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SPIEF Venue Will Feature World Cuisines

Moscow, June 3. Participants and guests of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will be able to take advantage of several restaurants located within ExpoForum. FORUM restaurant is the main dining establishment offering participants lunch at the Congress Centre. As it did last year, the restaurant will offer set menus drawing from three cuisines: Russian, Pan-Asian, and Italian. Michelin star chef Ivano Ricchebono will head the Italian portion of the kitchen.

It is the third year in a row that Italian chefs have been heading the Italian kitchen at SPIEF. The Roscongress Foundation’s regional partner, the Conoscere Eurasia Association, proposed making this an annual tradition to introduce Forum participants to the rich diversity of Italian cuisine. "The Italian kitchen usually attracts the Forum guests most interested in familiarizing themselves with the culinary traditions of Italy's various regions. This year we will be presenting the region of Liguria, so we decided to invite one of the most famous Ligurian chefs – Ivano Ricchebono, who has been decorated with a Michelin star," - said President of the Conoscere Eurasia Association Antonio Fallico.

A special treat awaits Forum participants – the SPIEF venue will include three high-end restaurants managed by Alexander Rappoport, which will represent the ideas behind three successful restaurants in Moscow and St. Petersburg: China Gramota restaurant, Blok Meat Restaurant, and Grand Café Dr Zhivago.

Two restaurants at the Hilton St. Petersburg ExpoForum (GRIL’ restaurant and PARC restaurant) will once again be open daily to SPIEF 2019 participants.

In addition to the restaurants mentioned above, the restaurant Kuban will once again open its doors as part of the Forum’s Krasnodar Region zone, where it will serve European and Kuban dishes.

Cafés and business networking areas will be open throughout the duration of SPIEF, with coffee available at all times.

For reference

Ivano Ricchebono, chef, Michelin star winner. Born in 1972 in Genoa. Graduated from the Scuola Alberghiero Bergese in Genova. Worked with famous chefs such as Alessandro Serni and Giovanni Parlati, studied the unique cuisines of Italy’s regions, and studied pastry-making at the Etoile Academy in Venice. In 2004, he opened The Cook in Genoa, which was awarded one Michelin star in 2010.

The Conoscere Eurasia Association is one of the Roscongress Foundation's regional partners. It serves as the co-organizer of business events aiming to foster informal dialogues on economic, trade, and integration between the primary parties in the Eurasian space. The Foundation and Association’s joint events include the Eurasian Economic Forum in Verona, the 2nd Russian-Austrian Economic Dialogue, and the First Connecting Eurasia Dialogue – from the Atlantic to the Pacific in Brussels, and others.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions, and public events.

The Roscongress Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

The Foundation’s events draw more than 80,000 participants each year from 195 countries, with more than 10,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 2,500 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with economic partners from 75 countries worldwide.