academia barilla  March 2007

Academia Barilla at the 2nd Annual World Festival in Chicago

Last week Academia Barilla’s Italian Culinary Specialist Mario Rizzotti took part to [...]

Last week Academia Barilla’s Italian Culinary Specialist Mario Rizzotti took part to the 2nd Annual World Festival, a gourmet charity event organized by Common Threads at the Chicago Cultural Center, and a celebration of the world’s different cultures through tasty food, drink and music.

The 2nd Annual World Festival raised funds that will help Common Threads’ children’s culinary arts, summer camp and “world garden” programs, and has been a great success, both in terms of participation and, of course, in terms of charity fundraising.

The event gathered some of the top celebrity Chefs from the four corners of the world and saw the participation, among others, of Art Smith, the co-founder of Common Threads and personal chef to Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham.

Among the other Chef celebs who participated at the event were our Food Network friends Giada De laurentis, Paula Deen, Cat Cora and Tyler Florence. Here is a picture taken by Mario after catching up with Art Smith and Giada De laurentis.

Top Chefs at the 2nd Annual World Festival

Mario Rizzotti helped top Chef Art Smith in serving gourmet specialties to the big crowd that attended the event, and really enjoyed the special event, that included a special performance by Fujima Ryu of Chicago, a classical Japanese dance troupe.

Mario will be busy again soon with another top gourmet event, the Italian Extravaganza at the Infinity Room in Minneapolis – if you live in Minnesota don’t miss this special tasting event next March 28 – this is the perfect opportunity to discover the latest specialties brought by Academia Barilla to all Italian Food Lovers across the United States!

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