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International Day of Italian Cuisines 2009

Media Coverage

The 2009 International Day of Italian Cuisines received some very satisfactory media coverage. It has been practically impossible to track down all the media, especially those online, that gave account of the event. But the following list includes a direct link to some of them.

In Italian

Corriere della Sera 17 January 2009 (pdf version)
La Repubblica 14 January 2009 (pdf version)
Il Giornale 04.01.09 (http://www.ilgiornale.it/a.pic1?ID=318510)
Il Giornale 17.01.09 (http://www.ilgiornale.it/a.pic1?ID=321619)
L’Espresso Kata Web (http://cucina.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/2009/01/12/risotto-day-italia-oro-zafferano/)
Wine News (http://www.winenews.it/index.php?c=detail&id=14792&dc=58)

RAI TG1 17 January 2009 h. 20.30 (http://video.aol.com/video-detail/tg1-risotto-alla-milanese/2474522347/?icid=VIDLRVGOV01)
RAI TG2 17 January 2009 h. 20.00 (link not available)
RAI TG3 LOMBARDIA 17 January 2009 h. 19.00 (link not available)
STUDIO APERTO 17 January 2009 h. 18.30 (link not available)
TG5 17 January 2009 h. 20.30 (link not available)
Radio Marconi (audio file)
LA PROVINCIA DI SONDRIO 18-01-2009 (pdf version)
L’Acqua Buona (http://www.acquabuona.it/2009/01/risotto-day-giornata-mondiale-del-risotto-alla-milanese-all’open-colonna/)
Agroalimentare News (http://www.agroalimentarenews.com/risotto-alla-milanese-per-celebrare-la-giornata-internazionale-delle-cucine-italiane-.htm)
Altissimo Ceto (http://www.altissimoceto.it/2009/01/17/mille-centomila-un-milione-di-risotti-alla-milanese-nel-mondo-per-la-giornata-delle-cucine-italiane-17-gennaio-2009/)
A Ruota Libera di Liborio Butera (http://www.liboriobutera.com/2009/01/16/risotto-day-la-preparazione-del-risotto-alla-milanese/
ASA (Ass. Stampa Agroalimentare Italiana) (http://www.asa-press.com/eventi-09risotto.html)
Chef di Cucina Magazine (http://www.chefdicucinamagazine.com/eventi/1000-risotti-al-macef.html)
Cronache Maceratesi (http://www.secondopiero.com/cronachemaceratesi/post/index/712/Risotto-alla-milanese-zafferano-dei-Monti-Sibillini)
Enopress (http://www.enopress.it/new/Articolo.aspx?ArticoloID=00066C)
Forum Ristoratori italiani (http://www.forumristoratori.it/node/110)
Ginger & Tomato (http://www.gingerandtomato.com/vivere-cucina/giornata-internazionale-delle-cucine-italiane)
Golosamente Maurizio Santin (http://mauriziosantin.blogspot.com/2009/01/sullonda-gialla-di-un-risotto-alla.html)
Gusti & Gusto (http://www.gustiegusto.it/content/view/2486/92/)
Sottocoperta (http://www.sottocoperta.net/news/cucina/1405/gennaio-2009-giornata-internazionale-delle-cucine-italiane-con-ola-globale-del-risotto-alla-milanese.html)
Guide Super Eva (http://guide.supereva.it/mondo_del_vino/interventi/2009/01/1000-risotti-al-macef)
Spazio di Staximo (http://www.blogcatalog.com/search.frame.php?term=risotto%20milanese&id= 099f1251da4bf0c30fe8656b7882952e)
Siracusa News (http://www.siracusanews.it/node/5575)
Turismo in Italia (http://www.ilcomuneinforma.it/viaggi/2876/risotto-alla-milanese-day/)
Bravo Cook (http://www.bravocook.it/news/bravocook/2-giornata-mondiale-delle-cucine-italiane/2907.html)
Italia chiama Italia (http://www.italiachiamaitalia.net/news/137/ARTICLE/13131/2009-01-19.html)
Food & Co Andrea Graziano (http://andreagraziano.wordpress.com/2009/01/17/il-risotto-day-open-colonna-roma/)
Informacibo 17.01.09 (http://www.informacibo.it/_sito/don/gvci_giallo_milano.htm)
Informacibo 18.01.09 (http://www.informacibo.it/_sito/gvciriso2009.htm)
Informacibo 18.01.09 (http://www.informacibo.it/_sito/gvciriso2009.htm)
Italfood Market (http://italfoodmarket.net/index.php?pagina=news)
Italia a Tavola 08.01.09 (http://www.italiaatavola.net/articoli.asp?cod=6813)
Italia a Tavola 21.01.09 (http://www.italiaatavola.net/newsletter-dett.asp?id=59)
L’altra Italia (http://laltraitalia.org/blog/2009/01/05/giornata-internazionale-del-risotto-alla-milanese/)
Il Maglio (http://www.ilmaglio.org/cucina.php)
Mamma che buono (http://mammachebuono.blogspot.com/2009/01/hey-ma-oggi-risotto-day.html)
Mangia e abbina (http://mangiaebbina.blog.espresso.repubblica.it/mangiaeabbina/2009/01/il-risotto-day.html)
Massimo (http://www.massimobali.com/blog/2009/01/)
Milanodabere (http://www.milanodabere.it/articolo_4120/risotto_alla_milanese_day.html)
ONAV Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori di Vino (http://www.onav.it/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2599&Itemid=1309)
NewsEnews (http://www.newsenews.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=615:risottata-globale-anche-verbania-e-oleggio-per-la-giornata-mondiale-della-cucina-italiana-&catid=40:attualita&Itemid=63)
Newsfood (http://www.newsfood.com/?location=Appuntamenti&item=53964&pag=2)
Papero Giallo (http://blog.paperogiallo.net/2009/01/risotto_day_il_video_3.html)
Danilossur (http://www.danilossur.it/)

In English

South China Morning Post 16.01.2009 (http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&attid=0.2&thid= 11f5b7f8a66c2b30&mt=application%2Fpdf)
Hong Kong Clubbing (http://www.hkclubbing.com/Latest_News/Food_and_Beverage_News/ Celebrate_International_Day_of_Italian_Cuisines_.html)
The Tony Mangia show Radio WP 88.7 FM (http://www.facebook.com/ext/share.php?sid= 121640995601&h=x77CB&u=q-jvz)
InTown Mix Dallas (pdf version)
Italian American Girl (http://www.italianamericangirl.com/2009/01/saying-no-to-bogus-italian-cuisine.html)
Food Network Fans (http://www.foodnetworkfans.com/forum/anne-burrell/6728-italian-culinary-academy-launch-2009-international-day-italian-cuisines.html)
Suite 101 (http://gourmetfood.suite101.com/article.cfm/italian_wedding_soup_ and_risotto_milanese_event)
Italian Made (http://www.italianmade.com/trade/release.cfm?art_ID=323)
Plannerwire (http://www.plannerwire.com/article_template.cfm?aid=515)
Red Inside (http://mediumred.blogspot.com/2009/01/international-day-of-italian-cuisine.html)
Press Release (http://www.pr.com/press-release/125510)
Xing (http://www.xing.com/events/287069/description)

In other languages

Italianos de Argentina (http://www.italianosdargentina.com.ar/index.php?IdNot=21999)
Communiqué de Presse (http://www.communique-de-presse-gratuit.com/produits-et-services-pour-la-maison/la-fete-de-la-cuisine-italienne-aura-lieu-le-17-janvier/)
Le Chef (http://www.lechef.com/data/14012009/14012009-103706.html?PHPSESSID=e41)
Ile de France (http://www.emd-net.com/voir.php?post=2009/01/13/Risotto-alla-milanese-pour-la-Fete-de-la-Cuisine-Italienne-17-janvier-2009)
De Volkskrant (http://extra.volkskrant.nl/volkskeuken/recept/risotto_alla_milanese.html)


International Day of Italian Cuisines: already a Tradition


Our annual appeal to Italian culinary professionals and lovers of Italian food, at whatever longitude and latitude they may be, is a tradition by now. Thousands of them join itchefs-GVCI on January 17 to celebrate authentic Italian cuisine and to protect it from forgery and counterfeiting. “The IDIC is born from a mission”, says Mario Caramella, “We certainly aim at educating worldwide consumers, but more than anything else, we want to protect their right to get what they pay for when go to eateries labelled as Italian, that is, authentic and quality Italian cuisine”.


17.01.2009 – An unforgettable International Day of Italian Cuisines

Mario Caramella
Mario Caramella

“It has really been an unforgettable day”, says Giulio Vierci, chef and owner of Giulio’s Wine Bar in Sapporo, Japan. “Our clients greatly appreciated the mythical risotto alla milanese”, adds Armando Capochiani, chef at Venexia Restaurant in Shanghai, China. “A great success”, confirms Emanuele Esposito, executive chef of il Villaggio, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, who prepared the risotto not in the kitchen but in the restaurant lounge in front of his clients as many of his colleagues around the world did.

These are the comments of just three of the hundreds chefs who participated in the International Day of Italian Cuisines (IDIC) last January 17th. “We are very happy about how the celebration has gone”, says Mario Caramella, GVCI President and Executive Chef from Bali, Indonesia. He adds: “I want to thank the hundreds chefs, the thousands of cooks, kitchen assistants and waiters for making this unique event in over 50 countries possible.” “Moreover, we are very grateful to the restaurant customers everywhere for understanding and enthusiastically sharing the spirit of the day”, says Rosario Scarpato, itchefs-gvci.com managing editor, who managed the communications of the event.


IDIC 2009: a clear goal and a positive balance

By Rosario Scarpato

The recent celebration of the International Day of Italian Cuisines (IDIC) in almost 100 cities around the world the past 17th January leaves different points to be considered. The 300 chefs and restaurants of the GVCI (Virtual Group of Italian Chefs) that glued themselves to the preparation of a genuine Risotto alla Milanese, not only decreed the success of the initiative but also gave testimony that, at whichever longitude and latitude, there is a great desire for authentic and quality Italian wining and dining. Everywhere, the public’s participation was enthusiastic. Many restaurateurs, excited by the pleasure expressed by so many of their guests offered a free taste of Risotto alla Milanese to everybody.

Furthermore, seen purely from the point of view of marketing, the IDIC demonstrated that a promotional activity coordinated and carried out directly by professionals of the sector, chefs, restaurateurs and the itchefs-GVCI promoters, although done with the tightest of means, pays off much more than the hundreds of fragmentary (and often million-dollar) initiatives managed by unprepared personnel. However, the International Day of Italian Cuisines is today first and foremost a cultural movement, and then and only then a commercial one. Defending Italian oenogastronomy worldwide from supposedly Italian fakes is not a neoprotectionist reaction. Instead, it is preserving a legitimate advantage Italy has on the market, as well as both guaranteeing the consumers in every country the right to receive the products they pay for and contributing to maintaining the pleasure of culinary diversity in the world.
For Italian chefs and restaurateurs worldwide, not only those of the GVCI, the IDIC is a way of elevating their profile and of promoting a product, their Italian cuisine that is, that gives them their exclusivity.
This year’s success lets us hope that the next International Day of Italian Cuisines, the one of 2010, may turn out to be the biggest promotional event of Italian oenogastronomy in the world.


The Americas: the New York launch, great celebrations in Mexico, Rio and Argentina

Anne Burrell, Cesare Casella and Giovanni Grasso
at the Italian Culinary Academy New York
preparing risotto alla Milanese

This International Day of Italian Cuisines was launched with a worldwide preview on 15th January during a reception for media and industry professionals at the ICA – Italian Culinary Academy in New York City.

Hosted by Cesare Casella, the executive chef of the Salumeria Rosi, a senior member of the GVCI and above all the director of the Italian Culinary Studies at the ICA, the preview featured the participation of Rosario Scarpato, food and wine expert and honorary president of GVCI; Food Network chef and hostess, Anne Burrell; Mark Ladner, executive chef of Del Posto Restaurant; and GVCI senior member Giovanni Grasso, chef patron of La Credenza restaurant in Turin, Italy. Mario Caramella, GVCI president, spoke from Bali, in a videoconference.

launch of the IDIC09
Cesare Casella (Dean), Mark Ladner (Executive Chef Del Posto)
and Rosario Scarpato at the New York launch of the
International Day of Italian Cuisines
New York
The International Culinary Centre
and the The Italian Culinary Academy,
New York
GVCI's chefs
New York based GVCI’s chefs: (from left) Enrico Bazzoni, Ivan Beacco, Paola Botero, Cesare Casella,
Giovanni Grasso, Anne Burrell, Mark Ladner, Rosario Scarpato and Odette Fada

For the occasion Roberto Bava, senior GVCI member and wine producer, sent some rare bottles of his fine Piano Alto Barbera d’Asti, 1999 vintage. Every New-York-based chef and restaurateur belonging to itchefs-GVCI participated in the event, including Tony Mai (San Domenico Events), who spent a long part of his professional life in the promotion of authentic Italian Cuisine in New York and the U.S. at large.

Toni Mai and R. Scarpato
Restaurateur and Italian Cuisine
promoter Toni Mai (San Domenico Events)
with Rosario Scarpato at the Italian
Culinary Academy New York

New York based GVCI members prepared risotto alla milanese two days later. The majority cooked and served it in their restaurants, as did Ivan Beacco (Borgo Antico), but others in special settings: chef Odette Fada of San Domenico Events was hired by the Italian fashion family, Bulgari, to prepare risotto at their New York home; the former executive chef, Enrico Bazzoni (now food consultant, Culinary Liaisons) joined the celebration by cooking risotto at home for friends visiting from New Zealand.

Enrico Bazzoni,
food consultant (Culinary Liaisons)
prepares risotto for his
New Zealand guests

Among the chefs who cooked risotto in Canada was Claudio Rossi, recently appointed executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. This caused particular pride for Claudio, since he was born in Milan.

Ivan Beacco, Borgo Antico restaurant in New York City, celebrates
the 2009 IDIC among his clients eating Risotto alla Milanese
Claudio Rossi
Claudio Rossi, Executive chef at the
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (Canada) and his risotto
Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (Canada): Claudio Rossi’s
Risotto is ready at the Studio Cafè Resturant

The IDIC celebrations were successful in Central and South America as well: Silvia Bernardini of L’invito in Veracruz was the point of reference in Mexico; she not only celebrated in her restaurant but participated in the organization of a Risotto Night promoted by the Amassador Felice Scauso and Marco Bellingeri the Director of the Italian Institute of Culture, at the Italian Embassy in Districto Federal (Mexico City). Risotto has been cooked by Luigi Pironti. In other parts of Mexico, other itchefs-GVCI associates participated in the ola, such as Alessandro Mancuso, Maravia Resort, La Paz, Baja California.

Elena Ruocco
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil): Elena Ruocco,
itchefs event coordinator, joined Francesco
Carli, Executive Chefs at the
Copacabana Hotel, to cook Risotto
alla Milanese for the 2009 IDIC

A special celebration was organised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by Elena Ruocco, itchefs event coordinator, and Francesco Carli, executive chef of the Copacabana Hotel, and supervisor of the in-house Ristorante Cipriani. Elena has been of a great help in the organization of the worldwide 2009 IDIC.

Tony Cavalli
Tony Cavalli, Cantina Don Domenico
Restaurant, Manaus (Brazil)
with one of his customers

For Tony Cavalli, in Manaus, Brazil, as well, the 17th of January was a day to remember.

In Chile, Roberto Illari, celebrated a successful IDIC in his new position as chef (and co-owner) of Belpaese Restaurant in Santiago. “It was a magic day,” said Roberto.

Roberto Illari
Roberto Illari, chef and coowner
of Belpaese in Santiago (Chile)

Bruni restaurant,
Buenos Aires, Argentina

In Argentina, TV celebrity chef, Donato De Santis, included risotto alla milanese on the day’s menu of Bruni, the restaurant he co-owns in Buenos Aires, having previously invited all the Italian restaurants in Argentina to prepare and serve a genuine risotto alla milanese for the IDIC: Luciano Nanni, of Once Resto Bar in the city of Rosario, was among the first to take up Donato’s appeal.

Chefs who cooked Risotto alla Milanese in the Americas

Donato de Santis, Bruni Restaurant, Buenos Aires

Francesco Carli, Copacabana Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro
Elena Ruocco, Personal Chef and Italian Cuisine Cooking Classes, Rio de Janeiro
Tony Cavalli, Cantina Don Domenico Restaurant, Manaus

Gabriele Paganelli, Romagna Mia Restaurant, Toronto
Gianni Poggio, Gianni &Maria Trattoria, Toronto
Claudio Rossi, Studio Cafè Resturant at the Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto
Giampiero Tondina, Copper Creek Golf Club, Kleinburg

Nino John Boccato, Zamaca’ Bed and Breakfast Inn,Saint Lucia
Ignazio Podda , Unique Villas of the Caribbean, Jamaica
Antonio Tardi, Italian Village Beaches, Turks & Caicos

Roberto Illari, Belpaese Restaurant, Santiago
Walter Monticelli, Due Torri Restaurant, Santiago

Luigi Passano, Riviera Restaurant, Guayaquil

Silvia Bernardini, L’Invito Restaurant, Veracruz
Alessandro Mancuso, Maravia Resort, La Paz, Baja California
Festa del Risotto alla Milanese at the Italian Embassy in Mexico City. Organised by the Embassador Felice Scauso, the Director of the Italian Institute of Culture Marco Bellingeri and our Silvia Bernardini [L'Invito Restaurant / Veracruz]. Risotto was cooked by Luigi Pironti, Italian cuisine expert.

Alberto Gianati, Casa Italia Restaurant, San Juan

Gaetano Ascione, Al Bentley Hilton, Miami
Enrico Bazzoni, Culinary Liaisons, New York
Ivan Beacco, Borgo Antico Restaurant, New York
Paola Bottero, Paola’s Restaurant, New York
Andrea Cavaliere, Cecconi’s Restaurant, West Hollywood
Odette Fada. San Domenico Event , Risotto alla Milanese for Bulgari (private function), New York
Francesco Farris, Arcodoro&Pomodoro Restaurant, Dallas
Giancarlo Ferrara, Arcodoro Restaurant, Houston
Andrea Ossola, Quattro Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, Houston

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