Week of Mediterranean-Influenced Italian Cuisine

The Mediterranean: a Place where Taste and Culture Come Together

 

These events are part of the official calendar in observance of the 2013 Year of the Italian Culture in the United States.

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The 2013 Year of the Italian Culture in the United States is sponsored by:
 

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with
Special Guest from Italy
Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo

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Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo, a native of Palermo, Sicily, was trained in haute cuisine in Italy’s most important culinary centers: Rome, Bologna, Madonna di Campiglio and the 5-star luxury resort, Therasia Resort on the Sicilian island of Vulcano.
He was awarded of a Master Chef Degree in New York and has conducted courses and workshops at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. Twice he was recognized as Italian Chef in the fine dining category in Orlando, Florida, and has won the Golden Spoon Award in Dunedin, Florida as the best Italian fine dining chef.
Back home in Palermo he was the Executive Chef of the well known restaurants, Charme and La Scuderia, and presently he is developing a permanent gastronomic workshop dedicated to Sicilian, Mediterranean, and International cuisines.

The Origins of Mediterranean Cuisine

 


Although Mediterranean cuisine isn’t governed by a single culture, it is very much the product of cultural influence and exchange. The world’s earliest civilizations bordered the Mediterranean Sea, their development bolstered by the rich soil and temperate climate that made agricultural production thrive. As the point of intersection between Asia, Europe, and Africa, with major civilizations located in each area, the Mediterranean was geographically destined to become a major trading hub. Traders exchanged cultural commodities like spices and other food goods, resulting in the wide dissemination of certain ingredients throughout the cuisines of these disparate people. It was through this form of cultural interaction that certain fundamental elements of Mediterranean cuisine became popular throughout the region.
Sicilian cuisine shows traces of all the cultures of the Mediterranean which established themselves on the island of Sicily over the last two millennia. Although its cuisine is predominantly based on Italian cuisine, Sicilian food also has Spanish, Greek and Arab influences.

Program of the Week

 

Special Edition of A tavola con le tradizioni del…. – Cooking Demo and Dinner.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm
Place: Four Seasons Hotel – Houston – 1300 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010
Price: $200 ICCC Members – $225 Non-Members

This is a series of very successful Chef’s Demonstrations, each focused on the cuisine and culture of a specific Italian region and followed by an exclusive full course dinner with exquisite wines. The series has obtained recognition from local and Italian media, as well as from His Excellency Claudio Bisogniero, Italian Ambassador to the United States.
The top Italian Chefs in Houston Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro Restaurant, Executive Chef Renato De Pirro of Ristorante Cavour – Hotel Granduca, Executive Chef Giancarlo Ferrara of Arcodoro Restaurant together with Celebrity Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo from Palermo, Italy will present, live, the beauty and the taste of 4 different Italian regions cuisine.
Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel will represent the northern part of Italy with the Piedmont region, Executive Chef Renato De Pirro of Ristorante Cavour – Hotel Granduca will represent the region of Tuscany,
Executive Chef Giancarlo Ferrara of Arcodoro Restaurant will represent the region of Campania,
and last but certainly not least, our special guest, Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo will represent the region of Sicily!

Portion of proceeds from this event will finance the ICCC renovation of the historic Milford House, home of the ICCC.

The event is kindly sponsored by:
Arcodoro Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel – Quattro Restaurant, Granduca Hotel – Cavour Restaurant, Jake’s Finer Foods, Louisiana Seafood, Orlando Azienda Agricola, Schoenmann, Selected Food & Beverage, Stefano Farina Winery and Zys Ristorante.

A Special Edition of La Piccola Cucina – A Cultural Culinary Experience for Children.
Saturday, May 11, 2013:
Time: 11.30 am – 1 pm
Place: ICCC – Houston
Price: $35 ICCC Members – $45 Non-Members

A hands-on on culinary experience for children ages 5 to 12 years old will take place in the professional kitchen of the Italian Cultural & Community Center. Children will don chef aprons and toques and learn basic Italian language and culture through preparing authentic Italian dishes. This May, for a Special Edition of La Piccola Cucina with Celebrity Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo, our little Chefs will make
Frutta di Martorana, traditional marzipan sweets, with fruits and vegetables shape.

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This event is kindly underwritten by Orlando Azienda Agricola.

Le Paste Fresche – Adult Cooking Class about fresh pastas.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm
Place: ICCC – Houston
Price: $65 ICCC Members – $75 Non-Members

Cooking Class for adults with celebrity Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo to learn how to make a variety of handmade pastas as dough egg pasta, tagliatelle, pappardelle, lasagne, maltagliati, filled pasta

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La Rosticceria Siciliana – Adult Cooking Class about Rosticceria Siciliana.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm
Place: ICCC – Houston
Price: $65 ICCC Members – $75 Non-Members

Do you know what – Rosticceria Siciliana is? The word rosticceria means rotisserie and in Sicily it is a big deal. Sicilians are crazy about it!
Every moment is the right moment to eat a pezzo di rosticceria. For example: calzone is a piece of rotisserie, plus the rollò, etc… and this is how Sicilians call them when we mean the whole thing. Day or night is the perfect time to enjoy a calzone, a pizzetta, or an arancina.
Cooking Class for adults with celebrity Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo to learn how to make rosticceria siciliana .

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Le Carni Farcite – Adult Cooking Class about le carni farcite.

Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm
Place: ICCC – Houston
Price: $65 ICCC Members – $75 Non-Members

During this cooking class with celebrity Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo you will learn time and method of cooking for Mediterranean style stuffed meats and the combinations of food / wine pairings by similarity or contrast.

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La Pasticceria Siciliana – Adult Cooking Class about la pasticceria siciliana.

Friday, May 17, 2013
Time: 6.30 pm
Place: ICCC – Houston
Price: $65 ICCC Members – $75 Non-Members

During this cooking class with celebrity Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo you will learn how to prepare a variety of Sicilian Pastries as la cassata siciliana, i cannoli, la frutta di martorana e la torta Setteveli.

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This event is kindly underwritten by Orlando Azienda Agricola.

Special Edition of L’Italiano in Cucina – Adult Cooking Class about cannoli.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Time: 11 am – 1 pm
Place: ICCC – Houston
Price: $65 ICCC Members – $75 Non-Members

Learn Italian while cooking original Italian dishes! The teachers of the Scuola di Italiano together with our Celebrity Executive Chef will share with you their favorite family recipes in a series of cooking classes. This May, for a Special Edition of L’Italiano in Cucina with Celebrity Executive Chef Roberto Lombardo, our students will make Cannoli.

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