Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CCR Book Club - July 16, 2017

Our summer meeting will take place at lunchtime on Sunday, July 16th, on another lovely terrace, this time near Piazza Cavour. The book for July’s meeting is "Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef" by Gabrielle Hamilton (also available in the Italian translation [Bompiani] as "Sangue, Ossa e Burro: L’Educazione Involontaria di uno Chef"). The author is a famous chef and the owner of Prune, a well known restaurant in the East Village of NYC. The novel describes her family, her adolescence, her marriage into an Italian family, and the road she took to becoming chef. Read the NY Times review of this book here.

Momentous CCR Book Club news! After earnestly leading this merry band of readers for the last five years, Nicoletta Barbarito is passing the coordinator torch to Luigi Girolametto. Warmest thanks to both Nicoletta for a job very well done and to Luigi for accepting the challenge.

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: Piazza Cavour area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Lunch: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.

Friday, May 12, 2017

CCR Official 2016-2017 Season Closing - June 7, 2017

Once again this year H.E. Dennis A. Savoie, Canada's Ambassdor to the Holy See, and Mme Claudette Savoie, CCR Patrons of Honour, are very kindly welcoming CCR members and friends into their lovely official residence for our official club season closing event. This year, however, we've snagged our favourite Canadian caterer, Sylvie Gagnon, to delight our palates, as she did at our wonderful opening event!

Welcome Cocktail
Water flavoured with "the scents of the season"
White and red wines, DOC Casale Vallechiesa
Still and sparkling water

Mini sandwich rolls
Three-layered summer vegetable cups
Roman-style Panzanella (bread salad) and Fisherman's Panzanella
Red beet velouté and goat cheese cups
Mini bacon and cheese quiches
Mediterranean savoury loaves (tomatoes, capers and olives)
Cream cheese and smoked salmon pastry rolls
Fusilli with cherry tomatoes, tuna, capers and oregano
Spelt with pesto and zucchini
Blanc manger with lavender and almonds
Strawberry Panna Cotta (Cooked Cream)

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See, Gianicolo (Janiculum) area -- exact address details will be sent to confirmed participants only.
Cost: CCR members €25 each, guests €35 each. Advance payment required.
N.B. This event is open to guests only if accompanied by fully paid and registered CCR members.
Security: Mandatory registration of all participants. Please note that due to security requirements we will need the full name of each person attending at the time of booking. Also, it is required that you have photo ID on the evening of the event.
RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on June 5th, 2017 to canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Marielle with Proof of Payment attached. There are a limited number of spaces and only those who have paid in advance will be sent the exact address and be admitted on the evening.
Payment options: When you email us to book, please inform us which payment option you have chosen:
1. Drop the amount off in an envelope with the name of CCR's Treasurer, Marielle Lacroix, at the Canadian consulate at Via Zara 30 or the embassy at Via Salaria 243.
2. Send a money transfer/"bonifico" to: account in the name of Marielle LACROIX, Bank: Intesa San Paolo, IBAN IT22U0306967684510329915862. Please ask your bank to send email confirmation to our address.
or 3. If you can meet up with one of the members of the CCR executive who has a receipt book, you could pay them. We're in the Prati, Corso Trieste/Via Tagliamento, Via Zara, Aventino, San Paolo, Conca D'Oro and Formello areas.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CCR Walks: Ramblings on the Colle Oppio - May 28, 2017

Baths, princely mansions, luscious gardens and splendid statuary were once found on the Colle Oppio. Historical witnesses to these splendours included Pliny, Michelangelo, and the great 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani.  Our ramble on the hill will touch on these accounts as well as chart more recent findings during the past 15 years. Thanks to a special permit we will also inspect the so-called Sette Sale (Trajan-era water cisterns) and the Auditorium of Augustus’ famous friend, Maecenas, as we unpack the hill’s fascinating history.

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. for coffee; 9:30 a.m. for the walk.
Meeting point: Near the Colle Oppio; exact location to be provided to those registered for this walk.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.  There will also be an additional fee of €8 to enter the two special sites included on this walk.
RSVP required by Thursday May 25, ATTN Joe at canadarome@gmail.com. You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NB: Please bring correct change.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

CCR Book Club - May 27, 2017

Nina George's "The Little Paris Bookshop" is the reading chosen for the CCR Book Club's meeting in May.

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: 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: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Culture, Wine, Food and Music in the Italian countryside - May 20, 2017

May is turning out to be a great month for CCR activities! We have another day trip organized for members and guests and it will touch on everything that we love about Italy. 

First, culture. The day begins with a guided tour of the beautiful medieval frescoes in the crypt of the Romanesque cathedral of Santa Maria (1072-1104) in the medieval hill town of Anagni, located about 50 km south of Rome. The walls and vaults of the crypt are completely covered with brightly coloured frescoes considered some of the best works of Romanesque/Byzantine art in Italy. Painted in 1237, they form one of the most extensive and best-preserved medieval pictorial cycles in Europe.

Next, wine. From Anagni we drive to the nearby Azienda Agricola Coletti Conti for a tasting of Cesanese wines. The owner Anton Maria Coletti Conti is widely considered to be one of the greatest producers of Cesanese del Piglio, the only DOCG wine in Lazio. Cesanese, with is bright fruit characters and earthy overtones, is considered by many to be one of Lazio's most interesting grape varieties -- and, for the most part, not yet well-known beyond circles of wine enthusiasts.

And then, food and music. We will be treated to a home cooked ‘pranzo al fresco’ hosted by members Evelyn Beller and Blando Palmieri on the terrace of their country cottage in their small vineyard in the countryside outside of Paliano. A time to relax, chat, eat and at the end of the meal enjoy traditional accordion music by a young local musician.

A very special thanks to our friends and CCR members Evelyn Beller and Blando Palmieri who generously organized this outing. In addition Evelyn and Blando are cooking the meal and offering their wine (vino di casa) on behalf of our charity Project Rome.

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Transportation, Meeting Point and Time: 9.30 a.m. in Piazza Papa Innocenzo III, Anagni FR. We will meet at ‘Bar del Duomo’ in the piazza for coffee. The guided tour of the crypt in the Santa Maria Cathedral starts promptly at 10.00 a.m. Instructions on where to park will be sent to participants.
Car Pooling: Please let us know if you can offer a ride in your car. We will help organize car pools so that those without vehicles can enjoy this day outing
Cost: €10 for the guided tour of the crypt (members and non-members). The price may vary slightly (higher or lower) depending on the number of participants. We are also asking members to donate on a voluntary basis to Project Rome, CCR’s 2016-17 charity. Non-members may only participate in this exceptional outing and meal with a donation of at least €15, which we will collect on the day of our outing. CCR supports Project Rome's efforts to provide fresh, hot meals to those most in need as well as clothes, shoes, bags and bedding to Rome's poor and disadvantage.
NB: Book early as space is limited and remember that you are financially responsible for your participation.
RSVP to canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Linda by Thu. May 18.