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01/22/2020

IACC opens Louisiana office (ribbon-cutting February 10)

Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas partners with Southern Food and Beverage Museum (New Orleans) to open Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Louisiana.

On Monday, February 10, 2020, Southern Food and Beverage Museum president Brent Rosen and museum founder Liz Williams will be joined by Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas director Alessia Paolicchi for the inauguration of the chamber’s new Louisiana office in New Orleans.

Italian Consul General of the Italian Consulate in Houston Federico Ciattaglia will also be on hand to make introductory remarks.

With the opening of a new office in New Orleans, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas plans to expand its efforts in building community and ties between Italian companies operating in Texas and Louisiana and local businesses and business leaders in both states.

A reception, open to the public, will follow the ribbon-cutting ceremony (details below).

Based in Houston and ranked the number-one office in the U.S. (and number-five worldwide), the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas focuses primarily on food and wine, oil and gas, interior design, and manufacturing sectors.

“Based on our success in Texas,” says Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas director Alessia Paolicchi, “it was only natural that we would look to our neighbor to the east. For more than two years, we’ve already been working with Louisiana-based companies, especially when it comes to the food and wine industry.”

The new office is to be led by the museum’s founder, Liz Williams, an Italian-American renowned for her work as a food historian and chronicler of southern foodways and mixology.

Not only will the New Orleans office serve local businesses and provide assistance to Italian companies seeking to have a footprint there, it will also seek to grow the chamber’s reach in Baton Rouge.

“Like the Italian Consul General in Houston,” adds deputy director Maurizio Gamberucci, “our office also covers Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. By opening an office in Louisiana, we will be able to better serve Italian-focused businesses in those states as well.”

The opening of the new office comes just a month and half before the first-ever Taste of Italy trade and consumer festival to be held in New Orleans on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

The gathering is modeled after the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas’ Taste of Italy festival in Houston, now in its sixth year, the largest food and wine exhibition in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian products and producers.

It will be the first event to be co-presented by the new Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Louisiana. (The Houston festival will be held the day before, on Monday, March 30.)

A delegation from Calabria, representing the region’s food products, will be featured at both the Houston and New Orleans events this year.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) at 3 p.m. on Monday, February 10, and will be followed by a reception. The event and reception are open to the public.

For media inquiries, please contact Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas deputy director Maurizio Gamberucci at (713) 626-9303.

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