A Chef's love Affair with Italy - A conversation with Cathy Whims
November 2021 Olive Oil Tasting
Oregon Olive Oil Tasting
We enjoyed a fun evening of learning about and tasting olive oils grown and produced right here in the Willamette Valley at Durant Vineyards & Olive Mill. The presentation was live via Zoom with Erin Rapp, an olive oil expert from Durant. Grazie Erin, for a wonderful and interactive tasting experience!
June 2021 Bestselling Italian Renaissance Novelist, Stephanie Storey
Stephanie is the author of the stunning debut, Oil and Marble: A Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo and of Raphael, Painter in Rome, which came out in April 2020 in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of Raphael's death. Her books have been translated into six foreign languages and are in development as feature films by Pioneer Pictures. Storey is also a TV producer of The Alec Baldwin Show on ABC, The Arsenio Hall Show on CBS, and the Emmy-nominated The Writers’ Room for Sundance.
May 2021 Learn Italian Through Song
Pina Di Rosa
Pina took us on a on a dynamic and engaging journey through three beautiful Italian songs; Volare, Con te partirò, and Il mare calmo della sera. We learned the translations as well as the history, origination, and the stories behind each song! Pina has two beautiful CDs of her Italian music; Io sono qui, and Napoli in Love.
April 2021 Foods of Naples
Outdoor Market in Naples
March 2021 Puglia Museum Tours
Antimo Cimino, a native from Puglia, introduced us to the ancient civilization of the Messapians. A tribe that inhabited the Southern Ionian coastal towns of Puglia at the beginning of the third century BC. The region is known today as the Salento. To accompany the presentation, Angela Greco and Monica Marasco, curators of the museum joined us live from Italy to share with us stories, history, artifacts, and customs unique to this enchanting region and civilization. We were also joined by the town's Vice Mayor! We truly started a wonderful friendship and collaboration with this region!
Cook with Grazia - Tiramisu!
This Event was Streamed Live From Italy!
Part-Time Adventure or Full-Time Life in Italy
DECEMber 2020 Event
A Virtual Performance!
With Pina Di Rosa & Tim Uecker
Our Holiday Event this year was extra special! We got to enjoy beautiful Italian music sung by Pina Di Rosa via Zoom. This will definitely be a highlight of December with Pina singing traditional Neapolitan songs as well as other Italian Christmas favorites.
Here is a link to the recorded presentation: Pina Di Rosa & Tim Uecker in Concert
NOVEMBER 2020 EVENT
Italian Christmas: Stories and Traditions from North to South
This exceptional presentation helped us get into the Italian Christmas mood and start putting the tragedies of 2020 behind.
Thanks to Antimo Cimino who moderated this event with four of his friends directly from Italy (all excited to get up at the crack of dawn to join us live!). Igor Scomparin from Venice, Bice Della Piana from Salerno, Daniela Leopizzi from Lecce, and Agata Di Fede from Catania. They shared regional Christmas stories and traditions unique to their areas and gave us a sense of similarities and differences in the Italian Culture.
Antimo Cimino is the founder of the Experiential Travel Company VoomaGo (www.voomago.com) as well as the CEO of Cultural Global Labs (culturalgloballabs.com). These two companies are the perfect reflection of Antimo's passion for Travel, Language, Culture, Food, Experiences, Diversity & Inclusion, Leadership and Wellness.
Here is a link to the recorded presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clnhb_4EWv8
OCTOBER 2020 EVENT
Italy's Many Voices: 50 Shades of Latin
September 2020 Event
Celebrating Naples - A Journey Through History
Anita Sanseverino from the East Coast focused on the illustrious history of this once royal kingdom going back to her origins as Parthenope, the Greek city which was the beginning of Naples. She took us through this history, with the various rulers who occupied Naples, and why the unification of Italy might not have been the best thing to happen to the city. And she discussed why Naples should be on everyone's list to visit!
Here is a link to her recorded presentation: Celebrating Naples
For films, art, music, and famous people resources for Naples click here. NAPLES