and food and wine historian Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D., author of the popular blog devoted to Italian wine DoBianchi.
Shortly, they also plan to announce the participation of one of the top Italian wine buyers in the U.S., a New York-based sommelier who currently serves as the beverage director for one of the largest restaurant groups in the country (stay tuned for updates).
“Not only is this year’s festival going to be bigger and better,” says Chamber deputy director and Taste of Italy founder Maurizio Gamberucci, “but it will also involve a much larger group of Texas-based food and wine professionals and consumers. One of the themes of this year’s gathering is ‘community.’ And that’s why we’ve decided to open not only the grand tasting up to the public at large but we’ve also created wine tastings and food demos conceived especially for consumers.”
While the Sunday, March 5 events will be open exclusively to trade and exhibitors, the grand tasting on Monday, March 6 will be open to trade, media, and the public. And Monday’s schedule will also feature two consumer events, tentatively titled “New Trends in Italian Wine Today: Where Value Meets Quality” and “Carbonara Cook-Off: Pecorino vs. Parmigiano Reggiano and Contemporary Interpretations of an Italian Classic.” For the Carbonara demo, the organizers will be inviting some of the most popular chefs and restaurateurs working in Texas today to share their insights and secrets into preparation of this celebrated and storied Roman dish.
We have also just added a west coast date — March 8 in Los Angeles — and are currently working on the day’s gatherings.
The definitive schedule and names of participants will be posted in early December. But in the meantime, stay tuned for updates and news from the Taste of Italy organizers. Next year’s event has already been dubbed “a must for those who work in Italian food and wine and Italian restaurants in the U.S.”