International Culinary Center Celebrates Ground Breaking of USA Pavilion for Expo 2015 in Milan

The International Culinary Center is proud to celebrate the groundbreaking for the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, which is expected to attract more than 20 million visitors from May through October 2015 in Milan, Italy. Simultaneous receptions in Milan and Washington, DC, marked the momentous occasion and previewed key elements of the dynamic U.S. presence at next world’s fair.

“As President of the Friends of the USA Pavilion 2015, it is exciting for the International Culinary Center and James Beard Foundation, working with the U.S. State Department, to lead the management and programming of this American Pavilion,” stated Dorothy Hamilton. “We will showcase to the world how inventive, responsible and respectful we in the American food, tech and industrial communities regard our planet. Together with leading minds in design and architecture, we will create the most dynamic and thought provoking exhibit of the EXPO.”

The pavilion will showcase America’s unique role in the future of food around the world with the theme “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet.” Pavilion programs and events will range from a fully functioning vertical farm and interactive exhibits and tastings to topical salons, regional food trucks and an innovation accelerator.

The Friends organization – a collaboration between the International Culinary Center and the James Beard Foundation, in association with the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy – is seeking partners to represent America’s diversity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, and create a global call to action around the challenges of feeding the planet. The U.S. is one of 140-plus countries participating in Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.