Oscar Farinetti interviewed by Jeffrey Porter
Oscar Farinetti and Jeffrey Porter fire up a Zoom conference and a sing-along breaks out! The two discuss Oscar’s favorite topics such as philosophy, food, and Italian wine. They even share the hobbies that are keeping them busy during lockdown. Oscar is an author and the two discuss his new book, Serendipity. We also discover their newfound common admiration for Etna and Sicily, stemming from recent travels.
Oscar Farinetti is the owner of Fontanafredda, and the founder of Eataly , the first supermarket dedicated to high quality Italian foods. His new project is FICO Eataly World, inaugurated in November 2017 in Bologna, Italy. Covering 100,000 square meters it’s the world’s largest agri-food park. FICO Eataly World is the only place in the world that showcases entire food production chains, and in 2018 the project even expanded to Japan. Oscar collaborated on research for several institutes including Cermes-Bocconi University and the University of Parma. He has published several books including Coccodé (2009), Storie di Coraggio: 12 Incontri con i Grandi Italiani del Vino (2013), Mangia con il Pane: Storia di mio Padre, il Comandante Paolo (2015), Nel Blu: La Biodiversità Italiana, Figlia dei Venti (2015), and Ricordiamoci il Futuro (2017).
Originally from Texas, Jeffrey Porter’s passion for wine started while at the University of Texas, Austin, and he began his career at Central Market, also in Austin. After graduating, Jeffrey moved to California where he worked in sales for a wholesaler in the Bay Area. His sommelier career began in Napa Valley, where he worked at Tra Vigne Ristorante in St. Helena. He joined the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group and Ostera Mozza in 2009. In 2011 Jeffrey moved to New York to become the wine director of Del Posto and, in 2014, he became the Beverage Operations Director, overseeing the beverage programs for Babbo, Del Posto, Esca, Lupa, Otto, Babbo Pizzeria & Enoteca, and La Sirena at the Maritime Hotel.