Here’s the Press Release the Organizers sent me:
The fifth-annual Taste of Italy, a cultural-gastronomic event to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), will take place on October 12th in downtown Los Angeles. Taste of Italy showcases over sixty of the region’s best restaurants and Italian and California-Italian wineries, as well as celebrity chefs, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and celebrity appearances.
Participating food purveyors will include: Drago Centro, Fabio Viviani’s Cafe Firenze, Toscanova, Locanda Del Lago, Casa Nostra, Trattoria Neapolis, Il Fornaio, GROM, and Dominick’s. Approximately 100 world-class wines will be served by participants such as Casa Torelli, Le Vigne, Cantina Pizzolato, Terravino, Total Wine and More, Nuova Capelletta, and others. For a complete list of participants visit www.italianhall.org.
The critically acclaimed Canzionere Grecanico, will be performing live, as well as chanteuses Maria Elena Infantino and Elisabetta Russo. Actor Louis Lombardi will be present to introduce his recently launched gourmet food line, Lombardi’s Gourmet.
Los Angeles is home to the nation’s fifth largest Italian population, and one of the country’s oldest. “Taste of Italy is a celebration of authentic Italian culture and the tremendous, yet often overlooked, legacy of Italian Americans in the region,” said Marianna Gatto, Executive Director of the IAMLA and historian.
“The IAMLA and Taste of Italy provide an avenue through which people of all origins can come together to learn about the region’s diverse history and experience Italian culture through the universal language of food,” said Paul Pagnone, President of the IAMLA.
To purchase tickets visit www.italianhall.org or call (213) 485-8432. Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted.
And here are the details:
What: The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles’ Taste of Italy
When: October 12, 2013 from 5-10 PM
Where: 424 North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Why: Proceeds from the event will support the Italian American Museum’s exhibitions and the preservation of the building in which the Museum is located, which listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest remaining structure from Los Angeles’ little Italy.
Cost: $55 presale, $125 VIP
Tickets/Info: http://italianhall.org/taste-of-italy-2013/ 213.485.8432