About

Turin has always distinguished itself for its amazing wines and typical local ingredients: chocolate, white truffles, rice, cured meats, braised meats, hazelnuts and cheeses!
Since its royal days - which lasted about 800 years! - the local cuisine has been characterized by the authentic flavors of the land, the rich aromas of its products and simple preparations of the regular population, in contrast with the highly refined aristocratic taste of the Savoy court.
After over 150 years since Turin was the very first Italian capital, the foodie culture is still embedded in the local lifestyle and mentality and many local products and brands show it. 

Located in Piedmont, NW Italy, the real Italian wine country, today Turin is the Italian capital of good (read high quality and organic) food, that’s why the Slow Food biyearly Salone del Gusto and the Terra Madre convention (aka the food U.N.) take place here. This was also the city of choice for the very first Eataly store and, always here, you find the largest open market in Europe: Mercato di Porta Palazzo or Turin’s kitchen, because the whole city shops here on a daily basis. 

The fourth edition of this event will take place on June 21st (W), 22nd (Th) and 23rd (F) 2017 at Collegio San Giuseppe and it intends to celebrate authors, bloggers and all culinary professionals whose lives and careers were marked by food, but also the foodies, wine lovers and fashion victims of the world who are curious to explore new flavors, pairings, cooking styles and who enjoy the flavorful symphonies in their palates.

Welcome to Turin Epicurean Capital!



This event is organized by:

Event Producer 

Lucia Hannau

Born and raised in Turin, NW Italy, Lucia moved to the US to complete her MA at The Ohio State University and then she was the Italian Language Program Director at Purdue University for 9 years. 
Her love for the authentic Italian cuisine, the art of cooking, high quality ingredients and uncommon wines developed during her years abroad when she started craving her favorite dishes and just couldn't find certain original flavors. This is how she started baking her own focaccia and grissini and sharing her recipes with her students. Making her own Bolognese sauce, bugie - Carnival fritters - and exploring the traditional Italian cuisines became a cathartic experience that brought Lucia back to Italy. 
To these days, Lucia still looks at Turin with amazed eyes and with the same perspective she conceived Turin Epicurean Capital, with the purpose of placing Turin & Piedmont on the international foodie map.
lucia@turinepi.com






Planning Committee

Alberto Bonis
A graduate of Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti, the Turin fine arts academy, Alberto is a very talented artist, illustrator, graphic designer, educator and visual communication artist. His works range from fiction to comics, including educational publications, for both print and digital editions.
He has also experience as an art director for publishing houses and board game companies, and as an art teacher for adults and children. In fact, he designed and taught art workshops in some Turin public elementary schools. Currently, he is corporate image designer and webmaster for different companies, organizations and e-zines. He has a passion for cooking, edgy kitchen gadgets and enjoys travelling the world incognito.







Armin Niknam
Armin is an Iranian literature student who has been living in Turin since 2011. He's working as a teacher and he's really into human sciences, critical theory and history. He believes he receives his strongest influences from Karl Marx and Michel Foucault. He has also worked as a literary translator.
Armin is a vegetarian and in his free time he cycles on the Piedmont roads.










Turin's top supporters


Br. Alfrefo Centra
Director of De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe in Turin, Br. Alfredo Centra believes in the direct interaction between education, culture and community. Scholar, art lover and traveler, Br. Centra fulfills his mission as an educator, school manager and a member of the De La Salle Brotherhood by making of Collegio San Giuseppe in Turin a center for unique art exhibits and providing his students with new educational possibilities to broaden their horizon and potential.











Federalberghi Torino - Turin Hotel Association
FedTo Turin chapter of the Italian Federation of Hotel owners, member of Confturismo - the Italian Association of Hotels and Tourism, U.R.A.P.A.- the regional union of the Piedmont associations of hotel owners, Confcommercio  - the Italian federation of business owners and Ascom, the Turin business owner association.












Culinary committee

Chef Marco Giachello                         
A true Piedmontese chef to his bones, with roots in the Langhe wine district where he used to spend all his summer vacations while growing up. Over his extensive career, Chef Giachello has led the kitchen of many different restaurants, the last one in Turin was infamous "La Smarrita". Besides being a restaurant chef, he is also a very versatile food professional who shows his creativity and organization with catering services, banquets, teaching live and online, and demoing professional cooking equipment.
Chef Giachello puts extra care into the origin and high quality of the ingredients, the improvement of the cooking steps, the presentation techniques and also to the budget.
A professional cooking instructor certified at the Piedmont regional level, he teaches all levels from amateurs to pros.
He is also a consultant and a freelance chef for different companies and you can attend one of his cooking classes at Associazione Qubi' and enjoy his gourmet food in the Langhe wine district!








Margherita Frari 
Associazione Culturale Qubi'
Margherita Frari is a certified professional chef with a passion for food recycling and food well-being. Because good quality ingredients make up for 90% of a good dish, Margherita starts her cooking classes from the market, connecting with farmers.
To her food is creativity and conviviality as she is always creating new dishes that bring more and more people together, especially at Qubi'.
QB is short for the Italian "quanto basta" or as much as needed in a recipe, this association is currently directed by Margherita where she holds professional and amateur cooking classes, corporate events, presentations, parties, food photography classes and much more.
Qubi' is located in Via Parma 75/C in the heart of a new vibrant area of Turin with a lot indie shops, art galleries and small businesses.





Lucia Andriolo, Psychologist
A certified psychologist, Lucia has always been interested in our mind mechanisms in connection with our brain and health in specific social contexts. She's specialized in psycho-neuro-endocrino-immunology (PNEI), the science that puts all the pieces together to allow us to understand both causes and symptoms manifestations.
She got into food after reading a book on neurogastronomy - the study of flavor perception and the ways it affects our cognition and memory.  She often holds sensorial aperitifs to share with the wider public how our senses modify our food experience.
She is the president of the Piedmont chapter of SIPNEI, the Italian Society of Psycho-neuro-endocrino-immunology and psychotherapist.











Partner Hotels

Best Western Plus Executive Hotel and Suite
directed by Ms Chiara Ferrua and her husband.
Chiara has just had a baby who totally redefined her routine and life. A proud Turinese, she has experienced first hand the city's cultural "rebirth" in the past 10 years.
She loves traveling especially at the sea. Because of her great imagination she loves sci-fi, both in literature and cinema. A real epicurean at heart, always with an eye on fashion, she is a big fan of the top Italian cuisine, great Italian wines and Italian style in the world.










Cecilia is in the middle
Best Western Hotel Genio 
directed by Ms Cecilia Garetto and her family.
Cecilia graduated in engineering in Turin, in her free time, she enjoys movie nights with her family, hiking in the mountains and organizing picnics.
Eating out with her husband is a real treat and they take advantage of the best Turin's restaurants.
Had she more time, she would take on a couple hobbies: furniture and jewelry because they are very relaxing.








Best Western Plus Hotel Genova
directed by Mr Fabio Borio.
Fabio graduated in architecture and is the 4th generation to direct his family business: Hotel Genova.
His life is pretty much devoted to the hotel where he grew up but in his little free time, he's a technology geek.
He loves photography and scuba diving.












Tour Guide partner


G.I.A. Piemonte
Member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Association, G.I.A. is the major association of tourist guides and interpreters in Piedmont. It works within Ascom and Confcommercio - the business owner associations - like a union to regulate and protect the rights of its members.
It also collaborates with the different Italian authorities and tourist offices.








Press Office




Simonetta Carbone
Owner of the agency Simonetta Carbone Relazioni Pubbliche, Press Office, Digital PR, video and press review. This agency has collaborated with many companies offering a top of the line service for decades both at the regional and national level. Since 2001, it has also become the Piedmont and Valle D'Aosta headquarter of Data Stampa - the Italian leader in communication tracking and video reviews.
Simonetta's hungry curiosity constantly keeps her ahead of all events and new trends. An avid reader, always impeccably stylish, Simonetta is also a natural epicurean.










Interpreters


Gaia Prunotto
I was born in Cuneo, a town in the Southern part of Piemonte, from a family of photographers. Unfortunately, I did not inherit their passion and talent, but I can still appreciate a good photograph when I see one. My father moved to France two years ago, and now he works there selling fine Italian food to French restaurants. He proudly taught me how to recognize and love good food. My mother has a huge passion for horses, and passed down her love for nature and animals to my sister and me. In fact, in my free time I love horse riding and spending time in the park near my house. I am a proud vegetarian with a passion for music and books. I tried to learn how to play several instruments myself, but in the end, I realized that the world does not need another poor guitarist, and I decided to limit myself to appreciating other people’s talent. David Bowie is absolutely my favorite singer and I consider him both an inspirational figure and a talented well-rounded artist.



Maria Giulia Sarti
I was born near Bologna and after high school I started studying political science, but, since I wasn’t satisfied with my studies, after my freshman year I volunteered in Benin, West Africa, for three months. Back in Italy, I served in Servizio Civile Nazionale for one year and I worked with middle school students in their afternoon program.
Finally, I decided to follow my passion for foreign languages and I moved to Turin last October to study interpreting and translation.
I also love skiing, especially ski mountaineering, climbing and any other activity that allows me to spend time in the mountains.





Giulia Schimmenti
I was born in Turin but have been living with my family in the countryside since I was a toddler. My passion for English led me to major in interpreting and translation. I live in a house surrounded by woods and with a big garden. My brother and I used to walk in the woods with our grandparents and pick wild berries and mushrooms. I love cooking and baking: I always make a cake for my best friend on her birthday. I enjoy travelling, discovering new cultures and tasting new dishes. In my free time I love reading in bed with some soft music in the background and petting my cat.









Elena Stella
I was born in Ivrea, about 1h driving from Turin, 20 years ago. Since I have spent my whole life here, I consider myself a true “eporediese” (Ivrea inhabitant, and a cookie): I enjoy taking part in our famous Carnival and I love the traditional Battle of the Oranges.
My uncle was doubtlessly the most important person in my life and he passed down to me an insane passion for foreign languages and pizza.
My parents are both musicians and they taught me how to feel music rather than simply listening to it. I am Robbie Williams’ number 1 fan and I find daily strength in his songs.
I also obsessively buy and read books, especially historical books about the Middle Ages and the Tudor dynasty. I fell in love with Germany the first time I spent a holiday there and I hope to move to Munich one day.