Star Chefs from Italy and NYC Create Memorable Dining Event at Eataly's Birreria Restaurant
Imagine enjoying a sumptuous five course dinner prepared by some of the finest Italian chefs on the planet, accompanied with fine wine pairings for each course! Have I peaked your interest? Such have been the offerings in London, Milan and New York City in what has become an annual food congress that pays homage to the best Italian cuisine in the world. The third evolution of this International Chef Congress, promoted by Identita Golose, the Italian culinary organization was held Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, in New York City. Each day six chefs composed five-course dinners which demonstrated their superb culinary techniques and highlighted global emerging trends and new flavor combinations in the old-new Italian culinary evolution.
High-end food prepared by top echelon chefs in the culinary universe? I was enthralled when I received the e-mail from Eataly's event coordinator, and summoned foodie friends after discovering who would be preparing and dishing out their magnificent creations.
First, were the Americans: Mario Batali, notable chef,TV celebrity and restaurant empire builder with partner Joe Bastianich, Mark Ladner-Executive Chef of Del Posto (a Batali and Joe Bastianich restaurant) and Babbo's pastry chef, author Gina De Palma. The others were the award winning experts from Italy, all of them owners/chefs of exquisite, renown restaurants: Massimo Bottura (named the finest chef in Italy, his restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena ranked as the 5th finest restaurant in the world) Carlo Cracco, (Cracco Ristorante in Milano) and Davide Scabin (Combal.Zero). These masters who grew up in a world of Italian food riches would be sharing their innovations in an American landscape of Italian gastronomic delights at Birreria, Eataly's rooftop restaurant and brewery.
I could hardly wait for the event and found myself holding back on my usual restaurant touring/dining in the weeks beforehand. I wanted to save my gourmet appetite for what I expected would be a sensational, palate blowing excursion exceeding all my previous tasting heights. This led to some cancellations, but ask me if it was worth it? Oh, my, oh my!Continued on the next page