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. 

To share our bountiful culture in 2014, Lucia Hannau started organizing Turin Epicurean Capital, a yearly appointment in Turin with food, wine, travel professionals, bloggers, local artists, designers, authors and producers. And soon after the vida royal tours and privates were launched.

Unfortunately, the covid19 pandemic forced the event to move online.
You can wacth our 2020 edition on IGTV and  YouTube and the 2021 interviews around Turin on YouTube both in English and in Italian.

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.
A yoga, pilates and yogalates practitioner since 2002, Lucia has been teaching privates since 2015.
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.

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.

Partner Hotels

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.

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 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.


Silvia Battaglia

I was born in Treviso to Venetian parents and I lived there until I turned 18. Straight after high school, I moved to London to be an au pair for one year and once I was back in Italy, I started my three-year university degree in Padua. During my second year at university I left to Mons (Belgium) as an Erasmus student. After graduating, I moved to Turin to attend a masters in conference interpreting.
My greatest passions are travelling and cooking. My parents own a gelateria and they have always taught me to use the best ingredients for my meals. I learned that when cooking, high quality raw materials provide high quality results. I have always prepared lovely dishes for my loved ones, but never attended any course or specialized school.
The dream of my life is to continue my education in the field of interpretation and to get to be a full-time interpreter. This is the job I have always longed to do as it makes me feel helpful to those people who can't communicate properly with others. 

Yan Wan Hua

I am originally from Verona and I am of Chinese and Vietamese descent. As a child I never realised how beautiful my city was, but growing up I ended up falling in love with its romantic atmosphere and its medieval look: it attracts every year millions of tourists and I can see why. I have always been interested in art. I enjoy drawing and painting (especially landscapes and animals). Another big passion of mine is travelling. I love getting in touch with people and cultures from all around the world and discovering new things, that can enrich my perception of the world around me. This is also one of the reasons why I decided to study foreign languages. One of the aspects I love the most about discovering new cultures is the traditional cuisine. I love tasting foods from different countries and I enjoy every world cuisine, Asian and Western included!

Maria Oliva
I come from the Naples area, in Southern Italy and I moved to Turin last December to follow my dream to attend a Masters in Conference Interpreting.
Since an early age, I have always loved making foreigners understand each other. This is why I wanted to study foreign languages and become an interpreter. As I have always been a talkative person, it was not enough for me to only use one language!
Thanks to the Erasmus+ programme, I had the chance to study and work in Paris and Brussels. I am also fond of baking and trying new recipes, above all those of the Neapolitan tradition (of which my mother is an expert and a great teacher), and I have a great passion for dance: I have a diploma in ballet and modern dance, and now I’m studying lindy hop.
Last but not least, I love travelling, reading books, and doing charity works, like teaching Italian to migrants. During my lifetime I would like to learn as many languages as I can and to enrich my life as much as possible.

Ginevra Palumbo
I was born in the beautiful island of Sicily, in the city of Palermo. As a good islander, I love the sea, the sun and good food, all things this land has to offer. I am particularly in love with my hometown, so rich in history, art, and beauty. Though I am currently living away, and hope to do so for awhile longer, to learn new things and grow as a person, my intention is to go back to Palermo and “live” there rather than “leave”, because anyone else is doing it, but I am convinced this place has a lot of potential to be discovered and used. I have always been passionate about foreign languages and music. I have a Masters degree in Technical Translation, but my real love has always been interpreting, and that is why I decided to move to Turin for a short period and get this Master. I also love singing and hope one day I can find a way to combine music and languages, and make a living out of it.