A meaningful celebration of “Italian Food Week”

Italian Ambassador Marco Clemente PHOTO BY J. GERARD SEGUIA

Every year since 2015, embassies from around the world join in the celebration of Italian Food Week. In line with the objective of the global event – which is to promote the country’s culinary traditions and food and wine connoisseurs – the Italian Embassy in Manila has prepared three significant and rooted events around the region Metro Manila.

“Each year, this week is dedicated to a theme, and this year the theme is ‘Friendliness, sustainability and innovation: the ingredients of Italian cuisine for the health of people and the protection of the planet.’ For this year’s celebration, we thought we’d dedicate a single, different culinary event to each of the three sub-events,” Ambassador Marco Clemente told the Manila Times in a recent interview.

For “sustainability”, the embassy is dedicating a gala dinner to be held in the oldest Italian restaurant in the capital, L’Opera BGC, on November 15. The invitation-only event will feature a special menu by Luciano de L’Opera Italiano Paolo Nesi that uses sustainably sourced ingredients.

Meanwhile, for “Innovation,” there will be a more casual aperitif (evening meal that serves an appetizer and tapas-style dishes) taking place at La Loggia, Palacio de Memoria on November 17.

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Chef Margarita Fores, an institution of Italian cuisine in Manila, and Italian chef Carla Brigliadori of the acclaimed Casa Artusi, have worked together to create a menu that showcases not only innovative Italian cuisines, but also the innovative wines of the country.

The evening will feature 14 courses accompanied by seven organic, biodynamic and natural Italian wines not easily accessible in the Philippines.

Finally, for “Conviviality,” the Embassy will have its biggest offering – a free-for-all rally taking place at the Servants of Charity Compound in Quezon City on November 19.

Clemente said the event is inspired by the Italian sagra or food fair which is less commercial and more social.

“We thought it was a great way to promote Italian cuisine, to have a day of celebration in a place run by Italian missionaries who are dedicated to helping people with physical and mental disabilities,” the ambassador explained. .

The venue was chosen as a way for the embassy to thank the missionaries for the great work they do, not only for the beneficiaries of the charity, but also for the community around them.

“We are proud to also bring joy to people who don’t have much and to do this with the help of Italian cuisine, I think, is an additional source of pride because it is one of our symbols of Italian national identity,” Clement noted.

“Everything we do has this double facet: to promote Italy but also to support the locals in different ways. Because something must also remain for the benefit of the locals, of the most deprived, of young people, of those who have not the possibility of enjoying cultural events”, finally noted the Ambassador.

Italian Food Week is one of the events held this year to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Italian-Philippine diplomatic relations.

Besides the upcoming culinary event, the Italian Embassy will also join the International Silent Film Festival later this month and will screen Puccini’s “Turandot” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines next month.

For more event details, visit https://ambmanila.esteri.it.

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