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Where Traditions Meet — Tea and Tuscany

Tealicious for the sense

The traditions of drinking natural infusions cross centuries, oceans and cultures, with each culture offering new combinations to local ingredients as they travel, taking advantage of different gastronomic expressions.

Originally from Cordoba, Argentina, Marcela Viviana Esteban — creator of Tealicious in 2009 — is one who has combined travel and infusions.


Amatriciana Day 2017

A year on, solidarity for Amatrice (central Italy) continues to gain momentum. Twelve months from the first 'Amatriciana Day', the charity evening organised in Florence on the terrace of Forte Belvedere to raise funds for the people affected by the earthquake that has devastated central Italy, returns to Florence on September 7. The event, organised by members of the World Gourmet Society in Tuscany, brings some of the most renowned chefs in Florence and Tuscany together once again.

Tuscany welcomes a new Local Group for Gourmands

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The newest WGS Local Gourmet Group is starting in Italy. Focusing on everything which is culinary Tuscany.

Up and coming chefs in Tuscany will be given the opportunity to present their latest experimental dishes to a group of gourmands interested in supporting culinary excellence.

WGS Toastmasters starts in Florence

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World Gourmet Society offers enthusiasts of food lovers and food professionals another opportunity to network and learn new skills. A new WGS club is forming in Florence, providing members the opportunity to build necessary communication and leadership skills as well as a strong industry network.

Open exclusively to members of the WGS, this new educational opportunity offers a very effective MasterMind alliance, where members will be learning together, reach common goals, become better communicators, and strong leaders.

Portrait Dominique Dresel - IGEHO

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1. Tesi: Dear Dominique, you are the show director of the culinary trade show IGEHO in Basel / Switzerland. Can you tell me more about your daily business and what it means to run a trade show?

Dominique: My work days vary quite greatly – every day is different and lots of things happen spontaneously throughout the week. But of course this is what I enjoy about my job. Directing the culinary trade show Igeho gives me a lot of opportunities to connect with different people from various sectors. Working with our customers and trying to fulfil their every wish, setting up profitable co-creations with our partners and leading my team belong to my main daily activities. I am proud to be able to run such a meaningful a trade show and am very thankful for my team supporting me and the exhibition with all their know-how.

Portrait Elisabetta Rogai


Have you ever thought it possible paintings could grow old? We would like to introduce you Tuscan's artist Elisabetta Rogai, the inventor of 'EnoArt', a painting technique which uses wine instead of more traditional colour pigments, allowing paintings to literally age over time. The EnoArt project started in the autumn of 2010 in Florence, Italy, when Italian painter, Elisabetta, randomly discovered a way she could paint using red wine to create her beautiful work.

Portrait Eva Sinosini

Eva Sinosini

Today, it is easy to meet her at food and wine festivals in Florence and around the world, often invited as a food and wine writer, or as a judge or facilitator in cooking shows. Yet Eva Sinosini, co-founder of the brand 'Excellent Gusto' is also often found delivering speeches at universities, educating students of the intricacies of food and wine branding, and the internationalisation of the 'Made in Italy' culinary movement.
After graduating in Economics and Management of Food and Wine Tourism in Florence, Eva earned her MBA at the University of Sydney Business School and began working in marketing for multinationals such as General Electric and Novartis.

Portrait Michela Botasso

Michela Bottasso

French? Nah. From crêpes to orange duck, to onion soup, some of the dishes traditionally believed to originate in France, actually originate in Italy, and more precisely, in Tuscany. Chef Michela Bottasso – at the Tenuta di Artimino in Carmignano – has studied the history of these dishes. Piedmontese by origin, Michela has been working for years at the 'Biagio Pignatta', a restaurant in a former hunting reserve of the Medici dynasty. And Michela has been enthusiastic about the cuisine of the Grand Duke of Tuscany since 2007.

Portrait Sandy Swanton

Photographer and writer, traveller and lover of good food: that's the Australian blogger Sandy Swanton. Specializing in Graphic Design in Sydney, Sandy has spent more than 25 years developing a strong portfolio career in visual and written communications in eastern Australia and western Canada, working successfully across the private, non-profit and government sectors, winning international awards in the last two sectors for her part in successful teams delivering top results in Canada and Australia.

Portrait Filippo Saporito

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Every night Chef Filippo Saporito – the latest Michelin star to appear in the sky above Florence – sees plenty of stars, simply by looking at the heavens above Florence.
The spectacular Terrazza Bardini – home of the first 'Legend of the Friars' – became his two years ago when he moved to the ancient city from Chianti.
That he now finds one more printed on his uniform after the French guide rewarded his style of cooking, mastery of raw material, elegant but never stuffy atmosphere and attentive care of the dining area, is a true delight to him.

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