Turin Epicurean Capital 7th edition on June 17-19 2020
Toni Brancatisano was brought up in Australia by her Calabrian father and her English mother, surrounded by an abundance of fresh produce, and amazing food prepared by her culinary talented mother. Even though she became a Registered Nurse after school, her passion for food led her to Italy where she has lived since 1998. Spending 15 years in Tuscany, Toni is now based in Rome where her work and life revolves around 'la buona cucina'! She has hosted several TV series on the Italian food channel, Gambero Rosso Channel & has appeared on various other television and radio shows in Italy and Australia. She was a guest chef at The Melbourne Food and Wine show in 2011, and her first book on cake decorating was published in 2012 by Gribaudo Feltrinelli. Toni occasionally caters for special clients, she has cooked for both the Australian & New Zealand Embassies in Rome. Apart from developing recipes and food styling for her blog, she has also worked as an assistant food stylist for international advertising campaigns here in Rome. Toni currently works as a Food Tour guide, offering private and specialised food and shopping tours, and is a Brand Ambassador for the Italian brand Mamì.
Chiara Franzoso of Latteria Bera in Turin
Maria Jack was born in Scotland but has lived in Italy since the '80s. She has done different work over the years, usually getting itchy feet after about 4 years in the same place. Her past jobs include working in drinks and coffee companies as well as in publishing. She stopped flitting around when her son was born 16 years ago and has been an English language teacher at the Politecnico, Torino's engineering and architecture university, since then. Her interests include good food and wine, reading, being with friends and family, walking her dog, going to new places, going back to places she liked and singing with her band.
After graduating from the University of Venice, Silvia came back to her native Piedmont with the idea of sharing with as many people as possible her beloved region. After a 10 year career in the Langhe tourism, she founded Incoming Experience - hospitality group and tour services - to best cater new tourist expectations and needs. A tour guide, a gourmet and wine lover, Silvia is introducing some of the Turin Epicurean Capital 2019 guests through their Langhe tour.
After 25 years as a nurse in Ivrea and then Britain since 2003, Antonio de Vecchi decided to follow his true passion: making gelato. He enrolled in the Carpigiani courses at the end of May 2013 to bring real gelato to Leicester, along with Daniele Taverna. Their Piedmontese heritage gives a unique twist to their creations. Crafted in the artisanal style, they use only the best ingredients. This starts with the fresh milk from Alan Hewson’s cows at the Belvoir Ridge Creamery and the honey, created by the Slow Food UK Supporter “The Bee Farmer”, David McDowell. With the support of Renato “Jo Pistacchio” Romano, they have also recently cemented their place in the local food community by being the first to bring PGI certified Sfusato lemons to their region of the UK. Organising a co-operative with other local restaurants and delis, they are now bringing this world-leading fruit regularly to the area, and using it to create delicious sorbetti.
Follow Joyce on her Instagram account where she portrays Turin and the world from an unusual and authentic perspective.
Christina was born in Scotland to Italian parents, just like St Patrick; but unlike the saintly figure, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles. She is usually cooking, baking or (cr)eating something scrumptious to share with her readers on Christina's Cucina. When Christina isn't in the kitchen, she loves to travel near and far, as long as there's good food involved.
She's on a mission to save authentic Italian dishes from a horrible death, and constantly promoting her native Scottish (and British) cuisine in order to dispel the myth of "bad British food".
Christina has two degrees in psychology (one for each child) and used to be a social worker who taught parenting skills. She could easily be vegetarian if it wasn't for bacon, black pudding, cured Italian sausages, pancetta and salami. Basically, it’s a pig problem she has.
Just don't get her started by asking her thoughts on using trendy short cuts, one-pot pasta dishes, faux and processed food, preservatives, and dump dinners. You've been duly warned.
has been designing and producing her own fashion and accessory lines since 1988. She's taught history of fashion, textile micro-modelling and for the last 11 years, she has been teaching very successful workshops to introduce kids and teenagers to fashion.
Adriana is real artisan of fashion, everything she makes, from clothes to jewelry, including all her accessory lines are totally made in Italy in the truest artisan way.
Her works are the result of her constant research on form, materials and concept; and over the years, her investigations and explorations have allowed her to collaborate with endless artists in different fields!
Moreover, Adriana is also a writer, she has a blog www.againstfashion.com where she critiques current fashion from the wider perspective of the maker, the user and the woman; and she also collaborates with an online fashion magazine.
After an international corporate life during which I was well paid, well travelled and well fed, I now have the luxury of combining my twin passions of Italy and food. Keen supporter of Slow Food and love to source and cook with authentic ingredients in our kitchens in London and Milan. Fell in love with Turin about four years ago and now try to be here as often as I can. Can’t be doing with fake or speedy anything and likely to rant about the industrialisation of food at the drop of hat. When not in the kitchen, likely to be found with my nose in a book, wandering around looking at art and architecture or listening to opera (the earlier the better). Blessed with a wonderful Italian partner, Edoardo, whose role in the kitchen is to keep my glass filled.
You can follow me on my blog The Watchful Cook
Bill Goldstein is a professor of psychology, a background that has been very useful for his other passion – understanding, choosing, evaluating, and, - naturally! – drinking the wines of the world. He realized very early that Italian wines are unique for their variety, history, and compatibility with food. For that reason he started buying and collecting Italian wines more than thirty years ago, just as interest in wine in the USA began to grow rapidly. Bill and his wife Margaret also were investors in a wine store, for which Bill had major responsibility for choosing the wines – especially those from Italy. In sum, the thousands of Italian grape varieties provide him with continued delight in his never-ending quest to taste them all.
You can follow Bill on Twitter @sassodoro
Margaret Goldstein has been drinking and appreciating (mostly!) Italian wines for the last 30+ years. While her professional life has centered around information technology (she has a Master's Degree in Computer Science, worked for IBM for over 10 years, and has had her own IT consulting company since 1994), her "down time" is often focused on cooking (frequently Italian food) and wine. In fact, making pizza from scratch has been a Saturday night ritual for the past several years. Margaret has volunteered as a teacher of English as a Second Language for the past seven years, and she has studied Spanish, Danish, Japanese, and, most recently, Italian, her favorite foreign language, of course!
Follow Margaret on Twitter: @pizzabianca
Sanam Lamborn was born in Iran and spent several delicious years living in Rome. Sanam was first introduced to the culinary world in her grandmother’s kitchen, who has served as a touchstone and inspiration. What started as being a little helper turned into a life long love affair with cooking. Sanam’s website My Persian Kitchen was created out of a love for Persian cuisine and culture, but most importantly to showcase a rich aspect of Sanam’s Iranian heritage.
Besides cooking Sanam enjoys teaching composition classes, traveling, eating food, leading camping trips, hiking, and volunteering at her favorite charities.
Sanam, her husband, and their rescue Great Dane currently live in a seaside suburb of Los Angeles in what they affectionately refer to as the Lamborn Citrus Grove.
American actor, producer, director and writer, Daniel McVicar has also worked on the Italian TV and has been knighted honorary Cavaliere del Tartufo or Truffle Knight!
A very versatile actor, Daniel studied with Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, Milton Katselis, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Over the years, he has played in different international productions, easily transitioning from world renowned CBS The Bold And The Beautiful to a Russian sci-fi movie - where he did act in Russian!! - to Italian movies, TV series and shows.
Always very active and engaged in many projects, Daniel splits his life between Los Angeles and Turin where he fully enjoys the local epicurean way of life.
Among his many activities, he is also a theater teacher at Teatro Stabile in Turin where he shares the tricks of his trade!
Besides acting, he is also a real estate and insurance expert.
Born in Turin to a wine producing father and a food loving mother, I always enjoyed good food and treasure my early memories of sampling traditional Piedmontese dishes in the region’s many restaurants.
I moved to the UK over a decade ago to study and work as a journalist. Since then my goal has been to bring the flavours of Northern Italian cuisine to London, to recreate the dishes of my childhood with the ingredients I could find over here. This has been the starting point of a gastronomic journey which brought me to explore different cooking traditions from around the globe. But without ever losing sight of my origins.
In my work as cookery teacher, I try to transmit this passion for food and traditions to both adults and children. Seeing people discover the beauty of a homecooked meal and how it brings people together around a table is a joy for me. Helping people understand the value of fresh seasonal ingredients and the importance of a good diet to our health is another great motivation behind my efforts.
While my blog Tastes of Carolina is not centred around nutrition, it emphasises how traditional diets often lead to the longest and healthiest lives and on the value of eating wholesome foods.
A near-DOC Piedmontese with Indian blood, Jyothi has always been a foodie and a winelover thanks to her deep connection to the Italian culinary traditions... as well as many others (!). She's currently attending the University Gastronomic Sciences and after graduation, she's planning a career promoting of her home-locality, the Canavese district, weaving collaborations among producers and small business owners to improve the tourist and cultural scene. You can follow her culinary adventures on Instagram @jo_in_food
Mari Biella makes things up and writes them down. Sometimes, people pay her for them. She is the author of the psychological ghost story The Quickening, Loving Imogen, and Wintergreen. Pressure of work allowing, she enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, wasting time on Twitter and Facebook, and embellishing an already tortuously complicated fantasy life. Her bad habits include talking about herself in the third person.
Mari’s website is at http://maribiella.com. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads. She blogs once a month at Authors Electric. You can sign up to the Authors Electric newsletter here to get news, exclusives, and some nice free stuff.
As the president and founder of Italiana Travel Design, Liana Campanella, a proud Italian-American, creates completely personalized travel experiences, connecting her clients to the perfect specialists from her network of over 400 collaborators in Italy who would otherwise be either hidden or closed. This kind of travel truly has the potential to be life-changing for her clients as well as for her providers. Liana works directly with local Italians whenever possible, in an effort to directly support local economy. She is also devoted to the preservation and promotion of regional traditions throughout Italy, especially those involving arts, culture, and food. A self-described "peasant cook," Liana keeps things simple, fresh, and filling in her own kitchen. Her organic urban garden (located on her front lawn!) provides the majority of the produce she uses and she consistently supports small, local farms and food producers in her state of Maryland who are active stewards of the land and tradition. She'll try anything once and is looking forward to the professional exchange at Turn Epicurean - as well as tasting everything imaginable while in Piedmont!
Sonia Castañeda is a native of Dallas, Texas. Growing up in a Hispanic household, it was almost customary to be involved in the kitchen. Whether it was working the assembly line making Tamales with her Abuela or cookies with her Mom, it was always fun and never really felt like work. That love and passion for cooking and baking would eventually seal the deal with her future husband. In 2006 she met an Italian and 8 months later they married. Knowing she would have to leave everything behind and move to Italy, she began to document her move by starting 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. Sonia has used her past work experience in the field of Hospitality to help other expats become acquainted to life in Turin as well as offer sightseeing itineraries for visitors. She also uses her medical experience to occasionally help her neighborhood pharmacy with translation. A Texas Mom in Torino, is where she writes about the balance of being a wife, mom, shares recipes, craft, and trying to rediscover who she is again. Of course there's also the search for the perfect gelato too!
Julia's husband and happy to be retired after a life of business in engineering process plant. In later life had my own business consulting and selling large scale printing machinery for the food packaging sector.
Some time ago worked in Italy for a large multinational in both Piemonte and Lombardia. Great love of northern Italian cooking and especially the wines of those regions.
In retirement travel, art and history and sharing the experiences with Julia are my hobbies and developing a greater knowledge of wine! Eclectic tweeter
Married to Jim, a mother & grandmother, now retired, my career was in education – first as a teacher, then as a psychologist, finally as a consultant. My specialism was children with complex special needs, particularly autism.
I like to keep fit – walking through the countryside most days and running a couple of times a week. We travel to Italy once or twice a year and love the delicate flavours of Piemontese food and enjoy discovering the region’s wines.
Follow her on Twitter: @juliadarwen
Eleanor Fletcher is an Australian living in Barbaresco, in the heart of the Langhe. She writes a blog www.langhesecrets.com, whose mission is to uncover the hidden secrets of the Langhe. Eleanor 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 (www.fletcherwines.com). She and her partner are in the process of restoring the old train station of Barbaresco (www.lastazionebarbaresco.com), which will become home to Fletcher Wines' boutique winery and cellar door. When the doors open officially in July, the station will hopefully become a hub for the amazing food and wine culture in the Langhe, including hosting events, cooking classes and meeting spot for the occasional authentic truffle hunt in season.
Manuela Gomez is a Colombian designer and photographer, currently living and working in Turin. After graduating from the university and spending many years in the fashion industry, she completed a Masters degree at Istituto Europeo di Design in Fashion & Marketing.
Shoes have always been her true passion though, and since always she has made shoe sculptures. Growing up she realized her own shoes - real Fashion Sculptures, and soon after she made her own shoes and accessories line, collaborating with highly skilled Italian artisans. Each one of her works is made in Italy, personally signed by Manuela and can be personalized choosing materials, models and colors! Have a look on www.manuelagomez.com
Sue Hepburn 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.
A native of Turin, Marcello completed his studies in European History, Society and Cultural Studies with honors. Currently, he is the marketing and communication manager for the Turin fashion designer WALTER DANG. He believes 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 their strong descriptive power outlines 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 run, even though his car is at the mechanic's. He has recently published his first novel!
Sucheta Rawal is an award-winning food and travel writer, cooking instructor and philanthropist. As the founder and executive director of Go Eat Give, Sucheta’s personal mission is to raise awareness of global cultures through meaningful travel, good eating, and community interaction. She founded Go Eat Give as a blog in 2011, to educated readers about sustainable and volunteer traveling, learning about authentic cuisines, and engaging with locals. Go Eat Give is now a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit serving audiences across 120 countries. Originally from India, Sucheta graduated in investment banking, market research and human capital consulting and her vacations to Russia and Morocco, where she volunteered at an orphanage and women’s empowerment center, inspired her to get out of the cubicle, and uncover facts of life by encountering everyday people around the world. Sucheta has been a freelance writer for many American and international magazines, she teaches cooking classes and was named one of the five most influential bloggers on culture in the world by the Foundation of Florence, Italy in 2012. She was a finalist for the Atlanta Press Club 2012 Award of Excellence, and nominated for Caribbean Journalism Award 2015. Sucheta is a member of many professional associatoons like IACP, American Culinary Federation, Association of Food Bloggers and Travel Bloggers Association. She currently resides in Atlanta with her husband and a few furry friends.
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rosemarie had always dreamed of making her way to Europe after completing a degree in languages and linguistics. Her first stop was France, then the UK and finally, the land of her ancestry, Italy. A passion for food quickly developed as shopping at local food markets, experimenting in the kitchen and buying way too many cookbooks became routine. While on maternity leave from her English teaching job in Turin, she started a food blog, Turin Mamma. A Finalist in the Best Food and Best New Blog categories of the 2015 edition of the Italy Magazine Blogger Awards, she writes about Italian cuisine and food history, with an emphasis on the southern Italian dishes she grew up eating and those of her adopted region of Piedmont. If she’s not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, then she’s probably wandering her neighbourhood market in Turin in search of ingredients for her latest recipe.
Food lover, maker of preserves, and writer. I make jams, chutneys, curds & marmalades, bake my own sourdough bread and make a LOT of cakes. I spend time in the kitchen to relax. My father was Hungarian, we used to cook together and it’s a cuisine I love to share. My Scottish grandpa showed me how to preserve, and it’s him I have to thank for knowing how to make jams and jellies. I write and sell my preserves under the name Grab Your Spoon. I’m interested in seasonal ingredients, ethical production and exploring regional dishes and food traditions across the world. Italy is one of my favourite countries so I’m thrilled to be coming to Turin this summer.
I live in Liverpool, UK where I am the coordinator for the Sustainable Food City Liverpool project, working for the food partnership Liverpool Food People. We campaign for better access to fresh and healthy food for everyone, ethical procurement, reduction of food waste and the growth of an independent food economy. I help to run Slow Food Liverpool in my spare time, as well as gardening, photography, reading (esp recipe books) and travel.
After her classical studies in Italy, a degree in architecture and graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Silvia entered the advertising world. She was an art director for many years at famous NYC ad agencies, producing successful and award winning campaigns. Secretly, however, she always dreamed of becoming a chef. So, she went back to school and graduated from the Cornell and French Culinary Institute in NYC with a degree in restaurant management.
Strawberry and Sage, a creative food group that is an outlet for her real passion: food. She gets to expand her culinary horizon and combine them with her passion for design and artistic talents honed during her 17 years in advertising. She now lives on the East Coast and she works on making Strawberry and Sage a dream become reality.
She works with private clients, celebrities, fashion and food photographers and cook book authors. She has appeared on national TV and on cooking shows on the Food Network. She is the Jamie Oliver’s food revolution ambassador in New Canaan CT, she is the food contributor for the Hamlet Hub New Canaan, She has developed a series of lectures and culinary demonstrations with Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide to promote and teach about local and sustainable products, and she is currently writing her first cook book, Her work has been mentioned and frequently published in Saveur, the Jamie Oliver food revolution blog, CTBites, Cottages and Gardens, Serendipity, and international magazines.
A Turin architect with a passion for jewelry making, Patrizia decided to quite her job, after the birth her two kids. This was the turning point in her life that allowed her to follow her passion and to graduate in stylism. She paints, designs furniture and makes unique jewelry pieces with unusual materials and textures, like: semiprecious stones, leather, chandelier crystals and rough metals. Patrizia's jewels express her futuristic feeling of beauty and at the same time, her sense of art; she calls them "necessaries" rather than "accessories" because they do have the power to enrich any outfit. All her jewels are one of a kind and handmade and follow Patrizia's inspiration. In 2013 she opened her shop Unique Pieces in Turin.
Lisa M. Comento
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area she has called Washington, D.C. home since 2007. She was inspired to cook and bake by her two grandmothers and her mother before she could reach the counter. Having grown up in a half Sicilian-American household Chianti was a staple on the holiday dinner table. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy in college she fell more in love with wine and the Italian culture. By 2009 she had the opportunity to work part-time for a boutique winery in Virginia for nearly five years where she did everything from sales, social media to educating customers on the art of wine tasting. She is currently a contributing food writer for FoodableTV.com covering the D.C. food and beverage scenes. When she is not promoting culinary scene in D.C. or trying a new wine you can find her crafting new recipes, hiking, doing yoga or traveling.
thevegetarianchance.org) the only European association that organizes a yearly international contest of high vegetarian cuisine. His culinary background is very diverse, made of the Jewish and Mediterranean flavors of his Turkish and Italian-Greek grandmothers, and the seven years he spent in Israel as a student. In 1978, for eight months, Gabriel was also the cook of his kibbutz. Up to 2012, he worked for the Italian monthly magazine Max where he wrote the Food section and all the food and wine articles. Today, he considers vegetarianism the best possible diet to protect the environment, the biodiversity and the flavors.
is a manager and artistic director of cultural events and promotion of the locality in Italy and abroad, Laura is the creator of the wine festival Di Gavi in Gavi and the Gavi Light Box. Author, journalist, radio host and socialite PR. She does experiential marketing and strategic communication with a special focus on the Monferrato wine district in Piedmont. Keeping in high value her original land, she globally highlights the territory, its products, art and their communication.
Originally from Bogota' (Colombia), Sandra has been living in Madrid for 30 years. Her studies in anthropology, archaeology, fine arts and fabrics restoration have slowly and casually led her to delve in the food world for past 15 years. As an amateur baker, she followed her passion for baking and decided to enroll in a High Patisserie class at the Atelier de Formation de Pierre Herme – École Ferrandi en Paris.
Today, Sandra balances her work as a food stylist, food writer and pastry chef instructor at the Alambique Cooking School; she also contributes articles about the Spanish cuisine to the Revista Cocina Semana in Colombia. Sandra is above all an amazing food photographer trained as food and wine critic by the famous José Carlos Capel, organizer of Madrid Fusion.
Sandra "is passionate about the ingredients' origin for she believes that knowing where they are from and how to cook them, their importance in each culture is of paramount importance to respect the cuisine... There isn't any bad ingredient, she tries to enhance the nobility of each one of them" and this is also what her pictures convey. Through her Instagram account, Sandra shares her images, recipes and also the history of the ingredients.
Sandra's IG account is one of the top 30 recommended accounts to follow in the Foodies section, according to the recently published "We Instagram" (in Spanish) by Marta Alonso, with an introduction by Phil González, founder of the Instagramers Worldwide Network.
was born in Turin in 1957, a real artist at heart, he graduated in fine arts both at the Turin Liceo Artistico (high school) and at the Fine Arts Academy. He started his professional career as a high school art teacher and he also taught style at "Original System" the International Fashion School in Milan. He also taught window dressing and make-up at the Art and Fashion Institute "Ilda Bianciotto", in Turin. Here, he also edited the graphic aspect (fashion sketches and models) of the school fashion publications. In the meantime he also attended practical art classes such as pottery, embossed copper, gold foil and exhibited his works in personal and collective exhibitions. In 1992 he opened his Atelier: a high fashion shop, downtown Turin. Following his vivid creativity and hand dexterity, Alberto's collections shows his constant evolution; in fact, he likes to experiment with textures, fabrics, colors and shapes, mixing old and new elements, to create new styles and models. More than just a fashion designer, he's an artisan of fashion who pays equally attention to the outfits he creates, their wearability and the painstaking attention to the sartorial details.
William spent his early career as an officer in the Royal Navy. His passion however, was always about food and in 2003 he took over a traditional British pub called The Monro. It was a struggle as great food was normally served in restaurants and not in pubs. Within a year he transformed The Monro into a bar and restaurant and guaranteed that every meal was cooked from fresh. He drove to local farms to collect wild boar, rabbits and lamb and hired exciting young chefs who brought their expertise to the kitchens and then to the customers plates. The success of The Monro was immediately noticed by the national media and later by international media organisations from the USA and Europe. Now in its twelfth year under William's careful guidance The Monro continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in Liverpool.
I have dedicated my working life to students and teachers ever since. In 2006 I was appointed Director of Studies at Oversea/Consorzio Excalibur. It turned out to be an honour and a duty which has fulfilled my life through and through.
I adore meeting people and getting to know about them and their cultures. I am a curious traveler who would like to see the whole world and taste as much as possible of it. I am fond of traditional cuisines and interested in local traditions. When my cultural background supports me, I also like investigating in philology and play around with words, their origin and meaning. I like playing tennis and soft mountaineering.
She loves to share the beauty and wonders of the region by collaborating with a top Barolo winery where she does PR, tours and tastings. Thanks to her passion for this area, she was able to make her dreams come true by starting her own custom wine & food tour company Italianna where she provides tourists with an authentic experience in Langhe. Check out her blog for an insider's look at Piemonte!
Follow Darryl on his website Piemonte mio
Elena Chesta Schwarz aka ComidaDeMama
Photo courtesy of Lorenzo Viesi - Vitamina Studio
Born in Arezzo, Federica graduated from the Atelier Teatro Fisico school in Turin. In 2013, as an actrice she wrote and directed a reading/play E così vorresti fare lo scrittore… ma pure la Callas? - So you'd like to become a writer... and also M. Callas? In 2014, with Giuseppe Culicchia, she wrote and directed the reading/play Tutti Giù Per Terra Remixed… l’Anti-Presentazione - Everybody down Remixed... the Anti-Presentation. she also wrote and staged Energia della Terra - Earth Energy at the Italgas Museum in Turin.
Walter’s fashion career begins in French Haute Couture Houses where he worked with the great masters of style like Pierre Cardin and de Castelbajac, who noticed his remarkable creativity and sartorial skills right away.
In 2003, he opened his own Atelier to share his fashion philosophy: couture, luxury and pure expressive freedom used as tools to create unique, handmade pieces with refined details and mixed references. Today, Walter Dang creates his collections only in his Atelier, in Turin, a friendly city with a strong international appeal, making it the perfect place to found his Maison. This is where his fashion philosophy takes form everyday without sketches or paper patterns, but following a working method refined by the experience, where fabrics, pins and mannequins can talk to people who understand their language. www.walterdang.com
Mara has worn many hats and worked on many films in her career. In the past few years as a Writer, Director, Filmmaker of Skydancer Productions she has made two award winning documentaries "Heart & Soil” and “Wild Horses In Winds of Change”. Both films inspire stewardship of the earth, compassion for animals and conservation along with the importance of respect for water and resources. These two films have international distribution and successful broadcast runs on National PBS channels and The Documentary Channel. As a healthy planet, healthy people production company we’re always on the look out for our next project. Her soon to be published children's book is about how fashion, farming and science grow friendship and the planet. Mara said she loves the opportunity to craft and capture in film unforgettable characters and create scenes no one will ever forget.” She is an award winning photo–feature journalist, screenwriter, poet, health columnist and former writer-producer of a weekly public radio broadcast. She has a vast body of both fiction and non – fiction including a series of how-to books based on her thirty year career in the field of Public Health & Health Education. . She has a Master of Science in public health & nutrition and a PhD in Philosophy & Holistic Studies completed in 1995. The focus of her Ph.D. was Ayurvedic Medicine which Mara spent three years studying at The Ayurvedic Institute and in India. She then owned and operated an international destination holistic health retreat and was in private integrative medicine practice.
Founder of MiaGola Caffè, born in the US, but raised in Turin, Andrea has a degree in International Relations. In 2013, she earned an MBA from the SAA in Turin. MiaGola Caffè or Cafe Meow, Italy's first cat-friendly cafe is home to six rescued strays and it brings together Andrea's passion for animals, technology (her professional background) and food.
Made her debut as a fiction writer in 2002 with the novel La collega tatuata - the tattooed colleague, published by Mondadori. A movie and five TV series were based on this novel and the following five (Una piccola bestia ferita - a little wounded beast, L’amica americana - the American friend, Qualcosa da tenere per sé - Something to keep for oneself) always published by Mondadori. She also published a shortstory collection Il rosso attira lo sguardo - Red attracts the look and the novels Risveglio a Parigi - Awakening in Paris (2009), L’ora di pietra - the time made of stone (2011) and Un colpo all’altezza del cuore - a bullet at the heart (2012). With Einaudi, she published two surreal stories: Così parlò il nano da giardino - thus the yard gnome spoke and Il compito di un gatto di strada - the duty of a stray cat; with Notes she published a YA crimestory: L’amico di Mizù- Mizù's friend.
Her last work is titled Perduti tra le pagine - Lost among the pages (2013), by Mondadori: its plot is based at the Turin bookfair.
Margherita writes for newspapers and magazines like La Stampa, Panorama and other weekly magazines
Her books have been translated in many languages.
Valerie Quintanilla is a marketing pro by trade with a love for wine, food, and travel. After years of exploring Italy’s wine regions on holiday she decided to give the expat life a try in the Langhe. Today, Valerie splits her time as a marketing consultant, a Piemonte wine & food tour coordinator, and student of the wine, food, and trails of the Langhe.
Sandra Salerno aka un tocco di zenzero
Diana’s passion for food and wine began with a small seed: a class on Italian-American Food Culture in Florence when studying abroad. The mix of anthropology, history, and cuisine fascinated her and didn’t let go. She was also previously enamored with Italy from a classic, whirlwind tour of the country. Upon graduating in Cultural Anthropology, Italian, and International Studies, it was a natural step when she attended the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, graduating with a Master’s in Food Culture and Communication. Following her love for Italian cuisine and trying very hard to stay in Italy, she moved from Pollenzo to Parma to Turin, and today works as a journalist, translator, and editor for Wine Pass, an online magazine about wine and wine tourism in Piemonte based in Alba. Still happily learning about wine, she loves discovering new varieties and particularly likes the Nebbiolos from Alto Piemonte. And, Piemonte’s craft beers are just as delicious as its wines.