Sunday, November 23, 2014

CCR Family Event: Secret Santa - December 2, 2014

Santa Claus will be making a special appearance for the CCR! This will be an event for the whole family, as the kids will play, snack and do Christmas crafts in addition to meeting Santa, while the adults enjoy an apéritif and socialize as well joining in some games and fun activities. The venue will be “Bimbilandia” – a huge amusement centre for children up to 10 years of age, with beautiful playgrounds, bouncy castles, ball pit, jungle room, and sports, etc., plus a special area for the tiny tots aged 0 to 4. Ice-skating is also available at an extra charge later in the evening.

What’s up with the “Secret Santa” bit? Everyone is invited to bring a wrapped gift for a child (possibly labeling it with boy/girl and a suitable age range) that will be donated to less fortunate children. Parents are also welcome to bring a wrapped gift for their own child or children (with their name on it) for our own Santa to give out during the get-together.

Bring your friends, too, because we all know “the more… the merrier!”

Where: Bimbilandia, Viale di Tor di Quinto 55/57; ample parking area.
When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.  
Cost: Adults  €10 (includes apéritif with 2 drinks), Children €8 for access to the play area, also optional food for children available €5.
More info & RSVP by Nov. 28, 2014 ATTN Oksana to (please indicate whether you would also like the kids’ menu for your children)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

CCR Book Club - January 23, 2015

Get ready for the first reading of the new year! In January 2015 the CCR Book Club will be discussing "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe, which The New York Times review calls "a loving celebration of a mother by a son." 

When: Friday, January 23, 2015 
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Janiculum/Gianicolo area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito

CCR Book Club - December 17, 2014

In December the CCR Book Club is going to discuss "Missing Person" (original French title "Rue des Boutiques Obscures") by 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature winner meeting Patrick Modiano. As usual, the evening will include both a discussion of the novel and a jovial potluck supper.

When: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Piazza di Donna Olimpia area -- exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito

Friday, October 31, 2014

CCR Mini Escapes: Cooking Weekend in Umbria - November 29-30, 2014

Here's another of the CCR's Mini Escapes, this time on the last weekend in November.

We'll be travelling to “La Chiusa Organic Farm” in Umbria, near Umbertide. Mascia, our talented hostess, will initiate us into the secrets of her cuisine by way of cooking lessons using fresh products from the agriturismo’s production. There will be plenty of hands-on experience in a delightful setting and our accommodations will be in a truly peaceful country setting.

The price for the week-end includes transportation, cooking classes, one night of lodgings, lunch and dinner on November 29, and breakfast and lunch on November 30. We will be back in Rome by 5 p.m. on the Sunday. 

Book now, as the number of participants is limited.

When: Saturday, Nov. 29 and Sunday Nov. 39, 2014
Where: La Chiusa, Umbertide in the Umbria region
Meeting point: 8:30 a.m. on Sat. Nov. 29, in central Rome (further information sent to confirmed participants)
Cost: €175 per person for CCR members, €200 for non-members.
RSVP: by Nov. 24, 204 to ATTN Marielle

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CCR at Eataly Aperitivo - November 5, 2014

Our exploration of Roman aperitivo locations is now taking us to the ultimate emporium of Italian food excellence, Eataly. This location is the biggest in the world and boasts both a vast range of high-quality foods and a number of food outlets. 

We'll be meeting in the "Vino Libero" wine bar for a delicious buffet of high-quality foods selected by Eataly's executive chef, accompanied by a choice of beverage -- a glass of selected wine or craft beer (a different Italian region is featured each week) or a standard cocktail (such as a spritz) or a soft drink (such as Lurisia brand aranciata, etc.).

The "Vino Libero" concept seeks to promote wines that are produced free of artificial fertilizers and weed-killers and that contain at least 40% less than the sulphite levels allowed by law.

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. on
Where: Vino Libero area, 2nd floor of Eataly, in the former Air Terminal Ostiense,
Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 

Cost: €10 (includes 1 drink and appetizer buffet)
Note: No reservations or separate payment needed for this casual get-together. If you arrive on the early side, we're more likely to get seating closer together. You could also take the opportunity before or after to browse the selection of products, as Eataly Rome is open until midnight!