Minister of Business and Made in Italy Adolfo Urso together with Lino Enrico Stoppani, President of FIPE-Confcommercio, for the opening of the first Catering Day
A first time of great importance: social, cultural, and even political. The 28th of April 2023 will be remembered by many as the first Catering Day for the Culture of Italian Hospitality, the initiative conceived by FIPE-Confcommercio, with the patronage of the Ministry of Business and Made in Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty and Forestry and the Ministry of Tourism.
In addition, this event was awarded with the Medal of the President of the Republic for its social and cultural value. Through activities spread throughout the country, more than 5,000 public businesses, including restaurants, trattorie, osterie and pizzerias, were involved. And 500 Italian restaurants abroad took part too.
‘Celebrating the Catering Day at the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy means valorising the work of an entire supply chain not only in terms of products, but also of the culture, style, and history that make our country unique,’ said the host, Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy Adolfo Urso. ‘Italian creativity is the engine of our economic strength and catering, as a supply chain of values, is one of the pillars of Made in Italy. I hope that this Ministry will be able to welcome the ceremony for the recognition of Italian cuisine as a UNESCO heritage site.’
Minister Adolfo Urso
Finally, the Minister of Tourism Daniela Santanchè also sent her video-message endorsing the initiative: ‘I wish the industry represented by FIPE all the best, because restaurants and restaurateurs are the ambassadors of Made in Italy in the world. I’d like to thank them for their great work.’
Paolo Marchi, right, with chef Alessandro Gilmozzi, President of the Italian Association of Ambassadors of Taste
The support of many associations to this initiative well-represents this unity of intent: Associazione Italiana Ambasciatori del Gusto, Associazione Professionale Cuochi Italiani (APCI), Charming Italian Chef (CHIC), Federazione Italiana Cuochi (FIC), Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe (JRE), Slow Food Italia, Unione Ristoranti Buon Ricordo, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, Euro-Toques Italia, Le Soste, Italia a Tavola and Identità Golose.
Davide Rampello with Alessandro Gilmozzi, at the signing of the Manifesto of Italian Catering
'I am very satisfied with the results we have achieved today,' Rampello told Identità Golose, 'both because many association signed the Manifesto, and and because of the concrete interest shown by three ministers of our government. But now it’s up to us: we have the guidelines, we have the political will, now we need concrete actions. We must not wait until next year: the second Catering Day will be a success if in the next 365 days, we are able to implement the intentions declared today.’
Chef Heinz Beck also participated in the initiative at the Ministry
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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