‘Taste of Dorchester Collection’ Offers GF Treats

The international brand, the Dorchester, caters to gluten-free clients throughout its successful brand. It recently launched a new dining initiative: “Taste of Dorchester Collection”, a new in-room dining menu that highlights classic dishes reinterpreted by hotels across the portfolio.

The menu was revamped thanks to an internal team named the Dorchester Collection’s Innovation Committee, a multidisciplinary team comprised of innovation champions from each property. The team surveyed guests on their preferences and learned that an exceptionally satisfying and enjoyable dining experience has a significant positive impact on a guest’s emotional connection with the hotels.

Below are several of the new menu items that are gluten-free or can be gluten-free upon request while dining at any of their properties:


LE SWISS DELICE – LE RICHEMOND, GENEVA – Contains gluten, but Le Richemond can create the dish gluten-free if the request is made in advance



VITELLO TONNATO – HOTEL PRINCIPE DI SAVOIA, MILAN – Gluten-free and the hotel has a separate gluten-free menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

RIGATONI ALLA NORMA – HOTEL EDEN, ROME – Can be made with gluten-free penne

FISH AND CHIPS - COWORTH PARK, ASCOT – Can create a gluten-free version

BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING – THE DORCHESTER, LONDON – Can create a gluten-free version

For more information on the Dorchester Collection, please visit, dorchestercollection.com.

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Kristen’s Connections Events: Fashion Forward: The Katherine Hooker Collection

In conjunction with Pasta’s Kitchen, I have launched a networking events series coined Kristen’s Connections. For more information, please feel free to contact me via email at Kris.oliveri@gmail.com. 

Kristen’s Connections

I live in two worlds: food and finance. I spend my days writing about the ultra-high-net-worth community and my nights writing about the all-encompassing world of food and travel. Throughout my career, I’ve come across the most beautiful array of interesting people: Wall Street hot shots; intriguing travel journalists; law professionals; medical gurus—and everything in between. But the one thing I always connect with people on is my love of food and drink. So I’d like you to join me in a series of out-of-the-box networking events with a goal of gathering those with common interests to share our stories, our experiences, and to expand our ever-evolving networks.

The Event

UK-Fashion Designer Katherine Hooker is best known for dressing the likes of Kate and Pippa Middleton. Join a group of fashion forward women (and men) who are looking to try on the collection and mingle with others who are interested in learning more about the popular brand.

There will be artwork displayed and light refreshments will be served.

What You Need to Know

What: Katherine Hooker Trunk Show

Date: Thursday, October 23

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: For venue information, please contact me.


To send me an email with your reply, click here. The event is invitation only.

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The Daily Meal: Balvanera Brings Argentine Food to Life

In my recent article for The Daily Meal, I check out the Lower East Side’s newest Argentinean restaurant, Balvanera. Famed chef Fernando Navas is providing a little something for everyone at his first restaurant concept. 

“I wanted to go back to cooking and what I love to do,”  remarked executive chef and owner, Fernando Navas, of newly-openedBalvanera Restaurant on New York City’s Lower East Side. Navas has had a career many chefs can only dream of – he’s worked in Nobu inMiami, Il Bulli in Spain, and Sushi Samba in New York.”

To read the full article, Click HERE.



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We Are What We Eat

The Daily Meal has recently published two of my new articles about nutrition.

One is about our work snacks–and are they making us sleepy? To read more, click HERE.

The other delves into the worst dieting myths and tells you exactly why they aren’t helping you lose weight. To read more, click HERE.

We want to hear from you! What are your worst dieting stories? What foods do you eat that make you sleepy? What are foods that keep you awake?

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Pasta on MSN.com

Hi all, Pasta was recently featured on MSN.com for her article on What European Women Drink to Stay Slim. It was originally published HERE in the Daily Meal.


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Acanto: Where Tradition Meets Innovation

By Kristen Oliveri

It has been said that when royalty goes to Milan, they dine in Acanto Restaurant located within the Hotel Principe de Savoy. It’s no surprise why. This classic Italian fine dining establishment is one filled with romance and elegance, designed by Celeste Dell’Anna Design. The restaurant overlooks the garden with a beautiful waterfall that is peaceful and in the warmer months of the year, the doors are open and guests can dine in the garden.

I had explained prior to my arrival at Acanto that I have a gluten allergy and the restaurant was more than accommodating. My dining companion and I began our meal with a glass of champagne along with gluten-free bread and crackers before setting out on our journey to sample the regional culinary treasures of Lombardy.

The sommelier was able to pick out a fantastic local Italian wine to pair with our meal after we ordered. The wine cellar boasts an extensive collection (roughly 600 bottles) of both Italian and French wine, among others like Austrian and Californian varietals.

For the first course, I tried an interesting creation dreamt up by Executive Head Chef Fabrizio Cadei. I sampled the vegetable garden with ricotta and my companion tried the beef tartare. The vegetable garden was light and creamy and a well-balanced seasonal dish, which I only wishes I was eating outside. While it was too chilly to dine outside, the cuisine radiated inner warmth that carried on throughout the evening.

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For our second course, we tried light gluten-free pasta with zucchini ribbon in a delicate broth sauce with olive oil and butter that was outstanding. It had that beautiful simplicity that I can only find in pasta dishes in Italy. It was crafted using only a few seasonal ingredients that came together perfectly.

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I’m a big believer in keeping food simple. When I was informed by our server that the signature dish at Acanto is the roast suckling pig, I knew I didn’t have to search any further. It came out piping hot and the crispy skin was flawlessly seasoned. While one could argue I was stuffed before the main course, I couldn’t put my fork down once the dish had made its grand entrance.

What may wow many with a sweet tooth is the restaurant’s elaborate dessert trolley. While I happen to be much more of a savory than sweet person, I couldn’t resist a little something to finish my meal. A bowl of berries with a touch of cream on top was about all I could handle.

The service was top-notch, which one would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. But what I particularly enjoyed was that it didn’t feel over-the-top, as if the waiters were anticipating your every move. Rather, it felt reactive and quite natural. When we needed something, it was simply taken care of.

Our meal was the perfect balance between traditional Italian cuisine, coupled with inventive modern dishes. And word around the culinary street is that Acanto serves up a stellar weekend brunch. It’ll perhaps be on my itinerary for my next trip to Milan.




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Staten Island’s Pier 76 serves up classic Italian comfort food

It’s true that the Island of Manhattan has boundless restaurants, cafés and eatery options. But any smart New Yorker knows that to get the best ethnic food, you must head to the outer boroughs.

Some venture to Queens for Greek and Indian food or to the Bronx for Italian cuisine on Arthur Avenue, and Brooklyn is fast becoming a borough brimming with boundless culinary options. However, a lesser known food destination is my hometown of Staten Island that I (and many other natives) affectionately refer to as “the rock.” If you want great Italian food and even better pizza, it’s worth taking the Staten Island ferry to arrive at Pier 76.

My own humble restaurant beginnings began by serving up savory pizzas at Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria, one of the best casual-Italian restaurants in the city, in my opinion. I worked all throughout high school and college there, making extra money while earning a deep appreciation for the art of pizza making and the restaurant industry in general.

During my tenure at Joe and Pat’s, I became friends with one of the owners’ son and fellow pizza aficionado, Jeremy Pappalardo. We spent years working together and developed a wonderful friendship. In 2010, Jeremy and his business partner, Joe Guastavino, opened Pier 76 right down by the ferry in the St. George area of Staten Island.

The duo couldn’t have picked a better location for its budding pizza business. Within the last few years, St. George has skyrocketed in popularity. Their restaurant is in walking distance from the Staten Island Yankees stadium (where fans can get a slice or a calzone from Pier 76 while taking in a game) and it’ll soon become the home of the Staten Island Ferris Wheel (similar to the London Eye) and a sensational 500,000-square-foot outlet mall.

While location is arguably everything, what’s really paramount is the food. Pier 76’s pizza is reminiscent of the pizza I grew up with at Joe and Pat’s. Its thin crust is still sturdy and addictive and makes it quite easy to scarf down a few slices without even feeling a trace of fullness. The pizza is a must if you swing by, but there are many other dishes you should stay for like the eggplant fries,  the lobster mac n cheese, or Jeremy’s favorite, the fiocchi and pear pasta.

What I also greatly appreciate about the menu at Pier 76 is its gluten-free options. For those who suffer from gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, like I do, you will feel completely at ease and quite happy when dining here. My absolute favorite is the gluten-free vodka pie. I am a big fan of Jeremy’s flavorful vodka sauce, so if you opt for another pizza topping (might I suggest broccoli rabe and sausage) then try it on the gluten-free pasta that they also carry. A close second for me would be the gluten-free pasta with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.


Before or after your meal, be sure to grab a drink or two at the bar. It’s very much a local Staten Island crowd that gathers together to watch sports and throw back a few pints after a long day. I recently dropped by Pier 76 after the Five Borough Bike race and found locals mixing with excited tourists. They were able to brave the many physical roadblocks put in place by the city that might have otherwise stopped them from making their way in through the front door.

Regardless–they were there and I was there–all in the name of good pizza and a cold drink, where everyone, not just me, feels like family.



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