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From Scratch – A memoir of love, Sicily and finding home

Date 05.20.2019

Fondazione Italia is proud to support “From Scratch” written by one of our wonderful parents, Tembi Locke, whose daughter has been learning Italian with us for the past several years. We miss Saro very much and applaud Tembi for letting us take a peak inside her amazing journey of love and loss.

From Scratch is a poignant and transporting cross-cultural love story set against the lush backdrop of the Sicilian countryside, where one woman discovers the healing powers of food, family, and unexpected grace in her darkest hour.

Cooking and eating Sicilian food together was one of the great joys actress Tembi Locke shared with her beloved husband Saro, a professional Italian chef. Twenty years prior, when she bumped into him on a street in Florence, she had no idea that he would become the love of her life and that they would build a fairy tale life together in Los Angeles with an adopted daughter they adored. And she never imagined that after his diagnosis of a rare form of cancer and a decade of care taking, she would eventually lose him and have to start over from scratch. 

Shattered, but determined to honor the memory of her husband, build a new life for their daughter Zoela, and strengthen their relationship with his family, she returned to his hometown on the island of Sicily and chronicle the three summers Tembi and Zoela spent there bonding with Saro’s mother in a tiny hamlet of farmers.

Once estranged from Saro’s parents because they refused to accept that he was marrying a black American, Tembi discovered solace and nourishment, the healing gifts of simple fresh food, the embrace of a close-knit community, and the wisdom to light a path forward in the warm and welcoming kitchen of her mother-in-law.


Prosciutto! with expert Francesco Lupo – May 18

Date 05.16.2019

The IAMLA cordially invites you to Prosciutto with a Pro: A Culinary-Educational Experience with Expert Francesco Lupo! The event celebrates Italian-American heritage and the culinary impact Italians have had on the nation. Part of the Weekend of Prosciutto, the event will include an educational presentation and tasting. Charcuterie specialist Francesco Lupo will speak on Prosciutto di Parma’s rich history and time honored traditions that make Prosciutto di Parma so unique, and unlike any other prosciutto.

Classic Italian dishes prepared by Chef Angelo Auriana will highlight Prosciutto di Parma USA prepared in a variety of ways. Curated light bites created by Sixth+mill pizzeria and bar and BRERA Ristorante will be served. Freshly sliced Prosciutto di Parma will also be available alongside wines that compliment the tasting experience. This is a 21 and over event. Proceeds benefit the IAMLA, a 501 c (3) organization.

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Pasta Masters – May 23

Date 05.13.2019

Mr. C Beverly Hills & IACCW present Pasta Masters: A Progressive Pasta Experience at the Authentic Italian Table on May 23rd. Enjoy culinary demonstrations showcasing imported, authentic Italian ingredients at the centerpiece and tastings of freshly made pasta from some of LAs’ most celebrated Italian Chefs.

Bellinis will be served upon arrival, followed by passed hors d’oeuvres, unlimited freshly made pasta samples from each chef, and bottomless Italian beverages, including craft beers by Peroni Nastro Azzurro and specialty wines wines from Marchesi Antinori.

Thursday, May 23 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Mr. C Beverly Hills

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The Language Magician: the video game for Italian learners

Date 05.10.2019

The Erasmus + Language Magician project is a video game with a grip on children that can also be useful to teachers in evaluating the progress students make in learning foreign languages. The project, which was joined by the Schooling Office of the Italian Consulate in London since the beginning of 2015 and by the Italian Foreign Ministry in 2018 through a financial contribution, has now become an instrument available online free of charge and accessible to all schools and teachers.

At the address https://www.thelanguagemagician.net/it/accesso/  you can use the game for two levels of learning: one for children between 7 and 10 who have already dedicated approximately 100 hours to studying the foreign language of choice (English, French, Spanish, German and Italian for foreigners) and another for older students of up to 12 years of age who have dedicated approximately 200 hours to studying the foreign language.

For 35 minutes, the student becomes the Language Magician whose task consists in “freeing his animal friends imprisoned by the terrible Winivil in his inaccessible tower”.

By periodically repeating the game, teachers can evaluate the progress of their young students thanks to the instantaneous creation of a diagram showing their performance.


Consul General Silvia Chiave and Senator Francesca Alderisi visit Franklin Elementary

Date 05.10.2019

Within days of each other, the teachers and students from the K-6 Italian Dual-Immersion program were honored to welcome visits from both Consul General Silvia Chiave and Italian Senator Francesa Alderisi! The steadfast support of the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles and the Italian government allows Fondazione Italia to provide Franklin Elementary with a grant to provide two Italian instructional assistants to the program.

Article on Senator Francesca Alderisi’s visit


Kids Italian Summer Camp Open for Enrollment!

Date 04.09.2019

Italian Summer Camps in Glendale and Laguna Beach are open for Enrollment! Make Friends! Have Fun! All in Italian! All levels welcome for kids ages 4-10! Check out all the details here!

Single day drop-offs available!


Buona Pasqua! Discover Italian Easter Food Traditions

Date 04.16.2019

The importance of Easter in Italian culture is reflected in the country’s food traditions. During Easter lunch in Italy, lamb and eggs are always served. They appear either as part of the meal itself, or as sweets in the shape of these symbols of life and rebirth (in the case of eggs) and of sacrifice of the son of God for humanity (in the case of the lamb.)

For traditional Italian recipes served during Easter visit Giallo Zafferano.

Easter is one of the most important holidays in the Christian religion and is a celebration of the resurrection of Christ, three days after he had been crucified. One important detail about this holiday, is that the date changes from year to year. As was decided at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AC, Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of Spring and can therefore vary from March 22nd to April 25th.

The week prior to Easter, beginning with Palm Sunday, is referred to as Holy Week and is a period of many symbolical celebrations, including the preparation of long tables in churches that represent the table there Jesus held his last supper with his twelve disciples. There is also the procession of Good Friday, during which people try to recreate the Christ’s long walk towards the cross.


Leonardo Da Vinci 500th Anniversary Exhibit at The Getty Opens April 30

Date 04.16.2019

This year the world celebrates Leonardo Da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death. On the April 30 an exhibition dedicated to him will open at the Getty Museum in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles.


Learn about the history and significance of the Sicilian puppet theater – April 15

Date 04.15.2019

Join the Chapman University Italian Studies Department tonight for a presentation by Italian Studies alumnus Marco Saglimbeni that will explore the traditional form of Sicilian Puppetry known as pupi theater.

Monday, April 15
7:00-8:30 pm
Chapman University – Center for American War Letters of the Leatherby Libraries.
 


Today is Italian Research Day 2019

Date 04.15.2019

Italian Research Day is an initiative launched by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) to promote the important work of Italian scientists and researchers around the world.

On the occasion of this year’s #ItalianResearchDay, please check out these fascinating interviews of two Italian researchers in the US, Veronica Bindi from NASA and the University of Hawaii, and Barbara Marchetti from the Catholic University of America and Universita’ e-Campus. Video 👉🏼 https://youtu.be/CZl_gPk0cxs