illy to Host Exclusive Tasting of Award Winning Coffees at NYC's Chefs Club Counter

illycaffè, the global leader in high-quality, sustainably-grown coffee, announces it will host an exclusive week long residency of two highly acclaimed, Michelin Starred Italian chefs Antonia Klugmann and Alfio Ghezzi, who will bring their culinary talent to New York's Chefs Club Counter September 30 - October 5, 2018.

Starting on September 30 th, illy will host an exclusive tasting for coffee lovers that encompass this year's recently announced Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award (EIICA) growers. The ticketed event at Chefs Club Counter includes cuisine by Chef Alfio Ghezzi, a two Michelin Starred culinary talent from the Trentino area of Italy. For information and tickets visit

The Sunday event includes a "blind tasting" and voting for the Coffee Lovers Choice Award presented by United Airlines, which will go to a top Arabica grower among this year's EIICA participants from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Nicaragua, and Rwanda. In its third year, the EIICA recognizes coffee growers who demonstrate excellence in achieving sustainable quality, and celebrates their achievements via award gala ceremony at The Rainbow Room.

Following the coffee tasting event, Chef's Klugmann and Ghezzi will cook exclusive dinners at Chefs Club Counter (62 Spring St. NYC) throughout the week bringing their inspirational, creative cooking to foodies in an approachable meal and setting that highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients and their signature dishes and approach to cooking. For more information and tickets visit

"Chefs Club Counter 's rotating chef residency format allows us to open our doors to celebrated culinary talent from around the world," explains Chefs Club Culinary Curator Aaron Arizpe. "Illycaffe and their guest chefs, Chef Klugmann and Chef Ghezzi, share in our commitment to delicious, sustainable, seasonal ingredients. We are looking forward to what will surely be a delicious and unique dining experience."

About Chef Antonia Klugmann

At the helm as owner and chef of L'Argine a Vencò, in Dolegna del Collio next to the Slovenian border, Michelin Starred Chef Antonia Klugmann is surrounded by vineyards in Northern Italy. The small restaurant focuses on seasonal food and purveyors. Her tasting menus are cerebral and gastral experiences that interpret territory through local products while also reducing food waste. With a local based on the Italian Slovenian border, Klugmann celebrates diversity, playing with unusual flavor combinations to create dishes like no other.

About Chef Alfio Ghezzi

At the helm of the elegant, intimate, contemporary country restaurant, Locanda Margon, two-starred Michelin Chef Alfio Ghezzi focuses attention on Italianness and refinement leveraging his surroundings which are reflected in his gastronomic menu. His objective is to enhance the raw ingredients with a cuisine that is an ordered set of products, execution, objects and gestures Ghezzi views raw ingredients as a non-mediated expression of the territory. He is dedicated to his Italian roots of his homeland (Trentino territory) with a focus on sourced ingredients from local producers.

About the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award

Now in its third year, the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award (EIICA) recognizes coffee growers who demonstrate excellence in achieving sustainable quality. The award is named in honor of illycaffè's beloved late, second-generation leader, and celebrates the company's nearly three decades of hand-in-hand work with farmers on a global scale to realize a dream of offering the best coffee to the world. illycaffè will bring a total of 27 growers (three per country) to New York City for a ceremony in the Delegates Room at the United Nations. An expert jury's evaluation of beans in three different preparations espresso, drip and cold brew - will determine, a sole "Best of the Best" honoree while a "Coffee Lovers' Choice" award presented by United Airlines will be conferred to the grower whose beans were voted best by consumers during multiple tasting events around the world.

About Chefs Club

Chefs Club is an innovative restaurant concept originating in New York City's Nolita, where guests can experience spectacular dishes from the world's top culinary talent. Chefs Club invites visiting chefs to take over the space and menu for residencies lasting 3 weeks to 3 months, and beyond. Recent residencies include Abe Conlon, Sota Atsumi, JJ Johnson, Jeremiah Langhorne. Founded in 2014 by Belgian entrepreneur Stephane de Baets, Chefs Club also has locations in the iconic St. Regis Aspen, and Chefs Club Counter, a fast-casual location on the corner of Spring & Lafayette in SoHo which has recently featured Alvin Cailan of Egg Slut, Jordan Andino of FlipSigi, and Adam Gertzler's Dog Haus.

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