Wednesday, June 15, 2016

TurinEpi 16 day 2

Thursday, June 23 2016 will be the second day of the third edition of Turin Epicurean Capital.

The second round table will start at 11am at Teatro San Giuseppe in Via Doria 18/A, near the Porta Nuova station.

This round table will be hosted by:

  • Sonia Castañeda Piacente
Sonia was born in Dallas, Texas to a Hispanic family, therefore she was involved in the kitchen since  young child. Making Tamales with her Abuela or cookies with her Mom was always fun and her love for cooking eventually sealed the deal with her husband.  In 2006 she met an Italian and 8 months later they married. Knowing she would leave everything behind to move to Italy, she started a blog.  Living in Turin since 2008, Sonia has transitioned from a foreigner with no previous knowledge of the Italian language, to a mom of 3 girls and a pretty good vocabulary. Today, Sonia helps other expats become acquainted to life in Turin as well as offer sightseeing itineraries for visitors. She also occasionally helps her neighborhood pharmacy with translation. On A Texas Mom in Torino, she writes about the balance of being a wife, mom, shares recipes, craft, and trying to rediscover who she is again.

The other three guests will be:

  • Eleanor Fletcher 
Eleanor is an Australian living in Barbaresco, in the Langhe. She writes a blog, to uncover the hidden secrets of the Langhe. She explores roads less trodden, and shares her experiences meeting local wine and food producers and artisans.  Eleanor and her partner also produce Barolo and Barbaresco, together with Australian Nebbiolo, under the label Fletcher Wines ( They are also in the process of restoring the old train station of Barbaresco (, which will become home to Fletcher Wines' boutique winery and cellar door in July. Hopefully the station will become a hub for the amazing food and wine culture in the Langhe, including events, cooking classes and meeting spot for the occasional authentic truffle hunt in season.

  • Marcello Oliviero 
A true Turin native, Marcello graduated in European History, Society and Cultural Studies with honors. Currently, he is the marketing and communication manager at WALTER DANG. He believes that everyone has a story to tell and he loves to use his own words to understand, change and give voice to what our daily life leaves unspoken. Literature, music and fashion are his three creative ways of choice because thaanks to their strong descriptive power they outline our society, its pulsions, urges and contradictions. For the rest, he is scared of time passing by too quickly and this is why he is always on the move, even though his car is at the mechanic's. He has recently published his first novel!

  • Sue Hepburn
Sue is a serial expat and serious foodie, She has lived all over the world and is currently renovating a Langhe farmhouse and enjoying all things Italian. She also runs the boutique business Naked Tartufi providing fresh truffles to private dining clients and chefs in the UK and other global destinations.

Cooking class: Piedmontese cuisine meets spices

At 3-6pm, the guests will take part to a cooking class at Associazione Cuochi Torino in Via Bogino 17 taught by the Associazione president, Chef Lamberto Guerrer and Mrs Patrizia Nobile and Ms Giuliana Ferrero of the tea, spice and herb shop Tasting Life, in Via Monte di Pieta' 16.

During this cooking class, spices will be included into the recipes of staple dishes of the Piedmontese cuisine. The class will end with the class dinner to allow the participants to enjoy the food they made in a convivial atmosphere.

The cost of this cooking class and class dinner is 30€, if interested in taking it, please e-mail Lucia:

Patrizia and Chef Lamberto teaching, photo courtesy of Royal Tea Company

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