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Jul 2, 2012
@ 4:09 pm

A distinguished group of international celebrities, along with New York City’s food and wine community, have joined together to raise funds to help Italy’s Emilia Romagna region rebuild after the May 20th earthquake.

A Night to Rebuild Emilia Romagna will take place October 23, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Parlor, an exclusive private club in the city’s West Village neighborhood. With the support of such luminaries as Joan Allen and Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti, as well as revered chefs Anthony Bourdain, Michael White, Mark Ladner, Katherine Thompson, Gabe Thompson, Joe Campanale, mixologists Cristina Bini from Casa Lever, Dev Johnson and Damiano Coren from Employees Only and Macao Trading Co., Caterina Medici from Don Antonio by Starita, the evening will include extensive wine and food tastings, live music from Ari Why, and a silent auction—all to celebrate this historic region that has given the world some of its most treasured foods and wines.

 The evening showcases FOOD TASTINGS from Barrio, Don Antonio by Starita, Gradisca, L’Artusi, Osteria Morini, Osteria Il Paiolo, Agriform, Prosciutto Principe, Gourmet Cooking & Living; SIGNATURE COCKTAILS from Casa Lever, Don Antonio by Starita, Employees Only, and Macao Trading Co.; WINES from Consorzio Vino Chianti, Damilano, Tenuta Pederzana, Valdora, Vignaal; COFFEE by Fonte’ Coffee Roaster

This event is made possible thanks to special VIP guest Anthony Bourdain, author of “Get Jiro!” and host of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations;” Michael White of restaurants Ai Fiori, Marea, Nicoletta and Osteria Morini; Mark Ladner of Del Posto restaurant; the Italian Trade Commission, and media partners La Cucina Italiana Magazine and i-Italy.

The chefs involved with the event have personal ties to Emilia-Romagna: Michael White spent many years there, working in local kitchens; Bourdain filmed an episode of his award-winning show “Anthony Bourdain; No Reservations” there; and Ladner has long been influenced by its culinary traditions. All are inspired by these personal experiences in joining this special event. Luxury brands tied to Italy, including Bvlgari and Giuseppe Zanotti, along with special items selected by celebrities such as Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, will contribute to the auction.

Proceeds will go to VolontariaMO.

Emilia Romagna:

On May 20, 2012, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck this region in northern Italy, killing seven people and causing extensive destruction. Aftershocks and tremors raised the death toll to 29 and nearly 15,000 residents are homeless and living in tents. More than 3,500 companies were affected. The region is one of the world’s top manufacturing clusters, and damages from the earthquake are estimated to cost upwards of $4 billion as the region begins to recover.

Emilia Romagna is a major center for food production. It is the region that has given us Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, the beloved Prosciutto di Parma ham, and traditional balsamic vinegar. Emilia Romagna is also a renowned cultural and tourist center, and is home to numerous prominent cities, including Bologna, Modena, Parma and Ferrara. It is the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi, and the Ferrari car company is headquartered there.

Check out Emilia Romagna’s website