“The Authentic Italian Table – Food & Wine Festival” organized by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast on November 20th featured a Masterclass from Michelin-starred chef Luigi Nastri from Rome (Italy) and Italian-American chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped” Ultimate Champions in 2014.

Chef Nastri and Rapicavoli presented a Gourmet Experience focused on “Seasonal ingredients and Innovation on Italian desserts”.

The Masterclass – mainly focused on the use of PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin)  and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) products for the preparation of authentic Italian desserts – was organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Miami, within the framework of the “Week of Italian Cuisine in the World”.

Chef Luigi Nastri obtained his Michelin star while working for the restaurant Stazione di Posta in Rome. His cuisine is characterized by creative preparations mixing traditional Italian flavors and aromas with international inspirations.

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli has made a name for himself in the Miami area, where he now owns and manages two restaurants Eating House and Glass and Vine, well-known also thanks to his victory in Food Network’s first Chopped Ultimate Champions in 2014 with his fantastic dessert.



The Authentic Italian Table- Food & Wine Festival


The Authentic Italian Table is a unique high-end Food & Wine Festival, which exclusively focuses on the Italian cuisine and its flavors. The event will be held on November 20th at the Port of Miami – Cruise Terminal D. The occurrence is embraced by “The Extraordinary Italian Taste” campaign; initiative promoted by the Italian Government, which aims to raise awareness on the authenticity of Italian products among American consumers.

The event will enrich the understanding and appreciation of Italian culture by promoting the country’s food and wine, through partnerships with authentic Italian restaurants, as well as Italian F&B producers and importers.

During the Grand Tasting (6:00-9.00 pm) various Chefs from local Italian restaurants will have the opportunity to delight the public with signature dishes prepared through authentic Italian recipes. Guest will be able to enjoy live music, while tasting the best selection of genuine Italian pasta, cheese, cold cuts, pizza, gelato, wine and cocktails.

The Grand Tasting will also include a Food Contest and Gourmet Experience.

Food Contest
Multiple participating restaurants will be competing to earn a winning title for the Food Contest. Even though it will ultimately be journalists and food influencers to elect a Best Signature Dish, it will ultimately be up to the participating public to cast their vote for the election of the evening’s Tastiest Bite.

Gourmet Experience
Guests will discover the genuine taste of Italian food and wine – as well as apprehend about Italian culinary traditions and recipes. The involvement will be sustained within a private area, and include a wine tasting and a culinary demonstration.


General Public – $58 x ticket

IACC Members Contact us to obtain 2 x $20 tickets**

**Tickets available on a first come, first served basis. Assigned promo code does not guarantee ticket availability. Discount codes available until November 12.


Foreign Direct Investment in the US at risk

by Canero Immigration Law

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the U.S. over the last 5 years is over $1.6 Trillion and accounts for an average 500,000 new U.S. jobs per year. FDI is 99% from countries whose nationals can presently immigrate within a few years and as a result, we see large investment in US economy by these foreign nationals.

In 2018, new FDI in the US was $296,368,000,000 – 86% is from Canada and Europe. Less than 1% of it came from India and China (0.15% came from India and 0.6% was from China).

H.R. 1044 and S. 386 “Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019” will bar immigration for 99% of FDI nationals. The House passed and the Senate is considering this legislation, which will radically change workforce immigration in this country. S. 386 and H.R. 1044 will effectively bar investment and workforce immigration from all nationalities except India and China for a decade or more, and therefore hamper USA efforts to attract and maintain foreign investment.

By blocking green cards for nationals that presently comprise the majority of U.S. FDI, this legislation will significantly reduce investment in US economy. Should S. 386 pass, nationals from 193 countries will not be able to come to the U.S. or send their employees here to permanently oversee and direct their businesses. Under this regulatory scheme, immigration will not be possible for entrepreneurs, investors and job creators from all over the world for over a decade while the current backlog of Indian and Chinese H-1B workers (primarily in technology services industry) is processed. If S. 386 passes, the nationals that comprise 99% of the FDI in our country will becompletely shut out from immigrating.

IACCSE Tampa Bay Chapter:The Grand Tasting – November 18

The IACCSE starts new projects to promote tourism in Italy

Last year over 14 millions US citizens visited Italy. USA is the second top country in number of visitors to Italy, after Germany.

The Italian Chambers of Commerce network is often in the forefront in the promotion of Italy as a destination.

Our Chamber in Miami has recently confirmed two new partnerships: the first one with Amalfi Coast Convention Bureau (www.altacostiera.com) to promote MICE tourism to iconic destinations such as Ravello, Positano or Sorrento and the second one with Fidenza Village Outlet (https://www.tbvsc.com/fidenza-village/it ) to promote US Luxury Shopping tourism in Parma’s area. The city of Parma has been nominated Italian Capital of Culture for the year 2020.

If you are an American tour operator with a specialist interest on these two destinations, please contact us at info@iacc-miami.com to learn more about these two projects and to participate to our fam trips to Amalfi Coast and Parma planned both for spring 2020.

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