NewsTaste of Italy

Taste of Italy is ALMOST HERE! Come taste with the Prosciutto Whisperer, Francesco Lupo!

In less than two weeks, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas will be presenting the fifth annual Taste of Italy festival, the largest food and wine fair in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian foodways.

One of the presenters we’re the most excited about this year is Francesco Lupo aka the “Prosciutto Whisperer.”

Francesco, official ambassador of the Prosciutto di Parma consortium, will be leading a seminar on how to properly slice and serve Prosciutto di Parma and how to use “the whole leg.”

(Check out the Whole Leg website and educational portal here.)

Unfortunately, Francesco’s seminar is already sold out (with waiting list). But he will also be serving and talking about Prosciutto di Parma throughout the day at the Taste of Italy Grand Tasting (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; see details and registration link below).

Francesco is just one of the many Italian food and wine experts who will be joining us for what is sure to be our best event ever.

And we’ll also be joined but some of the leading food and wine writers and authorities in Houston and the U.S. today. See the seminar descriptions below for more info.

Taste of Italy represents a wonderful opportunity to interact with some of the best and brightest people working in Italy food and wine today — on both sides of the Atlantic!

We hope to see you there! Buon appetito! E buona fiera!


Schedule, Seminars, and Speakers

presented by
the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas

Hilton Post Oak
2001 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston TX 77056
Google map


Monday, February 25

Grand Tasting

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
11 a.m. open to trade and media
3 p.m. open to the public (with registration)

“Recipe for Success: Italian wine in the Texas market.”
Seminar and guided tasting

Please email us here to obtain a password to register for this seminar (open to trade and media only).

11 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
With Master Sommelier June Rodil (moderator), acclaimed food and wine writer Bruce Schoenfeld, Italian wine importer Nathan Smith, and Houston-based wine writer Jeremy Parzen.

Prosciutto Master Class
Seminar and guided tasting

1-2:30 p.m.
Presented by Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma and featuring a “Prosciutto Whisperer, Francesco Lupo

Please email us here to obtain a password to register for this seminar (open to trade and media only).

“The Italy-Texas factor: How to pair Italian wine with Texas BBQ”

3:30 p.m.
Leading Texas BBQ expert J.C. Reid and veteran Houston wine writer Dale Robertson explore the magic and science of pairing classic Texas smoked meats with Italian grape varieties and wine styles. They will be joined by 3 top Houston pit masters who will share some of their smoking secrets as well as insights into matching their foods with wines from the Old Country.

Participants will sample smoked meats from all three pit masters and taste 4 wines. Houston-based Italian wine educator Jeremy Parzen moderates.

$20 per person (open to trade, media, and consumers)

Featured speakers:

J.C. Reid
(BBQ columnist Houston Chronicle)

Dale Robertson
(wine writer, Houston Chronicle)

Featured pit masters:

Arash Kharat

Ara Malekian
(Harlem Road Texas BBQ)

Jim Buchanan
(Buck’s Barbeque Co.)

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