TuttoToscana – James Beard Foundation

The Wines of TuttoToscana 2017 – Part II

By Yedi Scargall Following up on our last blog post here is part II of the wines that will be showcased in the week-long TuttoToscana event in NYC. The final moments in Florence are being concluded before jetting off to NYC for a week of TuttoToscana events and presenting a magnificent selection of wine pairings featuring […]


The Wines of TuttoToscana 2017 – Part I

By Kerry Callender The week-long TuttoToscana event in NYC will showcase wines from five different producers that were all introduced in our last blog post. In this post we look at each individual wine and what it will be paired with. Building on this year’s theme – Fragments of Tuscany – dishes on the various event […]


Tuscan Wines for TuttoToscana Event in NYC

By the TuttoToscana Team Introducing the selection of Tuscan wine producers which will be served at the TuttoToscana week-long event in NYC. Vias Imports Ltd. will be providing Tuscan wines for the event. For the first time, TuttoToscana has collaborated with the New York wine distributor Vias Imports Ltd. for the 2017 Fragments of Tuscany […]


Interview with Artist Lorenzo Brini

By Hannah Atkinson, Edoardo Curi, Marie Glaser, Haylee Hickey, Katherine McCarthy, Veronica Pimentel Faria Photos by Hailey Hickey In preparation for the TuttoToscana week in NYC, which includes for the first time an art event, FUA students of the course of Art and Places: from Renaissance Florence to Contemporary Metropolis, met with artist Lorenzo Brini. He will […]


First Friday Trial at Ganzo: Art Event

By Special Event Management Class In preparation for the TuttoToscana event week in NYC FUA students hosted a successful practice dinner at Ganzo for Florentine guests. Amidst the rapid preparation for the TuttoToscana event week in New York City, multiple classes at FUA came together in order to host a practice dinner in Florence on […]


TuttoToscana on Art & Place

By Katherine McCarthy 2017 marks the first TuttoToscana edition featuring an art event in the NYC lineup. Our team welcomes a new collaboration with the FUA Art & Places course that is currently curating the event here in Florence in preparation for NYC. Art and places are often connected because the environment in which an […]


Fragments of Italy in New York City

By Emma Olson Photo by Ana Karina Liberata On the evening of October 28th, in the middle of New York City, many lucky guests will be embarking on a cultural experience of Tuscan cuisine. The venue is the renowned James Beard Foundation which has been a center for all things related to the culinary arts […]


This Year’s Main Event: The Medici Table

By Brenna Boone The final dinner at the James Beard Foundation is always an exciting day for the students participating in TuttoToscana. This is the night all of their hard work for the entire week pays off. The culinary and pastry students put in days worth of hard work, concentration and preparation to carry out […]


Turning the Tables: Brigade Dines at JBF

By Gabriella Torcise Last night the students of FUA were able to dine as guests at the James Beard House with the impressive chefs Jeremy Hansen, Tyler Shales, and Lynette Pflueger. The theme was Washington State of Mind. The goal was for us to experience how service runs from the perspective of guests, so what […]


TuttoToscana Brigade Profiles: Baking and Pastry Part 3

By Brenna Boone, Samantha Lucenti and Gabriella Torcise Get to know the 2016 TuttoToscana brigade! This is part 3 of our Baking and Pastry students.   Robin Halford – England Robin is a member of our pastry team. She is half Dutch and half English, but grew up in Greece, but now lives in Italy. She […]


Olive Oil Sponsor: Pruneti

By Brenna Boone Pruneti has been one of our food sponsors for TuttoToscana for the past two years. We get the privilege of using a few different types of their olive oils to enhance our dishes, and showcase some of the traditions of Tuscan cuisine. There are three types that we are using for our […]


TuttoToscana Brigade Profiles: Culinary Arts Part 2

By Brenna Boone, Samantha Lucenti and Gabriella Torcise Get to know the 2016 TuttoToscana brigade! This is part 2 of our Culinary Arts students.   Palak Desai – India Palak is from India and has studied Culinary Arts at FUA since Fall 2015. She has been interested in culinary since she was 11 cooking with her grandmother. […]


TuttoToscana Brigade Profiles: Baking and Pastry Part 2

By Brenna Boone, Samantha Lucenti and Gabriella Torcise Get to know the 2016 TuttoToscana brigade! This is part 2 of our Baking and Pastry students. Angela (Angie) Brooke Jonason – USA Angie Jonason is one of our talented pastry students who is on the 2016 TuttoToscana team. Angie is from Portland, Oregon. Her research in study […]


TuttoToscana Brigade Profiles: Culinary Arts Part 1

By Brenna Boone, Samantha Lucenti and Gabriella Torcise Get to know the 2016 TuttoToscana brigade! This is part 1 of our Culinary Arts students. Matthew Kollmeier – USA Matthew Kollmeier is part of our culinary team for TuttoToscana. Matthew is from East Northport, New York. Through Suffolk County Community College Matthew was connected with FUA. As a […]


Wine Sponsor: Olianas

By Samantha Lucenti Olianas is another sponsored wine to be featured at our final dinner at the James Beard Foundation on October 29th. Starting at the beginning of the century in the heart of Sarcidano, Olianas was created by Stefano Casadei, Artemio Olianas, and Simone Mugnaini. Sharing a common philosophy of producing quality wines based on respecting the […]


Menu Close-up: 2016 JBF Dinner – The Medici Table

By Samantha Lucenti With this year being FUA’s 12th consecutive year being invited to the James Beard Foundation, the menu was decided to be a tribute to the Medici family. The Medici’s dynasty dominated the Italian and European political scene from the 15th to 18th centuries. The Medici family contributed to the cultural and artistic […]


Wine Sponsor: Castello Del Trebbio

By Gabriella Torcise A look at another one of our wine sponsors for Saturday’s JBF dinner. Castello Del Trebbio was created in 1184 by the famous Pazzi family of Florence. Their history is deeply rooted in Florentine culture, with a huge conspiracy looming over the family. In 1478 the Pazzi family did not like the […]


TuttoToscana Brigade Profiles: Baking and Pastry Part 1

By Brenna Boone, Samantha Lucenti and Gabriella Torcise Get to know the 2016 TuttoToscana brigade! We start with part 1 of our Baking and Pastry students. Auðbjörg Jörundsdóttir – Iceland Auðbjörg Jörundsdóttir was born and raised in Iceland. She grew up on a farm where her family raises horses, and her mother owns her own […]


100% Family Owned: A Look at our Tour of Macari Vineyards

By Gabriella Torcise Fall is in full swing at the Macari Vineyards. We arrived to a beautifully colored backdrop of yellow, orange and red vines and a warm and welcoming family. The Macari family is passionate, devoted and excited about their wines, and they have all the reasons to be. The tour they took us […]


Wine Sponsor: Capezzana

By Brenna Boone Capezzana vineyard is one of the wine sponsors that have donated wine to be featured at our final dinner at the James Beard Foundation on October 29th. The history of the grapes at the Capezzana vineyard date back to over 3000 years ago in the pre-Roman era. The vineyard was named in […]


2016 TuttoToscana Queens College Lunch

By Samantha Lucenti The culinary and pastry brigade of FUA began their prepping at Queens College on Monday with the anticipation of a lunch service for the faculty of the host university. The theme of this menu was to bring awareness of the earthquake that struck Italy mid August this past summer. Each dish was […]


3rd Annual FUA Alumni Gala Dinner

By Brenna Boone TuttoToscana classically began with our Alumni event at the James Beard House. This is an event where FUA alumni can come and reconnect with each other while enjoying a five-course family-style meal made and served by our FUA TuttoToscana brigade. The gala dinner is hosted in memory of Cody Durbin, a TuttoToscana […]


Queens College Recipe Closeup

By Gabriella Torcise The lunch event FUA is putting on at Queens College is dedicated to the support of the August 23rd, 2016 earthquake that happened in central Italy. The area most affected were small towns, like that of Amatrice, Accumoli, and Arquata del Tronto. The dishes that have been chosen are all celebrating and […]


TuttoToscana Wine Sponsor: Macari Vineyards

By Gabriella Torcise The Macari Winery was born out of the American Dream. When Cesideo Macari, who goes by Joe, came over from southern Tuscany, he wanted to keep to his roots. He started making his own wines in his garage using whatever he could get his hands on. If they could afford it, they […]