Essentials of the Italian Pantry
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Essentials of the Italian Pantry
StarChefs.com wants to know what pantry staples are needed to make a perfect Italian meal. Tell us by filling out our Essentials of the Italian Pantry survey. The survey is for food service professionals only and will take just a moment of your time. As an added bonus, you will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to go on a professional culinary adventure in the heart of Italy's food valley, in which you will tour top producers, hone your culinary skills at an advanced culinary center and enjoy the culture and food of Italy. Deadline for entry is June 15, 2006.
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1. What is your name?
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2. What is your e-mail address?
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3. What is your zip code? (If not in the United States, please write "none".)
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4. What is your title?
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5. What is the name of your restaurant or company?
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6. What country do you live in?
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7. What kind of cuisine do you specialize in?
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If other, please describe:
 
Canned and Dried Goods:
8. Rate each individual item listed below on how essential they are to Italian cooking. Make sure you select one circle from each row.
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* Canned Beans
* Canned Tomatoes
* Canned Tuna
* Cornmeal
* Dried Beans
* Dried Porcini
* Flour
* Pasta
* Rice
* Sun-Dried Tomatoes
* Tomato Paste
 
What other canned or dried goods are needed to make an Italian meal?
 
Condiments:
9. Rate each individual item listed below on how essential they are to Italian cooking. Make sure you select one circle from each row.
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* Anchovies
* Balsamic Vinegar
* Butter
* Capers
* Dry White Wine
* Eggs
* Olive Oil
* Olives
* Red Wine
 
What other condiments are needed to make an Italian meal?
 
Herbs and Spices:
10. Rate each individual item listed below on how essential they are to Italian cooking. Make sure you select one circle from each row.
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* Fresh Basil
* Fresh Oregano
* Fresh Parsley
* Fresh Rosemary
* Fresh Sage
* Fresh Thyme
* Garlic Powder
* Kosher Salt
* Peppercorns (Black)
* Peppercorns (Green)
* Peppercorns (Pink)
* Peppercorns (White)
* Red Pepper Flakes
* Saffron
* Sea Salt
 
What other herbs and spices are needed to make an Italian meal?
 
Meat:
11. Rate each individual item listed below on how essential they are to Italian cooking. Make sure you select one circle from each row.
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* Beef
* Chicken
* Fish
* Lamb
* Pork
* Prosciutto
* Shrimp
* Turkey
 
What other meats are needed to make an Italian meal?
 
Produce:
12. Rate each individual item listed below on how essential they are to Italian cooking. Make sure you select one circle from each row.
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* Artichokes
* Asparagus
* Bell Peppers
* Broccoli
* Eggplant
* Garlic
* Green Beans
* Mushrooms
* Onions
* Tomatoes
* Squash
* Zucchini
 
What other produce is needed to make an Italian meal?
 
13. Rate the charcteristics below on how critical they are to your food purchasing decisions. Make sure you select one circle from each row.
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* Availability
* Brand Name
* Freshness
* Price
* Quality
* Seasonality
 
14. Which of the above characteristics is the most important in your food purchasing decisions?
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15. What food item(s) do you feel it's necessary to splurge on?
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16. Select the THREE pasta shapes that you cook with the most often:
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Campanelle
Capellini/Angel Hair
Elbows
Farfalle/Bow-Tie
Fettuccine
Gemelli
Lasagna
Linguine
Mostaccioli
Orzo
Penne
Radiatore
Rigatoni
Shells
Spaghetti
Ziti
Other
 
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17. What brand of dried pasta do you use?
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18. What's your top tip for cooking Italian cuisine at work?
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19. What's your top tip for cooking Italian cuisine at home?
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