Italy’s Top Culinary Leaders Join U.S. Chefs for Third Annual Identitá Chicago
Identitá Golose, one of the most prestigious international culinary organizations highlighting the best of contemporary cuisine, returns to the U.S. for the third annual Identitá Chicago from October 1—2. Eataly Chicago will host the two-day long event, featuring some of Italy’s most revered chefs along with esteemed American chefs, all from prominent Michelin-starred restaurants.
For its third year in the Windy City, Identitá Chicago begins on October 1 with two chef master classes moderated by CBS 2 Chicago Reporter, Vince Gerasole, and features award-winning chefs from Italy and the U.S. The first class highlights Carlo Cracco of Cracco in Milan and Michael Tusk of Quince in San Francisco; the second class features Giancarlo Perbellini of Casa Perbellini in Verona and Iliana Regan of Elizabeth in Chicago. The chefs are tasked to create a dish that best represents the theme of “Don’t Waste the Planet.” The two educational and interactive seminars take place inside La Scuola on the second floor of Eataly, featuring discussions about sustainability and today’s global culinary fight against food waste. Guests will sample each of the chefs’ dishes paired with Italian wines. Tickets are priced at $75 per person.
On October 2, Identitá Chicago hosts a luncheon that brings together Cracco, Tusk, Perbellini, and Eataly Chicago’s Executive Chef Rob Wing to deliver an exclusive four-course menu. Beloved chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich leads the luncheon in Eataly’s private event space, Il Salone, offering a fun, communal dining experience showcasing progressive Italian dishes and wine pairings. The luncheon is $150 per person. Guests may reserve their spots on the Eataly Chicago website.
Identitá Chicago Schedule
Saturday, October 1
12:30—2 p.m.: Master Class: Don’t Waste the Planet—Carlo Cracco (Cracco—Milan); Michael Tusk (Quince/Cotogna—San Francisco)
6:30-8 p.m.: Master Class: Don’t Waste the Planet; Giancarlo Perbellini (Casa Perbellini—Verona); Iliana Regan (Elizabeth—Chicago)
1—4 p.m.: Lunch at Il Salone; Antipasto—Carlo Cracco; Primo—Michael Tusk; Secondo—Giancarlo Perbellini; Dolce—Rob Wing (Eataly Chicago)
Identitá Golose also presents Identitá New York, taking place at Eataly New York from October 4—6. Participating chefs include Franco Pepe, Lidia Bastianich, Massimo Bottura, Alex Atala, Niko Romito, Matthew Kenney, and Fortunato Nicotra. 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, Birra Moretti, Mirafiore Fontanafredda, Monograno Felicetti, and Berlucci, Official Franciacorta Sparking Wine of Identitá New York and Chicago.