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“To live in Venice is one of the supreme pleasures that this world can offer,” the great Welsh travel writer Jan Morris once wrote. Easier said than done—La Serenissima is one of Europe’s more expensive cities to settle down in. But you can get a taste of Venetian delights—the pageantry, the excess, the glitter—at Gather by JW, the second annual food and wine festival at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa.
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For three days, from September 26-29, in partnership with Food & Wine, the festival will take place at the 266-room hotel on Isola delle Rose, a private island in the Venetian archipelago. This year’s participating chefs are headlined by Fabio Trabocchi, the James Beard Award-winning restaurateur who recently opened JW Marriott Venice's Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia. Trabocchi, whose portfolio of restaurants include Fiola DC, Fiola Miami, Fiola Mare, and Sfoglina Pasta House, comes from the nearby region of Marche. Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia marks his first expansion internationally.
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Other participating chefs include author and Food Network television personality Giada De Laurentiis, who will host a cooking demo; California cuisine pioneer and James Beard-winner Jonathan Waxman; chef-owner of two Michelin-starred Ristorante Duomo in Ragusa, Sicily; and U.S. wine experts Ray Isle from Food & Wine and Anthony Giglio.