Chef Casey in Italy for Terra Madre

Chef Casey Halpern will be going to Turin, Italy for Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto that will be held October 25 to 29, 2012.  Terra Madre is a gathering of producers, educators, chefs and food enthusiasts from 153 countries and an opportunity for these delegates to share and learn and be inspired hosted by Slow Food International an organization “supporting good, clean, and fair food.”

Here are some of the highlights of this year’s event:

  • Over 100 Taste Workshops and Meet the Maker events where you will be guided through tastings by international experts
  • Theatres of Taste where chefs will prepare their signature dishes for the audience to sample
  • Dinner Dates with renowned chefs from around the world
  • An Enoteca space with over 1,200 wine labels

Chef Casey was one of the 5 Hawaii delegates invited to the event.  He has been the Executive Chef at Cafe Pesto in Hilo for the last 11 years.  Casey was born on O’ahu 35 years ago and has lived on Big Island since he was just a kid. He is an active participant as a guest teacher and mentor for middle school children all over Hilo.

Just like the theme of the Slow Food movement Chef Casey supports local producers and features their products on his menus, for example this special “Big Island Bistro Steak Salad” of Kulana beef tenderloin sliced and served over Kekela spinach, Hester new potatoes, Ahualoa goat cheese, Kawamoto tomatoes, and bacon bits with a truffle wasabi dressing.



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