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Chicago Says "Benvenuto" to the First Ever Italian Food & Wine Festival

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This October, Identitá Golose brings together Michelin-starred Italian and American chefs for demos, dinners, and celebrations at Eataly Chicago.

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Identitá Golose, one of the most prestigious international culinary organizations highlighting the best of contemporary Italian cuisine, returns to the United States for the debut of the Italian Food & Wine Festival taking place in Chicago October 14-16. Eataly in Chicago will host the series of events, each of which feature some of Italy’s most lauded culinary heroes, as well as masters of modern American cuisine.

For its inaugural year in the Windy City, Identitá Golose will partner with Merano Wine Festival to host the three-day Italian Food & Wine Festival showcasing the great wines and renowned cuisine of Italy through a series of carefully curated events.

The Italian Food & Wine Festival begins with a four-course dinner that brings together two acclaimed Italian chefs, Ugo Alciati and Davide Oldani, and two of Eataly’s own, Executive Chef Alex Pilas and Pastry Chef Katia Delogu, at Baffo at Eataly. Chef Lidia Bastianich will lead the team of culinary luminaries, presenting guests with a communal dining experience showcasing progressive Italian dishes and wine pairings. The dinner is $150 per person. Guests may reserve their spots for the dinner on the Eataly Chicago website.

The following day, Identitá Golose and the Merano WineFestival will host a one-time-only tasting event pairing 100 of Italy’s most important wines from 30 of the country’s most acclaimed wineries with bites utilizing Italian products at La Scuola—Eataly Chicago’s cooking school. The Merano WineFestival, founded in 1992 by Helmuth Köcher, is one of the world’s largest and most exclusive wine events celebrating the finest selections of Italian and international wines. Tickets are $30 and include all wine and food tastings. Guests may purchase tickets for the tasting on the Eataly Chicago website.

Identitá Golose will also present two head-to-head chef demonstrations, each with a key ingredient. Each seminar, the chefs will be tasked to create their best dish, the first demonstration using truffles and the second using rice. The hour-long seminars will take place inside La Scuola. Tickets are priced at $95 can be purchased on the Eataly Chicago website.

Italian Food & Wine Festival Schedule

Tuesday, October 14

7:00-9:00 p.m. Dinner

Hosted by Chef Lidia Bastianich (Eataly)

Antipasto: Ugo Alciati (Guido – Serralunga d’Alba, Cuneo)

Primo: Davide Oldani (D’O – Cornaredo, Milan)

Secondo: Alex Pilas (Eataly)

Dolce: Katia Delogu (Eataly)

Wednesday, October 15

6:00-10:00 p.m. Wine Tasting

100 selections by the Merano Wine Festival paired with Italian bites from Eataly Chicago. Wineries include: Allegrini, Cantine Giorgio Lungarotti, Cantine Ferrari, Cantina Terlano, Mastroberardino, Tasca D’Almerita, Banfi, and Fontanafredda.

Thursday, October 16

12:00-1:00 p.m. Seminar: Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia)

6:00-7:00 p.m. Seminar: Lee Wolen (BOKA)

Identitá Golose New York and the Italian Food & Wine Festival in Chicago thank Expo Milano 2015, the next World’s Fair exploring the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” for its prestigious patronage. Additionally, Identitá Golose is honored to be sponsored by leaders in the food and beverage industry, including Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano, Acqua Panna-S.Pellegrino, Lavazza, Birra Moretti, Mirafiore Fontanafredda and Monograno Felicetti.

About Identitá Golose:

Identitá Golose, founded in 2004 by Italian food journalist Paolo Marchi, is a culinary organization with a mission to highlight the best of contemporary Italian cuisine, showcase the culinary excellence of each Italian region, and honor the top Italian chefs who proudly blend traditional techniques with modern methods. The first Identitá Golose event was held in Milan in 2005, and six events have been held since, each one showcasing the greatest Italian and international chefs, pastry chefs, and artisanal producers. The success of Identitá Golose in Italy eventually led to the launch of Identitá London in 2009. Following the success of the London event, Identitá Golose decided to share the talent of Italy’s finest chefs with an American audience. The first Identitá Golose New York took place in 2010 at Eataly, and the inaugural Italian Food & Wine Festival will take place in October 2014. For more information about Identitá Golose, please visit www.identitagolose.com.

About Merano WineFestival:

Merano WineFestival, founded in 1992 by Helmuth Köcher, is one of the world’s largest and most exclusive wine events, celebrating the finest selection of Italian and international wines. The event celebrates the intense work of nine tasting committees, which annually taste over 5,000 wines. The best wines from Italy and globally are presented over the course of the three days: 700 Italian wines and 250 international wines, as well as the opportunity to taste and talk with Köcher himself! In addition to the wines, the event offers a full tasting experience with Italian and international foods, regional and traditional products, artisans breweries, and refined spirits. Renowned chefs complete the three-day event with cooking demos. For more information about the Merano WineFestival and all other events organized during the year, please visit www.meranowinefestival.com.

About Eataly:

Founded by Oscar Farinetti, Eataly (http://www.eataly.com/) is the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world. From the opening of the first location in Turin in 2007, Eataly’s philosophy has spread to the rest of the world: “Eat, Shop, Learn.” The marketplace offers a place where it is possible to purchase high-quality food and drink at accessible prices. Consumers can experiment with new combinations of flavors at the various restaurants throughout the marketplace before learning more about the Mediterranean culture with educational courses on food, wine, and nutrition. Located on the celebrated Fifth Avenue, the first Eataly in the U.S. opened in New York in 2010 in a space of more than 50,000 square feet. The 63,000 square foot Eataly Chicago opened in December 2013. Eataly New York and Chicago are a product of the collaboration between Oscar Farinetti and his American partners Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich, and Adam and Alex Saper.

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