Miami Dade College Host World’s Fair Expo Milano 2015 Pre-Launch Conference with Celebrity Chefs, Dignitaries

Miami  – Some of the world’s most beloved celebrity chefs – including Lidia Bastianich, who will receive the Food for Life Award – as well as restaurateurs, dignitaries, authors, and food experts will come together under one roof for America and the Old World: Food, Health and Culture, the official pre-launch conference in celebration of the World’s Fair, Expo Milano 2015.

The conference, the only one of its kind in the U.S., will take place Thursday, March 12, at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus and historic Freedom Tower, both located in downtown Miami. Open to the working media.

In the spirit of this year’s Expo theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” MDC will host a day-long forum to explore America’s relationship with the Old World and how its diverse cultural heritage defines its identity through food, as well discussions on sustainability and how new trends have impacted the health, nutrition and tastes.

Guest speakers will include Lidia Bastianich, celebrity chef, television host, author, and restaurateur; Scott Conant, celebrity chef, restaurateur and author; Giorgio Rapicavoli, chef and restaurant owner; Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center; Mitchell Davis, executive vice president of the James Beard Foundation; Mike Piazza, 12-time All-Star Major League baseball player, author of Long Shot and MDC alum; Richard Ingraham, CEO of Chef RLI and private chef to Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade; Maricel Presilla, chef, culinary historian and author of Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America; Tony May, renowned Italian restaurateur and author of Italian Cuisine: Basic Cooking Techniques; Piero Galli, director of Expo Milano 2015; Paolo Cuccia, president/CEO of the Gambero Rosso Foundation; and Philip T. Reeker, U.S. Consul General in Milan.

Expo Milano 2015 will take place May 1 – Oct. 31 in Milan, Italy, offering a plethora of events and exhibitions around the theme “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life.” Expo Milan 2015 is a non-commercial Universal Exposition with some very unique and innovative features. The Expo will host more than 130 countries, including the USA Pavilion themed “American Food 2.0.” Running for 184 days, this giant exhibition site, covering one million square meters, is expected to welcome more than 20 million visitors. To learn more, visit www.expo2015.org .

WHAT:     America and the Old World: Food, Health and Culture

WHEN:    Thursday, March 12, starting at 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Freedom Tower and Wolfson Campus at Miami Dade College ,  300 & 600 Biscayne Blvd.

www.mdc.edu/feedingtheplanet .

 

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