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DSB – International Event of the Week @ Budapest

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Around the World from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Intercontinental Hotel – Budapest

The Diplomatic Spouses Budapest (DSB) was founded as a non-political and non-religious community of spouses of Ambassadors, such as: Italy, Great Britain, USA, Slovenia, Thailand, Finland, Tunisia, Philippines, Mexico, Peru, Ukraine, Malaysia, Morocco, South Africa, Kuwait, Slovakia, Ecuador, Mongolia, India and many more countries contributed at this special event. Budapest open its door to strengthen relations of the foreigner countries heritage in culture, gastronomy, interests in traveling to these countries by the Hungarians.
At the international tables were eye-catching rich in flavors of yummy foods, sweets, drinks  and so forth. The children’s corner was busy all day long with activities that stimulate children’s imagination. Having the experience of the day will be hard  to imagen to have at the Intercontinental Hotel in the 5 Halls to arrange  in the coming year the DSB cause it was so full by visitors that no place to even even drop a pin. Certainly, the house was full. Won’t be enough space in the future to arrange the 10th DSB gathering.

The annual charity fair has arranged an awesome daily event for supporting Hungarian children organisation for the needy.

Well done by the DSB organizing team – Mrs. Elda Spasse President and Mrs. Rasa Dagiliene DSB Fair Coordinator.

Slideshow giving an insight to the hustle and bustle!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Made in Italy – Made in Modena – Balsamic Vinegar & Parmigiano-Reggiano a.k.a Parmesan

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In the frame of the 4th World Italian Gastronomy Week on Monday, November, 19., – Italian Cultural Institution – Budapest

Without leaving Budapest took a trip to the world of senses and flavors  “Made in Modena” with our excellent taste tour guide, the enthusiastic  Ms. Luisa Torri – Head of University of Gastronomic Sciences Pollemzo Sensory Test Laboratory.  She unveiled in pairing the protected origin and traditional of Parmesan and balsamic vinegar.

Within her presentation she spoke about the balsamic vinegar processes from “from the life of the grape growth” up to be served as balsamic vinegar on the table.

Talked about how it is made by saying… “In order to obtain the TBVM, the grapes harvested must be those “used for the wine traditionally cultivated in the province of Modena”. In particular, from Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes. The procedure necessary in order to obtain TBVM consists of three basic stages …harvesting of grapes, pressing of the grapes and cooking of the grape must and the aging. Often the procedures goes by word-of-mouth, from generation to generation. But for sure, preparing the balsamic vinegar has a choreography itself, it is through lengthy aging in a series of 5 small barrels of different kinds of wood , with no addition of aromatic substances. As it evaporates it is always refilled from the earlier aged balsamic barrel to the elder wooden barrel.

In order to be bottled in the characteristic and legally exclusive bottle, all Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, must be assessed by a panel of five expert tasters who authorize by the set visual, smell and taste standards. The affixing of a numbered seal guarantees the quality of the product contained in each individual bottle.

The traditional balsamic vinegar of Modena is unique in the world of vinegar-based dressings. It is a rich, dark glossy color, characteristic density, smooth flowing syrupiness.

Ms. Torri noted that there are less aged vinegar that goes perfectly well with a few drops on the vanilla or with chocolate ice-cream and also on the light sponge cake is good too.

On our tour in tasting Italy continued with the Parmigiano-Reggiano, also called “King of Cheese”. Around Europa is better known as Parmesan. It is an Italian granular cheese. Received its named after the producing areas, the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, the part of Bologna west of the Reno, and Modena (all in Emilia-Romagna) a part of Lombardy. Parmigiano-Reggiano is made from unpasteurized cow’s milk. “Parmesan” are protected designations of origin (PDO).

According to legend, Parmigiano-Reggiano was created in the course of the Middle Ages when the Benedictine monks began producing large wheels of cheese with a long maturation period using no additives  or preservatives. Nine centuries later, Parmigiano Reggiano remains the same natural product from raw milk, processed without the use of additives with a minimum maturation period of 12 months. Historical documents show that in the 13th and 14th centuries, Parmigiano was already very similar to that produced today, which suggests its origins can be traced to far earlier. It was praised as early as 1348 in the writings of Boccaccio in the Decameron  invents a “mountain, all of grated Parmesan cheese”. Each wheel must meet strict criteria early in the aging process, when the cheese is still soft and creamy, to merit the official seal and be placed in storage for aging.

The true Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese has a sharp, complex fruity … nutty taste with a strong savory flavor and a slightly gritty texture. Inferior versions can impart a bitter taste. The average Parmigiano-Reggiano wheel is about 18–24 cm (7–9 inch), high, 40–45 cm (16–18 inch) in diameter, and weighs 38 kg (84 lb).

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

 

The Bükk GeoPark Center and Guesthouse was handed over @ Bükkszentkereszt

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András Rácz – Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Máriusz Révész – Active Government Commissioner Responsible for Hungary, Mrs. Rónai – Director of the Bükk National Park jointly opened the GeoPark Center and Guesthouse at Bükkszentkereszt in the Bükk Region and Júlia Nagy -Head of Department
Bükk National Park Directorate – Department of Communication and Ecotourism.

The Minister of State for Environmental Affairs at the official opening that a significant part of Hungary’s territory is protected internationally, in about ten percent. In addition to this a number of national parks and protected area conservation area. Also added the number of Eco-Tourism facilities of the National Park Directorates has increased significantly in recent years and that more and more exhibition sites are being visited. It is the second highest settlement in Hungary.

The Bükk National Park Directorate pays great attention to conservation of natural resources, protection of the environment to the fore and Eco-Tourism in the use of environmentally friendly solutions, awareness raising and increasing the environmental awareness of visitors.The 43,000 hectares of the National Park are home to many unique habitats and the richness and diversity of the species living there. Everyone knows the pupil violets, fragrant plants, a messenger to the Season of Spring on its way. Only place in Europe here in the Bükk Mountains can find the yellow color violet. The plant survived the ice age.  The first instrument of humanity was unearthed in this area. In the heart of the Bükk Mountains, Bükk Region GeoPark was established in the summer of 2017. This guesthouse offers a direct experience in natural values. Wish to target mainly families and groups of friends visit Bükk who want a higher standard of accommodation. A distinctive feature of the Bükk Region Geopark is that, unlike other GeoParks, karst phenomena are predominant in its area. A significant number of Geo locations arose of the karst, and beyond the region appeared unique geological values developed by people. These are aged from the volcanic operations , such as cave houses dug out of tufa or a beehive. Closing presentation she underlined  calling visitors all-year-around open to enjoy the beauty of nature in and-around the venues.

As told they place a lot of emphasis on GeoPark Tourism, Cultural Tourism, Heritage Tourism and least but not least Gastronomy Tourism. Package for tourist who wish to spend time as a day tripper on route Geo-Cultural may discover the ages from way back history. As the GeoPark title is primarily a tool for regional and economic development and important to involve the local population in the work.  Within the creation of the GeoPark Center and the birth of GeoPark Guesthouse making huge strides in tourism in the area. The GeoPark Guesthouse  has been designed to accommodate in double and quadruple rooms with a capacity of 28 and with additional bed a total of 35 people. The building complex has sauna and gym for those who wish to relax after their day in discovering the sights. Also to enjoy the roundabouts, in the  winter season of snowfalls sleds await guests in renting these devices. In the winter, sledges available to rent by guests. The guesthouse is also be open for various training communities. The rooms loose in feeling being near to the GeoLand because the wall murals reminding of  caves, stones and colors indicating where they are. GeoParks play an important role in the economic development of the protected area. Local farmers and local products generating micro, small and medium enterprises to strengthen the market position of supporting the development of their market access programs.  It plays a very important role in the management of mountain meadows of grazing.

Ending the official ceremony Product Trademark titles have been handed over to local hand-made producer of 15  within 45 products were granted the rights for trademark use. As the GeoPark title is primarily a tool for regional and economic development, it was very important to involve the local population in our mutual mission.  Visitor and foreigners are welcomed to this unique area to get to know the region’s natural flavors and their hand-crafted products.

Ms. Ágnes Kárpáti talked about their result of the cross between Carpathian “borzderes cattle” breeds with the cattle from the Alpine. This cattle offers several options like outstanding beef meat and dairy products. As part of the Carpathian borzderes gene preservation sample program explore not only the animal keepers, but also embraces the borzderes kind of promotion, especially in development of culinary means. The cows live on a non-chemical pasture. Herbs are also on their natural plate, eating the greenies and found in their milk and dairy preoducts.

Mentioning a couple of exhibitors on the spot: The Pély Tiszatáj Agricultural Company. Determinant of agricultural enterprises in the region. They are engaged in animal breeding and growing organic plants. They have been organic farming for decades. Their Trademarked product: pasta einkorn with 21 quail eggs.

Henrietta Hócza, the raw materials for her products are grown, collected and processed on the Dajka-Dűlő in Szilvásvárad, a family estate in the immediate vicinity of Natura 2000 site.Also produce home-made jams, syrups, herbs,  various grist and spices. Trademarked Products: Lace Berry – Quince Jam; Refreshing herba tea and Sea Buckthorn tea.

Nikolett Krivan “Büxirup” products have already been awarded the National Park Product Trademark. Now newer products  such as: teas and tinctures (herbal extracts) have been given the opportunity to be trademarked.

Their a/m producers products with the other 42 new trademark producers items can be soon purchased at the shops on the spot at the Bükk National Park.

Some of the pictures were taken by Attila Kozma from the Bükk National Park.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

 

 

World Italian Gastronomy Week – Authentic Italian Cultural Event – 2019!

There are still plenty of events during the World Italian Gastronomy Week to visit @ Budapest !

Made in Italy … Yes …  but this time the Food & Fine Wine to Gastronomy Expos are made in Budapest with Italian ingredient!

These Events bring together Italian world-renowned winemakers, chefs and industry insiders educate and inspire, meet with the producers, attend tasty dinners, taste regional products Made in Italy. There is a list of events to spend pleasure time together with friends whilst enjoying Italian food.  All you have to do is simply walkabout in Budapest to the places and discover Italy’s regions tastes and wines and last but not least, mind you there will be also film screenings .. not at any Budapest’s movie theater … but just at the Italian Culture Institution.

So here you go … watch out!

Here’s a couple of updates:

Tuesday, November, 19. … 10 a.m. – Noon – Luisa Torri, professor at the Pollenzo University of Gastronomy, Director of the Laboratory of Sensory Testing, discover the aroma of mustard as a raw material for balsamic vinegar accompanied by soft-textured Parmesan cheese. Seminar for participants with special invitation. Venue: Italian Institute of Culture – District,  VIII.,  8. Bródy Sándor Street.

From 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.  – The “Seasoned to Taste” film screening. The audience can also learn about the problems of Arturo chef’s life. Venue: Italian Institute of Culture – District,  VIII.,  8. Bródy Sándor Street. Entry is free, but need to register in advance: iicbudapest@esteri.it

Wednesday, November, 20. … 10 a.m. – Noon – Luisa Torri introduces the special taste of Parma ham, with the tasting the ham of two companies and discovering the differences between them. – Venue: Italian Cultural Institute – Venue: District,  VIII.,  8. Bródy Sándor Street. Participation is free, but registration is required by following the link in our email: budapest@ice.it 

From 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  An interesting documentary film about Leonardo da Vinci “Leonardo and the Wine” …  500 years after his death – we get to know the genius Leonardo vineyards. After the screening, Vinci wines can be tasted. Seat reservation is need through: iicbudapest@esteri.it

Thursday, November, 21.  …  9 a.m. – Noon – The conference is organized jointly NÉBIH and will provide useful information to professionals in the hospitality industry.  There will be a wine tasting combined with the professional seminar, and in the evening wine experts and chefs can join and talk about food and wine pairing. Venue: District, II., 15/a Kis Rókus Street.  Compulsory reservation. For participants with special invitation.

From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. –  Seminar on tasting Italian wines. Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Elizabeth Ballroom – District, V.,  9-10 Erzsébet Square. For participants with special invitation.

From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Fresh pasta with wine combinations. Venue: Ritz Carlton Hotel, Elizabeth Ballroom District, V.,  9-10 Erzsébet Square. Participants with special invitation.

Friday, November, 22.  …  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Professional Day organized for journalists and businesses operating in the tourism sector with the participation of representatives who may participate in an interactive, recipient of the senses is their journey, learn about while catching some typical Italian regions. Venue: Akadémia Italia Budapest  – District, V., 12. Szent István Square. Participants with special invitation.

Update Aggie Reiter

„Week of Italian Cuisine in the World” again @ Budapest – 2019.

This year worldwide in celebrating the „Week of Italian Cuisine in the World”!

The 4th annual series of events  – “Week of Italian Cuisine”!

Join the venues during November, 18. to November, 24.

During the week offers rich and varied program  throughout Budapest for lovers of Italian wines and gastronomy who wish to enrich their cuisine with dishes that are mouthwatering tasty and easy to prepare.

The main ingredients will be Risotto, Parma Prosciutto, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Wine or, as the great genius Leonardo called it, “Sweet Liqueur”. On the fifth centenary of death, we will be introduced to Leonardo’s vineyards and we will be able to drink a glass of Vinci wine. Now how is that sound for food and wine lovers?

Monday, 10  a.m. November, 18.

Italian Institute of Culture – district,  VIII.  8. Bródy Sándor Street.

The first “International Alessandro Narducci Prize” award ceremony, the winners  are chosen from among the young talented chef. The award three educational institutions catering – Datini di Prato (Tuscany), Aldo Moro di Santa Cesaria (Puglia) and Tor Carbone (Lazio). Many ingredients are used across the country with some more so in certain regions than others. Following young students preparing their delicious dishes of their region’s own cuisine will be a journey to experience fine tastes of  different regions.  Free entry but registration is needed in advance. www.iicbudapest.esteri.it

Monday,  7 p.m. November, 18.

Akademia Italia Budapest – district, V., 12. Szent István Square

The Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary (CCIU) has the pleasure to invite food and wine lovers to join  this special occasion at the Aperi-Cocktail organized accordingly to the “4th Week of Italian Cuisine in the World”. Showcasing Italy and the Italian taste in the world, the Week of Italian Cuisine is a yearly initiative developed to promote Italian culinary traditions and food-and- wine professional as a distinctive trait of Italian identity and culture. Fine time to live together .. feel well … eat well… feel well with the experience of italian cocktails!

Payment is possible on the spot: 6500HUF  for CCIU Members and for their Guests and for NON-CCIU Members: 8000HUF

Dress code: casual elegant.

Further dates and venues to be published.

Update 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

 

World Italian Gastronomy Week @ Budapest 2019

The Italian Embassy in Budapest with the Italian Cultural Institute, with the Italian Institute for Trade Development (ICE Budapest), the Italian Tourism Office (ENIT), the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Academy of Cuisine (Accademia Italiana della Cucina) in conjunction with a series of events focus on Italian cuisine, history of Italian regions, trends in Italian cuisine and Mediterranean diet are organizing the  4th occasion,  the annual series of events  between November, 18 –  24 … “World Italian Gastronomy Week @ Budapest 2019.

The main theme this year: “Conscious nutrition, taste culture”.

Budapest is becoming  “A Little Italy”!  … Be Italian in Budapest …

True … that Budapest does not belong to one of the cities of the Mediterranean area, never-the-less welcomes everyone with seductive flavors and the feeling of genuine Italian.

Especially during the worldwide festival you can feel the mood of the Dolce Vita – “Sweet Life”, a little Italian in themselves. Autumn is the harvest season. It could not be more celebrated than with a true Italian top wine. The Italian Food and Wine fit together well with each other!  Delicious food with perfect and fresh ingredients really touch the taste buds. Also … without an Italian dessert, would be  unthinkable … right? … So go for it gourment don’t give up!

In Hungary, Italian food products are increasingly popular, and the customers  buy more and more Italian wines. You don’t have to have the year of pizza in Hungary because there are several restaurants and street pizzerias available to get a pizza on your busy day. A series of events organized within the framework of more than 110 international diplomatic centers and Italian cultural institutions with almost 4500 programs are implemented worldwide.

Detailed information will be published later.

Update Aggie Reiter