Italian cornucopia of food events from Opera


Opera.JPGFollowing on the heels of its successful second mission to India, which included a series of promotional food events in November and culminated in two familiarisation tours in December 2008 and February 2009 to Italy, Opera announces a further series of programmes in May as a part of its third mission to India.

Òpera is a consortium or association of cooperative agricultural enterprises and Italian food-farming within the European Excellence Programme. European Excellence is a promotional campaign funded by the European Union, the Italian state, agricultural cooperatives and companies working in the agro-food sector.
Founded in 2007, it aims to promote, enhance, spread and popularise products from quality food-farming cooperatives in the world. The six main chains of European agro-production include: fresh fruits and vegetables as well as their processed offshoots like conserves, juices, peeled, pulped and ready-to-eat packaged food, dairy products, wine, olive oils, cold cuts and choice meats.
Through a variety of interactive events to take place in Mumbai, the consortium aims to entertain and educate the Indian consumer about their members’ range of top quality products. By showcasing these foods and highlighting ideal pairing combinations, health benefits and recipe suggestions that suit the Indian palate and culinary traditions, the consortium hopes to make an impression on the Indian consumer.
Òpera is organizing workshops, cooking demos, contests, and gala events at the ITC Grand Central Hotel, Mumbai between May 10 and 12, 2009. An Òpera Promotion Week will also be held at various Nature’s Basket outlets across the city between May 11 and 17.
For more details about Òpera’s events, visit or email
Official representatives in India:
Nina Saxena (+91 9811165750) and Seema Chari (+91 9810911245)
M/s Eloquenza, G-204, Yamuna Apts
New Delhi 110019.
Tel +91 11 40523817

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    I would like to highlight a very important aspect of the wine culture in India pertaining to its right way of serving. Almost every day new wines from all over the world are being introduced in India but not much attention is being paid to the right way it should be served. Quite often I have noticed that even at international-class luxury hotels in India, the bartenders are not properly educated about the right way of serving the wine. Many times, we must have noticed that at a party or social do in a class-hotel,the bartender opens the red wine bottle and immediately fills the glass and hands over to the guest for drinking whereas the right procedure is that it should remain exposed to atmosphere upto certin time and only then it should be served for drinking.I have even come across some instances wherein a bartender has opened the red wine bottle,served to the guest and then kept back the bottle after putting its cap on it. Some time,you also must have noticed that a bartender is not properly trained as to which particular type of glass is used for white or red wine.

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