Italian Chefs and Leading Food Writers To Debate Future of Italian Cooking in Washington, DC

Two of Washington, DC’s leading Italian chefs – Graffiato’s Mike Isabella and Al Tiramisu Luigi Diotaiuti — join the author of How Italian Food Conquered theWorld, John F. Mariani, and moderator Corby Kummer, an award-winning writer andfood expert, to debate the question: “Fusion or Confusion?  Doesgetting creative and innovating on nonna’s traditional recipes mean giving up authenticity of ingredients in the kitchen?”

Mike Isabella's Graffiato restaurant in Washington, DC

The invitation-only event, which includes an Italian fusion breakfast, takes place from 8:00-9:30 AM at Graffiato, Washington’s newest Italian restaurant, 707 6th St NW, on Tuesday, July 12th, the last day of the 2011 international Summer Fancy Food Show.

New Jersey Native Chef Isabella, a runner-up on Top Chef All Stars, and the Sicilian-born Chef Luigi, known for their experimental and more traditional  approaches, respectively, to Italian cuisine, along with award-winning author and food maven Mariani and The Atlantic’s notable Senior Editor Kummer, will explore the future of Italian cooking in the United States and whether truly Italian ingredients, used in classical cooking and in recipes passed down from generation-to-generation, have a place in creating flavorful and interesting meals for 21st century Americans.

Italian Trade Commission North America Director Dr. Aniello Musella said, “We
anticipate a lively and engaging discussion by these experts as they ponder how authentic Italian food ingredients and wines fit with the modern concept of fusion, which blends high-quality components with other cuisines of the world.  Journalists participating in the breakfast are in for an intellectual and delectable treat.”

Following the debate, Stacy Jolna, founder of The Club EATalian program, will explain how he is working with the Italian government to promote healthier eating habits and cooking, based on Italy’s authentic Mediterranean diet, as a means to help combat the epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes in the United States, now spreading to other
developed nations.

The Italian Trade Commission-ICE has organized the largest pavilion at the 57th Summer Fancy Food Show, with more than 240 exhibitors from throughout Italy showcasing the finest Italian foods and beverages. The Italian Pavilion is located in booths 1040 through 1767, Exhibit Halls A, B, & C, under the Italia banners, at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center.

The Italian Trade Commission is the Italian government agency entrusted with the development, facilitation and promotion of trade between Italy and other countries and the most authoritative ambassador of Made in Italy excellence in the world.

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