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ENIT – Italian National Tourist Board Evening – focuses on the Mediterranean diet!  

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ENIT – Gala Dinner – Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall. The evening was arranged by personal invitation to illustrious V.I.P. and special guests, also dedicated to Italian and Hungarian tour operators with a dinner focusing on the Mediterranean Diet and the ENIT 2019 Activity Program.

Beside the mouth-watering flavors, the entertainment was throughout the whole evening.  The Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall with its interior architecture  “fesko”(a screen of the “so calling” landscape of Italy) on the stage’s back wall is simply beautiful with it as if we have had been just arriving to Italy.

The keystones of the evening was the promotion of the Italian tourist offers – Made in Italy – one of the richest artistic heritage in the world. Breathtaking landscapes, the warmth of the Mediterranean, extraordinary sounds-and sights of Italy. Also was to introduce the forthcoming ENIT 2019 program of activities. Beside the mouth-watering Italian gastronomy, was told that tourist enjoy their visits from Budapest to Italy back-and-forth exclusively to experience the world of so many things to enjoy Made in Italy. Was  pointed out by visiting, exploring of the places where culture, history, art and good kitchen and home-made real “mama”cuisines” …  real “à la carte”  made in Italy style are available and are not to be missed. Was introduced three Hungarian tourist office’s representatives who were invited to explore some Italian  cities, towns, vineyards and other venues which are not listed in their tour offers to Italy and known by the Hungarians. They spoke about the experiences and the wonderful hospitalities they gained during their study stay. Mr. Francesco Maria Mari  President – Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary outlined the tourism situation in Italy and that next year another opportunity will come forwards for tourist offices to explore the discoveries Italy.

After tasting through the Mediterranean Diet awesome food, cakes and top wines, fun time has not been left out.  András Hábetler and Beatrix Fodor, two grand opera singers performed a superb opera stand up featuring exceptional sounds and with fully packed of humor.

Coming close to the end to the grand gathering a Huge Cake was rolled into the Giuseppe Verdi Hall with the sign on top of it saying „Welcome to Italy”.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Klimt and Schiele: “Amor and Psyche” Birth of Art Nouveau

 

 

Italian film with Hungarian subtitles, 90 minutes – 2018. – Director: Michele Mally

Screening coming to Hungary – Budapest: December, 13. 2018.  – Urania National Film Theater

and among other regions cities at  Szolnok, Szeged, Pécs, Nyíregyháza and Szentendre.

The temples of art educational series next episode is of the late 19th century – early 20th century. Vienna presents a flourishing cultural life and the birth of supremely exciting  to the Art Nouveau period. The era when new ideas appeared, when Freud discovers the human psyche and motives  when it comes to women and femininity as a symbol gained new meaning in art and psychology. The movie highlighting both the social, historical and artistic aspects guiding factor provided by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele art exhibitions and thematic processing of the birth of art nouveau.

As once said/wrote in a letter by Egon Schiele to his uncle, Leopold Czihaczek … “The erotic works of art are also saints!”

The film will take the art loving audience in comfy through 5 stunning exhibitions housed in Vienna without leaving their seat, to the Albertina, the Leopold Museum, the Belvedere Palace and the Kunsthistorisches Museum on a  journey from a historical café, which takes to Vienna’s cultural sights, touches on Klimt’s studio, Sigmund Freud’s house, Neulengbach, where Egon Schiele lived, the Raven, frequently visited by Klimt and to the New York  Neue Galerie as well.

The screening is brought by the Pannonia Entertainment. Tickets available on the spot at the cinemas desk.

Update by Aggie Reiter

Extraordinary Italian Taste – Journey into the world of Italian wines – 2018.

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The Italian Trade Institute (ITA) wine tasting was held for the 3rd. time on the occasion of the Italian Culinary World Week with masterclass for Italian and Hungarian business meetings. The Italian wine tasting seminar titled “Traditional and Quality” were present H.E. Massimo Rustico – Italy Ambassador to Hungary, and representative of the Italian Cultural Institute, the ICE-Agency Office, ENIT, the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hungary.  The “Wine & Food” workshop within the framework of the Third World Italian Culinary Week was held after the seminar at the Marriott Hotel – Elizabeth Ballroom (District, V., 4. Apáczai Csere János street Budapest. In parallel to the technical seminars, meetings were held between Hungarian and Italian producers, 11 importers, distributors,  restaurants members and hotel sales, as well as members of the press.

Within the series of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade and the Italian Gastronomic World Week the ICE Office – Budapest invited  Ms. Barbara Tamburini, an internationally renowned wine expert.  In the first part the expert lectured on the emergence of the Italian wine makers, and then after followed to the tasting one-by-one from north to south of 10 Italian excellent wines, which demonstrate the excellence of Italian wine production.

The tasting hosted by ICE offering a snapshot of 10 Italy’s grand wines from Head-to-Toe … meant from North to South of Italy’s  superb wine regions:

Number 1. Lombardy Vigna Dorata Franciacorta Brut. Grape variety Chardonnay 80% and Pinot Nero 20%. The soil composition is alluvional morain soil of early origin with an extremely sandy structure and very frequent presence of moraine stones.The Vineyard comes from the village of Cazzago San Martino. The exposure and height South-West exposure with light slope, 230 meters above sea-level. Taste: vanilla and perfume fragrances. Franciacorta was the official provider of sparkling wines for the Expo Milano 2015.

Number 2. Umbria Fiorfiore Roccafiore  (2017). The grapes 100% Grechetto di Todi and organically treated vineyards at a height of 380m. above sea level are on the bottom of slate, chalk and clay. They are harvested manually. The vineyards have a South and South-East orientation. The winters in Todi are cold and rainy, the summers warm and windy. After the soft pressing of the grapes, the juice and the must get a natural fermentation, followed by a ripening on large Slovenian barrels for a year and in bottles for 4 months. It is best served after 3 or 4 years after the grapes were harvested. Tastes: golden apple, pineapple, small yellow flowers with very delicate sweet spice notes.

Number 3. Campania Donnachiara Greco di Tufo  DOCG (2017) The Campania wine region is in southern Italy. The region’s most prestigious white wine, made predominantly from the grape variety that shares its name. The Greco di Tufo grape is a clone of Greco Bianco and is believed to have been introduced to Campania by the Pelasgians, an ancient people from Thessaly in Greece. The best Greco di Tufo vineyards are found on the volcanic hills of the Avellino province in central Campania.The Greco di Tufo wines are cultivated at an altitude of 450 to 500 meters. Often typified by warm tropical fruit and a touch of oak. Aromas ripe citrus, nectarine passionfruit drive this style. Recommended with White Fish.

Number 4. Friuli Venezia Giulia Aromatic Traminer (2017). The wine made in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Once part of the Venetian Republic and with sections under the influence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for some time, the wines of the region have noticeable Slavic and Germanic influences.The area is known predominantly for its white wine. Is internationally styled Merlots, The Tazzelenghe (meaning “tonguecutter”) produces a very tannic and fruity wine that mellows as it ages but maintains a good amount of its fruits such as: herbal, apricot, peach and pear.

Number 5. Le Sabbie dell’EtnaEtna Rosso DOC (2016). North-eastern slope of the Volcano – Sicily, the largest active volcano in Europe. The vivid ruby color of the grapes of the native Nerello Mascalese, implanted for centuries in the volcanic area of Etna, Nerello Cappuccio and anticipates a delicious bouquet where cinnamon, black pepper, cherries alternate and blend is really admirable. Soil is loamy and sandy of volcanic origin and mineral content, including phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.

Number 6. Piemonte …  Barolo  DOCG (2014). Origin from Gancia dell’Annunziata farmhouse – Barolo. Grape 100% Nebbiolo. Soaking peels for 12 days. Fermentation in steel tub, ready maturation in French barrel for 18 months. Intense scent, mature fruit and rose petals.

Number 7. Toscany …  Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Podere la Vigna (2013). From the region Rosso di Montalcino Tuscany. Grape Sangiovese (or Nielluccio in Corsica). Color dark-berried and it is the most widely planted grape variety in Italy. Smooth wine with Beef and Venison.

Number 8. PugliaPrimitivo di Manduria “Sessantanni” Corte Giara DOC (2015) …Editor’s remark … Pardon me … this was excellent – my favorite! Most Popular wine in the region Primitivo di Manduria. The”Sessantani” is made from the grapes of vines almost 100 years old, the oldest of the Feudi di San Marzano. Deep ruby-red colour.  The fragrance is very rich, on the nose it releases primary aromas of fruit, ripe plums and blackberries, cherry jam, afterwards, spicy and fragrant notes of liquorice, sandalwood, cardamom, pepper, tobacco, incense and cocoa, It is rich, intense and explosive on the palate, but exquisitely balanced and elegant. A powerful wine with considerable body, but also smooth and caressing. The wine enhances meat dishes such as lamb chops, veal stew.

Number 9. AbruzzoMontepulciano D’Abruzzo Teramane Hills Reserve  DOP (2011). Grape type: Montepulciano. Garnet red color. Fruity and spicy scent. Intense and persistent taste, suggested with rich first course, red meat and medium and hard cheese. Awards: International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2016 – Silver, International Wine Challenge, 2016 – Bronze Mundus Vini, 2016 – Gold International Wine & Spirit Competition and 2015 Bronze.

After the workshop visited a couple of Made in Italy products around exhibitors tables … cheeses, olive oils, olives and vegetables, sweets, liqueurs and grappa by Italy, Italian coffee beans and tourist agency: suditaliahotel – Forio.

The report became slightly long so only highlighting one of the wine table … The Rosso Piceno D.O.C. (D.O.C. stands for = perfect for grapevine cultivation). Organic “CARPINO NERO” ZEROQUINDICI was pretty cool organic wine with low sulphite content and prepared without the use of preservatives, origin from Sangiovese vineyard which is located at Marche region – central Italy. The estate is still among the most esteemed wine producers of the Piceno wine-making region. The Montepulciano and Sangiovese grapes grow on the clayey texture of the soil which determines in the wines the richness of extracts. The nose is perceived with strong notes of red fruits and sweet spices. Pairings goes well with pasta, meat and/or tomato sauce or with grilled meat and cheese. Received Award for the year (2016).

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

 

 

 

 

Food and Literature – Italian Culture Institute – Budapest

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In the series of  A Week of Italian Cuisine in the World at the Italian Culture Institute was held a theater show … Art of Cooking … with Maria Teresa Ruta –  Guenda Goria – Silvia Siravo entitled Food and Literature.

Food from ancient times has a long history especially when it comes to Italy flavors.

A culinary evening with sayings from famous people’s, movie worlds, traditional Italian dishes, wines, composers, desserts was on showcase. Began the show by going back in time to biblical age – Eve and forbidden fruit (apple) with several stops in historical lanes to the foodstuffs  and their role in history.

The meals damped not only our hunger, but also creating an opportunity to – based on the Convivio Latin phrase meaning = be in community, share with each other our joys, our sorrows.

Literary works refer to moments of sharing meals, recipes and dishes, because all that is about food, is also a question an important question of life for the Italians. Probably, not on my own, many know, that taking a pan of food over to the neighbor, friends is a kind act, but if the pan, pot is not given back it can become a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility between each other. The Italian of housewives cooking tools are the most important thing in life.

This evening we sat by the imaginary “tables” …  how decisive the food is for our lives. Of course, the words were spiced up with entertaining musical inserts.

For example, Rossini  “set of table” , in his words: Q.: “What is Love for the heart, is the stomach appetite. The stomach is the conductor that conducts the orchestra of emotions, empty stomach sounds like a bassoon or resentful longing flute, while a full rumble beating rhythm of pleasure, joy drumbeat. Love is nothing but hustle and bustle on stage primadonna whose passionate voice intoxicating our ears and our hearts to kidnap. Eat and Love, Sing and Digest are the four acts of the comonic opera that we call LIFE, which is quickly fleeting moment like drunkenness caused by champagne. A fool to let it go without enjoying it”

They talked about the Italian movies having  such an effect culinary  moments, such as:  “The Sweet Life” Ravioli with spelled spinach,  „An American in Rome” Tomato Spaghetti, ”For a Bunch of Dollars”Sausage Beans, „Panther”Flavored Macaroni„Swept away” – Seafood with spaghetti …just mentioning a few.

Almost certain by the end, after the imaginary “table” everybody became terribly hungry and in company asked one-an-other … Are you hungry? … Where shall we to head to eat?

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter