Unleash Your Inner MasterChef on The International Day of Italian Cusine with Grana Padano

You may be limited by your tiny NYC kitchen but that doesn’t stop you from cooking like a pro. You julienne and sauté and throw tantrums in the kitchen like the greatest Italian chefs so now we are giving you a chance to perfect your kitchen kudos courtesy of Grana Padano and Socially Superlative.

This January 11th and 12th, 2011, Grana Padano are offering two lucky foodies the chance to celebrate the International Day of Italian Cuisine with the crema of the Italian cooking scene at the International Culinary Center in NYC. Lick your chops at the MADE BY ITALIAN HANDS workshops and master cooking classes and learn everything there is to know about prosciutto, pasta, pizza and pasticceria from Luca Fusto, Pietro Zito and Domenico Crolla.

Finally, feast your eyes on a LIVE Conference with Milan where chefs from all over the world will simultaneously prepare the official dish of the event, MADE BY ITALIAN HANDS .

If all this has you salivating on your desktop all you have to do is tell us what it is about your cooking skills that make you so unique. Do your sauces make people weak at the knees or you scoff at the length of time it takes others to create a 30 minute meal? You may be one of the lucky ones who will receive a pair of tickets for the two day event as well as a Grana Padano goody bag.

For more juicy details, check out: http://www.itchefs-gvci.com/

We have a special giveaway for our Socially Superlative readers! One lucky winner will win tickets to the two day Italian festival!  To be eligible you must, email us with the subject “GRANA PADANO” and your brief answer to: What Italian dish do you love best and why?  Winner will be selected and notified on January 6th, 2012, so you’ve got plenty of time to curate your answer.  Tweet us a note or leave a comment on our Facebook page to increase your odds.


January 11-12, 2012

Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano invites you to attend the educational events and seminars at the International Culinary Center in New York (462 Broadway) that precede the 5th edition of the “International Day of Italian Cuisine” (IDIC)

Official Dish of the Year: OSSOBUCO IN GREMOLATA

The Program:

Wednesday January 11, 2011

– Workshops: MADE BY ITALIAN HANDS – Educational presentations and tastings will be held, featuring an interactive discussion with Q&A.

  • 10:00 am: Tradition an innovation in the Italian Pasticceria

Master Pastry Chef: Luca Fusto

  • 11:30 am: The Magic of making fresh pasta: orecchiette & C. from Puglia

Master Chef: Pietro Zito

  • 2:00 pm: Finocchiona, Salsiccia & Prosciutto

Master Butcher: Simone Fracassi

  • 3:30 pm: The role of the hands in making great pizza

Pizza masters: Nicola Demo, Domenico Crolla

  • 9:30 pm: CHEF’S NIGHT OUT: ‘Italian Cusine in the US’ Awards

More than 30 New York-based chefs and restaurateurs will receive a Certificate of Appreciation as ambassadors of Italian cusine in the world, sponsored by Grana Padano.

Thursday January 12

  • 10.30 am: ‘International Day of Italian Cusine’ official launch
    • Press Conference
    • Preparation of OSSOBUCO IN GREMOLATA and tasting
    • Video conference with Milan, for the Italian official launch
    • Video Conference with Moscow, where the concluding ceremony of the Grana Padano Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards will take place on January 17

– 2:00 pm: Gennaro Esposito (2 star Michelin chef)

– 3.30 pm: Pino Cuttaia (2 stars Michelin chef)

Location: International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013-2618 (Map)

About Grana Padano

Grana Padano (www.granapadano.com) has been part of Italy’s gastronomic tradition and culture since 1135 when it was created by the monks in the Padana Valley in northern Italy. Based in Desenzano del Garda in the province of Brescia, Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Grana Padano was founded in 1954 by a group of businessmen who shared one common goal—to produce a top-quality cheese based on the traditional recipe. Today this company encompasses more than 200 Grana Padano producers, maturers and retailers. “Grana” refers the grainy and crumby texture of the cheese and “Padano” refers to its origin on the Po River Valley in northern Italy.  Grana Padano is a registered trademark around the world, and since 1996 is a PDO Protected Designation of Origin cheese, awarded the distinction by the European Community in Brussels.

About IDIC (International Day of Italian Cusine)

Promoted by itchefs-GVCI, a network of more than 1,200 chefs and culinary professionals working in 70 countries, the event will celebrate the authenticity and quality of Italian Cuisine. On January 17th, thousands of chefs and restaurants worldwide will simultaneously cook the designated dish of the year.

For more information please visit www.itchefs-gvci.com