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EmiliaFoodFest, the big names of the Italian gastronomic scene at Corte dei Pio

Felicia Kingsley, Emilia In Rosa Award of Excellence

Tradition and innovation, history that meets modernity through the stories of the big names who will participate in the first edition of EmiliaFoodFest from September 23 to 25 in the historic center of Carpi, an event entirely dedicated to the excellence of the Emilia-Romagna region, a real journey through the flavors of the region. This first edition of the event is a place to meet and discover the excellence of the territory through the stories and experiences of the names of the Emilian-Romagna gastronomic scene. To open the three days will be Edouard Raspelli gastronomic journalist at the “restaurants of Raspelli” meeting. The restaurants selected, which will be awarded for the 2022 edition, are the Saint Dominic from Imola with Natale, Valentino Marcattilii and Max Mascia; the Antica Corte Pallavicina by Polesine Parmense with Luciano Spigaroli and his brother Massimo e By Giovanni di Cortina D’Alseno of Plaisance with Renato Besenzoni. The winners will be interviewed to accompany the guests to discover the Emilia-Romagna region through their history, their anecdotes and their curiosities, revealing three recipes that have characterized their growth.

Not only restaurants but also products of excellence, always selected by food critics to present them to the public on the occasion of the “Excellence of Raspelli” event. A meticulous and in-depth search for true excellence little known or totally unknown to the general public for a unique and unmissable occasion that will make us discover the rich gastronomic heritage of the region. The protagonists of this meeting together will be:mustard of the restaurant L’Incontro in Carpi, the gardener of the Azienda Agricola Cascina Pizzavacca in Piacenza and the Parmesan cheese from the Bonat Farm in Parma.

Saturday will be a day characterized by great rewards such as the Ambassador of Taste, an award created to celebrate a chef from Emilia-Romagna who has distinguished himself by the quality, care and excellence of his work. For this first edition, the prize will be awarded to the chef Max Mascia at the helm of the starred restaurant San Domenico in Imola, which will be interviewed by a journalist to inform guests and enthusiasts of its strong link with the region. His stubbornness and his attentive and curious gaze allowed him to win the most important challenge by bringing the legendary restaurant into the reality of the 21st century. The kitchen of the San Domenico was inaugurated the weekend of the 1992 Imola Grand Prix and since then the restaurant environment has been deliciously frozen in time, guardian and temple of Great Italian Cuisine: contemporary art, leather dark, silver and crystal. While the gastronomic and oenological proposal, led by Max Mascia, evolves and matures slowly: the emblematic dishes of Bergese and Valentino Marcattilii are always and have always been present, as well as those of the contemporary haute cuisine of Max Mascia. The historic cellar is expertly matched and coordinated by Francesco Cioria, an award-winning sommelier alongside Max for 10 years. The surprises and the big names don’t stop there, the Excellence Award: Emilia In Rosa, a recognition to celebrate a female figure who has distinguished herself in her field and contributed to promoting the image of Carpi and Emilia at national and international level. For this first edition the writer will be rewarded Felicia Kinsley who in 2016 self-produced her first novel Marriage of convenience immediately achieving great success by placing second in the most read ebooks of 2017. In Italy it sold more than 500,000 copies and its novels were translated into English and Czech.

Still in the artistic and cultural current, the prize will be awarded Emily around the world at Andrea Mingardisinger-songwriter who in an interview will talk about his close link with the territory. Awarded for contaminating his world-famous music with Emilian inflections, born in Bologna but also appreciated beyond national borders, Mingardi he established himself as one of the great artists of Italian song, precursor of rock and roll, precursor of Italian rhythm & blues, performer and author of great songs for Mina and other great artists. Instead, it will be bolognese Giancarlo Roversi the winner of Sandro Bellei Award 2022. Author of hundreds of volumes and thousands of articles on local traditions, culinary but not only, curious journalist and at the same time rigorous historian in the research and study of documents and useful testimonies to reconstruct and tell the stories and events of our people, from places Emilia and Romagna, from typical regional products. Roversi founded and directed numerous magazines, collaborated with prestigious newspapers, director of Archiginnasio for years, professor at the School of Journalism at the University of Bologna, author of the “Universal Charter of Rights of Cultivated Lands” . The multisensory journey on the flavors of the Via Emilia continues with the teacher Fabbri Gino which will delight the palate of visitors during a cooking show scheduled at 5:15 p.m. at the PalaPio and will exclusively present a dessert with the flavors of Emilian tradition. The prize will then be awarded to master Fabbri The King of Pastry, recognition established to reward a pastry chef or a representative of the dessert sector who has particularly distinguished himself for his work and experience, bringing prestige and promotion to the world of confectionery and confectionery in Emilia-Romagna.

The Master will talk to the public in an interesting interview in which he will tell anecdotes and curiosities that link him to the world of dessert. Stories, anecdotes, recipes and gastronomic tastings and an oenological journey could not be missing thanks to the Italian journalist, writer and gastronome, founder of Golosaria Paolo Massobrio which will accompany visitors and enthusiasts on a journey among Emilian wines. A rigorous selection of three cellars to taste the products and illustrate the merits and particularities of each wine. See you in the historic center of Carpi from September 23 to 25, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with free entry.

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