Born in South Tyrol and focused on gastronomic sustainability, during the exclusive World Tour Dinner at Aman Venice involved some
of the top chefs at the head of international rankings: Norbert Niederkofler, the Peruvian Virgilio Martinez, the Thai Supaskorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri,
the French Christophe Pelé and the Italian Aurora Storari met to present an unforgettable evening, all in a sustainable key.
High expectations for the next two stages in 2023: Bruneck and Salina.
VENICE, 17 OCTOBER 2022. After an intense and inspiring weekend, ended the first stop of CARE’s on Tour in Venice, the eighth edition of CARE’s-The ethical Chef Days, the event conceived by Norbert Niederkofler and Paolo Ferretti that combines gastronomy with other areas (fashion, design, technology…) to talk about sustainability. This year’s edition has taken an unusual, itinerant form involving three destinations. Central theme of this first appointment was energy in the cuisine as well, a topic that was discussed starting from a key question: What systems must be adopted to be sustainable, also from an energy point of view?
Between 14 and 16 October, Venice was the backdrop of an explosion of colours, between tables full of top-class dishes, spectacular locations and starred chefs of world fame.
The exclusive gala World Tour Dinner, as the name itself underlines, involved chefs from three different continents (Europe, South America, Asia). CARE’s on Tour expanded its horizons even further, bringing with it unprecedented culinary proposals prepared by chefs at the top of international rankings. Christophe Pelé and Aurora Storari from Le Clarence** (28th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants) in Paris, Supaskorn ‘Ice’ Jongsiri at Sorn** (39th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants) in Bangkok, Virgilio Martinez from Central (2nd in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants), in Peru, Matteo Panfilio, executive chef at Aman and Norbert Niederkofler, together with Mauro Siega from St. Hubertus*** *-Rosa Alpina (29th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants) in San Cassiano: they were the undisputed stars of the World Tour Dinner held within the breathtaking spaces of Aman Venice. Combining a location of the calibre of Aman Venice, located inside Palazzo Papadopoli and majestically decorated with rococo works of art, and culinary celebrities, the result could not have been any different from the sensational dinner held on Saturday 15 October.
Throughout the weekend’s gastronomic experiences, the timeless atmosphere of Venice played an essential role. At San Francesco della Vigna, there was a delicious light lunch cooked by Salvatore Sodano from Local*, Alberto Toè from Horto, Agostino Iacobucci from Iacobucci* and Alessandro Dal Degan from La Tana Gourmet*. The chefs, coming from realities that are different and distant one from the other, have brought to the menu the flavours of their roots, their distinct creativity and the need to share the concept of sustainable cuisine.
During the Native Venice Dinner at Venissa**, the local and seasonal cuisine of Chiara Pavan and Lorenzo Brutto, transported the guests into a dimension where time slows down, nature enchants and the lagoon is at the centre.
The weekend ended with two irresistible light lunches (according to the programme selected by each guest) that told the story of Venice. The flavours of the lagoon created magic inside unique locations. Dama Venice, led by chef Lorenzo Cogo and Local*, led by Salvatore Sodano, enraptured the palates of all guests with unique pairings based on local ingredients.
To accompany the gastronomic proposal of CARE’s on Tour, Kettmeir, from the Santa Margherita Group. In the silent oasis of the Convent of San Francesco della Vigna, fragrant, elegant and territorial wines provided guests with a moment of refreshment and relax, which only an aperitif in a mystical place surrounded by greenery can offer. Kettmeir also presented its corporate philosophy and innovative project for the redevelopment of urban vineyards, including San Francesco della Vigna, one of the oldest existing.
Among high level dinners and exclusive gastronomic proposals, debates and discussions on environmental sustainability and the protection of the territory continued.
During the highly awaited CARE’s Talk of Saturday 15 in the Casa dell’Ortolano located at La Certosa, renewables and hydrogen mapped out a new path to accelerate the energy transition thanks to national and international professionals.
After an introduction by Paolo Ferretti, co-founder of the project, on the importance of cohesion between companies in this process and the role of the circular economy, Fabrizio Longo, Brand Director of Audi Italia, explained the company’s commitment to promote the transition from individual mobility to social responsibility. The founder of the Institute Technological Innovations of Bolzano Walter Huber continued with an extensive and comprehensive exposition on the Venice area, arguing that the vision of a clean and silent mobility is not a utopia, but a step towards the future.
Federico Giudiceandrea, outgoing President of Assoimprenditori and current President of Südtiroler Wirtschaftsring, presented a preview of an innovative and ambitious project. “Venice Hydrogen Hub” proposes to create a sustainable and self-sufficient energy microcosm on the island of La Certosa, promoting, accelerating and disseminating green hydrogen technology for mobility and bringing it into contact with other renewable energies. Alberto Favero, CEO of Baxi, outlined the company’s guidelines for an even more sustainable future. The talk continued with the speech by Stefan Verhoeven, Global Manager of Miele Netherlands and Global Head of Sustainability, who argued that it is essential to share responsibility for an ethical world and explained how sustainability is a central element in the production process, as well as in customers’ homes. Miele is committed to produce the best products and services with the goal of zero CO2 emissions completely. Andrea Visentin, co-creator of Radici Future 2030, concluded by explaining the project’s mission. “Radici Future 2030” proposes itself as the first festival of sustainability, circular economy and enterprise, which aims to create a territorial network of schools, companies, institutions and citizens, to promote initiatives around these issues of fundamental importance.
Once again this year, Marchesi 1824 presented the Social Responsibility Award. Hamed Mohamad Karim, owner of Orient Experience, won the 2022 award, presented by Lorenzo Bertelli of the Prada Group, and focused on highlighting ethical and social commitment. The prize-giving was very well received, because sharing projects that aim to safeguard the environment is in everyone’s eyes, and today more than ever, a value to be intensified and diffused.
The leitmotif of every CARE’s event has always been culture, in its multiple and various aspects. The renowned curator Michela Rizzo has been able to bring to the eyes of the participants the wonders of a city where charm, art and history are reflected in water. From the Church of San Francesco della Vigna, the guided tour continued to the International Gallery of Modern Art, inside the wonderful historical building of Ca’ Pesaro.
On Sunday 16, guests had the choice between exploring the lagoon by boat or visiting the Anselm Kiefer exhibition at Palazzo Ducale together with Michela Rizzo. The tour continued inside Negozio Olivetti, designed by Carlo Scarpa, where they could admire the dialogue between the works of Antony Gormley and Lucio Fontana, to then end at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia.
Through a rich programme, CARE’s on Tour gave new ideas and created meeting points for new, even greener future projects.
An event made possible thanks to the support of Audi as title partner, Alperia, BWT, Kettmeir, Lavazza, Marchesi 1824, Marlene, Miele, Monograno Felicetti, as main partner and Acadèmia.tv, Agrimontana, Broggi, Pompadour, Service Works and Stone Island as official partners and suppliers of the event.
And now all that remains is to await the next two stages of this journey into sustainability: Bruneck, from 3 to 5 March and Salina, from 25 to 27 May 2023. In Bruneck, the key themes will be the elimination of waste, the protection of the territory and reuse through the circular economy, while in Salina we will reflect on the importance of water in such complex territories and on the efficient use of natural resources and materials. CARE’s on Tour continues!