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, Fabio Nitti, 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!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CCR Wine-Tasting: Wines from Piemonte - "La Forza di ‘bogia-nen’" - November 22, 2014

Get ready -- the CCR wine-tasting season is about to begin! For our first tasting of the season we are heading to Piemonte (Piedmont) in the north-western part of Italy. We’ll taste a great selection of wines, discover the region and find out why the Piemontese are called ‘bogia-nen’ which comes from the local dialect, close to French, meaning ‘bouge pas’. And as always, we will share a light dinner and enjoy ‘les fonds de bouteilles’ at the end of the tasting.

Each CCR Wine-Tasting session is given in French and Italian (with questions answered in English, too) and focuses on a specific theme relative to Italian wines.

Daniele Maestri, well-known Italian sommelier and a favorite among CCR members for his knowledgeable and lively presentations, will again lead this lecture and wine-tasting. For those interested in ‘wining and dining’, Daniele is one of the editors of “Due Mila Vini” -- a guide to Italian wines produced by the Italian Sommelier Association. 

Where: Residence of CCR members (Corso Trieste area -- details will be sent to registered participants)
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Cost:  €25 for members (€35 for non-members) 
RSVP to Linda and Paul at Please note that you are financially responsible for your reservation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Trunk-or-Treat at the Canadian Embassy - October 31, 2014

Join the CCR and the Canadian Embassy for a Halloween Trunk-or-Treat event! Children will be able to trick-or-treat and play games on the premises while snacks, hot chocolate and drinks will be served on our patio. All parents with children -- and grandparents with grandchildren! -- are welcome!

This event is part of the Government of Canada’s Workplace Charitable Campaign; all proceeds from the evening will be donated to La Casa di Peter Pan. 

Attendance at this event is limited to Canadian Club members and their children and to non-member guests accompanying CCR members.

When: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Embassy of Canada, Via Salaria 243
Cost: Tickets at the door:
7 per adult (includes 1 drink and snacks), 10 per trick-or-treating child (includes candy, hot chocolate and snacks), and 1 fine per adult/child not in costume! 
RSVP: by noon on Friday, October 24th for Security List; ID must be shown at entrance.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

CCR Book Club - November 12, 2014

For its next reading choice, the CCR Book Club has decided on another book by Tom Rachman (previously, during the 2011-2012 season, the group read his novel set in Rome, "The Imperfectionists"). This time we'll be discussing "The Rise and Fall of Great Powers" -- which the Washington Post calls "weightier, more focused and considerably more melancholy" than the authors's earlier work, although "it still exhibits the author’s impish wit and his fondness for tangled stories."

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Via Nazionale 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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Now You're Cooking Northern Indian Specialities! - October 20, 2014

Join the CCR for a lesson in cooking some favourite dishes from North India. To start off with, we learn how to prepare Samosas (vegetarian and beef) while we enjoy a glass of prosecco. Then, for the main course, we'll prepare and enjoy Saag Paneer (spinach with home-made cheese), Tandoori Chicken, and Daal Makhani (buttered lentils), served on basmati rice with a side of Cucumber Raita (cucumbers in a yoghurt sauce) and, for the daring, hot pickles.  Carrot Halwah (prepared in advance) will be served for dessert.

Please bring paper and pens to take notes! Note that the main course and dessert contain milk. Space is limited so book right away! 

When: Monday, October 20, 2014 
Time: 6:30 pm 
Where: CCR member's private residence in the Vittorio Emanuele area. Exact address will be sent to confirmed participants. 
Cost: CCR members 10, guests 20. Includes meal. 
RSVP: by Wednesday, October 15.