So, you may have noticed their products on the shelves at your local market and well, guess what? I have partnered with them and I am proud to have been welcomed into their family! Alessi, a family owned and operated company located in Tampa Florida, has not only sponsored my new cookbook (coming out November 5th) but they also invited me to help them launch their new test kitchen, La Cucina!
When I arrived in Tampa, I met Alessandra Alessi, the daughter of co-owner Fred Alessi. She was full of energy and had a smile a mile wide. As Alessandra walked myself and Christy Hamilton (of Fire It Up, PR) through the factory, I was impressed with how big their operation was and I was blown away by the organization, forward thinking, and sanitation of Alessi’s facility. I have seen many factories and food production companies in my day, but I have never seen anything like this. Alessi’s dedication to four generations of family workers is bar none. We were welcomed into ”the family” and we knew we were about to become a part of something very unique and special. Everyone who works at Alessi, is part of the family.
We went back to the kitchen and began sorting everything out for the grand opening of La Cucina. I was given a prep crew of students from a local culinary school who were almost as excited to be there as I was.
The event was a VIP affair, the guests were family, friends and media and I created these dishes to showcase Alessi’s authentic Italian products:
Click here to see me making this dish on Bay News 9!
Farfalle Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Toasted Pignoli Nuts, Artichokes, Pesto and Princess Sauce
Grilled Garlic Duck with Tapenade and Caper Berry on a Mini Paddle
Grilled Shrimp Mousse Mini Cannoli
Coconut Rice Pudding with Honey Balsamic Reduction
Fudge Truffles Rolled in Powdered Sugar