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The Italian Wine & Food Institute is a non-profit organization based out of New York City that was founded in 1983. The Institute strives to educate American consumers about the high quality of Italian wines, food products, and gastronomy by organizing educational and promotional events and public relations activities.
The promotional campaigns of the Institute consist of a series of initiatives directed at the professional media, those involved with every level of distribution, as well as influential leaders and qualified American consumers.
The Institute organizes seminars and tastings, which provide detailed information about Italian gastronomy and wines. The institute distributes up-to-date information through press interviews for American radio and television and extensive public relations programs. The Italian Wine and Food Institute participates in important local promotional initiatives and events while also maintaining contact with the American and Italian authorities in this industry. The Institute conducts market research and surveys which are published a bimonthly newsletter, "Notiziario" about the American market.
Since 1985, the Institute has organized and presented the annual Gala Italia Dinner & Awards Presentation, which has consistently been the most elegant and prestigious promotional event for the Italian wine, gastronomy, fashion, music, and the arts in the United States.
In addition to all of these accomplishments, the Institute has published a book on Italian cuisine and booklets on Italian wines and food products, namely "Discovering Italian Wines" and "Gala Italia", with the intention of providing first-hand information to American consumers.
The Institute publishes detailed information about its various initiatives on its website. The President of the Institute, Dr. Lucio Caputo, has been active in the promotion of Italian wines and gastronomy for over twenty years. Dr. Caputo began his involvement as the Italian Trade Commissioner and went on to be the President of the Italian Wine & Food Institute. He is also a heads the European Wine Council, the International Trade Center, the Italian Representative Group (G.E.I), The American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit, and he is the US representative of the Verona Fair Authority. The Italian Wine and Food Institute recently joined the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West to organize the second edition of the International Organic Wine Expo held in New York in May under the Patronage of the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy in New York.