TuttoToscana – James Beard Foundation

TuttoToscana Gala Dinner

By Eva Björg Eyjólfsdóttir Last Saturday, the TuttoToscana Gala Dinner was held. Members of the James Beard Foundation attended with other partners of Florence University of the Arts. At the event, we were lucky to welcome presidents and faculty members from schools that collaborate with FUA. The menu of the night represented an exploration of […]

Dinner at the James Beard Foundation

By Eva Björg Eyjólfsdóttir, Jessica Vercota, Mary Ann Camarda, and Delany Goff On Friday, October 26th, all the students involved in the TuttoToscana program had the pleasure to attend one of the James Beard Foundation special events. The theme was Midwest Italian Meets California, and the menu explored a fusion between Italian, Indiana, and Californian […]

TuttoToscana Alumni Dinner 2018

By Delaney Goff, Jessica Vercota and Eva Björg Eyjólfsdóttir Photo by David Andre Weiss The TuttoToscana 2018 Alumni dinner served as a great way to bring together, once again, our FUA family. Our goal for this event was to transform the formal setting of the James Beard House into a friendly family gathering, bringing back […]

“My Dolce Vita”

By Delaney Goff, Jessica Vercota, Eva Björg Eyjólfsdóttir and Mary Ann Camarda The Tutto Toscana team had the pleasure of hosting an Art Event, located on the Upper East Side of NYC. This event was honoring one of our very own FUA family and team members, Andrea Mancini. Andrea is a distinguished illustrator, painter, and […]

2018 TuttoToscana Brigade

Get to know our 2018 TuttoToscana brigade. They are a from different backgrounds, and have come together to share this beautiful TuttoToscana experience. Find out about our Front of the House, Culinary and Baking and Pastry Team that have worked hard to present these events in New York. Culinary Team Ashten Garrett From: Cleveland, Ohio […]

Second Friday Trial at Ganzo

By Special Event Management Class In preparation for the TuttoToscana event week in NYC, FUA students hosted a successful second practice dinner at Ganzo for Florentine guests. The menu of the evening was composed of courses that can be found in both the Alumni dinner and Art Event menu, served at TuttoToscana 2018. The Amuse-bouche […]

TuttoToscana 2018 features My Dolce Vita by Andrea Mancini

By Isabella Orana and Ruby Rappaport Arts and Places: From Renaissance Florence to the Contemporary Metropolis students give us a taste of TuttoToscana’s featured artist in New York City and the concept of the work exhibited.  Andrea Mancini is the featured artist for the TuttoToscana art exhibition that will be hosted by Katie Rosenberg in […]

The Wines of TuttoToscana 2018: Capezzana

By Mary Ann Camarda Photo by Donald Blair  With only 100 square hectares of DOCG productive land in Carmignano, Capezzana is the biggest producer and yet compared to other large wineries around Tuscany, the farm remains quite untouched by time. It is run by Conti Contini Bonacossi family members, and considering that the 7 children of […]

The Wines of TuttoToscana 2018: Fattoria del Teso

By Sarah Cormier, Rachel Eggleston, and Rowan Sanko Photo by Donald Blair Tuscany and its Wines students tell us everything we need to know about Fattoria del Teso winery.  Fattoria del Teso is typical Tuscan winery located on the countryside with 70 hectares of land. The winery contains multiple buildings throughout the property, but its […]

The Wines of TuttoToscana 2018: Azienda Bruni Winery

By Sarah Reid, Joyce Myvett, and Keri O’Neill Photo by Donald Blair Tuscany and its Wines students delve into Azienda Bruni Winery.  Azienda Bruni Winery was founded in 1974 in the Tuscan city of Maremma. The property that the winery sits on was acquired by Leo Bruni and his son Paolo in 1955. At this time, […]

The Wines of TuttoToscana 2018: Azienda La Lastra

By Caroline Horan, Isabella Daguanno, and Jillian Love Photo by Donald Blair  Tuscany and its Wines students teach us about winery La Lastra and its fabulous wines.  La Lastra is a vineyard and farm that specializes in creating red and white wines. Two types that they are notorious for are their DOCG Chianti Colli Senesi […]

I love Andrea Mancini

By Michaela Doonan and Elena DeGeneste Photo by Lisa Proteau  Arts and Places: From Renaissance Florence to the Contemporary Metropolis students let us in on Andrea Mancini’s talent and inspiration.  Local Florentine Andrea Mancini is the featured artist for TuttoTuscana 2018, this year dedicated to the 1960’s. Mancini’s artwork is specific to watercolors, although he […]

First Trial Dinner at Ganzo: Autumn in the 60’s

By Eva Bjorg Eyjolfsdottir and Delaney Goff Photo by authors The theme of Friday night’s Ganzo menu was “La Dolce Vita” which is this year’s theme at Tutto Toscana. The 1960’s were characterized by novelty and experimentation within the food industry. Although experimentation was incorporated into new dishes, traditional dishes still thrived. The menu is […]

What “La Dolce Vita” Means to Me

By Quinn Bauld Artwork by Andrea Mancini Creative writing student Quinn Bauld explores this year’s TuttoToscana theme.  La dolce vita is rather a lifestyle, a glamorous depiction that anyone can be free and live their best life. It means by definition “life of heedless pleasure and luxury.” The theme for this year’s James Beard Foundation […]

Art and Places: From Renaissance Florence to the Contemporary Metropolis

Professor Lucia Giardino By Quinn Bauld, Alana Betancourt, and Bianca Carangelo Photo by Lisa Proteau Students of the Art and Places: from Renaissance Florence to Contemporary Metropolis class had their first encounter with Florentine artist Andrea Mancini to preview his artwork for the upcoming TuttoToscana event in NYC. Art and places are connected in countless ways. Art can […]

4th Annual Alumni Dinner at the James Beard Foundation

By Kerry Callender FUA Alumni Dinner Closes Off TuttoToscana 2017. Traveling from as far away as California, to as close by as downtown Manhattan, FUA alumni reunited with old classmates to share memories, network and celebrate all things Tuscan! The rainy weather did little to dampen the high spirits of former students from various academic […]

TuttoToscana 2017 – James Beard Foundation Gala Dinner

By Kerry Callender The capstone event of the TuttoToscana event week was a success! The big day had finally arrived and the event was sold out! Months of painstaking planning, weeks of trials and tastings, and long days of intense preparation had culminated in the most anticipated event of the TuttoToscana cycle – the gala […]

The TuttoToscana Team Dines at JBF

By Kerry Callender The TuttoToscana brigade shed their chef coats to dine as JBF guests. In a delicious twist on our experiential learning activities, the TuttoToscana team dined as guests at the James Beard House over the course of two evenings. In preparation for our upcoming events at the House, we observed the dining room […]


By Kerry Callender New York City guests journey through Tuscany via art, food and wine. The 2017 TuttoToscana event week got off to a great start with an art aperitivo featuring the work of artist Lorenzo Brini. It is the first time in the program’s 13-year history that an art event has been included in […]

Visit with TuttoToscana’s Wine Sponsors Vias Imports Ltd.

By Yedi Scargall The TuttoToscana wine service team meets Vias Imports Ltd, the wine importer and distributor that will be providing the wine for the week of events in NYC. As the TuttoToscana wine service team, we had the remarkable opportunity to visit the New York City headquarters of Vias Imports Ltd. We were thrilled to meet […]

From the Markets to the Kitchen: TuttoToscana Brigade Begins Production

                  By Yedi Scargall & Kerry Callender As the production begins to create gastronomic masterpieces reflecting Fragments of Tuscany, we continue to introduce the members of the 2017 TuttoToscana brigade. After scouring Greenmarkets and specialty food halls on Sunday and Monday, the TuttoToscana kitchen brigade traveled to […]

From Farm to Table: Discovering New York City’s Green Markets

                By Kerry Callender and Yedi Scargall Our 2017 TuttoToscana brigade members explore New York City’s Farmers Markets for the freshest produce the city has to offer. The first task for the 2017 TuttoToscana brigade after orientation at the James Beard Foundation was to begin sourcing ingredients for […]

Tutto Toscana: Fragments of Tuscany

By Marie Glaser and Veronica Faria Students of the Art and Places: from Renaissance Florence to Contemporary Metropolis class had a final pre-NYC encounter with artist Lorenzo Brini to preview his artwork for the upcoming TuttoToscana aperitivo in NYC. Everything is set for TuttoToscana’s Fragments of Tuscany including Lorenzo Brini’s artwork. Brini is the solo artist being […]

James Beard Foundation Trial Dinners at Ganzo

By Kerry Callender (coordinator), Samantha Lindmeier, Keya Mesthos, Ethan Zuk, and Allyson Frame The TuttoToscana team offered a sneak peek of the food that will be served at the two JBF events in New York City. Last week, the entire TuttoToscana team in Florence collaborated to execute two trial dinners for the upcoming events at the […]