I have recently become member of Accademia Italiana Della Cucina. One of 21 members only in Lebanon and the youngest. The Academy of Italian Cuisine is an Italian cultural association, founded in 1953 in Milan Orio Vergani. On 18 August 2003 it was recognized as a Cultural Institution of the Italian Republic. The association aims to protect the Italian culinary tradition and to promote and encourage the improvement in Italy and abroad, through various initiatives, studies and disclosures including a study center, publishing activities, tastings, etc.. It was the first among the Italian associations to defend and promote the Italian gastronomic culture and its regional traditions. Celebration took place at Tavolina.