AUTHENTIC ITALIAN TABLE
HOUSTON PASTA FESTIVAL 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Bayou City Event Center
1 PM – 4 PM
On Sunday, May 19, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce will be presenting its second annual Authentic Italian Table/Houston Pasta Festival — a celebration of Italy’s gift to the world!
More than 20 Houston restaurants will be participating this year, including some of the city’s most popular Italian chefs. Each of them will be preparing their favorite pasta-focused dishes: From long and short pastas, stuffed pastas, layered pastas, and a wide variety of sauces and toppings, the Authentic Italian Table/Houston Pasta Festival gives guests the opportunity to taste some of the best pasta-focused dishes in the U.S. today.
And beyond the Italian restaurateurs who will be showcasing their pastas, there will also be a few international-cuisine restaurants who will be sharing how they incorporate authentic Italian products into creative pasta-based dishes.
Guests will also be invited to attend a panel discussion on “Pasta Today in Houston” with leading Houston-based food experts and writers. They include CultureMap restaurant critic Eric Sandler and Houston Chronicle food columnist J.C. Reid, a highly regarded expert on Italian cooking and a noted authority on the classic pastas of Rome.
The Authentic Italian Table/Houston Pasta Festival is also kid-friendly: Children will have the opportunity to learn how to make their own pasta with a genuine Italian chef!
The event is underwritten by the Italian government’s True Italian Taste campaign, which promotes awareness of authentic Italian food and wine products and authentic Italian foodways.
Pasta was a popular dish in Italy by the 14th century and by the mid-1450s the dish in its various forms was already appearing in some of the most celebrated cookery books of the day. By the 19th century, pasta had become one of Italy’s favorite national dishes. As Italians began to come to the U.S. in the early 20th century, they brought their favorite pastas with them. In the years that followed WWII, pasta found its way into America cookbooks as well, even though it was only served in “Italian” restaurants at the time. Today, following the Italian food and wine renaissance that began to take shape in the 1990s, pasta reigns supreme as one of the most popular dishes in the world.