Italian Food and Wine Festival at Eataly Chicago: Says BENVENUTO to Everything Italian

Italian Food and Wine Festival at Eataly Chicago: Says BENVENUTO to Everything Italian
Michelin-star chef Lee Wolen will be part of the inaugural F & W Fest

The inaugural Italian Food & Wine Festival at Eataly Chicago brings together internationally acclaimed Italian chefs and wineries along with some of Chicago’s biggest culinary stars for a celebration of everything Italian.

Presented by the Milan-based Identitá Golose and Merano WineFestival, the 3-day event from Tuesday, October 14th till Thursday, October 16th, will offer Chicago foodies the opportunity to learn and experience the nuances of Italian cuisine through a series of curated events.

The first Identitá Golose event was held in Milan in 2005, with the first American Identitá Golose event taking place in 2010 at New York’s Eataly.

This year’s new Chicago’s Italian Food and Wine Festival will piggy-back the Big Apple’s fifth annual Identitá New York festival (October 9-12), which has been a popular foodie happening since its inception.

Highlights in Chicago include an all-Star line-up of Italian and American Chefs (pictured here)…a 4-Course Italian Dinner…a Wine Around..Cooking Seminars…and more.


Tickets can be purchased for individual events at the Eataly Chicago website. Events include:

  • Two chef demonstrations.  The first demonstration with Ugo Alciati (Guido – Serralunga d’Alba, Cuneo) and Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia – Chicago) will feature truffles. The second, presented by Davide Oldani (D’O – Cornaredo, Milan) and Lee Wolen (BOKA – Chicago), uses rice. The hour-long seminars will take place inside La Scuola. Tickets are priced at $95.
  • A four-course dinner hosted by Italian chefs, Ugo Alciati and Davide Oldani, and Eataly’s, Executive Chef Alex Pilas and Pastry Chef Katia Delogu, will be hosted by Chef Lidia Bastianich and feature a communal dining with progressive Italian food and wine pairings. The dinner is $150 per person.
  • The Identitá Golose and the Merano WineFestival wine walk-around will pair 100 of Italy’s most important wines from 30 of the country’s most acclaimed wineries plus bites from La Scuola (Eataly Chicago’s cooking school).  Tickets for this event are $30.  Wineries include: Allegrini, Cantine Giorgio Lungarotti, Cantine Ferrari, Cantina Terlano, Mastroberardino, Tasca D’Almerita, Banfi, and Fontanafredda.

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