Year in Review Part 1

As 2016 winds to a close, we’re been reviewing what the past year held for us here at The International Kitchen, including culinary tours in Emilia-Romagna, hands-on cooking classes, and an office move. First in our yearly wrap-up are TIK President Richard Davis and Tour and Web Coordinator Liz Hall.

Culatello ham on a cooking vacation in Emilia RomagnaLiz, for her part, shares that: “One of my most memorable moments from this past year was my trip to Emilia Romagna — while pregnant no less! Just as the Italians are everywhere, they were extremely accommodating to me and went out of the way to make sure that I was enjoying my trip, between meetings and tours — and getting more than enough food to eat. And oh my, the FOOD.  Emilia Romagna might not be as well known to us Americans, but it should be! This is a region that knows its food, from the tasty balsamic vinegar to the aged parmigiano reggiano and slices of incredible cured meats. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that Parma is actually the first Italian city to be designated a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy! Yep, they even got recognized for how tasty their food is.

“One highlight from the trip: visiting the property of Antica Corte Pallavicina. Situated in the hills of Parma, I’d heard a lot about the property since it’s home to the King of Ham, but no words can do this beautiful place justice. The setting is simply majestic (the peacocks roaming the property help!), and visiting the culatello cellars — where some of the most famous cured meats in the world are aged — was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I won’t ever forget!”

TIK office in Chicago And I completely agree with Richard about one of our most momentous parts of 2016: “For me the “big event” of 2016 was our office move. I had worked for TIK at 330 N Wabash since 2007 when I joined the company. Being a creature of habit the idea of finding new space for the company, likely in a different location in Chicago, was concerning at the very least. But Fate was kind! After going to just a few showings we found some real possibilities. Then Sharon, our accountant, mentioned a building she knew just a block or 2 from our old office. Peg & I made an appointment to see the suite at 307 N Michigan and I think we both knew instantly that this was the place for us. Our instincts were right and after 2 months I think I can honestly say that everyone involved loves the new office. We feel very much ‘at home’ and are delighted to be in our new office.”

What were your most memorable moments from 2016 Were they during your travels? We’d love to hear in the comments or on social media.

By Peg Kern

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