June is Italian Heritage Month!
Aurora Importing & Distributing Celebrates the Taste of Italy as the
National Presenting Food Sponsor
Aurora invites Canadians to Rekindle Their Family Favourites and Serve Up Italian-Inspired Summer Recipes
Mangia! June marks Italian Heritage Month and as the National presenting food sponsor, Aurora Importing & Distributing — one of Canada’s largest importers of quality, authentic Italian fine food products including pasta, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and canned tomatoes — is celebrating by showcasing how its heritage brands can add flavor and great taste to your favourite family recipes for barbecue and outdoor entertaining.
“Food is one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture and sharing a meal is often how we celebrate our family heritage and favourite dishes,” says Tony Morello, President, Aurora Importing and Distributing. “The Italian community has a vibrant culinary tradition and we want Canadians to discover all the deliciousness of our Italian heritage. Our premium brands, such as Aurora and Allessia, enhance family recipes with authentic, healthy ingredients.”
Great Food Has No Borders
Canadians LOVE Italian Food! In fact, a recent survey revealed 42 per cent of Canadians* love Italian food and 22 per cent enjoy eating pasta as a family.
“Food is universal and it brings people together from all different cultural backgrounds,” says Christian Pritchard, Executive Chef and Culinary Adventurist for Aurora. “Great Italian food comes from simple family recipes created with the finest, quality ingredients. Our premium heritage brands, such as Basso Olive Oil, DeNigris Balsamic Vinegar, Loacker Biscuits and Perugina/Baci chocolates, are the top brands in Italy with more than 100 years of culinary history and are still family owned offering unprecedented quality and value.”
La Dolce Vita!
To celebrate Italian Heritage Month and all things Italian in Canada, Chef Pritchard has developed eight original and unique summer recipes to showcase how Canadians can add a taste of Italy to their backyard entertaining this summer. Here is a sample of some of his delicious creations:
Italian Pork Burger with Polenta Fries – The beloved grill favourite offers the perfect blank canvas for adding creative authentic ingredients. This recipe is comprised of a perfectly-grilled lean ground pork burger and four melted slices of Fior di Latte Mozarella, topped with De Nigris Balsamic Ketchup and slathered with rich Aurora Mufaletta Olive Spread. Don’t forget the side order of seasoned chunky Polenta Fries!
A summer picnic is not complete without a traditional pasta salad! The al dente Pirro Orecchiette is the foundation for this robust and hearty pasta salad that is blended with Aurora Antipasto Calabrese, a hot marinated vegetable mix from Calabria, Italy – adding delicious heat to any summer celebration!
Baci S’mores – There’s nothing like friends and family around a campfire, sharing stories and making S’mores! This recipe includes a fire-roasted marshmallow placed carefully on a graham cracker and topped with decadent Baci chocolate and slathered with pure honey. Delicious!
Looking to serve up more summer recipes for your backyard entertaining? Visit auroraimporting.com for more delicious summertime Italian recipes and ideas! Aurora products and heritage brands are available at major supermarkets and specialty grocers across Canada, including Fortino’s, Overwaitea, Sobeys, Food Basics and Longo’s. For a full list of where to find Aurora and its heritage brands, visit auroraimporting.com.
Aurora and Italian Heritage Month
June is Italian Heritage Month! For a complete list of events, visit italianheritagecanada.ca.
Here are some culinary tips on how to add a taste of Italy to your summertime favourites!
· Add a finishing touch to food coming of the barbecue with your favourite Italian olive oil, like Basso.
· For maximum flavour, don’t forget to prep veggies and protein headed to the grill by seasoning with salt, pepper and chopped fresh herbs.
· Make your barbecue side burner your best friend! Don’t be afraid to cook pasta, potatoes or veggies right beside you while grilling on the barbecue.
About Aurora Importing & Distributing
Aurora Importing & Distributing has been delivering the highest quality and authentic Italian imports and fine foods to the Canadian market for over 60 years. Aurora offers a product line of more than 2,000 items as one of Canada’s largest Italian importers, including everything from pasta to olive oil, balsamic vinegar, canned tomatoes and spices, condiments, soup, risotto, biscotti cookies, espresso, sea salt, dried fruits, nuts, food service and much more. Aurora has proprietary product lines, Aurora and Allessia, and key partnerships with many global heritage brands such as Basso Oil, Perugina/Baci, Loacker, Grisbi, Tomarchio, Riscossa, Denigris, Gavioli and most recently Edoko fine foods.