Buon Natale: La Vigilia- Southwestern style

  • December 15, 2013 · 4:30 PM
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In Italian "Buon Natale" (literally, the good birth) means Merry Christmas.

A popular tradition amongst southern Italians and Italian-Americans is the Christmas eve dinner known as "La Vigilia" (the vigil for birth of our Lord) or "Notte di Sette Pesce" ( Seh-Tay-Pesh-Aye) (night of seven fishes). This is a feast of a fish dinner comprised of at least as many varieties of fish. In some areas of Italy, it can be as few as 3 (for the Trinity) or as many as 12 (after the number of Apostles). The number will always have a religious significance. 

We will re-create some fish dishes. Maria will distribute a menu of recipes to those who request, and it will be the responsibiity of participants to prepare one recipe with enough food for 2 other people. Since everyone is bringing food at their own cost, there is no materials cost for this Meetup.


Some ideas are: 

Lobster-Shrinp red sauce with pasta (called for by Maria & Al)

Frutte Di Mare (Fruit Of The Sea) or cold fish salad appetizer. It is a mix of baby shrimp, baby Octopus legs, Calamari (Squid), Muscles, Clams (and more) in an Olive Oil based Garlic Sauce with other herbs.

Fresh & Crusty Italian Bread 

Gamberetti Freddo e Caldo (Cold shrimp with 2 sauces and hot breaded shrimp with lemon wedges) 

 Finocchio Al'Olio (Fennel, spices and Virgin Olive Oil).

Zuppa Granchi con Crema (Cream Of Crab Soup)

Pesce di Mandorla e Cerchi di Samone (Almond encrusted Tilapia and Stuffed Salmon Wheels)

Aragoste Russo con Spaghetti (Lobsters in Red Sauce with Spaghetti)

Pizza Grana (Sweet Grain Pie) e Espresso.

Wine

Baked Claims (Oreganata)

Salsa Pasta di Sarde (a St Joseph Day fish dish delight- but "right on" for a fish dish, already spoken for by Pat)

Lobster

Not everyone HAS to bring a fish. We also need wine, bread and beverages to be provided.

Getting fresh fish is a challenge here in Las Cruces, but it IS possible the closer we get to Christmas. 

There will be caroling, of course! 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a wonderful time. The food everyone prepared was so delicious! We had a lot of fun and enjoyed everyone's company. Buon Natale

    December 16, 2013

  • Maria C.

    What a Blessed evening to have shared a Christmas tradition that is dear to my Heart. Thank you each and everyone of you for all the delicious food you had cooked to make this event a "special" one. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

    December 16, 2013

  • Pat B.

    What a wonderful evening! Thanks to everyone for making it a true celebration!

    December 15, 2013

  • Al Chance Services LLC, Al C.

    Just like old times. Everyone's fish and food contribution was par EXCELLENT!

    December 15, 2013

  • Carmen B.

    Great people, food, music, a real celebration.

    December 15, 2013

  • Cosette C.

    I am feeling Christmas now, THANK YOU.

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you all enjoyed this event! I would have loved to have gone!

    December 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    yeah am in for this would love to find the real sardines that I had in Italy last month or some REAL Italian bread or will make up an anitipasta plate. Let me know if one of these will work. Alison Bills

    October 25, 2013

  • Al Chance Services LLC, Al C.

    La maggior' sventura o ventura de l'uomo e la moglie. E vera?

    October 18, 2013

  • Gabriel F.

    Katharine does not cook fish. She is a good cook because I am on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it. Unfortunately, you ae booked out. Gabe Fusco

    October 1, 2013

  • Al Chance Services LLC, Al C.

    How do you feel about bringing a wrapped gift of value of $10 to accompany an Italian Christmas trivia contest. Everybody gets a gift- win or lose?

    September 29, 2013

    • Pat B.

      A wonderful idea!!!

      September 29, 2013

  • Al Chance Services LLC, Al C.

    Choose a recipe not already called for, and let us know your choice in some way. If you need help preparing food, ask Maria.

    September 29, 2013

  • Al Chance Services LLC, Al C.

    Ida +1

    September 29, 2013

  • Al Chance Services LLC, Al C.

    Here's a new idea- if anyone on the Wait List would like to open their home to a secondary gathering we could then accommodate more people by having two gatherings simultaneously in 2 different homes. We would still share our recipes, and the host would be responsible for organizing their own home event.

    September 29, 2013

  • Gabriel F.

    Would love to go but anything that goes to the evening conflicts with our responsibilities with our diabetic dog. I doubt it.

    September 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would be interested in more documentaries that explore Italian history and it affects on life today in Italy. Also, life in Sicily compared to other parts of Italy.

    September 23, 2013

  • Mary Celeste R.

    Unfortunately I have a conflict. I am sorry to miss such a wonderful gathering. Mary

    September 23, 2013

  • Al Chance Services LLC, Al C.

    Ida & Charlene- Wait List

    September 19, 2013

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