In Alba, three mayors in the kitchen for the creation of the Italian District of Unesco Creative Cities for gastronomy
On 21 October, with the signing of a formal document, the Italian District of Unesco Creative Cities for gastronomy, but it is known that the most important pacts are made at the table. Perhaps this is why the three mayors involved have already got their hands on it. Literally. And it was a party, which could also lead to some interesting contamination in the menus of the restaurants of the three territories.
Last weekend, the first citizens Carlo Bo (Sunrise), Giorgio Gori (Bergamo) and Federico Pizzarotti (Parma) met in the Langhe to seal in the kitchen, in the classrooms of Alba Accademia Alberghiera, the alliance conceived by the three administrations to implement common enhancement and promotion policies between the territories, also aiming at a joint marketing of tourist packages for food lover. And the common work was the (active) participation in a cooking class for the preparation of fresh pasta, then declined in traditional dishes of the three cities. Alba, with the chef’s guide Marta Pavera, manager of the Guidoristorante pasta factory in Serralunga d’Alba, proposed a monument of Piedmont such as the ravioli del plin, in the recipe of the great Lidia and Guido Alciati. The well-known casoncelli, prepared by the chef of the Winter Garden hotel restaurant Luca Forlani, were the proposal of Bergamo, while Parma has seen Enrico Bergonzi of the consortium of restaurateurs Parma Quality Restaurants and chef patron of the Al Vèdel restaurant in Colorno engaged in the preparation of tortelli with herbs. The mayors, following the indications and suggestions of the chefs, tried to prepare the specialties of their colleagues’ territories. And the result was even better than expected.
Creative cities and the next steps
There Unesco Creative Cities Network (over 200 worldwide) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic element for sustainable urban development, and is divided into seven areas corresponding to as many cultural sectors (music, literature, crafts and popular art, design, media arts, gastronomy, cinema). As for the gastronomy, in Italy there are only three cities that can boast this title: Alba with truffles and Langa wines, Bergamo with cheeses from its valleys and Parma with cured meats and its vibrant tradition. Different, complementary products that highlight the great richness and variety of the made in Italy proposals.
After the informal meeting last weekend, the three cities made official the birth of the District on October 21 in Bergamo, the eve of the meeting of the Unesco International Network of Creative Cities, which took place on October 22. “The weekend was an extraordinary event”, said the mayor of Alba Carlo Bo and the city councilor for tourism, Emanuele Bolla, “who presented the gastronomic excellences of the Italian district in the stupendous scenery of the urban vineyard of our city. , extraordinary heritage and container of the biodiversity of our vineyards. The experience of fresh pasta made together with the mayors was a moment of exchange of ideas and an opportunity to consolidate relations between the communities of Alba, Parma and Bergamo ».