Italian Trade Commission "foodie"awards

June 24, New York

The ITC/ Italian Trade Commission in New York announced today their
selection of the 2010 awards for
excellence in the Italian food services category, from the office of the U.S. trade director for Italy, Commissioner Aniello Musella,
with Francesco Maria Talo, Consul General of Italy presiding, and with
U.S. noted journalist and author, Fred Plotkin, presenting. The program
coincides with Italy’s participation
at the International Fancy Food Show/ NASFT in New York starting
Sunday, June 27-thru-Tuesday, June 29. Over 400 Italian producers
of specialty food products will be exhibiting.

This year’s awards have been
given in a variety of sectors, to those individuals who have won
recognition as journalists, educators, government officials, members in the import-export
category and retail trade. Over 100
Certificates of Distinquished Service were handed out in this category.
23 Gold Award Certificates were given to veteran food services providers, and 43 Platinum Award Certificates were presented to those nominated as “successful entrpreneurs” in the U.S. of marketers and promoters of Italian food products. 13 Hall of Fame honorees were included as well as 15 in the Posthumous Hall of Fame
section. In addition 13 were given
special recognition. These included Giorgio Deluca, founder of Dean & DeLuca, Angelo M. Dominioni,past
President & CEO of Bel Paese Sales Co., Mario Foah, CEO, Ramsey Imports, and past president of the NASFT, Marcella Hazan, author of The Classic Italian Book and Classic Italian Cooking, Alfred Lepor, CEO, Ferrara Imports, John J.Profaci, Jr., President & CEO, Colavita U.S.A., Lucian Todaro, President & CEO, Bel Canto Foods and Fred Plotkin, best-selling arts author, biographer, and NPR and BBC on-air commentator. The names of all the winners to this year’s awards program will be published in the
July/ August issue of Specialty Foods Magazine and in the June 24th and June 27th issues of America OGGI , the national Italian daily.

The Italian Trade Commission
supports the development and promotion of foreign trade between Italy and more than 88 countries
where it is represented. It has 17 offices in Italy and a network of 117 offices world-wide, and with six in the U.S.

For more info contact ITC’s New York office at 212-980-1550 or

Michael Zufolo reporting

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



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