Salone del Gusto 2010: dispatch from Turin

This just in from David and Katie Pitre (below), owners of Tecolote Farm and 2010 Texas delegates to the Salone del Gusto in Turin.

First photo from a dinner with the farmers cooperative group from
Cuneo, Piedmont last night…

And the second photo of Alice Waters addressing the American delegates today at Terra Madre. Carlo Petrini says we’ll have a Terra Madre gathering in the US next year. All is going well.

Third photo taken at Eataly today, we’ll have to try this Treviso variety next year!

Best, Katie

Texas heads to the Salone del Gusto

Tracie P and I had the GREAT fortune to be invited as dinner guests in the home of the delightful Dana and Bob Wesson (from left, above) yesterday evening. The occasion was our introduction to another lovely couple, Katie Kraemer and David Pitre (above), who will be traveling to Turin shortly to attend the Salone del Gusto (October 21-25) as the official Texas delegates.

Katie and David own and manage a 65-acre farm about 30 minutes east of Austin called Tecolote Farm and they are superstars of the Austin Farmers Market.

Between all the talent in the kitchen and the pure goodness of the materia prima, the dinner spread was downright delicious.

We opened some fun wines, too.

Katie and David are the nicest folks and I can’t think of anyone better to represent us in Turin. Hopefully, I can convince them to send photos and a dispatch or two to post here at Do Bianchi.

Bob is one of the world’s leading experts in artificial intelligence (I kid you not) and it was fascinating to hear his take on the Google translation project (one of my personal interests).

Great folks, great food and wine, great conversation… life is good (suck a lime!)…