February 19, 2009 in New York
GALA ITALIA will be held in the grand ballrooms
of the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan on February 19,
2009 under the high patronage of the Italian Ambassador in
Washington, Giovanni Castellaneta, who will travel to New
York especially for this event.
GALA ITALIA opens with a spectacular tasting-seminar-luncheon,
the “Taste of Italy” which features for the first
time presentations some of Italy's leading wines by thirty
top Italian producers.
The wines will be paired with a multi-course luncheon, prepared
by an Italian chef, to enhance the wines presented.
During the tasting seminar, 110 wine and food editors, exclusively
selected for the event, will be able to interact with the
wine producers and get an updated overview of the latest Italian
Over 2,000 pre-registered American trade
and press representatives are expected at the core GALA ITALIA
events which will run from 2 - 10 p.m., following the press
The first event, the Italian Wine &
Food Tasting, features the participation of leading Italian
wine producers, such as: Abraxas, Antinori, Astoria, Baglio
di Pianetto, Battaglio, Bava, Alto Belice, Benanti, Bertani,
Bettini, Jacopo Biondi Santi-Castello di Montepo', Bottega
Vinaia, Campari, Cantina di Montalcino, Cantina Meloni, Cantina
Viticoltori Associati, Carlin de Paolo, Casa di Grazia, Casale
di Falchini, Castello di Cigognola, Castello di Fonterutoli,
Castello di Gabbiano, Castello di Querceto, Cavit, Concilio,
Corbera, Da Vinci, Duca di Salaparuta, Fabiano, Feudi della
Medusa, Feudi di San Gregorio, Feudo Arcuria, F.lli Muratori,
Franco Todini, G. Milazzo, Grotta del Sole, Lunetta, Masciarelli,
Maso Canali, Melandri, Monterossa, Paolo Cali', Pellegrino,
Piccini, Planeta, Rizzi, Rocca delle Macie, Ruffino, Sella
& Mosca, Sette Ponti, Tasca d'Almerita, Tenuta di Arceno,
Teruzzi & Puthod, Triacca-LaMadonnina, Vanzini, Viberti,
Villabella, Villa S. Andrea and Zonin.
Various Italian restaurants and food producers
will play a central role at the Wine & Food Tasting by
gastronomically pairing the wines. Among the participating
restaurants are: Accademia di Vino, Aleo, Bice, Borgo Antico,
Cesca, Da Sandro, Gallo Nero, Gradisca, Marco Polo, La Masseria,
Paola's, Pasta Moto, Osteria Moto, Osteria del Circo, Pepolino,
Primavera, il Riccio, S.Rosi/C.Casella, Serafina, I Tre Merli
and Tuscan Oven. Among the participating food producers are:
Artisan Bakers Group, Atalanta Corporation, Coffee Distributing,
Fabbri 1905, Ferrero, The Food Solution, Lavazza, Licini Salumi,
Monini, Musco Food, Niche, Spes Cioccolato, Tom Cat
Bakery and Acqua Smeraldina as “water sponsor”
of GALA ITALIA.
In addition to wine and food, GALA ITALIA
showcases the excellence of Italian fashion and style by previewing
the 2009 spring/summer collections of two renowned fashion
houses from the Lombardy region: the sportswear line from
Simona Ventura's “Star Chic” collection and Raffaella
Curiel’s Haute Couture.
The artistic background for the event is
provided by an exhibition of the paintings of Giovan Francesco
Barbieri, known as Guercino. The famous sixteenth century
painter's works have never been shown before outside of Europe.
The exhibition, organized in cooperation with the Italian
Cultural Institute of New York, illuminates the cultural and
historic background of today's “Made in Italy.”
GALA ITALIA concludes in the late evening
with a Gala Dinner by Chef Giancarlo Morelli, an informal
fashion presentation and a musical performance by the Accademia
The GALA ITALIA will also feature the drawing
of exciting prizes, which include a Vespa scooter, courtesy
of Piaggio, as well as several trips to Italy in cooperation
with the Italian Government Tourist Board of New York, the
Regional Institute of Vine and Wine of Palermo, and Atahotels.
Most recent models of Vespa scooters will also be on display.
All guests will receive an elegant catalog,
giving detailed information about the GALA ITALIA.
For further details, please contact
Italian Wine & Food Institute
Tel.: 212 - 867-4111
Fax: 212 - 867-4114