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Epicurean Institute in Perugia, Italy
Salutes the Graduates of the Fall 2009 Sommelier Program

at the Epicurean Institute in Perugia, Italy

Perugia, Italy, Dec. 16, 2009– The Epicurean Institute in Perugia, Italy, is pleased to announce the completion of the Fall, 2009 Sommelier Study Program and the success of the graduates, Astrid Fasciano, Leah Robinson, Divij Lamba and Yanique Deal Bradford who are now certified Sommeliers through the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS).

The Epicurean Institute's Graduation ceremony, in collaboration with the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS) took place during a banquet at the 4-star Hotel Giotto, in Assisi, Umbria. The event was officiated by Dr. Orazio Giliberti, owner and trustee of the Epicurean Institute, and President of AIS Umbria and owner of Beresapere in Perugia Gabriele Ricci Alunni. Also in attendance were Professional Sommelier and co-owner of Beresapere, Roberto Canali, AIS Provincial Delegates Marco Servili of Assisi, Mauro Lucaroni of Gubbio, Alessandra Angelucci of Foligno/Spoleto and AIS Umbria Treasurer and Level III Professor Romeo Mancini, Program Director of the Epicurean Institute Morgan Morano and Marketing and Special Events Director of the Epicurean Institute.

The graduation banquet commenced with a reception in the lounge of the hotel with an aperitivo of Novelli's Blanc de Blanc accompanied by an assortment of appetizers. This was followed by a sumptuous repast consisting of five courses served with three distinctive wines. A first course of Eggplant Parmigiana was paired with Tabarrini's white 2007 Adarmando. This was followed by a Saffron Risotto, a gold leaf Olive Oil Ravioli, and a Main Course of Steak with Pistachio Peas Epicurean Institute Press Release Epicurean Institute US Administrative Office 415 Totowa Road ~ Totowa, NJ 07512 USA ~ 888-983-3948 and Potatoes paired with Caprai's 2006 Montefalco Rosso. A dessert of Persimmon Flan with White Chocolate Mousse was paired with La Palazzola's 2004 Vinsanto.

The awarding of diplomas and tastevins followed with a nightcap of Italian grappa for

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The Epicurean Institute is located in Perugia, Italy, the regional capital of the province of Umbria, considered the heart of Italy, and known for its picturesque landscapes, vineyards, olive oil, truffles, and most notably, the chocolates produced at the Perugina Chocolate Factory. The Epicurean Institute supports research and educational projects devoted to promoting the pursuits of pleasure in food, wine, and comfort.

In the Spring of 2009, the Institute began offering interactive educational experiences customized to serve both professionals as well as enthusiasts of wine and the culinary arts from diverse cultures and various levels of interest. Highly-regarded industry leaders work closely with students to ensure an unparalleled educational experience.

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