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For Immediate Release
October 20, 2017

IPFW Brings Award-Winning Italian Chef to Campus

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW) Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management is bringing award-winning Italian chef and sommelier Alessia Uccellini to the campus and community for educational opportunities October 20–28.

Uccellini is an expert on the foods of Italy and a world-renowned expert on the Renaissance and its impact on past and present culture and cuisine. She co-authored the book Il Convivio Rinascimentale di Sansepolcro, and she is a regular guest on an Italian cooking show called dell'AIGS.

Uccelini runs her family-owned restaurant, Ristorante Fiorentino, which is located in Sansepolcro in Tuscany. She also manages the family bed and breakfast connected to the restaurant.

Uccellini has been connected to the university's Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management through their study abroad program that focuses on the culture and cuisine of Italy, specifically Tuscany, since the first group traveled to Italy in 2011. She hosts the group at her restaurant and gives cooking lessons to the travelers, which include students and community members.

“Being able to bring someone of Alessia’s caliber to the university to teach our students is invaluable,” said Linda Lolkus, director of nutrition and associate professor in hospitality and tourism management. “Our students will get to see first-hand how to prepare and present authentic Italian cuisine.”

During her stay in Fort Wayne, Uccellini will hold cooking classes on campus, meet with past study abroad travelers, and meet with community leaders.

Members of the media are invited to cover a Chef’s Table event taking place Tuesday, October 24, at 5 p.m. in the hospitality and tourism management kitchen at the Holiday Inn at IPFW and the Coliseum, located at 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive.

Uccellini’s visit to the university is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Services.

For more information, contact Linda Lolkus, director of nutrition and associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, at 260-481-6559 or email lolkusl@ipfw.edu.

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