Celebrating the success of Italian wine at the 30th aniversary of GAla Italia

New York, December 12 — Excitement is building for GALA ITALIA, which will officially kick off on February 19th at The Pierre Hotel in New York to celebrate its 30th anniversary and, at the same time, the great success of Italian wine in the United States.

This success will be the driving force behind the celebration. A thirty-year initiative unrivaled in the world, GALA ITALIA 30 will highlight the strong achievements by Italian wine, whose exports to the U.S. grew from $44 million in 1975 to over $1.4 billion in 2015.

This undisputed success, which has placed Italy at the forefront of countries exporting to the U.S. in both value and quantity, as well as in variety and excellence of the range of wines offered, will attract considerable media attention at the event.

Among the many elements that will shed light on this success will be the display of 1985 vintage bottles, whose thirty years of life will underline the thirty years of the GALA ITALIA and the thirty years of continuous accomplishments of Italian wine.

At this unique celebration, its protagonists – some of the most renowned Italian wine producers – will personally come to New York for this unmissable event. It will be an occasion to present to the most qualified American wine editors some of the best wines of their production, including a special vintage wine uniquely selected for GALA ITALIA 30.

Meanwhile, their bottles – the stars of this celebration – are now on their way from Italy. The 1985 vintage bottles will be exhibited at the center of the Grand Ballroom, where they will be photographed and filmed by hundreds of journalists, photographers and cameramen.

Treated with great care as befits the stars of the event, the wine bottles will be auctioned off during the Gala Dinner that will follow GALA ITALIA 30.

Among the stars: a rare Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore 1985 from the private reserve of the Ferrari family; a Tignanello 1985 of Marchesi Antinori; a Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 1985 of Biondi Santi; a Rosso del Conte 1985 of Conti Tasca d’Almerita; a Rubesco Vigna Monticchio Torgiano DOCG Riserva 1985 of Lungarotti; a La Corte IGT Toscana 1985 of Castello di Querceto; a Spargolo IGT Toscana 1985 of Casa Cecchi; a Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Riserva 1985 of Col d’Orcia; a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 1985 of Tenuta Castello d’Albola of Zonin; a Barolo DOCG Riserva 1985 of Fontanafredda; a Cannonau di Sardegna DOC 1985 of Sella e Mosca; a Chianti Classico DOCG Riserva 1985 of Rocca delle Macie; an Arele 1985 of Cavit; a Barolo DOCG Riserva 1985 of Pio Boffa and an Amarone DOCG 1985 of Bertani, to name a few.

The main feature of GALA ITALIA 30 is its grand Wine & Food Tasting, which will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the prestigious Grand Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel, specially prepared and decorated for this event. Over 1,000 qualified and selected trade representatives, restaurateurs and journalists from across the U.S. Atlantic Coast are expected at what is the most important event dedicated to Italian wine in the United States. All of the guests will be pre-registered on-line. Electronic registration will open on Monday, December 15.

The event will emphasize the importance of traditional food and wine pairings, thanks to the presence of some of the most prestigious manufacturers of Italian food and some of the most famous Italian restaurants in New York City, including Cacio e Vino, Le Cirque, Macelleria, Osteria del Circo, Piada, Risotteria Melotti and Serafina.

To complete GALA ITALIA 30 and make it even more interesting in the framework of the prestigious “Made in Italy,” there will be an informal fashion presentation by a famous Italian house, whose name will be the subject of a separate announcement.

To further promote and highlight the presentation of these wines, an American jury will select the best wine of each participant and present the wine with a special “Certificate of Merit.” To all the wine producers will be consigned a gold medal attesting their participation in the thirtieth anniversary of GALA ITALIA.

A colorful GALA ITALIA 30 catalog will enhance the importance of all of the companies and sponsors involved in the event, with ample information provided for each participant. The catalog will also provide wide coverage and a series of charts highlighting the success achieved by Italian wines in the past thirty years. The catalog will be distributed to all present and subsequently sent to the major leaders in the wine and food industry. In addition, all material published in the catalog will be displayed on the web-site of the Italian Wine & Food Institute.

GALA ITALIA 30 will be followed by a special black-tie Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel. Dinner will be prepared by the chef of Le Cirque restaurant, and will be paired with the finest, special vintage wines provided by some of the most important Italian wine producers in attendance.

During the Gala Dinner, a charity auction of the thirty year-old wines will take place, followed by the presentation of the “Special Awards of Merit” to leading personalities in honor of the wine and food that represent Italian excellence in the world.

The Gala Dinner, which will have in attendance some of the most important American personalities, distinguished guests and prominent TV and print journalists, will conclude late in the evening with the music of Panorama Orchestra.

GALA ITALIA 30 is organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute under the high patronage of the Ambassador of Italy to Washington, D.C. and the sponsorship of the Italian Trade Commission and Veronafiere – Vinitaly.

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scrivo per presentare il nuovo progetto di TheCreativeShake, agenzia creativa newyorchese diretta da ragazze italiane residenti a New York. Si tratta di un cortometraggio che gireremo in Basilicata la prossima estate (2015), si intitola “Without” (Senza) e sarà diretto da Paola Sinisgalli.
Without racconta della vicinanza umana e del distacco mettendoli a paragone nella vita di un uomo affetto da alcolismo in una piccola realtà del Sud Italia. A volte l’isolamento geografico di alcuni paesi porta le relazioni umane a rapportarsi alla vita quotidiana in maniera interessante creando delle situazioni di lontananza psicologica tra gli abitanti stessi.

Al momento siamo nel pieno della campagna Kickstarter, stiamo cercando di raccogliere $15000 entro il 21 gennaio 2015, è per questo che vorremmo far conoscere il progetto Without sia in Italia sia negli Stati Uniti e abbiamo bisogno di tutto il sostegno possibile.

Spero davvero che il progetto possa essere di interesse.
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Auguro una buona giornata,
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Happy Thanksgiving from John Viola, President and COO, NIAF

Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving is upon us and as I think about all that I have to be thankful for I must tell you I include each and every one of you on my list. It is a great joy for me to get to spend my days at the helm of the National Italian American Foundation and I want you to know that I realize every day that none of our works could be accomplished without your incredible support and confidence.

NIAF, if it is anything, is a collection of our awareness. A collection of Italian Americans who understand that ours is a history and culture worth preserving, worth engaging and worth passing on to our children and grandchildren. In everything we do, we are blessed truly to have members like you who give us the support that we need to continually build better programs, better events, and a stronger Italian American community.

On this Thanksgiving, I am incredibly thankful for all that you do to make NIAF great. I am sure you all will agree that we should be very thankful to have been born Italian Americans, the greatest culture in the greatest country on Earth!

My sincere wish for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours on behalf of the entire NIAF family,

Yours in Thanks,

John M. Viola
President and COO

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

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Lido Civic Club of Washington DC to Host Annual Past Presidents Night, November 22, 2014

The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC will honor their Woman and Man of the Year for 2015. They are Gracia Martore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. and Joseph A. Martore, President & Chief Executive Officer of CALIBRE Systems Inc. The Lido Civic Club will also honor Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, with the National Public Service Award.

The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC, an 85 year old Italian and American civic and charitable organization, will be honoring this Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the Italian Embassy, a dynamic Italian-American couple as their Man and Woman of the Year for 2015. They are Gracia Martore, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gannett Co., Inc. and Joseph A. Martore, President & Chief Executive Officer of CALIBRE Systems Inc. The Lido Civic Club will also be honoring Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, with the National Public Service Award.

Gracia Martore became CEO of Gannett in October 2011. Ms. Martore is the chairman and president of Gannett Foundation which supports non-profit activities in the communities which Gannett serves. The Foundation invests in the future of the media industry, encourages employee giving, reacts to natural and other disasters and contributes to a variety of charitable causes. Ms. Martore champions and actively participates in USA WEEKEND’s annual Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service.

Joe Martore joined CALIBRE in March 2004 as part of its acquisition of Strategic Management Initiatives, Inc. (SMI), which he co-founded and served as President & CEO. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Martore serves as a principal consultant to the U.S. Army. Mr. Martore currently is a member of the MIT Engineering Systems Division Alumni Advisory Council, and serves on the Boards of Directors for the Professional Services Council (PSC), the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA, and the Laurel Grove School Museum Association.

Gene L. Dodaro is the eighth Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As Comptroller General, Mr. Dodaro helps oversee the development and issuance of hundreds of reports and testimonies each year to various committees and individual Members of Congress. These and other GAO products have led to hearings and legislation, billions of dollars in taxpayer savings, and improvements to a wide range of government programs and services.

“We look forward to honoring these three outstanding individuals who have given much to our community and who make us all proud of our Italian heritage,” said Francesco Isgro, President of the Lido Civic Club.

“We are honored to host Lido Civic Club of Washington DC at our Embassy for the Annual Past Presidents Night – said Ambassador of Italy to the U.S. Claudio Bisogniero – This organization enjoys a great tradition in keeping Italian heritage alive among Italian Americans in the D.C. area and beyond, and in supporting Italian culture and the study of Italian language especially among young generations”.

About the Lido Civic Club: The Lido Civic Club is an Italian-American organization serving the Washington metropolitan area since 1929. Through the Lido Civic Club Charities, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, it has awarded $417,000 in scholarships to Italian-American students in the area. The Lido Club also funds Italian cultural programs, supports wounded warriors, and performs other philanthropic activities in the Washington D.C. area and beyond. Lido has no paid staff and does not employ or retain lobbyists.


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