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  • 10/03/2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    A hands-on, spirited networking event was hosted by Amy Zavatto, drinks expert and author of the book Prosecco Made Me Do It. It was a lively evening punctuated by delicious food and prosecco cocktails. Amy began with a brief history of prosecco, during which we learned this bubbly is produced from the Glera grape in a protected region in Italy with DOC and DOCG denominations and is much celebrated for its terroir. Amy then led us on a tasting journey through her favorite ways to enjoy prosecco. Guests were treated to a sampling of drinks namedBubbly Jack Rose, made with applejack and grenadine; Dance Party, mixed with elderflower; and Cheers to Sal, made with Sicilian Averno. We left with a copy of Amy’s book as a special gift. It was a memorable evening and we are looking forward to the next chance to drink and learn.


  • 09/29/2018 11:33 AM | Anonymous

    On a clear and gentle day we followed Newark urbanist Antonio Valla, from Have You Met Newark (, a tour company that specializes in walking tours focused on architecture, history, food, through the Ironbound District, stopping to sample Portuguese sausage, Spanish tapas, Italian ice cream, Brazilian pastries, the tastes from layers of immigration. At the Church of St. Stephen, founded by German Lutherans a hundred years ago, today's Fundamentalist Spanish speaking parishioners were studying for their GEDs when we looked in. Lisbon Wine Shop offered us Vinho Verde and Red Vino Alentejano from the North and South of Portugal. We were wowed by condensed milk based truffles, cookies, tarts and a wedding cake at Brigodero, a hidden away Brazilian shop smaller than a parking space. Thanks to each immigrant group that makes up the District for their particularly good food.

  • 09/26/2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Fall Season Book Club gathered at the home of Lynn Bernstein to discuss Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression, by David Leite. Those lucky enough to attend this sold-out event had the pleasure of discussing this candid and courageous memoir with the author himself. The evening’s frank conversation, initiated by co-chair Lisa Homa, quickly engaged all.

    The host prepared a delicious menu from David’s cookbook, The New Portuguese Table. Among the dishes we enjoyed were salt cod fritters and grilled shrimp with piri-piri sauce. Jennifer Kouvant of Six Dutchess Farms prepared David’s orange cake. As a finishing touch, artisanal chocolates were provided by Milène Jardine.


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