Identità New York Returns to Eataly Flatiron

Identità New York Returns to Eataly Flatiron

From October 10 to 12, Eataly Flatiron hosts the eighth annual edition of Identità New York, a three-day exposition of teachings and dinners by seven of the world’s most recognized culinary talents. Renowned international culinary organization Identità Golose, formed in 2004 by Italian food journalist Paolo Marchi, held its first Identità event in Milan in 2005, and has since expanded to London in 2009, to New York in 2010, to Chicago in 2014 and to Boston this October.

            The food festival begins at 1 pm on Tuesday, October 10, with a Master Class, for which this year’s theme is food sustainability; “Don’t Waste the Planet: the Truth in a Dish.” The first is led by Ana Roš, ranked Best Female Chef in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurant’s organization for her work at Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia, which is the 69th best restaurant in the world as ranked by the same organization. Caterina Ceraudo, Michelin-starred chef at Dattilo in Crotone, Italy, leads the second seminar of the day.

            International chefs continue to run the gamut as the day goes on, as another Master Class—also centered on food sustainability—consisting of Enrico Cerea from Bergamo, Italy’s Da Vittorio and Virgilio Martinez from Lima’s Central lead a 6 pm seminar. Executive Chef Cerea’s Da Vittorio was awarded three Michelin stars in 2017, while Chef Martinez’s work has earned him a spot as the leader of the kitchen in the best restaurant in South America and the fifth best restaurant in the world this year.

(Franco Pepe and Lidia Bastianich Conduct a Seminar, Brambilla Serrani)

            Each seminar is limited to twenty seats, and features the two respective chefs composing their dishes in an intimate setting, while offering guests tastes of their creations alongside fine Italian wine pairings. 

(Chef Massimo Bottura Speaks at a 2016 Seminar, Brambilla Serrani)

(Chef Massimo Bottura Presents a Course at the 2016 Dine Around, Brambilla Serrani)

            The final 20-seat seminar—which sold out almost immediately upon the release of tickets—features legendary Le Bernardin chef Eric Ripert and Massimo Bottura of the world’s second-best ranked restaurant, Osteria Francescana. Fear not though; Those locked out of the final seminar but still yearning to meet Mr. Bottura will have their chance on Wednesday, October 11, during the second annual Eataly Dine Around. Guests will move from restaurant to restaurant in a progressive six-course dinner inside the Eataly Flatiron space, tasting dishes from the aforementioned culinary gurus Massimo Bottura, Virgilio Martinez, Caterina Ceraudo, Ana Roš, Enrico Cerea and Pizza Chef Corrado Scaglione from Enosteria Lipen in Triuggio, Italy. Tickets for the Dine Around, as of this writing, were still available. The wine-paired dinner is $200 per person; Seatings occur every 45 minutes and begin at 5:15 pm. Reservations are required.


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