``Gruppo Italiano (GI) is dedicated to promote authentic Italian cuisine, wines and products, enhancing its image in the United States through education, member restaurants and promotions; and to provide a constant flow of information between Italian “ taste makers”, member restaurants, US press, culinary schools, importers, distributors and the general consumers with a serious interest in authentic Italian food and wine”.
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Founding the GI Giacomo Bologna Scholarship
facilitated through a partnership with
the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Each year for the last 30 years, GI has provided almost a quarter of a million dollars in scholarships to culinary and hospitality program students from across the United States enabling them to travel to Italy and participate in
an intensive educational program to study the cuisine, viticulture, and products of Italy.
VINO & CUCINA EVENT
Establishment of the Vino e Cucina
Italian cuisine & wine event.
Organized annually by GI, this consumer event, drawing more than 500 guests and press, brings together the acclaimed GI member restaurants from around
the United States who prepare and present their signature dishes. The evening is complemented by Italian wines and spirits and a silent auction.
INSTITUTIONS AND JOURNALISTS
GI continues to represent the point of reference for educational institutions and journalists throughout the U.S. and Italy promoting a better understanding and appreciation of Italian Cuisine and its regional products.
In addition GI provides the support and resources to all regions throughout Italy who travel to the U.S. for special events and educational programs.
Since 1980, GI sponsors an annual professional development trip to Italy for members and invited journalists
focusing on a different region each year,
allows the opportunity to learn about the history of
Italian Cuisine while being introduced to
new products and techniques.
The knowledge gained through this experience provides restaurateurs the opportunity to enhance their businesses and provide a new resource of training for their staff making their operations more successful and progressive in today’s competitive market.