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Identitá Golose, one of the most prestigious international culinary organizations highlighting the best of contemporary Italian cuisine, returns to the United States for the sixth annual Identitá New York on September 30-October 3 and second annual Identitá Chicago on October 6-7. Eataly in New York and Chicago will host the series of events, each of which feature some of Italy’s most lauded culinary heroes, as well as masters of modern American cuisine.

Identitá Golose Chicago

For its second year in the Windy City, Identitá Golose partners with the world-famous Merano WineFestival to host Identitá Chicago, showcasing the great wines and renowned cuisine of Italy through a two-day series of carefully curated events.

Identitá Chicago begins with two head-to-head chef master classes moderated by CBS 2 Chicago Reporter, Vince Gerasole, and features award-winning chefs from Italy and the U.S. Each seminar, the chefs will be tasked to create a dish that best represents an “Homage to Italy.” The educational and interactive seminars will take place inside La Scuola in Eataly and will feature discussions about today’s global culinary trends and techniques. Guests will sample each of the chefs’ dishes paired with an Italian wine. Tickets are priced at $75 can be purchased on the Eataly Chicago website.

Later that evening, Identitá Chicago will host a four-course dinner at Baffo at Eataly that brings together two acclaimed Italian chefs, Heinz Beck and Cristina Bowerman, and two award-winning American chefs, Giuseppe Tentori and Alex Pilas. Chef Lidia Bastianich will lead the team of culinary luminaries, presenting guests with a communal dining experience showcasing progressive Italian dishes and wine pairings. The dinner is $150 per person. Guests may reserve their spots for the dinner on the Eataly Chicago website.

The following day, Identitá Golose and the Merano WineFestival will host a one-time-only tasting event pairing 100 of Italy’s most important wines from 30 of the country’s most acclaimed wineries with bites utilizing Italian products at La Scuola—Eataly Chicago’s cooking school. The Merano WineFestival, founded in 1992 by Helmuth Köcher, is one of the world’s largest and most exclusive wine events celebrating the finest selections of Italian and international wines. Tickets are $40 and include all wine and food tastings. Guests may purchase tickets for the tasting on the Eataly Chicago website.

Identitá Chicago Schedule

Tuesday, October 6

12:00 p.m. Master Class: Homage to Italy

Heinz Beck (La Pergola – Roma)

Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia—Chicago)

4:00 p.m. Master Class: Homage to Italy

Cristina Bowerman (Glass Hostaria – Roma)

Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster – Chicago)

7:00 p.m. Gala Dinner

Hosted by Chef Lidia Bastianich (Eataly)

Antipasto: Heinz Beck (La Pergola – Roma)

Primo: Cristina Bowerman (Glass Hostaria – Roma)

Secondo: Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster – Chicago)

Dolce: Alex Pilas (Eataly—New York)

Wednesday, October 7

6:00-9:00 p.m. Wine Tasting

100 selections by the Merano WineFestival paired with Italian bites from Eataly Chicago. Wineries include: Bastianich, Mirafiore, Banfi, Cantina Terlano, Montanaro, Tasca D’Almerita, Ferrari, and Fontanafredda, and more.

Chefs Massimo Bottura, Moreno Cedroni, Carlo Cracco, Ugo Alciati and Cristina Bowerman, involved in the events in New York and Chicago, are proud Ambassadors of Expo 2015 Milano, the prestigious World’s Fair that is taking place in Italy and which theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

Identitá Golose New York and Identitá Chicago thank Expo Milano 2015 for its prestigious patronage. Additionally, Identitá Golose is honored to be sponsored by leaders in the food and beverage industry, including Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano, Acqua Panna-S. Pellegrino, Lavazza, Mirafiore Fontanafredda, Monograno Felicetti, and Berlucci, Official Franciacorta Sparking Wine of Identitá New York and Chicago.

About Identitá Golose:

Identitá Golose, founded in 2004 by Italian food journalist Paolo Marchi, is a culinary organization with a mission to highlight the best of contemporary Italian cuisine, showcase the culinary excellence of each Italian region, and honor the top Italian chefs who proudly blend traditional techniques with modern methods. The first Identitá Golose event was held in Milan in 2005, and seven events have been held since, each one showcasing the greatest Italian and international chefs, pastry chefs, and artisanal producers. The success of Identitá Golose in Italy eventually led to the launch of Identitá London in 2009. Following the London event, Identitá Golose decided to share the talent of Italy’s finest chefs with an American audience. The first Identitá Golose New York took place in 2010 at Eataly, and the inaugural Identitá Golose Chicago took place in 2014. Identitá Golose is the official partner of Expo Milano 2015 for which it created a very special starred restaurant that hosts over 80 international chefs from all over the world during six months. For more information about Identitá Golose, please visit

About Eataly:

Founded by Oscar Farinetti, Eataly is the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world. From the opening of the first location in Turin in 2007, Eataly’s philosophy has spread to the rest of the world: “Eat, Shop, Learn.” The marketplace offers a place where it is possible to purchase high-quality food and drink at accessible prices. Consumers can experiment with new combinations of flavors at the various restaurants throughout the marketplace before learning more about the Mediterranean culture with educational courses on food, wine, and nutrition. Located on the celebrated Fifth Avenue, the first Eataly in the U.S. opened in New York in 2010 in a space of more than 50,000 square feet. The 63,000 square foot Eataly Chicago opened in December 2013. Eataly New York and Chicago are a product of the collaboration between Oscar Farinetti and his American partners Mario Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich, and Adam and Alex Saper.


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