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Loved throughout the world, Italian cuisine offers a great variety of tastes and ingredients.  Tracing its roots from the 4th century BC, the flavors and dishes of Italy have been influenced by rulers and conquerors, political upheaval and the discovery of the New World. Each region and even province has its own food specialties and wines. 

From pasta making to chocolate tasting and wine sampling, the Italian Cultural Center offers many events to celebrate Italy’s rich culinary landscape.

Buon Appetito!

  

  Watch this video to get a better feeling of what we have to offer!

Watch the replays of Labor of Love: Wine Families of Piemonte, our series of June 2020 dedicated to some of the families of famous wines from the Piemonte region. Presented by Romina Montanari, our Food & Wine Manager, and Suzanne Hoffman, author of the book Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte.

Episode 1: general presentation about Piemonte and its wines families
Episode 2: m
eeting the Albino Rocca and Cigliuti families 
Episode 3: meeting the Giulio Grasso (Ca' del Baio) and Deltetto families
Episode 4: meeting the Boschis (E. Pira e Figli - Chiara Boschis) and Giacomo Oddero families
Episode 5: meeting the San Martino di San Germano (Marchesi Alfieri) and Marenco families



Upcoming events

    • 30 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • IN PERSON. Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, 55114
    • 10
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    Make and Take

    Ravioli di Zucca

    Saturday, October 30, from 2:00- 4:00 pm (In-person)
















    Getting ready to celebrate Halloween? Want to learn a fun way to add more pumpkin to your meals?

    Fall is the perfect time to learn how to make traditional Ravioli di Zucca (Pumpkin Ravioli). This dish dates back to the 1500's and its origin is disputed between the cities of Mantua and Ferrara. Its history is connected to two great Italian families: the Gonzaga of Mantua and the Este of Ferrara. These important families showed their power through their hospitality and their ingenuity at the table!

    On Saturday, October 30, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, ICC instructor and native Italian, Romina Montanari, will lead this hands-on pasta making session at Mid-City Kitchen, a beautiful space in St. Paul.

    Romina will demonstrate the process, and then it will be your turn to create some ravioli of your own! Each participant will have the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and will bring home an Italian-size portion of ravioli for 4 people

    All ingredients are included, but please bring 2 light kitchen towels and 2 flat pans to carry your ravioli home.  


    By registering to this event, you fully agree on the following terms and conditions: Event Liability Release


    COVID-19 Policy:

    This event will take place in-person at Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Ave., St. Paul, 55114.

    All participants will be required to provide, upon entry to the event, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event and to wear a mask. Thank you for your collaboration. Please contact info@theitalianculturalcenter.org for any questions or concerns.



    Space is limited to 10 participants! Register now.  


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    Your contribution makes it possible for us to continue our mission to promote Italian language and culture. Grazie!


         

     





    • 06 Nov 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Red Table Meat (Food Building), 1401 Marshall Street NE #100 Minneapolis MN 55413
    • 15
    Register


    Sapori Italiani

    Artisanal Food Crafted In The USA

    Red Table Meat


    Saturday, November 6, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    In-person Tour and Take-Away


    Looking to find the best Italian flavors locally? What do they have in common with the ones produced in Italy?

    Products of the “highest quality” is the common goal amongst artisanal food crafted both in USA and in Italy. Local food artisans use the highest quality ingredients and Italian techniques to create quality Italian-flavored gourmet food products which are available on-site. Local artisans sometimes import the machinery and bring in experts from Italy to assure an Italian quality product. This unique partnership between the USA and Italy helps to produce small, craft batch high quantity Italian offerings in the USA.

    Join us as we meet Mike Phillips, owner of Red Table Meat, and observe him practicing his craft making his cold cuts in the traditional Italian way. Tour the Red Table Meat facility and learn how he makes traditional Italian “salumi” in Minnesota. Learn how his passion is expressed in all aspects of his production, from choosing and cutting the meat, to spicing, grinding, curing and aging. At the end of the tour you will be given take-way samples so you can taste these wonderful "salumi" cold cuts!


    COVID-19 Policy:

    This event will take place in-person at Red Table Meat (Food Building), 1401 Marshall Street NE #100 Minneapolis MN 55413

    All participants will be required to provide, upon entry to the event, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event and to wear a mask. Thank you for your collaboration. Please contact info@theitalianculturalcenter.org for any questions or concerns.



    Space is limited to 15 participants! Register now.  


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    • 20 Nov 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • ONLINE
    Register




    Prof. Massimo Montanari


    LIVE FROM ITALY

    Saturday November 20, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CDT via Zoom 

    Conversations will be in English



    Why are prosciutto and melon paired in a famous Italian appetizer? What did people eat in the Middle Ages? Who invented sorbet?

    Join us for a series of educational workshops that will make you feel as if you have graduated from an Italian culinary history class! This amazing introduction to the famous Italian cuisine will be led by Italian Professor, Massimo Montanari. Professor Montanari is an internationally-known leading expert in Italian cuisine and has been featured in the culinary documentary “Food on the go” by Mercedes Cordova. 

    Over a series of three lessons, Prof. Montanari will lead us in an in-depth tour of the history of the ingredients, dishes, techniques and social customs behind the Italian food we know and love today.


    Massimo Montanari is professor of Food History at the University of Bologna, Department of History, where he founded the Master on Food History and Culture. He has authored and coauthored more than a dozen books on the history of cuisine and the cultural values of food including (in English translation) Italian Cuisine, A Cultural History; Food Is Culture; Cheese, Pears, and History in a Proverb; Let the Meatballs Rest, And Other Stories About Food and Culture; Medieval Tastes; Food: A Culinary History; The Culture of Food; Italian Identity in the Kitchen. He has been invited as visiting professor to a number of leading universities in Europe, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Canada. He was one of the founders and editors of the international review "Food & History", published by the Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation. He is a member of a number of scientific societies (IEHCA, Centro Italiano di Studi sull'Alto Medioevo di Spoleto, Académie Royale de Belgique, Academia Marinha du Portugal, Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna), founder and president of the "Centro di studi per la storia delle campagne e del lavoro contadino" in Montalcino (Siena).

    In 2002 Azeglio Ciampi, the President of Italy, assigned him the title of "Ufficiale all'onore della Repubblica" (Honorary Officer of the Republic) for his scientific merits.

    In 2012 he won the Rabelais Prize, conferred by the Institut de France for special distinction in the study, diffusion and promotion of food culture.


    Saturday, Nov. 20th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    ITALIAN CUISINE BEFORE ITALY: A CULTURE THAT COMES FROM AFAR

    Italy’s celebrated culture, including the culinary arts, has existed since the Middle Ages, many centuries before Italy became a politically unified country. Since then, there has been a network of exchanges (products, ideas, chefs) which constituted the fundamentals of Italian cuisine and the ways of life shared throughout the country.




    COMING NEXT ...

    Saturday, December 11th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    THE CENTURIES-OLD CHARACTERISTICS OF ITALIAN CUISINE

    The distinctive and "identifiable" features of Italian cuisine originate in the use of vegetables, pasta, cold cuts, and cheeses. There are specific characteristics that distinguish the Italian cuisine in all its extraordinary biodiversity of local cultures. A biodiversity reinforced by the strong relationship between court cuisine and popular cuisine, which provides the basis for the development of the former and its richness in local diversity.

    Saturday January 22 at 12 pm

    PELLEGRINO ARTUSI AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN ITALIAN CUISINE

    Thirty years after the political unity of the country, Artusi and his celebrated cookbook made a fundamental contribution to the widening of the "network" of the Italian gastronomic culture. For centuries, the Italian cuisine had remained limited to the aristocratic courts, but thanks to Artusi's book, it became a collective heritage of the nation.



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Past events

22 Jul 2021 SOLD OUT! Wine Tasting Le Vie del Vino (In-person). The Volcanic Wines of Sicily. ES21
06 May 2021 LE VIE DEL VINO - Wine Education. Friuli Venezia Giulia: Multi-Cultural Wines
10 Apr 2021 ALMA Scuola di Cucina: Primo Piatto Italiano: Pasta e Riso
19 Mar 2021 Le Vie del Vino - Wine Education: Irpinia in Campania
13 Mar 2021 ALMA Scuola di Cucina: Tradizioni Culinarie Pasquali
11 Feb 2021 Storie di famiglia. Made in Italy: Gorgonzola. Meet the Costa Family.
16 Jan 2021 ALMA SCUOLA DI SOMMELIER: Vitigni Autoctoni
19 Dec 2020 ALMA Scuola di Cucina: Buon Appetito sotto l'Albero di Natale!
09 Dec 2020 Wine Education Le Vie del Vino: Alto Adige/Südtirol
21 Nov 2020 Storie di famiglia. Made in Italy: Aceto Balsamico di Modena. Meet the Giusti Family.
24 Oct 2020 Storie di famiglia. Made in Italy: Prosciutto di Parma. Meet the Conti Family.
03 Oct 2020 Storie di famiglia. Made in Italy: Parmigiano Reggiano. Meet the Serra Family
11 Jun 2020 Insieme a Tavola! Cooking Together Virtual Series. ES20
04 Jun 2020 Insieme a Tavola! Cooking Together Virtual Series. ES20
28 May 2020 Insieme a Tavola! Cooking Together Virtual Series. ES20
29 Mar 2020 CANCELLED Make & Take Pasta: Tagliatelle and Tagliolini. EW20
26 Mar 2020 CANCELLED Wine Tasting Le Vie del Vino: Sangiovese from the Tuscan Hills to Fellini's Romagna. EW20
26 Mar 2020 CANCELLED Tarallucci e Vino – Casual Conversation Group AW20TV
26 Mar 2020 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual Conversation Group
14 Mar 2020 SUSPENDED Colazione all’italiana - Casual Conversation Group AW20CAI
02 Feb 2020 Make & Take Dolci: Frappe Treats for Carnevale. EW20
31 Jan 2020 SOLD OUT! Aperitivo & Cards. Learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, a traditional Italian card game. EW20
30 Jan 2020 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual Conversation Group EW20TV
23 Jan 2020 Pitturiamo! (Let’s Paint!) EW20
19 Jan 2020 SOLD OUT! Make and Take: Tortellini. EW20
12 Jan 2020 Wine Tasting La Via del Vino: Sunshine in a Bottle. Wines of Puglia and Sicily. EW20
11 Jan 2020 AW20CAI Colazione all’italiana - Casual Conversation Group EF19CAI
19 Dec 2019 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition. EF19
08 Dec 2019 SOLD OUT! DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) EF19
21 Nov 2019 SOLD OUT! WINE TASTING. Le Vie del Vino: Bollicine d'Oro - Golden Italian Bubbles. EF19
17 Nov 2019 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi di Zucca. EF19
07 Nov 2019 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual Conversation Group EF19TV
04 Nov 2019 Happening in the Community: Culture Through Cuisine - Italian Aperitivo
02 Nov 2019 Colazione all’italiana - Casual Conversation Group EF19CAI
17 Oct 2019 EF19TV Tarallucci e Vino – Casual Conversation Group
13 Oct 2019 Make and Take: Tortelloni di Funghi and Salatini. EF19
05 Oct 2019 SOLD OUT! Colazione all’italiana - Casual Conversation Group EF19CAI
29 Sep 2019 SOLD OUT! Make and Take: Orecchiette and Cavatelli. EF19
30 May 2019 SOLD OUT! Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group, Thursday, May 30. ES19TV
18 May 2019 SOLD OUT Colazione all’italiana - Saturday, May 18 ES19CAI
28 Apr 2019 Make & Take Class: Erbazzone & Salame di Cioccolato. ES19
25 Apr 2019 Aperitivo & Cards. Learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, a traditional Italian card game. ES19
13 Apr 2019 Colazione all’italiana – Casual Conversation Group, Saturday, April 13. ES19CAI
24 Mar 2019 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. ES19
16 Mar 2019 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EW19CI
10 Mar 2019 SOLD OUT! Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Tortellini). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Liquid Gold – Sicilian Artisan Milled Olive Oils. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Visions of Italia. Photography Exhibit. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Historical Connections between Health & Food in Italy. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Bread Workshop with Carla Giudici. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mini Wine Seminars. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mercatino (Mini-Market). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Italian Conversation Table & Card Table. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta). EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Apericena (Italian-style Happy Hour). EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Wine Tasting. EW19
09 Mar 2019 WEEKEND ITALIANO, a contemporary 2-day Italian Food and Social Event. EW19
26 Feb 2019 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group, Tuesday, February 26. EW19
16 Feb 2019 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EW19CI
27 Jan 2019 SOLD OUT! Make and Take: Tortellini. EW19
25 Jan 2019 Wine Tasting: Social & Open House Style at Solo Vino. EW18
24 Jan 2019 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. EW19TV
20 Dec 2018 Sold out! Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition. EF18
08 Dec 2018 DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) EW19
06 Dec 2018 Aperitivo & Cards. Torneo di Scopone Scientifico (no previous experience needed). EF18
18 Nov 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. EF18
08 Nov 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Centro Italia. EF18
20 Oct 2018 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EF18
14 Oct 2018 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. EF18
04 Oct 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Nord Italia. EF18
27 Sep 2018 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. EF18
15 Sep 2018 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. EF18
13 Sep 2018 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. EF18
21 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT ... again! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
16 Jun 2018 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group. ES18
31 May 2018 Aperitivo per gli italiani nelle Twin Cities. ES18
24 May 2018 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. EU18
12 May 2018 ES18 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
29 Apr 2018 Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta. ES18
26 Apr 2018 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group. ES18
12 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! It's back! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
08 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! - Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
25 Mar 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
01 Mar 2018 EW18 Tarallucci e Vino – Casual conversation group
11 Feb 2018 SOLD OUT! DOLCI – Frappe, Italian treats for Carnevale! EW18
19 Dec 2017 WAITLIST! EF17 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition.
10 Dec 2017 TWO MORE SPOTS! EF17 DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies)
07 Dec 2017 EF17 Aperitivo & Cards. Last chance to learn how to play Scopone Scientifico with Luisa & Ileana!
18 Nov 2017 EF17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
12 Nov 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make and Take: tortellini
21 Oct 2017 EF17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
15 Oct 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make and Take: ravioli di zucca (pumpkin ravioli)
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Torneo di Scopone Scientifico / Scopone Tournament (no previous experience needed)
24 Sep 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini
21 Sep 2017 EF17 Wine Tasting: Scrumptious Sangiovese
14 Sep 2017 EF17 Aperitivo and cards. Last session before the GRAN TORNEO! Don't miss it!
30 Apr 2017 ES17 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta
29 Apr 2017 ES17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
27 Apr 2017 ES17 IT'S TONIGHT, join us! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
11 Mar 2017 EW17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
26 Feb 2017 ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT! EW17 DOLCI – Frappe, Italian treats for Carnevale!
28 Jan 2017 EW17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
15 Jan 2017 EW17 Make and Take: Pizza Casalinga - Homemade Style Pizza
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
11 Dec 2016 EF16 DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 11
10 Dec 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
05 Nov 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
01 Oct 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
08 Sep 2016 Earthquake Fundraiser: CLOSED, Thank you for the overwhelming response!
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
12 Mar 2016 EW16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, March 12
13 Feb 2016 EW16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, Feb 13
31 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT!! DOLCI series: Tortelli dolci ripieni (Italian sweet pockets) – Sunday, 1/31
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
06 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 6
05 Dec 2015 EF15 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, December 5
03 Dec 2015 EF15 Make & Take Class: il VOV (Italian holiday drink) December 3
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
11 Oct 2015 CE15 - Piccoli Pizzaioli series: Panzerotti class for children
04 Oct 2015 EF15 NEW! Al mercato: in search of tasty Italian food at Whole Foods - Sunday, October 4th
27 Sep 2015 EF15 DOLCI series:SOLD OUT! Frittelle di mele (Italian Apple Fritters) - Sunday, 9/27
04 Jun 2015 SOLD OUT! - Taste the Regions: Piemonte (Piedmont)
20 May 2015 ENS15 NEW! Cena Sociale - An Evening at The Butcher Block Restaurant, Wednesday, May 20
18 Apr 2015 EN15 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-Saturday, April 18, 1-3
16 Apr 2015 Taste the Regions: Sardegna (Sardinia)
04 Apr 2015 DOLCI: La Cassata Siciliana - Saturday, April 4th
14 Mar 2015 CE15 SOLD OUT! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
07 Feb 2015 Sold Out! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
01 Feb 2015 1 Open Spot! DOLCI – Italian treats for Carnevale! Sunday, Feb 1st
15 Jan 2015 Wine Tasting Event: Barolo v. Brunello – Thursday, January 15
10 Jan 2015 A midwesterner in Turin: good, clean and fair food for all
18 Oct 2014 EF14 Nine Quintessential Wines of Italy -2 spaces available!
27 Sep 2014 EF14 DOLCI - Tiramisu! Saturday, September 27
18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
29 May 2014 ENS14 - SPECIAL EVENT: Book Discussion -All This Talk of Love
10 May 2014 EN14 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-NEW LOCATION!
25 Jan 2014 EW14 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
07 Dec 2013 EN13 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
21 Nov 2013 ENF13 Italian Wine Tour
11 Nov 2013 ENF13 Young Professionals----Meet and Greet!
17 Jun 2013 EN13 Festeggiamo Spring 2013
25 May 2013 EU13 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
05 Jan 2013 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
06 Dec 2012 EN12F Festeggiamo Fall 2012
18 Jun 2012 EN12S Festeggiamo Spring 2012
17 May 2012 Benny The Chef Is Here!
20 Apr 2012 365 Days of A Women Exhibit Private Tour
21 Feb 2012 Cook With Carmela!!!
30 Nov 2011 Meet Carmela Tursi Hobbins - Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor
17 Mar 2011 Italian Wine Tasting
29 Jan 2011 Chocolate Tasting Classes by Chocolate BonaVita
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