You’re probably wondering why the title of this post is named as such. I’ll tell you! I snuck off to San Francisco and while perusing the events at Omnivore books, I discovered Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome would be speaking as part of her book tour in the US! What luck, right?
The new book she was presenting was Eating My Way Through Italy and it concentrates her 30 years of exploring Italian regional foods into neat chapters divided by the regions she has closest connection with, including dining advice, recipes and resources. For those of you who don’t know (which I highly doubt) Elizabeth Minchili is an American in Rome holding a varied background with Italy over her life including having put down roots with an Italian husband, children and a doggie. She is revered and a respected authoritative voice on Italian cooking and Roman cuisine, and has varied resources for eating around Italy with her apps and popular food blog. Her daughter Sophie is carrying the gastronome torch and leads culinary tours through the eternal city. Ciao, Sophie! Continue Reading →
After being in the states for 2 months, and watching the MeToo & TimesUp movement unfold, I started to wonder where Italy was in this state of gendered affairs. In Florence, I’ve noticed demonstrations raising awareness about femicide, violence and stalking. Solidarity displayed with red shoes hanging from shops and installations in major squares. Red shoes, or “scarpe rosse” states a demand for the end of violence towards women.
My latest article covers a group of pizzaiole (women pizza makers) who have banded together to put on fundraiser pizza dinners where 100% of proceeds will go towards anti-violence centers starting with a dinner March 12th 2018 raising money for P.E.T.R.A in the Verona area with intentions to make these dinners in pizzerie around the country.
“How did people really eat, drink, live and love during the Renaissance? We will attempt to answer this with a visit to Palazzo Davanzati and the exhibition “Il sole in casa”, which explores daily life through Italian ceramics. Different domestic objects in the palazzo—ranging from furniture to famous 14th c. frescoed stories on the bedroom walls—illustrate gender roles, home décor, food culture, the role of the minor arts and artisans in Renaissance homes, and much more.
After the visit, join us for a private guided tasting of Renaissance elixirs by Florence’s most seasoned and fascinating mixologist at Mayday. Go back in time to imbibe historical medicinal liqueurs, house-made essences, Renaissance potions and potent concoctions, all paired with artisan cheeses that were nibbled during the same time period. We will be accompanied by local food blogger Curious Appetite(that’s me!) who is on top of the contemporary food and drink scene in town and who will give us a deeper understanding of the cocktail and elixir culture of Florence’s most defining era. Not to be missed!”
For those of you in town and would like to combine a fascinating art walk lead by one of the most sought out art history experts in Florence (Alexandra) with a potion stop to imbibe in some Renaissance mixology at Florence’s truly speakeasy craft cocktail lounge, contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or Alexandra email@example.com to RSVP
details: Friday October 9th 2015. Time: 4-7pm location: meeting point will be released to all upon RSVP
cost: Contact for inclusive pricing for the art walk and the post-walk Renaissance-themed aperitivo. This event is private and we get exclusive access to Mayday and special drinks off the menu, as well as various tastings from their mixology lab. There will be light food pairings included.
inclusions: A guided fused art and food/drink walk with 2 local experts with a truly unique theme!
For more information, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Space is limited- reserve your spot today.
In your quest for time travel (and good booze),
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Vogue’s Fashion Night Out is basically the night where I realize how much I am not “with it,” my outfits probably make no sense and that I should eat rice cakes and fat free yogurt for the rest of my life. It also painfully reminds me how much I cannot wear heals and how Florentines put the icing on the glitz and glamour cake. I may sound like an embittered Daria, but let’s face it- Italians and their well-dressed immaculate put-togetherness makes us question our outwardly presented existence. Unless you are one of those people who moved here and learned how to emulate the well-dressed gods who grace these Renaissance streets, you probably know exactly what I am talking about. To be diplomatic at best, it is a night filled with flashy events, openings and shows, albeit shoving along the jam packed boulevards getting from one palazzo to the next. Continue Reading →
I was recently in the French part of Switzerland and my full intention was to write all about it first thing upon my return. As the wonderland of Florence has it, that post will have to be next on the roster because there are a couple really cool events happening this week that you can’t miss if you’re in town: Artisan Party on Thursday July 23rd and a Gourmet Vertical Wine Tasting on Friday July 24th.
Lost in Florence is joining forces with a few very talented, local contemporary artisans in Florence to host a Summer Pop-Up Party at the stylish, chic La Serra studio space in Florence. The artisans present will be MK Textiles, Tinka Loncar and Officina Lab.
The details: Thursday 23 July 2015: From 7pm, we will be celebrating summer over a crisp cocktail, mingle with the artisans and check out their handmade goodies all on the gorgeous historic Palazzo Pandolfini secret garden. RSVP via the facebook event page.
The 2nd event you can’t miss in Florence this week is another Gourmet Vertical Wine Tasting Event in Florence presented by the Winemaker this Friday July 24th at 9pm
I have exclusive invites for a small handful of my readers (and pals) to join my table for a Vertical Wine Tasting presented by an Umbrian Winemaker at my favorite wine bar in Florence. Included in the tasting event are 6 wines and each wine will be paired with a generous array of finger foods such as gourmet crostini, truffle panini bites, organic artisan cheeses and local meats such as wild boar fennel salumi. This is not an event to miss if you are a serious food and wine lover visiting Florence. You will be at a private wine tasting at one of Florence’s most revered wine bars, served by the city’s best sommeliers and surrounded by locals (no tourists, except us:) Since I speak 3 languages (English, Italian and Wine), I’ll be able to translate and guide you through the whole tasting event in leisure.
Wines presented: Grechetto (white wine), 3 different “vertical” vintages (i.e. wines of different years to demonstrate contrast) of the Brecciaro line (Ciliegiolo di Narni) and ending with a vertical of 2 vintages from his “old vine” Vigne Vecchie Riserva line (also Ciliegiolo di Narni). All wines from Umbria, the nearly undiscovered “green heart” central region of Italy.
As with previous events, I have the privilege from my favorite wine bar in Florence to invite a few of my readers to join my table for this private vertical wine tasting event. This is a private event with only local attendees from the wine industry and personal contacts of the wine bar owner. This is great way to experience something different on a Friday night in Florence…with me as your date!
I look forward to seeing you in style (and taste!) this week in Florence.
Staying cool in the Florentine summer,
The Curious Appetite
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