Saturday, July 20, 2019

TurinEpi19 GRAZIE 1000

The 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital was by far the most successful 🙆 thanks to the people who made it possible!

We do wish to thank:
  • Br. Alfredo Centra, director of the De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe in Turin for allowing us to use the gorgeous 19th century school theater and the shaded and breezy inner courtyard for our yoga class during the heat wave
  • Federalberghi Torino for always supporting and sharing the TurinEpi vision and mission 
  • Ms Ceciclia Garetto of Best Western Hotel Genio and Mr Fabio Borio of Best Western Plus Hotel Genova for hosting some of our international guests 
  • SSML Vittoria for their super professional Masters students who interned as our 2019 interpreters - girls, you were terrific indeed!
  • Incoming Experience for the TurinEpi wine tour in Langhe and Roero; special thanks to Alice Giordana and Silvia Cordero for designing our wine tour itinerary and taking care of the TurinEpi19 bunch 
  • Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco for their hospitality and dinner during the TurinEpi19 wine tour 
  • The Orti In Piazza association of Piazza Risorgimento for hosting our cooking class turning the Piazza Risorgimento urban garden into a real gnocchi park under:
  • Maria Grazia Mondo's organization, directions and advices
  • Chiara Franzoso and her lovely mom Bruna of Latteria Bera for keeping their commitment despite the LONG power outage Turin suffered due to the heat wave: your candle light Piedmont cheese and cured meat tasting with red wine was simply memorable
  • Mr Giovanni Scalenghe aka THE torrone morbido maker or soft nougat pastry chef: your nonno's torrone morbido is magic and addictive. The Italians among us could celebrate Christmas in the summer and traveled back to the days when they were young again, and the new tasters... well, they fell in love with your nougat lingots packed of huge round and gentle IGP hazelnuts from Piedmont

GRAZIE MILLE you all from the bottom of our hearts 🙏 for this unforgettable 2019 edition 😎

Thursday, July 18, 2019

T is for torrone

The 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital owes a big GRAZIE to Christina Conte author of Christina's Cucina and a TurinEpi friend and supporter for many years now. In fact, the idea of organizing a wine tour started from her and Kelly Leonardini of Italian At Heart, another TurinEpi supporter and guest.
Not only was TurinEpi19 the most successful edition but we all also got the chance to enjoy Christmas in July!! 
Why? Because Christina expressed the wish to visit a torrone maker while here in Piedmont!!

organic, soft nougat with Piedmont IGP hazelnuts by Giovanni Scalenghe

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TurinEpi19 farewell

So how would you end an extended 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, after some of the guests had the unique chance of getting up close and personal with the top wines and foods of the Langhe district for 2.5 days; after 3 days in Turin of talk-shows (1, 2, 3), cooking class, a natural 'hot' yoga class, a super cheese-tasting and lots of amazing delicious food and laughters?

Suspiciously smelling 'acqua e menta'- Americans think it tastes like Listerine but boy, the locals love it!
Photo by Alberto Bonis

Saturday, July 13, 2019

TurinEpi19 talk-show 3

The third talk-show of the 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital had Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook moderating Ulderica Masoni aka THE Turin fashion guru, Benedetta Oggero aka Miss Bee, Paola Pressi of Il Reale and Monica Buzio who is bringing back to life her great grandfather's liqueur recipes.

* Lucia Hannau presenting the third talk-show

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A TurinEpi19 cheese tasting

Besides getting to share Turin with our guests and their online followers, every year there is another special reason to join the Turin Epicurean Capital bunch: 2019 was special as it had 2 big events and the cheese tasting at historic Latteria Bera was definitely one nobody could miss out on.

*Chiara Franzoso owner of Latteria Bera in Via San Tommaso 13

Monday, July 8, 2019

TurinEpi19 hot yoga

When we were planning the sixth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, we imagined our guests might welcome a nice vinyasa to stretch and relax, what we couldn't imagine though was to get struck hard by the heat wave.
So basically, being outdoors was a hazard: the air blowing felt like an oven baking the pizza we had for lunch after the second talk-show.
Luckily, we could use a fresh lawn in the shade and enjoy the early evening breeze tunneled in the De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe inner courtyard.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

TurinEpi19 talk-show 2

On Thursday, June 27th at 11am took place the 2nd talk-show of the 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital. Dr Reine Bouton moderated Christina Conte, Cynthia McCloud Woodman and Annette Joseph in a quite lively chat where personal experiences and points of view were often similar but conveyed in different ways.

*Left to right: Cynthia McCloud Woodman, Reine Bouton, Lucia Hannau, Christina Conte and Annette Joseph