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BETHESDA, Md. -- Specialty food retailer Balducci's here is gearing up to pay homage to its heritage with a monthlong series of celebrity chef demonstrations, cookbook signings, classes, and tastings that will offer the authentic tastes and flavors of Italy.
Balducci's Italian Heritage Month celebration launches Oct. 7, with a featured variety of Italian fare in the prepared foods department, authentic Italian sandwiches in the delicatessen, and a choice of over 1000 imported Italian products throughout the grocer's 10 stores. (Story continues below.)
Additionally, Balducci's has scheduled events for each of its locations, including appearances by celebrity chefs Roberto Donna of Galileo Restaurant and Frank Pellegrino of Rao's.
The authentic products offered over the course of the month will include Italian imports Pastiglie Leone, Benedetto Cavalieri pasta, Caffarel chocolates, Amaretti Virginia, La Romagna pasta, La Valle San Marzano DOP tomatoes, Coelsanus antipasti vegetables, Casa Bruna tapenades, and Rustichella d'Abruzzo. The company will also feature artisanal cheeses, authentically cured meats, and extra virgin olive oils from 15 Italian regions. Additionally, the specialty food store will provide samples of three new sandwiches in the delicatessen and four new pasta dishes in the prepared foods department.
The original Balducci's began as a fruit-and-vegetable stand in Brooklyn in 1916, run by a young immigrant from Corato-Bari, Italy named Louis "Pop" Balducci.