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„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

Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is Here Again – 2019.

Date: November, 27. – 1 December, 1. 2019

Screenings: Művész Cinema – District, VI., 30 Teréz Blvd. and Puskin Cinema – District, V., 18. Kossuth Lajos Street.

The festival takes place in vibrant downtown Budapest, enabling visitors to explore at the same time the city’s Jewish heritage, as well as further cultural gigs and have a taste of traditional Hungarian culinary delights.

With a broad line-up of the latest movies from around the world depicting today’s Jewish culture and heritage, Budapest Jewish and Israeli Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. This year’s program features a fresh selection of recent pictures from the United States, Israel, Germany, Mexico, France, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

The selection of recent motion pictures from around the world. The 14 film screenings will take place across multiple Budapest art-house cinemas to showcase contemporary Jewish culture.

Promise at Dawn  (Original title: La promesse de l’aube)France, 2017.  Director: Eric Barbie – Language French  … From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story. Puskin Cinema – November, 28. and 29. – 7 p.m. December, 2. – 8 p.m.

Flawless (Original title: HaNeshef)Israel (2018) Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon (2018). Language Hebrew … Three teenagers from Jerusalem sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and prom dresses. As a secret uncovers they realize nothing is as it. Puskin Cinema – November, 29. – 7.30 p.m. and Művész Cinema – December, 2. – 8.p.m.

My Polish Honeymoon (Original title: Lune de miel) – France (2018) – Director: Élise Otzenberger – Language French with English subtitles. … Anna and Adam, a young couple from Paris with Polish Jewish origins, leave for the first time of their lives in Poland. They were invited to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the destruction of the birth village community of Adam’s grandfather. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 7.30 p.m. and Művész Cinema December, 1. – 7.30 p.m.

Driver (Original title: Driver) – Israel (2017) Language: Hebrew – Director: Yehonatan Indursky … A “Driver” in the oltra orthodox community takes his daughter on his nightly journey, exposing her to the more questionable members of this pious society in the dark alleys of Bnei Barak they each find, even if for a short moment, their lost childhoods. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 7 p.m. and December, 2. 3.30 p.m.

The Interpreter (Original title: Tlmočník) – Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, (2018) Language: German, Slovak – Director: Martin Sulík…The 80-year-old Ali Ungar comes across a book by a former SS officer describing his wartime activities in Slovakia. He realises his parents were executed by him. He sets out to take revenge but finds instead his 70-year-old son, Georg, a retired teacher. Georg, who had avoided his father all his life. Művész Cinema – December, 1. – 3.15 p.m.  and Puskin Cinema – December, 2. – 5.30 p.m.

Fig Tree (Original title: Fig Tree) Israel, France, Ethiopia (2018) Language: Amharic, Hebrew – Director: Aalam-Warqe Davidian…The 16 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she discovers that her family is planning to immigrate to Israel and escape the war. Művész Cinema -December, 1. – 5.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 2. – 7 p.m.

Leona (Original title: Leona) – Mexico (2018) Language: Spanish – Director: Isaac Cherem…A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love with a non-Jewish man.  Művész Cinema – November, 30. 5.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 1. 3.30 p.m.

Untogether (Original title: Untogether) USA (2018) Language: English with Hungarian subtitles – Director: Emma Forrest…Andrea is a recently sober writer whose career has stalled since she published her debut novel several years ago. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. – 5.30 p.m. and December, 1. – 7 p.m.

Tel Aviv on Fire (Original title: Tel Aviv on Fire) – Israel, Germany, Belgium, (2018) – Languages: Hebrew, Arabic – Director: Sameh Zoabi…Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle. Művész Cinema – November, 30. – 7.30 p.m. and Puskin Cinema – December, 1.- 7.30 p.m.

Toman (Original title: Toman) – Czech Republic (2018) – Language: Czech – Director: Ondrej Trojan…This fascinating historical drama looks at the life of “the Czech Schindler,” Zdenek Toman, a controversial figure who was an unsavory politician and dubious entrepreneur, but also the savior of hundreds of European Jews. Művész Cinem – December, 1. – 2 p.m. and December, 2. – 2.30. p.m.

Longing(Original title: Ga’agua) – Israel, 2017 – Language: Hebrew – Director: Savi Gabizon…A middle-aged Israeli bachelor is forced to evaluate his life choices when he discovers an ex-girlfriend had given birth to his son 20 years before, in this affecting drama from writer. Puskin Cinema – November, 30. 5 p.m. and December, 1. – 5.30 p.m.

The Shepherd – (Original title: A Pásztor) – Hungary, 2019. – Director: László Illés – Language: Hungarian with English subtitle. Hungary, 1944 – The main character is an old shepherd, who lives alone on a ranch. After his daughter got killed by Nazis, he decided in his grief to save as many Jewish lives as possible. Művész Cinema – November, 30. – 5 p.m.  and December, 2. – 5.30 p.m.

Those Who Remained (Original title: Akik maradtak) Hungary (2019) Language: Hungarian with English subtitles – Director: Barnabás Tóth…Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. Puskin Cinema – December, 1. – 5 p.m. (The drama film was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.)

Curtiz (Original title: Curtiz) Hungary (2018) – Language: Hungarian with English subtitles – Director: Tamas Yvan Topolanszky…As America prepares to enter WW2, Hungarian film director Michael Curtiz graples with political intervention and a dysfunctional relationship with his estranged daughter amid the troubled production of Casablanca in 1942. Puskin Cinema – December, 1. – 3 p.m.

Tickets available from November, 14  at the a/m cinemas.

Always recommend booking ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

http://www.zsifi.org and/or http://www.muveszmozi.hu, http://www.puskinmozi.hu box offices.

Update Aggie Reiter

World Premiere @ Budapest Sport Aréna – The Legend of the Golden Horse!

In less than in 3 weeks to come!

Papp László Sport Arena  – Budapest

District, XIV.,  2. 1143 Stefánia Rd.

Saturday, November, 30.  – 7 p.m. and Sunday, December, 1.- 6 p.m.

The equestrian show hit the road back to the ancient times … battle scenes featuring the warriors of Europe’s biggest traditionalist event … Back to the Kurultaj age.

A three generation family performance “The Legend of the Golden Horse” is brought to life by Győr Ördöglovas Group coordinated by Szilárd Tóth and the Warriors of Kurultaj and the National Cavalry Unit. The internationally acclaimed company promises a spectacular show with scenic elements.

Also among the participants will be Lajos Kassai, a prominent figure in modern horseback archery, and his team. If it wasn’t for him, who is a Merit of the Hungarian Republic-winner, probably there would be no horse archer teaching program at the University of Physical Education that is actually the very first institution in the world to accept this education practice.

As special guests, the Ossetian Jigit Show’s … Riders of the Storm … will also take part of the performance, including 100 horsemen, 70 horses, horse archers.

The legend in nutshell: The Legend of the Golden Horse tells a story from the time of the Hungarian conquest. According to the narrative, chieftain Rajan is preparing to bid farewell to the throne and aims to give the command over to someone worthy of being a leader. He wants the tribes of his empire to live in peace after his retirement. But which of his three sons should be his descendant? The chieftain summons candidates to prove their aptitude in 3 trials related to weapon usage in a fight against the best valiants. As a reward, the one who rises to the challenge will be the descendant and deserve the hand of the empire’s most beautiful girl, Mildana, as well as the chieftain’s Golden Horse.

The monumental horse theater attraction merges 21st century show elements with the millennial values of eastern equestrian traditions. Fast horses, a cloud of arrows, battle scenes, falcons and fire rain, all in one.

This show will surely attract not only the Hungarians but also tourist spending their holiday time in  the Capital and for those foreigners elsewhere staying, working, in Hungary.

Get ready to a truly spectacular evening!

Audience will be able to see horseback archery and horseback combat demonstration at this historical show.

Ticket to be purchased on the spot or through online.

Update Aggie Reiter

Waiting for the Miracle – MÜPA @ Budapest

MÜPA –   District, IX. l. Komor Marcelli Street – Budapest

Saturday,December, 21. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, December, 22. 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The performance is presented in cooperation by MÜPA and the Heritage House and the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble.

Director/Choreographer: Gábor Mihályi of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

The production of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble in celebration of Christmas Eve, the Christmas vigil, the happiness, excitement, miracle of waiting, is based on the games, customs that come from folk tradition, the Christian tradition of welcoming the birth of the baby Jesus, and the incredible, miraculous stories associated with this day.

The audience can experience the joyous moments of the last day of Advent, from the early hours of the dawn to late in the evening, from the icy dawn magic of the frost fairies, through the secret meeting of snowmen and the preparation of magic, honey-smelled food, to the ceremony of setting up and decorating the Christmas tree.

Bewildered sled horses, hilarious snowball fights, partner choosing ice-skating dances bring a sense of humor to the preparation for one of the most popular mystery plays of the Christmas season, the nativity play, which, at the end of the performance, assembles all participants of the mythic journey, so that they can see together the son of God personified and share the joy of the birth of the Savior.

The Advent dance performance of the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble provides a true holiday through seven images (Christmas Dawn, Winter Games, Snowmen Meeting, Jingle Bells, Let’s Cook, Cook something, Nativity Play, Beautiful Christmas), it brings the secret of Christmas closer, and evokes the childlike joy of waiting.

MÜPA stands for “The Palace of Arts” – Exists of three main venues:

Bartók National Concert Hall (The concert hall features acoustics designed by Russell Johnson and has one of the largest organs in Europe) – Ludwig Museum (This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso(“Musketeer With Sword”),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes(“Rappaport Pharmacy”)plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters: Imre Bukta(“Officers at Pig Feast”), Laázlo Fehér,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by: Claes Oldenburg(“Lingerie Counter”),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz) – Festival Theater.

Update  Aggie Reiter

 

Wine and Gastronomy Events @ Badacsony – Lake Balaton

Highlights to the forthcoming events at Badacsony – Lake BalatonBadacsony – Lake Balaton

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 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.

Update Aggie Reiter