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Basilica Advent Feast – Ecumenical Aid Organization – Saint Steven Square @ Budapest

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The Advent Basilica has become a major tourist attraction in Budapest over the years!

This is the 9th occasion to have the Advent Feast in front of the Basilica on the Saint István Square and will in the coming days will host a series of events. Within the series of event last Sunday, children of needy arrived from Kaposvár and began their afternoon collecting experience with the support of the Ecumenical Aid Organization. First they could have their lunch served at the hut. Thereafter, were divided into four groups, visiting four venues at the Xmas Advent Fair.  The children skated on the ice rink set up on the square and meet well-known people. Daniel Gyurta – Olympic, three-time world and two-time European champion Hungarian swimmer was one of the most wanted person to meet personally. He told … it is wonderful to see as the kids explore the venue and from the corner of their sparking eyes they enjoy the hustle and bustle that goes around on the ground at the Xmas Advent gathering.

Another guest, Kisztina Rátonyi – public media presenter, also skated with children on an ice rink set up on the square. It was good to see as they avoided tumbling, then their sense of success.

The Director of Communications of the Ecumenical Relief Society, Kristóf Gáncs told that their presence is not just a one-time occasion. The impact of these adventure programs goes far beyond one day at Xmas. For the kids it is a great experience and they most probably will not forget what it was like to be at the Capital. The experience remains especially for those kids who had visited for the first time Budapest.

During the Advent event anyone can make a donation to the Ecumenical Aid Organization. In return will receive the chosen gingerbread baked on the spot and brought at the organization’s donation shop. The organization can also be supported on the local 1353 donation line. With a call or SMS can contribute 250HUF to the Advent collection.

The Relief Society’s slogan reflects … “FOOD” for the hungry, “HOME” for the homeless, “OPPORTUNITY” chance for the poor!’

Last but not least … Maybe needless to say at the Xmas Advent Feast, everyone has to watch at least once the 3D-animated movie projected on the Basilica building. It only takes a few minutes of screenings along with music, start every 1/2 an hour, telling a different story connected to the Advent time.

For locals and tourist rolling by … can’t be hungry on the spot … noway to be because can make up for the hunger feeling that the eye catch on the spot. Real Hungarian food, strudel cake, chimney cake, wine, pálinka, champagne, soft drinks and of course the spicy mulled wine in the season’s chilly weather will do it right.

Update, snaps © Aggie Reiter

First Edition “International Alessandro Narducci Prize” @ Budapest 2019

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Alessandro Narducci  the youngest Italian Michelin-starred chef!

Even though Alessandro Narducci did not live above a pizza restaurant … already had great passion in creating, preparing food specialties in his earlier age.

His parents already saw his addiction in cooking, so as a  gift enrolled him to a cooking school and from there he spread his wings chef’s career. Traveled around the world to catch up, learn through close observation the stratagems from other cook sciences.

Alessandro’s beloved career as a chef and as well been loved by individuals in the professional field was able to share with other individuals his professional life and his private values. His career was short in time ended with a car accident. His parents decided to keep the light on Alessandro’s heritage to the future chef generation as a model by creating an international prize named after their son “Alassandro Narducci Prize.”

The event was organized in the frame of the 9th World Italian Gastronomy Week in Budapest by the Italian Embassy in BudapestItalian Chamber of Commerce (CCIU), Italian Cultural Institute, Italian Institute for Trade Development (ICE Budapest), Italian Tourism Office (ENIT) and Italian Academy of Cuisine at the Budapest’s Italian Culture Institute.  The Tor Carbone IPSEDA School of Catering had prepared in tasting: “Rolling in Puglia on the Pasta Paths”, “Rolling in Tuscany on the Chanti Paths” and “Rolling in Lazio on the Oil Paths, also coupled with tasting the  typical wines from the region of Puglia … Chanti … Lazio.

About the International Alessandro Narducci Prize.

Following the success of the 1st edition of the prize which took place in Rome, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary and the IPSEEOA Institute „Tor Carbone” decided to replicate this format for the italian community in Hungary, organizing a competition that will be held annually in Budapest- Hungary.

The goal of this unitiative is to promote Made-in-Italy and the Italian Know How, furthermore the synergy with italian hospitality and the training of future generations of chefs.

The rules and the principles behind the prize are coherent with the personality and the chef values represented by Alessandro Narducci.

The prize will be organized in two competitions, for 2 different groups of participants … the chefs and the cooks of the italian restaurant in Hungary with the students of the local cooking schools.

The aim of the competition is to reward both professional cooks and those who are in the beginning of their cooking career. The competitions and the award ceremonies of the Hungarian edition of the prize will take place in November, 2020, as the 5th Week of Italian Crusine will take place.

The competitions and the award ceremonies of the international edition of prizes will take place in the month of May, 2021 in Rome – Italy.

The participants of the 1st edition of the „International Alessandro Narducci prize” will compete in the gastronomic category and other more categories pre-added in the awards, such as: patissere, reception and mise en place.

The jury will be made up of representatives of „ Sistema Italia” of food journalists and of the Hungarian Confederation of Cooks and Hoteliers.

The prize for the winners will be:

A Plaque … A trip to Rome to join the International competition in May, 2021 … A voucher to purchase italian products and a prize kindly offered by Sambuca Molinanri.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

 

The Basilica Quarter is Transformed by Advent Festive Spirit @ Budapest!

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Top3 European Best Xmas Fair Budapest.

The top market destinations you should never miss when your in Europe for Xmas!

Nothing is far away if you want to feel good … Visit St. Steven Basilica Budapest – Hungary.

District, V., Saint Steven Square – Budapest

November, 22. 2019 – January, 1. 2020.

Quality exhibitors … Environmental awareness are the headlines at this year’s Advent Fair!

On November, 22, for the 9th time, one of the most beautiful festivities in Budapest open the Advent Fair at the Saint Steven Basilica. Was on a social media guided tour whereas spoke about this year’s program having underlining interactive self-help points and a 12-meter huge Christmas tree.

On the social tour visited the selfie spot, where can create a unique pattern on the facade of the Basilica,  take a photo and post your own special creations typing an e-mail address to share with friends or family. Can choose from 5 pre-designed decorations having Xmas greetings in over 40 languages. Following the Prosecco stand where from the region Treviso, Prosecco DOC  wine and also showing the sky high price champion available. Visited The Hungarian Ecumenical Charity Service, where every item brought there income goes to the needy. Another highlight on the square was the giant wreath entering into the Fair’s area. Next stop was really for the young kids and even their parent where they will not walk on by without looking at the small Legoland figures. Many might have already heard or seen the famous Hungarian blue paint materials. Clothes and other handy accessories. The lady on the stand told that there was a time when Antonio Banderas bought a hat from her. We stopped at the B & Q stand where hamburgers are made from the Hungarian grey cattle meat.

In the middle of the market, there is an oval skating-rink where everybody once again experiences in going back in time as being a kid. Skating training for children on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. It is free to use under the age of 14 and if the skates are not in hand can borrow some for free of charge. If the small ones are insecure on the ice, they can take part in training every weekend.

More than ever, this year’s program is complete with interactive self-help points and a 12-meter twinkling Christmas tree. The 3D light painting goes on every day from 10 o’clock in the morning. The screening goes on within every half an hour from 4.30 p.m. – 10 p.m. The thrill in viewing the light on-and-off on the walls of religious scenes come alive on the Basilica facade. With special plastic glasses can view the animation and which can be purchased on the spot.

Walking around shopping makes you hungry soon-or-later but no worries special gastronomic offers for visitors are there what their eye desires. Stay to enjoy the delicious gourmet food and drinks offerings, homemade handicrafts and artisan culinary delights.

The market will offer typical Hungarian culinary products and will also feature artisan food products and Xmas gift at the wooden chalets ideas from both local and European traders.  So if you have left this year’s Xmas shopping until the last minute. No worries … sneaks into the last-minute Fair.  Discover decorations, toys and gifts as the air comes alive with festive sights, scents and sounds.

During the season of Advent transforming its weekly market into enchanting Xmas fair loosen yourself and enjoy the time at the Saint Steven Basilica filled with holiday cheer. Friends and family give yourselves over to the festive moods, shot mulled wine and perhaps watch next to the rink as the skaters roll, a time for everyone to see  Xmas lights and the view of the grand Basilica as it shines up.

Open from Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. 8 p.m.

Weekends: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Furthermore: December, 24: 10 a.m. 2 p.m.

December, 25.- 26. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

December, 31. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

January, 1. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Slip into the Xmas spirit and enjoy the tasty dishes at the many gastronomic wooden stands here in Budapest – Saint Steven Basilica Square.

 

Update, snaps Aggie Reiter

Chef Cristina Bowerman @ Budapest – 4th World Italian Gastronomy Week

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An Italian in Budapest

Chef Cristina Bowerman – the one-and-only Michelin Star woman chef arrived to Budapest.

As to the opening of the 4th World Italian Gastronomy Week @ Budapest, Ms Christina Bowerman was invited as the guest of honor with VIP members and media representatives at the residence of HE Massimo Rustico the Italian Ambassador to Hungary on Friday, November, 14. As said by the HE, this morning she arrived direct from China to introduce, show the “technical know-how” and tasting of her special Risotto. As her presentation ended off she flew back to  her homeland Rome.

HE summarized Cristina’s life activities in cooking whilst the cooking step-by-step carry on. As said it all stated after graduating in Law in 1990, in 1992  then she left Puglia to San Francisco USA. In California she alternated forensic studies and graphic design working at Higher Grounds whilst busy at a coffee house in San Francisco. She developed her passion for cooking, that she had always cultivated largely due to her mother’s and grandmother’s teachings. She graduated in 1998., then moved to Austin, where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts in 2004. She gain her experience in Texas US at the Driskill Grill a.k.a. world-class dining.

In 2005 she decided to go back to Italy. She gained first experience at the Convivio Troiani in Rome, before moving to the Glass Hostaria, which still to-day is her own restaurant in the heart of Trastevere, known as the famous and touristic areas of Rome. Also in 2005, she has implemented a bakery and kitchen together a.k.a. “Free Go”

Ms. Bowerman is the only woman selected as Chef Ambassador at Expo – Milano 2015,  the principles are linked to the World Expo Theme: Feeding the Planet –  Energy for Life.

In 2016 Ms. Bowerman was selected as President of the Association of Italian Ambassadors of Taste. Receiving the Michelin star as the owner became of the variety of titles, multi-awards,  numerous accolades. Cristina has an emblematic career as she managed to emerge in an environment, such as haute cuisine …  extremely biased towards males. She has been recognized at TEDxMilano Women.  The Italian event was organized in the spirit of the Californian TED Prize. In 2018 signed an agreement at the Italian Ministery of Education “MIUR – Ministero dell’Istruzione, Università e Ricerca”, as to be President of the Association of Italian Ambassadors of Taste – and Re.Na.i.A. – Rete Nazionale degli Istituti Alberghieri  in supporting of Italian Cooking Schools so called: “Adotta un Istituto Alberghiero”

She receives the “Love Life Italiana” Award 2018 in Dublin as the “Best Female Italian Chef in Europe”.  The award was sponsored by Luxury Food&Lifestyle Worldwide. In the same year was awarded by Food Community the prizes as “Female Chef of the Year” and “Development and Culture of Made in Italy – Italian Association of Ambassadors of Taste.

Her developments never end, has been working on projects  such as:  Food-Act … Action Aid – Food for Everyone  and also working on Ketogenic diet and “Taste Ambassador” program.

As the a’la Cristina’s Risotto was cooked and ready to serve, she pointed out some figures regarding how many Michelin star chefs are in Italy saying there are a total of 374 Michelin Star Chefs and within this number: 11., – 3 Michelin Star Chefs, 35., – 2 Michelin Star Chefs and 328., 1 Michelin Star Chef. Within these numbers added, she has high hopes she will not be the only woman to received Michelin star in the selection of future chefs. She is convinced there are woman in Italy with excellent cooking skills and they should show up and not stay home cooking for their family only.

During the presentation could followed her hands as they were full preparing her special “Risotto a’la Cristina” spiced up with valtellinese bresaola beef ham and cetarean anchovies. The cooking went hand-in-hand with the Italian students from the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Cristina talked about “rice” itself!  The rice in Italy plays a central role within the locals in their the everyday gastronomy. Even although the pizza and pasta as favorit and primarily tied to Italian food and known worldwide., But about the rice only a few know interesting facts, as said it plays a central role in the Italian diet. There are over more than 100 different cultivated rice in the regions of  Italy. The difference in these rice is the place where it is grown. For the  better of Risotto a’la Italian it is in use of the “Canaroli rice”  … The Carnaroli rice is Kosher/Gluten Free … it is a short-grained white rice featuring small, plump grains that are slightly larger than Arborio Rice. Carnaroli Rice is considered to be one of the finest white rice used to make Risotto because of its high starch content.

Follow ups will be continued …

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

 

Herald News: Gastronomy Time – Laposa Wine Estate @ Badacsony

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Laposa Wine Estate is one of the most popular wineries at Badacsony in Northern Upland of Lake Balaton. The family basically deals with traditional, local grape varieties which are located in the best-suited sites of the surrounding volcanic buttes. Their love for the surroundings all started in 1978, on a train crossing the Lake Balaton Uplands and in while the whole family moved from Budapest to Badacsony. This is how the Budapest-based Laposa family from the cooper trade was united with the wine-making local Barabás family.

In the early of the ’90s the winery started to grow. The parcels are dispersed among Badacsony, the Szent György mountain, Csobánc, the Köves mountain and Somló. To this day, these plots form the backbone of the Laposa Wine Estate, which has by now expanded to 17 hectares. The Laposa winery produces mostly white wines, using traditional, local grape varieties typical of the Badacsony wine region: a total of 120000–150000 bottles of wine are produced yearly comprising: Welschriesling, Rhine Riesling, Pinot gris, Kéknyelű, Furmint and Juhfark. In recent years extended their range of hospitality by opening a new place in each year. These were: Gábli – a brunch spot inside Liliomkert market of Káptalantóti,  the Kis Hableány opened in the centre of Badacsony. The frissTerasz located on the Badacsony mountain – these all serve the purpose of providing stimuli to the life of Badacsony and its surrounds.

Highlights to the forthcoming events taking place at Badacsony

At Gastrohegy  – Hableány (Mermaid) Fish Supper – October, 26. The  Hableány  (Mermaid) will play a role on Friday night with an exclusive supper party. On the menu geese and new wines at Hableány – Mermaid: Balaton bistro dishes, with harmonious wine pairs with this year’s first wines from the cellar.

“Martin’s Day” Wine Dinner – Laposa Estate – November, 09. Welcoming a small number of participants  to their traditional, Martin’s wine dinner at Laposa Estate! Of course beside the goose flavors the leader to the dinner will be the this years new wine.

Badacsony New Wine Tasting – November, 16. This fall they wish to fill the Hableány – Mermaid spaces with life and restore to its old function, create a meeting point for the region’s winemakers, and a space where can show the outsiders dropping by the wine of the region. There is no better time to do this, as of November, when its  the new period of wines.They are already beyond the harvest, and finally can taste first “fruits” of their work, the exciting, fresh new wines.

Gastrohegy – “Badacsony Flying”  – November, 23-24. Poultry meat week-end. Traditional and unconventional dishes are rounded up by the chefs’ soaring imagination: chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, guinea fowl, rooster, pigeon on the plate in all forms. The rich in taste white wines will go well with the dishes!

GastroHegy/  Non-HAKE –  November, 26-27. Fish gastronomy at Badacsony but Hake (Merluccius merluccius) by no means! But sturgeon, catfish, bream, perch, fish that the water of Lake Balaton gives on the plate at the vineyard. The menus – comprising seasonally available ingredients of local producers – is put together by our chef based on our own recipes, while having particular regard to the individual wishes of their guests.

for reservation – birtok@bazaltbor.hu

Update Aggie Reiter

OMÉK – Hungexpo – 2019.

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The National Agriculture and Food Exhibition and Fair (OMÉK) is the largest and oldest agricultural event in Hungary, with rich traditions and more than a hundred years of history. In many respects, the 79th OMÉK will be a novel event offering a wider selection of programs than the last one, which took place two years ago. This year’s guest exhibitor country is Morocco.

The National Agricultural and Food Industrial Exhibition and Trade Fair (OMÉK – ’79)  at  HUNGEXPO (Congress and Exhibition Center). September 26-29. 2019., not worth to miss!

Pavilion A: Departments and background institutions of the Ministry of Agriculture, partner country Morocco, international partners, agro-food companies and professional organizations.

Pavilion B: animal husbandry and veterinary demonstration programs.

Pavilion D: Horticultural Exhibition and demonstrations, plant breeding technologies.

F Pavilion: Opening ceremony, professional programs, conferences, large stage shows and concerts, interactive programs.

G Pavilion: Treasures and small farmers of the Carpathian Basin, children’s stage and playground, interactive adventure economy.

Gastro Passage: Food and Hospitality.

Indigenous courtyard: Indigenous animal show and equipment exhibition.

Outdoors: exhibition of agricultural machinery, agricultural machinery and equipment.

Update and Snaps Aggie Reiter

 

Herald News: Károly Gundel Prize Winners of 2019.

 

Károly Gundel (1883-1956) established the Károly Gundel Prize in 2014, with the involvement of professional organizations, in the memory of the iconic restaurateur. The award will be given to individuals who are exemplary followers of Károly Gundel’s career and gastronomy in the Hungarian hospitality industry. The prize is awarded to those who have been outstandingly successful in the Hungarian hospitality industry for at least 25 years, have a solid professional history and an exemplary career, cherish the historical traditions of Hungarian hospitality, support the young generation’s professional development, and contribute to in the promotion of Hungarian hospitality. Recognition can be granted to the best in the hospitality industry, up to three per year.

The Industry Council publish the names of the winners each year, so we learned this morning’s press conference at the Hungarian Museum of Commerce and Hospitality in Óbuda. The date of  its notification is connected to the birthday of Károly Gundel  – 23rd of September.

There was 13 professional organizations, delegates from 3 institutions, the Gundel Restaurant and a representative of the Gundel family to decide on the nominees for this year’s winners. This year there were 14 people who were in the nominations. According to the consensus of professional organizations and institutions, this year’s winners were Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll chef and Tibor Meskál. So that means next year Szabina Szulló and Tamás Széll will mark the Banquet Lunch at the November’s Gundel Prize.  This year’s winner to celebrate the 125-year-old Gundel Restaurant, the chef award winner, in this case is Tibor Rosenstein takes care of it.

The Banquet Lunch celebration event  with the awards has been changed and the new venue will be at the Kopaszi-Gát Gulf House Event Center – Budapest.

Organizing committee of the gala lunch will be Lajos Bíró (Bock Bistro), László Kovács (MVI president, La Fiesta Party Service Kft. József Balázs (Tacuba Café) and Bíró Bernadett (professional secretary of MVI).

On this event will be held out the  “Taste Guide” booklet which covers over sixty colleagues and friends recalling their memory moments in common with illustrated with pictures and recipes of own homemade recipes, is edited: Zsuzsa Gyimesi.

Update Aggie Reiter