This weekend the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is hosting a fundraiser for the Istituto Italiano Scuola. This is a great event if you’d like to taste some good food, speak a bit of Italian, and help the Italian school reach its fundraising goals for the year!
The Istituto Italiano Scuola is proud to present a fundraising event to promote and increase awareness of its mission to provide excellent quality teaching of the Italian language in the Bay Area. IIS is the only school affiliated with the San Francisco Italian Cultural Institute, and offers Italian language courses for every level, from absolute beginner to highly advanced.
The completely self-financed non-profit school was founded in the late 1990’s and has been growing ever since. It is located in the charming Jackson Square district where red brick and sophisticated antique stores rub shoulders with bustling North Beach.
The proceeds from the fundraiser will enable the school to sustain its core mission and to acquire new materials for teacher enrichment and course expansion.
“Tastes of Italy” will take place March 10, from 4-6 at the Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St. in San Francisco. It will showcase tastings from local producers such as Framani and Emporio Rulli. There will be wine and live music, and some really exciting raffle prizes: free Italian classes at IIS and in Bologna, a night in a B&B in Wine Country, dining certificates, and more. You will be able to relax and speak Italian (if you like) and have a great time. Tickets are $40 each ($50 at the door).
My friend Stefano pointed me to Supermarket Italy, an Italian specialties online retailer. We have often bought from Capri Flavors before, but the problem there are shipping costs. Supermarket Italy is not fast, to be sure, but they ship for a flat fee ($6.99 for order over $50) and they have a pretty good assortments of cookies and other goodies. As I might have let escpae, we’re big fans of Mulino Bianco products, but anything you grew up with is always a treat, no? In our package we had Macine, Tarallucci, Pan di Stelle, Ringo, Oro Saiwa and even Girella!! Yum… Breakfast for the next few weeks all of a sudden sounds amazingly good!
Passatelli, a homemade pasta-like first course typical of Romagna, my region, are delicious little complement to a hot stock in cold weather. They are a simple preparation, made on the spot and cooked directly in the stock. The ingredients are simple: for each person budget the following:
1 oz of breadcrumbs (not the seasoned kind- I make my own from ACME bread)
1 oz of Parmigiano
1 tbsp of flour
a pinch of nutmeg
Mix all ingredients except for flour in a bowl with your hands till you get a solid mix. add a bit of flour at the time to give it extra firmness, and then use a potato ricer with coarse holes to drop one small batch at the time in a good meat stock (we like a mix of chicken and beef). By the time you are done passing them through the ricer (hence the name “passatelli”), they are cooked and ready to serve!! Use pasta bowls and enjoy steaming hot!