Oregon arrives in Milan Italy bringing the fresh culinary flavors of Oregon to a global audience thanks to a partnership between the Oregon Tourism Commission and Brand USA. From Oct. 2 to 22 Oregon will take over Food Truck Nation at the USA Pavilion at Milano Expo.
Oregon is home to pristine water and rich volcanic soils that make up some of the best agricultural land in the world, which gives the state the ability to produce some of the tastiest crops in the country while attracting some of the most talented chefs, brewers and winemakers in the business. Because of this, Oregon was invited to share a taste of its culinary splendor at the USA Pavilion during Expo Milano 2015, at the James Beard American Restaurant, and with attendees of a VIP dinner hosted by the U.S. Consul General, Milan, Ambassador Philip T. Reeker.
From Oct. 2 to 22 Oregon will take over Food Truck Nation at the USA Pavilion at Milano Expo, with Oregon branding and custom menus including: a Northwest Sockeye Sandwich, an Oregon Trail Burger and Chocolate Hazelnut Cupcakes. Oregon wines, Willakenzie Pinot Gris and Soter Planet Pinot Noir, will also be featured at Food Truck Nation and at the Roof Top Terrace & Cafe on the Expo grounds, thanks to a sponsorship by the Oregon Wine Board.
Food Truck Nation, a popular venue that is open to all festival goers, serves regional American street food with a nod toward wholesomeness and sustainability. Approximately 5,000 people visit Food Truck Nation daily during the Expo.
Oregon’s presence in Italy will be highlighted by a special Oregon-themed dinner served at the residence of the U.S. Consulate in Milan. The dinner will be prepared by Gregory Gourdet of Departure Restaurant and Lounge. This VIP dinner will feature an Oregon-inspired menu prepared with an Asian flare. Award-winning wines from Ponzi and Witness Tree Vineyards will complement the dinner. Visit USA members, trade professionals, Delta Airlines representatives and media will attend the Consulate dinner.
Travel Oregon’s three-week international presence in Italy will be topped off at the James Beard American Restaurant with the Oregon Ambassador Chef, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, preparing dinners on Oct. 23 and 24. The James Beard American Restaurant at Seven Stars Galleria showcases regional flavors, American traditions, modern gastronomy, sustainable practices, and the evolution of American cuisine. Chef Cathy Whims of Nostrana represented Oregon here in June.