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Taste of Italy Houston (March 30) and Taste of Italy New Orleans (March 31) are the largest food and wine exhibitions devoted exclusively to Italian products in the U.S.
More than 300 food and wine trade members attended last year’s Taste of Italy in Houston (now in its sixth year). And organizers are expecting a similar number of food and wine professionals at the inaugural Taste of Italy in New Orleans.
The trade-focused gatherings are an ideal way to connect with leading trade members and journalists.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to build your business and expand your professional network in two of America’s most important markets for Italian food and wine!
This year’s speakers include:
Tom Dobson, Italian wine buyer at Spec’s (170+ locations throughout Texas).
Stephen McDonald, Master Sommelier, wine director Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, winner of Wine Spectator Grand Award.
J.C. Reid, food columnist for Houston Chronicle and Italian gastronomy expert.
Dale Robertson, wine columnist for Houston Chronicle
Jeremy Parzen, food and wine historian and Italian food and wine authority.
Testimonials from previous exhibitors and speakers:
For Pecorino cheesemakers like me who are visiting the U.S.A. for the first time and looking to make contacts with eventual business partners, The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas does a great job or organizing and creating the right opportunities for meeting and growing B2B relationships. I also really enjoyed the authentic Mariachi band at the gala dinner last year. Fantastic!
Producer Pecorino Toscano
Texas has so much opportunity in wine for Italian producers but it is very difficult for someone who does not know the market to make the most useful contacts. The Taste of Italy festival thanks to the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas helped me meet many importers and distributors with whom I am currently discussing the potential of working together. The exhibitor seminar was very useful and I was happy to meet the buyer for a major super market chain. I will be back next year.
Supplier Representative Franciacorta
Not only did I meet my importer at Taste of Italy Houston but also I have made contact with many people from the press including journalists, bloggers, and Instagram users. I have also found the Houston restaurant and food community to be well educated and curious about Italian food products. It wasn’t my first time in the U.S.A. and I am glad I have come to Houston in Texas!
Export Director Aceto Balsamic Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia
Taste of Italy is one of the best Italian-focused food and wine events I’ve attended in the U.S., with a vibrant trade component and consumer-friendly seminars — the perfect balance. And it’s great to get to co-present with some of Houston’s top media and food and wine professionals. I look forward to it every year.
Food and wine educator, blogger, Taste of Italy panelist