Chicago Celebrates Alto Adige, Italy This November

Isola Imports, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce in Alto Adige, Italy, will present a month of demonstrations, tasting and special events throughout the city of Chicago and suburbs during the month of November.

In an effort to raise awareness of the regional specialties imported to Chicago by Isola Imports, local high-end grocers and food stores will offer complimentary tasting and demonstrations to the public. Schedule of free public tastings and demonstrations is below.  

Alto Adige is located in the Italian Alps between Verona and Innsbruck and is one of the most innovative regions in Italy. The Alpine and Mediterranean diversity manifested in Alto Adige’s cuisine leaves little to be desired. Traditional Alpine fare such appear on menus alongside Italian classics like pizza and pasta. 

Speck dell’Alto Adige is one of the best-known foods from the region; it is pork preserved through gentle smoking, followed by the crunchy Schüttelbrot, so-called because it is shaken flat. Other specialties of the region include the tasty Stelvio and Dolomiten König cheeses. Stelvio is a cow’s milk cheese from the Stelvio Valley in Alto Adige that has been made in the region for hundreds of years, while Dolomiten König is is a noble, soft-textured cheese characterized by full flavor and unmistakable holey texture; it is aged for two months.

All three specialties, among others, will be a part of the upcoming demonstrations and for sale at local high end groceries.

SCHEDULE:  Demonstrations and Tasting Schedule:

Friday Nov. 5, 2010  11a.m. to 3p.m.
Bari Foods ~ Grand Avenue, Chicago
Valli ~ Glendale Heights
Valli ~ Arlington Heights
Valli ~ Hoffman Estates
 
Saturday Nov. 6, 2010  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bari Foods ~ Grand Avenue, Chicago
Fox & Obel ~ E. Illinois St., Chicago
Sunset Foods ~ Lake Forest
Valli ~ Glendale Heights
Valli ~ Arlington Heights
Valli ~ Hoffman Estates
 
Saturday Nov. 6, 2010  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Binny’s ~ Grand Avenue
Binny’s ~ South Loop
Binny’s ~ Marcey Street
 
Sunday Nov. 7, 2010  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fox & Obel ~ E. Illinois St., Chicago
Sunset Foods ~ Lake Forest
Friday Nov. 12, 2010  11a.m. to 3p.m.
Bari Foods ~ Grand Avenue, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Broadway, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Clybourn, Chicago
 
Saturday Nov. 13, 2010 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bari Foods ~ Grand Avenue, Chicago
Fox & Obel ~ E. Illinois St., Chicago
Sunset Foods ~ Highland Park
 
Saturday Nov. 13, 2010  3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Schaffer’s ~ Skokie
 
Saturday Nov. 13, 2010  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Binny’s ~ South Loop
 
Sunday Nov. 14, 2010  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fox & Obel ~ E. Illinois St., Chicago
Sunset Foods ~ Highland Park
Treasure Island ~ Wells, Chicago
Friday Nov. 19, 2010  11a.m. to 3p.m.
Bari Foods ~ Grand Avenue, Chicago
Valli ~ Glendale Heights
Valli ~ Arlington Heights
Valli ~ Hoffman Estates
 
Saturday Nov. 20, 2010 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bari Foods ~ Grand Avenue, Chicago
Fox & Obel ~ E. Illinois St., Chicago
Sunset Foods ~ Northbrook
Sunset Foods ~ Libertyville
Treasure Island ~ Broadway, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Hyde Park, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Clybourn, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Wells, Chicago
Valli ~ Glendale Heights
Valli ~ Arlington Heights
Valli ~ Hoffman Estates
 
Saturday Nov. 20, 2010  4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Binny’s ~ Grand Avenue
Binny’s ~ South Loop
Binny’s ~ Marcey Street
 
Sunday Nov. 21, 2010  11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fox & Obel ~ E. Illinois St., Chicago
Sunset Foods ~ Northbrook
Sunset Foods ~ Libertyville
Treasure Island ~ Broadway, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Hyde Park, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Clybourn, Chicago
Treasure Island ~ Wells, Chicago

 

About Isola Imports

Isola is a family business with deep roots in the imported food business, Isolas has been in the wholesale food business for over a decade. The founding family is committed to bringing customers the finest of food products from artisanal producers who are as passionate as Isola is about what they do.

Isola’s vast range of products and gifts are hand-picked by Giovanni and are of only the finest quality. Giovanni came to the States over 50 years ago from his home in Puglia (in the heel of the boot) and opened a small store in Chicago’s West Side Italian enclave. The business has grown over the years to include a growing import distribution business serving some of the nation’s finest stores and restaurants and also this website. While his business grew so did his family and he is blessed to have three of his kids, each of whom shares his enthusiasm for fine food, working with him in the business.

Isola offers over 400 products and gifts on their website, www.isolaimports.com. They spend many weeks a year in Italy and are fanatical about finding new and unique products to bring to the consumer. Isola sources from only the producers that offer authentic products produced using traditional production techniques.

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