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SOUTH OF SOMEWHERE: WINE, FOOD, AND THE SOUL OF ITALY BY ROBERT CAMUTO - IN PERSON EVENT

10/18/2021 - 6:00pm

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 6PM

Please join us for an in-person event with author Robert Camuto in conversation with Jeffrey Porter celebrating the publication of "South of Somewhere: Wine, Food and the Soul of Italy".

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In-person events will be presented to a fully vaccinated audience at full capacity. All attendees are required to wear masks. All patrons over the age of sixteen will be required to show proof* of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the date of the event. 

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About the Book:

South of Somewhere begins and ends in American writer Robert Camuto's maternal ancestral town of Vico Equense, Italy--a tiny paradise south of Naples on the Sorrento Peninsula. It was here in 1968, at ten years old, that the author first tasted Italian life, spending his own summer of love surrounded by relatives at the family's seaside pizzeria and restaurant. He fell in love with a way of living and with the rhythms, flavors, and aromas of the Southern Mediterranean. Fifty years later, Camuto returns to Vico, connecting with family members and a new generation. A lot has changed: the old family restaurant has been razed and the seaside has been developed with hotels and restaurants, including a famous two-Michelin-starred restaurant in a medieval tower now owned by a younger cousin. Though there are more foreign visitors, the essentials of beauty, food, family bonds, and simplicity have not changed. And here Camuto finds hope that this way of life can continue. Camuto's fine-grained storytelling in this series of portraits takes us beyond the usual objective views of viniculture nto the elusive and magical world of Italian "South-ness." While on one level able to create an instructive narrative about Southern Italy's twenty-first-century wine and cultural renaissance, Camuto's unswerving eye juxtaposes the good and the bad--immeasurable beauty and persistent blight, anti-mafia forces and corruption, hope for the future and fatalism--in a land that remains an infinite source of fascination and sensory pleasure.


About the Author:

Robert Camuto is a prize-winning American author and journalist who has lived in Europe for 20 years, where he has immersed himself in the food and wine traditions of Italy and France. A contributing editor for Wine Spectator since 2008, Camuto has written many cover stories and writes a twice-monthly column for winespectator.com called Robert Camuto Meets…. South of Somewhere is his third book and second from Italy, following his critically acclaimed: Palmento: A Sicilian Wine Odyssey (2010). He lives with his family in Verona, Italy. 

 

Advance Praise 

“Robert Camuto’s South of Somewhere is close to my heart. Each chapter is about experiencing the joy and perseverance of incredible iconic winemakers, such as Italy’s Mezzogiorno, who have preserved lesser-known native grapes through heroic efforts. In this book Robert brilliantly brings them to life. We are so fortunate to bear witness to this living history of Italian wine today.”—Shelley Lindgren, owner-wine director of A16 restaurants

“A delicious, thirst-inspiring romp full of remarkable personalities, their wine-soaked cellars, and one delectable meal after another. Camuto does it tastefully!”—Kermit Lynch, wineconoclast, author, and importer

“Robert Camuto’s multifaceted take on Southern Italy’s many allures is unique and fascinating in that he engages not only the gustatory and oenological pleasures of the region but also its more elusive and near-magical ‘southern-ness.’”—Matthew Gavin Frank, author of Flight of the Diamond Smugglers

 


Jeffrey Porter:

Originally from Texas, Jeffrey’s passion for wine started while at the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career at Central Market in Austin, one of the city’s premier wine shops. After graduating, Jeffrey moved to California, where he worked as a salesperson for a wholesaler in the San Francisco Bay Area - but his passion for restaurants and service drew him further north. His sommelier career began in Napa Valley, where he worked at Tra Vigne Ristorante in St. Helena. He joined the Bastianich Hospitality Group in 2009 at Osteria Mozza under the auspice of James Beard Award winning chef Nancy Silverton. In 2011 he moved to New York to become the wine director for Del Posto, and soon thereafter, in 2014, he became the Beverage Operations Director, overseeing the beverage programs for Babbo, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto, Babbo Pizzeria, and others. In 2019, Jeff left the Bastianich group and began his consulting career and a web series about wine, life, and culture called Sip Trip. Jeff has most recently opened his own import and distribution business, Volcanic Selections. Apart from Jeff’s day job, he is a passionate advocate & practitioner of BBQ in all of its guises & glories. 

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