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Eataly ~ The Eight-Figure Bet on Authenticity

~ Manhattan’s Eataly is the new sister of the original in Turin, founded by Oscar Farinetti. Mega-chef Mario Batali and his longtime restaurant partner Joe Bastianich (also a co-host of Fox’s MasterChef) and Bastianich’s chef/restaurateur/TV food personality mother Lidia, joined forces with Farinetti to open Eataly, which expects to attract millions of customers a year – “at least four million a year, perhaps six,” ~ Huffington Post

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Details (By NY Eater)
· Opened to the public Tuesday, August 31st at 4 PM
· 50,000 square feet
· A 300-seat, 6,000 sq ft rooftop partially-enclosed beer garden on the 15th floor,La Birreria, accessible from an in-store elevator, opening November. No preview as they haven’t even started building it out yet.
· A cooking school (“La Scuola”) under the tutelage of Dean Lidia Bastianich
· The front has a Lavazza coffee shop (that’ll open at 7AM), gelateria, and paninoteca
· Two wood-fired pizza ovens imported from Italy
· A fresh pasta counter with two dozen varieties on offer
· An Italian bank ATM
· A bakery (overseen by Nancy Silverton of La Brea Bakery and the Los Angeles Mozza) will sell bread and focaccia at the retail counter and produce bread for the restaurants. Unnamed restaurants have already put in contracts. A dedicated oven (seen through glass doors next the the counter) is expected to run 24 hours a day.
· Butcher, fishmonger (run by David Pasternack), locally-sourced produce
· A huge amount of dry goods: canned tomatoes, tomato sauces, olive oils, vinegars, jams, honey, and a large variety of dried pasta and risotto rice
· A microbrewery is planned (not built yet), headed by Teo Musso of Birrificio Le Baladin, Leonardo Di Vincenzo of Birra del Borgo in Rome, and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Brewery, including, according to Joe Bastianich, “guest brewers every month that come from Italy to brew regionally- and seasonally-specific beers.”

The restaurants:
· Pizzeria Rossopomodoro, with two guys from Naples who only arrived in that States the other day, already producing some knockout pizza
· Il Crudo
· Salumi e Formaggi
· La Pasta
· La Verdura, the vegetable bar/restaurant
· Il Pesce, run by David Pasternack
· Il Manzo, a white-tablecloth Italian steakhouse with 80 seats, the only restaurant that’ll take reservations, headed by Michael Toscano, formerly of Babbo.

That’s in addition to the other food stands:
· Paninoteca
· Pasticceria, headed by Luca Montersino
· Rosticceria, offering roast meats
· Il Laboratoria De La Mozzarella

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The Awaiting Table, Italian Cooking School in Lecce

Recently profiled in Bon Appetit magazine, and named as one of the top cooking schools in Italy by Food and Wine Magazine, The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, is a small, intimate Italian cooking school in the most beautiful town in the entire sunny south of Italy.

It’s cooking classes in Italy offer hands-on cookery lessons designed to both improve your cooking and allow you to go deeper into the culture than you ever thought possible. You’ll get to know the locals by their first names, talk first-hand at the market with butchers, winemakers, fishmongers and proud farmers, so local that they still have soil under their fingernails.


Day Classes: Tuition for Day Classes covers coffee, trips to multiple markets, both lunch and dinner and all wines and hand-made liqueurs. What it does not cover is transportation of any kind, or lodging of any kind.

You will meet under the statue of Sant’ Oronzo at 10.a.m. and then start the day with coffee (and/or Granite) at Gracious Antonio’s. You’ll do an overview of the day, answering any questions you may have. You’ll head on to the market to meet our vendors, Simone our green grocer, Sandro our butcher, and on. You’ll head back to the school and make fresh pasta together in the stable kitchen, for both lunch and dinner.Lunch will be prepared together, and depending on the season, either eat in the stable, the wine cellar or the garden. After a break, for a nap back at your room you will meet in the main piazza for a talk about the Duomo, Santa Croce and the city’s main square and head back to the school to prepare dinner, the excellent local wine flowing the entire time.

Week Classes: There are two types of full-week classes, which are available throughout most of the year and are offered according to a pre-set schedule (see Calendar).

The full-week classes are:
Lecce Classes. The most typical and most popular class is a small-group (6 students or less), full-week course held at the school’s charming facility in Lecce.

Castle Classes. A few times a year, there will be special courses held at a wonderful Mediterranean Castle a few kilometers from the Adriatic. These courses will accommodate up to 24 people and tend to be lively affairs, with much hugging, wine, and raucous laughter. These are great for small groups or singles traveling alone as you will get a great opportunity to meet many wonderful people from all around the world. In 2010, there will be two special events at the castle. From September 12 – 18, the annual Birthday Party at the Castle will take place. Then, from November 7 – 13, a very special and unique Olive Oil class at the castle. Pricing.

Wondering which course is best for you, a week at the Castle or ‘La Settimana Tipica’?

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Initiation to wine tasting: Discovery of the wines from the Languedoc-Roussillon region

When? October 18th through October 22nd, 2010

Where? Montpellier, France

Take the opportunity to improve your French skills while discovering one of the most beautiful wine regions in France! You will be immersed in a friendly and authentic French atmosphere to discover an area and taste 100% Languedoc wines.

The French language course takes place daily from 9h30 to 12h45 and offers in total 20 lessons per week.
Initiation to wine tasting and discovery of wines:
The Languedoc-Roussillon region of France possesses the largest vineyards in the world, stretching from the Rhone river to the Spanish border. Its geographical and geological diversity means there is a vast range of different soils, different climate and some surprising blends of grape varieties that make for truly unique wines.

Come discover the varieties of flavor characterizing the wines of this region participating in 3 sessions of 3 hours taught by a confirmed wine expert. You will discover the region and the pleasure of tasting 100% Languedoc wines, while learning an established method of wine tasting taught in a spirit of openness and conviviality.

1st session: Making wine is easy!

2nd session: The various designations in the Languedoc

3rd session: Vocabulary of wine: learn how to put words to feelings – how to choose the best bottle to go with a particular dish.
During each session, you will taste 2 or 3 wines from our region. Materials are provided (tasting glass, “crachoir”, file).

A “Vinorally” in the historic centre of Montpellier : 3 winegrowers, 3 places, 3 Atmospheres.
A walk through the historic streets of Montpellier, with three stops to taste wine and meet a winemaker. Included is a historic account of the “quarter” plus enigmas with wine as the theme. This evening walk is a way to discover Montpellier’s historic heritage and meet winemakers from the region. They will share their passion and their wine while the chef will serve some specialties to go with the wine.

A visit to a vineyard: On the last day you will go on a guided tour of a vineyard and wine cellar in the company of the winemaker.

1st stop: You will be welcomed by the winemaker who will show you around his domain and will tell you the secrets of his wine.

2nd stop: Visit of the wine cellar and of the wine storehouse.

3rd stop: Wine tasting. You will be invited to taste the wine in the wine cellar, thus sharing the pleasure of tasting the wine in the very place it was created.

You will be accompanied all the way by your wine teacher and will get to the domain by minibus with driver.

This interactive service based on exchanges and direct contact with specialists in the field of wines will allow you discover the major Languedoc wines in a unique environment.

The approach is based both on passion for imparting our knowledge experience and dedication to meeting our clients’ demands.

Whether you are an amateur or a wine epicurean, you will take great pleasure in this Languedoc wine tasting experience. The passion we have for our wines helps us to impart this experience. The winemakers and the wine become the real “stars” on this journey.

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