Welcome to the Mediterranean Diet Roundtable

The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable is a think tank organizing inspirational and experiential events, where Scientists and Food Industry leaders and influencers connect. Since 2015, the MDR has attracted hundreds of participants from the US and Mediterranean Countries.

The Mediterranean Diet Roundtable to launch its first Extra Virgin Olive Oil Library

As the Mediterranean Diet ranks again the best overall eating pattern in the US, the MDR opens new ways to experience high-quality Olive Oil

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MDR Connect

We are joining forces with world-class Chef Maria Loi and her team to create MDR Connect, a revolutionary matching program to bridge the transition from the current pandemic to the near future and beyond, when we will all be able to meet again in person. MDR Connect will be a safe environment with a limited number of participating buyers meeting virtually with a curated selection of Mediterranean companies for the ultimate, cost-effective matching opportunity. Educational programs and related seminars will be part of this unique experience. We encourage to apply by requesting appropriate participation form.

Recent recipes

April 14, 2021
Baked mussels is a classic dish that Nonna Romana has carried with her from her days in Mola di Bari, Puglia. Even when times were hard, mussels were always plentiful in the fishing village, so plentiful that you could practically go down to the beach and scoop up your own!
Baked Mussels
Baked Mussels Cozze con Battuto PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES • COOK TIME: 23 MINUTES • YIELD: 4 TO 6 SERVING Baked mussels is a classic dish […]
April 14, 2021
The eggplant, which is cooked "mushroom style" in a light tornato and basil sauce, has a buttery quality that melts in your mouth.
Mushroom Style-Eggplant
Mushroom Style-Eggplant Melanzane a Funghetti PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES • COOK TIME: 35 MINUTES • YIELD: 4 TO 6 SERVINGS I lead culinary tours in Italy, […]
April 13, 2021
This is quite possibly the most iconic recipe from the region of Puglia. The remarkable thing about it is how the broccoli rabe almost melts together with the pasta. This comes from the old Pugliese technique of boiling the pasta and vegetables together, and then sautéing them in garlic, oil, and anchovies.
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES • COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES • YIELD: 4 TO 6 SERVINGS This is […]
April 9, 2021
Spicy Pork Kebabs with Moorish Flavors
Zucchini Pancakes with Scallion and Herbs
Zucchini Pancakes with Scallion and Herbs We simply didn’t want to leave. The Kalkan Han, an exquisitely restored inn located in the little fishing village of […]

Testimonials

  • Ken Toong | Executive Director of University of Massachusetts, U-Mass Dining
    Two words come to mind to describe the first MDR – educational and inspirational, as well as a wonderful opportunity for networking. I learned so much more about the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and additional attributes of some of the main components such as olive oil. I came away from the Summit wanting to implement even more Mediterranean concepts on our menu.
    Ken Toong
    Executive Director at UMass Auxiliary Enterprises
  • Rafi Taherian | Yale Dining
    Mediterranean Diet Roundtable provides a forum for operators, researchers, growers and manufactures with focus on cuisines and food that is not only seductive and delicious but also promotes health and wellness. Yale Dining uses these principals in many aspects of its recipe development and menu engineering.
    Rafi Taherian
    Executive Director of Yale University Dining
  • Sara Baer-Sinnott | Oldways
    The organizers did a masterful job, bringing together a varied group of people, to tell an interesting and inspiring story of bringing the good health and great tastes of the Mediterranean Diet to new audiences.
    Sara Baer Sinnott
    Oldways
  • John Lawn | Authority on the Food Service Market
    The agenda provided an excellent mix of scientific research, culinary overviews and practical application case studies, all focused on the role that traditional Mediterranean regional cuisines can play in a healthy diet. I particularly liked the scientific overviews of recent research and the noncommercial market segment case studies that showed how these principles can be adapted for large-volume meal production in real life circumstances.
    John Lawn
    Former Editor of Food Management Magazine
  • Elena Paravantes | Nutrition and Communications
    For the first time an event gathered professionals from different backgrounds and showed how a Mediterranean diet can be appropriate for a variety of settings. This event showed us that the Mediterranean diet is easy to apply in any setting: from colleges to hospitals, affordable and has the science to back it up. With the right presentation and preparation consumers, students, patients embrace this delicious and healthy eating pattern.
    Elena Paravantes, RD
    Food and Nutrition Consultant, Writer, Speaker
  • Susan Reef | US Food Safety Corporation
    The panelists presentations were on the level expected for the highly educated audience.
    Susan Reef
    US Food Safety

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MED LIVE

April 7, 2021
Introduction to the MDR EVOO Library Series

Introduction to the MDR EVOO Library Series

Introduction to the MDR Extravirgin Olive Oil Library Series: David Neuman and Daniela Puglielli. April 12, 2021 11:30 am EST MDR Facebook LIVE fb.com/mediterraneandietroundtable
April 7, 2021
MDR EVOO Library: David Neuman presents Rosa Vano, Castillo de Canena (live from Spain).

MDR EVOO Library: David Neuman presents Rosa Vano, Castillo de Canena

MDR EVOO Library: David Neuman presents Rosa Vano, Castillo de Canena (live from Spain). April 16, 2021 9:00 am EST (3:00 pm Spain) MDR Facebook LIVE […]
April 9, 2021
MDR EVOO Library: David Neuman presents Marco Petrini, Monini.

MDR EVOO Library: David Neuman presents Marco Petrini, Monini

MDR EVOO Library: David Neuman presents Marco Petrini, Monini. April 20, 2021 9:00 am EST MDR Facebook LIVE fb.com/mediterraneandietroundtable