GALAITALIA30imgThursday, February 19, 2015 – The Pierre Hotel, New York City


GALA ITALIA is the most important annual event organized in the United States to promote Italian wine and food. The Gala also highlights top restaurants, food products, fashion, music, the arts and other products of “Made in Italy.” Every year the event greatly benefits from the success of past editions, as well as from several additional features. GALA ITALIA was held for the first time in 1985 and has been held annually ever since. GALA ITALIA is organized by the Italian Wine & Food Institute under the high patronage of the Italian Ambassador in Washington, D.C.


The Wine and Food Tasting will be held from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel, specially arranged and decorated for the event. At the tasting, the most prestigious restaurants will emphasize the role and importance of contemporary Italian cuisine by displaying authentic Italian food and exemplifying its connection with Italian wines. The Grand Ballroom of The Pierre Hotel, the elegant venue of GALA ITALIA 30, will be specially prepared and supplied with all equipment necessary to implement this initiative. The tasting will see the participation of the leading and most prestigious Italian restaurants and over 500 qualified and selected trade members and journalists from across the Atlantic Coast of the USA.

a) – Food Products to be Presented

Restaurants should present their specialty dishes for the duration of the tasting. Please note that the hotel kitchen is not available for use and, due to safety requirements, open flame burners are not allowed. You may use sternos and chafing dishes. For this reason, we suggest preparing cold dishes (finger foods), such as appetizers, desserts, or pre-cooked dishes that only need to be heated up to be served. Participating restaurants are asked to prepare enough food for 500 people.

b) – Certificates of Merit

During the Wine and Food Tasting, restaurants will receive a special “Certificate of Merit” recognizing their participation in the GALA ITALIA 30.

c) – Invitations

The most qualified wine editors, trade representatives and restaurants from across the Northeast of the USA will be invited to the GALA ITALIA 30 based upon a frequently­‐updated mailing list. The Italian Wine & Food Institute will follow up with e­‐mails and letters to invitees, ensuring a high attendance level at the gala. Furthermore, an intensive public relations campaign will be conducted to publicize the event, as well as a series of press releases that will be mailed to wine editors and American press.

d) – Catalog

A special catalog will be printed for the GALA ITALIA 30 listing every restaurant station with the restaurant’s name, station number, telephone, fax number and website. The catalog will also list the featured wineries as well as the participating food producers and/or importers, with their food specialties. Special recognition will be given to the sponsors of the event. The catalog will be distributed to all guests in attendance at the GALA ITALIA 30. Besides being listed in the catalog, the participating restaurants will be featured (at no extra cost) on the website of the Italian Wine & Food Institute in the Exhibitors category and, thanks to the restaurants’ full address indication, website visitors can easily contact the them.

e) – Registration

Only trade representative (importers, wholesalers, retailers, wine buyers from various organizations, restaurateurs and sommeliers), wine & food editors and highly-qualified consumers are invited to the GALA ITALIA 30. All guests must register on our website ( starting December 15, 2014.

f) – Badges

All guests will be given “badges” of different colors for each category (press, trade, restaurants, etc.).

g) Cost of Participation

In order to promote Italian cuisine and Italian restaurants, the participation in the GALA ITALIA 30 for restaurants is free .

To Participate:

  1. You can participate in the GALA ITALIA 30 by filling out an on-­line participation form. To download the form, please click on the box below and follow the instructions:                                                                                                                                                        Electronic participation form                                                                                    for the GALA ITALIA 30
  2. Alternatively, you can participate in the GALA ITALIA 30 by filling out a paper participation form and fax it to the Italian Wine & Food Institute at (212) 867­4114. To download the form, please click on the box below and follow the instructions:                                                                                                                                                           Paper Participation Form                                                                                             of GALA ITALIA 30