The largest food and wine fair in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian wines and food products, producers, and gastronomic traditions.
MONDAY, MARCH 6
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Omni Houston Hotel
For more information, please contact IACC deputy director
Maurizio Gamberucci at (713) 626-9303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now in its third year, Taste of Italy Houston is the largest food and wine fair in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian wines and food products, producers, and gastronomic traditions.
The organizers of this year’s event will be hosting more than 60 Italian winemakers and food producers who will be presenting and offering samples of their products to media (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), wine and food trade and restaurant professionals (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.), and consumers (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.).
For the first time, this year’s event will also feature 4 break-out events: 2 wine tastings and seminars organized by the Vinitaly International Academy (a component of the annual Italian wine trade fair held each year in Verona); a wine tasting to be moderated by celebrity sommelier David Lynch, author of Vino Italiano (Clarkson Potter); and a Carbonara seminar moderated by Houston food writers J.C. Reid (Houston Chronicle) and Jeremy Parzen (DoBianchi.com). The Carbonara panel will also include Houston chefs Paul Petronella and William Wright, who will be preparing the celebrated dish especially for the occasion.
VINITALY INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY GUIDED TASTING 1
10:00 a.m. (30 spots available)
Guided tasting of 13 wines with Vinitaly Ambassador, Jeremy Parzen (author of the Italian wine blog Do Bianchi and wine writer for Houston Press and Houstonia).
NEW WAVE WHITE WINES FROM ITALY
12 p.m. (30 spots available)
San Francisco-based sommelier, author, and journalist David Lynch’s will moderate a panel discussion and tasting of “New Wave White Wines from Italy.” Other panelists will include Joseph Kemble (Italian wine buyer, Spec’s), Thomas Moësse (Italian wine expert and owner of Vinology), Jaime De Leon (sommelier and Kroger fine wine specialist), and Jeremy Parzen (an Italian wine-focused writer, blogger, and educator). Guests will taste 6 wines in a guided tasting led by Lynch.
CARBONARA: PECORINO VS. PARMIGIANO REGGIANO (SEMINAR/TASTING)
1:15 p.m. (30 spots available)
Moderated by Houston Chronicle food columnist J.C. Reid and food and wine historian Jeremy Parzen, the seminar will also feature Houston chefs Paul Petronella (Paulie’s) and William Wright (Arthur Ave./Helen Greek Food & Wine). One of the chefs will prepare the dish using Pecorino, the other with Parmigiano Reggiano. The moderaters and chefs will be joined by James Breuhl, Vice President of Perishables at Rouses Supermarket.
VINITALY INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY GUIDED TASTING 2
2:30 p.m. (30 spots available)
Guided tasting of 8 wines with Vinitaly Ambassador Jeremy Parzen (author of the Italian wine blog Do Bianchi and wine writer for Houston Press and Houstonia).