Italian Festival celebrates Italian food

The Italian Festival continues on Tuesday, October 22, with three events focused on the food of Italy.

On Tuesday morning, Italian studies will sponsor Elon’s weekly College Coffee. Come on out to Phi Beta Kappa Plaza (weather permitting) and taste some Italian sweets, listen to some Italian music and meet the professors of the Italian Studies Minor program. Nothing says Italian like good coffee and conversation!

Tuesday afternoon will feature two cooking competition events in the style of Top Chef and Iron Chef. The first competition will pit sauce against sauce as we try to find Elon’s Top Sauce. Contestants bring their already prepared sauce and a panel of expert judges with taste, compare and vote for their favorite. At the end, one worthy competitor will win bragging rights and a gift certificate.

Afterward, two contestants will go head to head in Elon’s Iron Chef competition. Each will receive a mystery bag of supplies and have 30 minutes to create a spectacular Italian dish. At the end, the dishes will be judged for taste and appearance. The winner claims bragging rights and a gift certificate.

Please email Professor Melita ( if you are interested in competing in either competition. All contestants must be registered by 12 noon on Monday, October 21, 2013.