For 2014, the dish that was chosen is ' Spaghetti al dente with Tomato Sauce and Basil'. This dish defines Italy. Expert Chefs from around the world will construct their 'authentic' version of this dish.
The philosophy behind the International Day of Italian Cuisine is aimed at educating consumers, worldwide, and showing the consumers how to make authentic Italian dishes, in this case, Spaghetti al dente with Tomato sauce and Basil'.
Workshops featuring internationally recognized chefs:
Enrico Bartolini from two star Michelin restaurant Devero (Milano);
Matteo Bergamini from SD26 (New York) and
Luca Signoretti from Roberto's Restaurant (Dubai),
will take place on 17 January at the Culinary Center on Broadway Street in New York. The acclaimed Chefs will teach the selected guests in-house and international via the internet, how to make authentic 'Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce with Basil'.
Chef Cesare Casella, Dean of Italian Studies will be one of the host for the festivities.
Chefs from Naples, Pompei and Milan will collaborate with the International Center through video conferencing. showing their cooking techniques on this special day.
(Recipes to follow after the event takes place)
The International Day of Italian Cuisines: why 17th January, 2014?January 17 is a date of great symbolic importance. It’s the day of the catholic feast of Sant’Antonio Abate, one of the most popular saints of Italy, the patron of domestic animals, but also of butchers and salami makers. On this day, according to tradition, the Italian Carnival begins, that period of the year during which, since unmemorable time, it’s “licet insanire,” transgressions are tolerated and good, rich food is celebrated and, along with this: cooking.
The cult of Saint Anthony “of January”, who was a hermit who lived in Egypt in the 13th century, is rooted in earlier pagan feasts, le sementine (that celebrates the end of the sowing season) of ancient Rome in honour of Ceres, the Goddess of the Earth.
On the other hand, in the south on that evening “fires” are lit, “focaroni,” “focarazzi” or “focaracci” – bonfires, people congregate in crowds around these pyres to give hommage to the saint who, according to legend, banished the devil and took dominion of the fires of hell. This is what is done in Puglia, Sardinia, Campania e Abruzzo.