academia barilla  July 2007

More Italian Gourmet Food at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival in NY

Last weekend the Finger Lakes Wine Festival has teamed with the New [...]

Fingerlake Wine Festival logoLast weekend the Finger Lakes Wine Festival has teamed with the New York Wine and Culinary Center of Canandaigua, NY, and Academia Barilla, to bring hands-on culinary classes to the festival, held on July 20-22 in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

The Festival, supported by the Corning Museum of Glass, offered to its visitors several wine seminars and cooking demonstrations, which included workshops on Wine & Dine, New York Craft Beers, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, and Wine and Cheese from the Empire State – guess where Academia Barilla has been called in to bring the flavor and taste of Italian gourmet food to the NY-based Wine event…

Wendy Brubaker, the Festival Director stated in a recent Finger Lakes press releaseWe are thrilled to welcome Barilla America and Academia Barilla as new sponsors of the July 20-22, 2007 event. The true, authentic flavors of Italy will bring a heightened culinary aspect to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.

In a relaxed, smooth jazz style environment, Finger Lakes guests had the opportunity to sip and savor the evening’s bounty while they mingled amongst select New York wine makers, taste Academia Barilla’s Italian gourmet selections, and enjoy the crafty Finger (Lakes) Foods prepared by Chef Paul Mach, the guest Chef of the Fingerlake event.

Chef Paul Mach, who’s the co-host of the “You’re the Chef” public television cooking series produced by Penn College and WVIA-TV from Scranton, PA, performed cooking demos at three “action stations” throughout the evenings, while groups of exclusive winemakers discussed the nuances of their key vintages.

Top selection of Italian gourmet food from Academia BarillaThe event, located in the facilities “Suites”, was structured with 3 wine stations and several food stations, each with an unique culinary delight for guests to sample from, one of which was entirely dedicated to Academia Barilla’s Italian gourmet food products.

The Finger Lakes menu also featured several Academia Barilla specialties, with some of the food delights being prepared to order at the Festival’s food stations:

- Fallow Hallow Roast Venison Leg, Cherry Shiitake Mushroom Compote
- Pan-fried Catfish with Garlic, Red Pepper and Corn Hushpuppies
- Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya; plain white rice
- Salad Station of Fresh Figs, Kalamata Olives, Bitter Greens, Academia Barilla Peeled Cherry Tomatoes, hand tossed to order with Shredded Academia Barilla Pecorino, Toasted Italian Bread, Academia Barilla Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars
- Yancey’s Fancy, New York’s Artisian Cheese Table
- Regional Artisan Breads
- Academia Barilla Salame di Parma, Salame with Fennel, Prosciutto di Parma
- Sautéed Tomato and Zucchini Tart with Yancy’s Fancy Bergenost Cheese and Roasted Garlic Cheddar
- Braised Beef, Shredded and Sautéed with Charred Peppers, Garlic, Basil and Barilla Celentani Pasta with Academia Barilla Black Olive Sea Salt
- Smothered Pork Shoulder: Regional BBQ and Chutneys, demi-rolls
- Ice Wine Zabaglione over Fresh Strawberries
- White Chocolate Raspberry Tart
- Macerated Strawberries Infused with Academia Barilla 25-year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Vanilla Mousse
- Roasted Nut and Chocolate Truffle Tart

With a menu like this, all Italian food lovers living in the NY area should make sure not to miss the Finger Lakes Festival next year!

If you cannot wait to get yourself some of the Italian food specialties distributed by Academia Barilla, just visit our online store. We can deliver to your home in just two days!

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