Upcoming Italian Events In NYC: “BARRIQUE…The Third Life of Wood” at the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York -BOOTH 2809-Level 3 & Italian Dine Out Week

For those who are attending the Fancy Food show in NYC this coming week, you have a great opportunity to try wines from some of Italy’s best producers who together with San Patrignano have been showing their wines throughout the country during this past month. I worked at their opening event in New York last month and will be at the Fancy Food show this month as well. The producers are from all over Italy including wines from Falesco, Di Majo Norante, Gianfranco Fino, Argiolas, Serradenari, Castello di Cigognola, Masciarelli, Botolo, Castiglion del Bosco, La Vis, Scubla, Feudi di San Gregorio, Anselmi, Velenosi, Les Cretes, Cantine del Notaio, Lunae Bosoni and San Patrignano.

The wines were part of a larger exhibition that involved furniture made in the workshops of the Communita di San Partrignano by those that live in the community and designed by world famous architects, all using wood from former wine barrels. The furniture won’t be shown at the Fancy Food show for obvious reasons. San Patrignano does wonderful work helping former drug addicts to get their lives back on track. They grow food and make wine, all activities that some of the former community members continue when they leave the group. If you plan on coming to the show, stop by the booth. Or come to the show for these wines, very worthwhile…

Also, don’t forget New York City’s first ever Italian Restaurant Week to celebrate Italian gastronomy and the culinary arts in the United States through an exciting 11-day dining event, from June 26 through July 6. Twenty three of New York City’s most authentic Italian restaurants will offer diners exceptional 3-course prix fixe menus at special discounted prices: $26 for lunch and $40 for dinner. To appeal to New Yorkers’ preference for convenience, the Italian Dine-Out has partnered with OpenTable.com to afford diners a one-stop venue to peruse participating restaurants’ menus, make reservations, and find all program information in one place. Some of my favorite NYC Italian restaurants are taking part, including Aroma, I Trulli, SD26, Tarallucci e Vino and The Leopard at Des Artistes, among others. I am going to try a few that I have never been to including Gradisca and maybe Roc Restaurant.

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