BENTONVILLE — The Consul General of Italy in Houston Federico Ciattaglia and the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas visited Northwest Arkansas to promote the Week of Italian Cuisine in the world earlier this week.
On Thursday, First Security Bank hosted a reception for the Consul General and the Chamber at FSB’s downtown Bentonville office.
Throughout the evening guests enjoyed various dishes made with authentic Italian ingredients such as Prosciutto di Parma, Pecorino Toscano, Sicilian olive oil, and many others.
The Consul General spoke on the importance of the Week of Italian Cuisine and encouraged guests to enjoy Italian cuisine, culture, and way of life.
On Friday, Nov. 15, the Italy-America Chamber, in collaboration with VisitBentonville, organized a Master Class on authentic Italian food at Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food with Chiefs Matthew Cooper and Giancarlo Ferrara.
Chef Matthew Cooper is the executive chef at Preacher’s Son in Bentonville and Chef Giancarlo Ferrara is the Executive Chef and Owner of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar in Houston, Texas.
During the Master Class attendees were treated to a wide variety of Italian staples including Gnocchi, Carpaccio, and other authentic Italian dishes using ingredients sourced directly from Italy.
Along with Chefs Cooper and Ferrara were presenters from Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma, Consorzio tutela Pecorino Toscano DOP, Abruzzo Imports, and the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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