A distinguished group of Spanish chefs including among others, Paco Roncero, Javier Alonso and Albert Asin, took part in the international conference, Frontiers of Flavor: World Street Food, World Comfort Food, from November 12 to14 in Napa Valley, California.
The event was organized by the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to showcase the trends that are shaping the food industry in the United States.
Foods from Spain/Wines from Spain were among the conference sponsors, and participated in several seminars and talks dedicated to Spain, her wines and foods.
A walk-around tasting featuring wines and street and comfort foods from around the world was held at the CIA’s Historic Barrel Room on the first evening of the conference. On day two, Gerry Dawes, noted authority on Spanish wine and food, moderated a general session titled “What´s Next in Spain: Fast, Slow and Casual Flavors”, and later that afternoon, the seminar “The Spanish Kitchen, 2010: Casual Menus and Compelling Flavor Dynamics from Madrid to New York”.
Another seminar held on the second day of the conference saw renowned consultant and writer and Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, Doug Frost leading a discussion on “The Great Tapas and Wines of Spain and Inspired Flavors That Pair with Them” with chef Daniel Olivella.
Later that afternoon, distinguished American chef Rick Bayless presented a seminar on “Remarkable Flavors: Fast, Casual Mexican and the Wines of Rioja”; and wine writer and television personality Karen MacNeil along with Spanish oenologist and journalist Jesus Bernad led a discussion with Spanish chef Albert Asin on “Catalonia: Great Wines with Small Bites to Match”.
On the last day of the conference, Gerry Dawes moderated two seminars dedicated to Spain: “Spanish Casual, from Traditional to Modern: Tapas, Bocadillos, Cocas, and More”, and “Fresh from Barcelona: Tapas, Cava and the Flavors of Catalonia” which were presented by Spanish chefs Paco Roncero and Albert Asin; while Karen MacNeil led a seminar on “Albariño Wines of Rias Baixas: Pairing with Asian Bites” and Doug Frost again directed a discussion on “The Great Tapas and Wines of Spain and Inspired Flavors That Pair with Them” , this time with guess chef Seamus Mullen.