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WEEK 114 MENU: May 24-29

Leave the gun, take the cannoli! Many Italian-Americans grow up thinking the specialties prepared by their grandmothers are authentically Italian.  Though certainly rooted in recipes from the “old country,” many were changed as immigrants adapted to their new home in America and to the ingredients they could find. “It is the memories and experiences the Italian immigrants brought with them, coupled with the products they found, that developed into today’s Italian-American cuisine,” says renowned Italian chef and author, Lidia Bastianich. Much of mainstream America was introduced to this immigrant culture through movies like “The Godfather.” This week’s menu highlights some of the most beloved dishes made famous by the movie.

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WEEK 113 MENU: May 17-22, 2022

Piemonte, Risotto & Napoleon. In their regional cuisines, Italians understand and celebrate their homegrown specialties, much of which are rooted in long traditions.  Piemonte is rich in ingredients ranging from the Alps to the rice paddies of its plains, to the manicured vineyards on the rolling hills of Le Langhe. Our menu this week showcases all of these, embellished with local folklore and historic battle stories.

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WEEK 112: May 10-15, 2022

Kicking off Festival Season in the Italian Riviera. Italy's best kept food secret is the "sagra", a festival organized to show off the typical enogastronomic products of a particular area.  During the second week of May the "Sagra del Pesce" is held in Camogli, a stunning seaside village south of Genova on the Ligurian coast, also known as the Italian Riviera.  This week we pay homage to the coastal ingredients and spirit of this beautiful region and perhaps remember some of our own summer getaways and beachside picnics.

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WEEK 111: May 3-8, 2022

Spaghetti Westerns & Tuscan Cowboys. The original cowboys were Italian!  Oh yes they were! The Butteri of southern Tuscany have been an intrinsic part of the Maremma area for centuries, riding and roping long-horned cattle on horseback.  Maybe that explains, in part, why Italians have always been intrigued with the American West. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, recognized as one of the top ten films of all time, was an Italian-made Western, emblematic of the widely popular genre of movies directed by Italian, Sergio Leone, in the 1960s and 70s that were ultimately dubbed "Spaghetti Westerns."  They were a stark depiction of the Old West, featuring characters who possessed both heroic and villainous traits, the most prominent being "The Man...

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Mother's Day 2022: Sunday, May 8th

Celebrate "mamma" on her special day! Whether you are together or apart, share your love by sharing a meal across your tables.  Chef Christianne is channeling her female sophisticated touch in this beautiful menu that captures healthy fresh flavors and is designed for the discerning tastes of Mom.  We have paired this menu with optional special refreshments and flowers to complete the ultimate Mother's Day package.

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