Oscar Farinetti – Honoring Our Food Cultures

Oscar Farinetti is the man behind the world-renowned Eataly concept. The New York Times describes Eataly as a “megastore” that “combines elements of a bustling European open market, a Whole-Foods-style supermarket, a high-end food court, and a New Age learning center.”  In 2017, he opened Eataly World, which has been described as the Disneyland for Italian food. The Eataly stores, and now Eataly World, are more than just retail stores and foodservice outlets; they are a fusion of Farinetti’s experience gained from his father’s retail chain and his own love of food. They are innovative attractions that are sought out not just by locals, but food and drink lovers from around the world. Oscar is a passionate and visionary leader with fascinating stories to share.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  1. How it’s OK to start with nothing more than a vision – build it and they will come
  2. Why it’s critical to honor our food traditions and food cultures
  3. Why starting with the hardest task makes subsequent tasks easier
  4. What can be done to reduce “overtourism” and the strain on popular destinations
  5. Why tourists should be encouraged to eat the local dishes

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