Discovering the unique flavors of Emilia Romagna
“Discovering the unique flavors of Emilia Romagna” is the name of the Food Tour we have designed especially for the students of the Birmingham Southern College in Alabama, United States, last January.
Professor Jake L. Morrow. Jr. has been taking his Business & Economics students to Europe for some years now, for an Educational Trip that includes Italy and particularly the Emilia-Romagna region.
After Prague and Rome, the BSC students landed at Bologna’s Guglielmo Marconi airport, excited to learn about the food farming products that are symbols of Italy’s premium artisanal products and Italian creativity all over the world.
Food Valley and Motor Valley
The Emilia region is famous for its passion for food and wine culture. It is characterized by small and medium enterprises, family-run farms and artisanal producers, besides prestigious automobile brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. All this has made Emilia the real Food Valley and Motor Valley of Italy.
Our guests visited the plant and museum of Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the Bolognese company manufacturing luxury cars since 1963 such as Countach, Diablo and Murciélago. Then, the food tour took them to the Modenese Apennine mountains for a guided tour of an artisanal pasta factory making traditional eggs pasta and the most representative stuffed pasta sizes of Bologna and Modena: Lasagne, Tortelloni, Tortellini, Tagliatelle, and Rosette, of course, with final tasting.
The itinerary then moved west to Modena, to explore the provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia. Parma, to see the productive process of the original PDO-certified Parmigiano Reggiano cheese at a historic dairy of the Parmigiano Reggiano consortium, from milk collection to cheese wheel maturation, and to taste the sweetest Prosciutto di Parma, the real PDO-certified Parma ham, in a local ham factory. Reggio Emilia to discover the tradition of making PDO Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia in a family-run acetaia, and enjoy the distinctive sharp aroma of aging vinegar.
The wines of the Bolognese hills and Gelato
The itinerary ended with two products that represent the feather in their cap of Bologna: the wines of the Bolognese hills and artisanal Gelato. We visited a historic and artisanal winery of the Bolognese hills which produces, among others, the most typical semi-sparkling wine of this area: Pignoletto. A targeted experience to learn about the history of local wines, grape varieties and winemaking, and finally taste CGDO- and CDO-certified wines in a proper tasting paired to a variety of local food products such as Tigelle Modenesi and local cold-cuts, with Bologna Mortadella first.
The last guided tour was at Gelato Museum Carpigiani in Anzola dell’Emilia, a museum dedicated to the history, culture and technology of artisanal Gelato, where from theory to practice, we finished with a proper Gelato tasting!
Thanks to Prof. Bert and to all the partner producers and companies that welcomed our group… And see you next year!