Italian cuisine

Do you like Italian cuisine? Twin Cities nonprofit celebrates ‘father of Italian cuisine’

The event will take place on Sunday at several local restaurants.

MINNEAPOLIS — After more than a year of online-only outreach, a local nonprofit dedicated to supporting small Italian villages is returning to in-person events.

And luckily for Minnesotans, you don’t have to board a plane to participate.

According to the organization itself, Esperienza Italia inspires “the revitalization of rural Italian villages through linguistic, culinary and other immersion programs”.

Before the pandemic, this outreach included trips to Italy. And while they’re not planning an international excursion yet, they’re having a truly Italian event on Sunday August 8th. The event marks the 201st birthday of Pellegrino Artusi, widely considered “the father of Italian cuisine”.

Tom Gabriel of Esperienza Italia spoke with Karla Hult of KARE 11 about the event for KARE 11 News at 4.

Esperienza described how to join the event, which will be held at several local restaurants:

“Twin Cities restaurants, Woodfire at Eastside and Harriet Brasserie, will be hosting special dinners that day using Artusi recipes. Plus, Sebastian Joes, Everett & Charlie and other local businesses are planning to join in the fun.”

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For the occasion, Esperienza works with Casa Artusi, a renowned cooking school in Forlimpopolo, Italy, dedicated to the philosophies and recipes of Artusi. In coordination with Casa Artusi, participating restaurants will create a unique menu highlighting some favorite Italian dishes.

Each chef will create their own version, but the recipes will all come from Artusi’s famous cookbook, “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene” (“The science of cooking and the art of eating well”) . Full menus will be posted online at Woodfire at Eastside and Harriet Brasserie.

Guests can purchase tickets via the Esperienza event page:

There is also a fabulous opportunity to learn Italian cooking with Cooks of Crocus Hill on Friday August 6th. For more information on this, go to: