Apparently the inaugural Houston Italian Expo was in 2009, but this is the first year in which the Regione Lombardia is partnering with the Italy America Chamber of Commerce - Texas.
The Regione Lombardia is one of Italy's "regions," like their version of a state. Its capital is Milan, and it is located in the Central Northern part of Italy, bordering the Swiss Alps. It is also the most populous and richest region of Italy, with more dreams of monetary domination through Italian Expos throughout North America.
With this year's expos in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Houston, along with three in Canada, the government of Lombardy is putting major effort into exposing its region's products to North American consumers and distributors in the hopes of bringing home some of our cash.
In conjunction with the expo, several Spec's locations will be offering special tastings of Lombardy products up to this Saturday, May 22, as well as special dinners at Ristorante Cavour (inside Hotel Granduca) and Valentino Restaurant (inside Hotel Derek) from May 17 to 24.
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The actual event takes place this Friday through Sunday, May 21 to 23, at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A. Expo guests will be able to sample food and wine from Lombardy as well as other regions of Italy, watch live cooking demonstrations, and be entertained by dance troupes, fashion shows and probably lots of cute Italian men speaking with endearing accents. Check the website for hours and pricing.