Here is the European event many of you have asked me about-the European party of the month. This time I am co-organising it with Enzo, who is from Sicily and kindly volunteered his time and found the family run restaurant La Cucina near Farrington where we'll have our Italian themed party.
As with other parties, the idea is to introduce you to a European cuisine, wines, music and culture-this time the Italian.
But this party has another purpose too and that is to help Enzo raise funds for the Leaukemia Society, a cause that he is very passionate about. A lot of you already gave your contributions for the trakking trip to Peru from which Enzo recently returned and he'd like to thank you for those contributions in person. You can read more about the trip, the cause and see photos on the message board of the London European Club. If you still haven't donated you can contribute by going directly to the link http://www.justgiving.com/Enzo-Carrara or donate at the party.
Italian party details:
The party starts at 7pm and the restaurant is exclusively booked for members of the London European Club. You would need to be on the RSVP list to get in. A member of staff will collect the £15 at the door. Food as well as entertainment, two musicians playing live traditional Italian music, is included in the price, but you'd need to buy your own drinks. Please do not ask me if you can only come for drinks because the answer is NO. As the restaurant is closed to other customers everyone who wants to attend the party needs to pay the £15 at the door. So if you are on a diet or have previous dinner arrangements and would just like to drop in, I am afraid you'd still need to pay £15 to get in.
Where is it?
La Cucina is l ocated very close to Farrington station. But our dear TfL has decided to close Farrington and Barbican in order to conduct engineering works. Chancery Lane and King's Cross are not that far, but would mean that you'd need to walk a bit or take a bus. Please print out a map or take down the address published above. Please do not call me or Enzo to ask for instructions how to find the restaurant.
Italian food is amazingly popular around the world and we have all had a pasta or pizza when in a hurry. But there is much, much more to Italian cuisine than just pasta and pizza. It has developed through centuries of social and political changes and has roots as far back as the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine is noted for its regional diversity, abundance of difference in taste and cheese and wine are a major part of it. Coffee, specifically espresso has a crucial role in Italian cuisine, I won't go as far as saying: "The Italians know how to make the best coffee in the world" but they certainly know their stuff.
On the evening we'll taste dishes and wines from Campagna, Toscana, Le Marche, Piedmonte, Emilia Romagna and La Spezia. Vegeterian dishes and dishes containing pork will be clearly marked. The menu looks tasty and contains: italian beef meetballs, chopped tomatoes, basil and garlic on chiabatta bread, borlotti beans with mixed wild mushrooms and cream, pan fried squid with cannellini beans and parsley and chilli, fennel sausages with wild mushroom and cream sauce, pan fried chopped chicken livers with onions and many other Italian delights.
Dress code: Italians are known for their impeccable fashion sense and Italy is the home of some of the best known fashion labels in the world, such as Armani, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana and Valentino. You don't have to wear labels, but be as glamorous as you like, the restaurant is full of photos of Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Marcello Mastroianni, Nino Manfredi so if in doubt what to wear, you can always watch one of the movies they appeared in and be inspired.
I hope you are looking forward to this evening as much as we are.
Enzo and Maja (pronounced Maya)
Please RSVP yes only if you can come to the Italian party. Do not take the space of someone who genuinely wants to come just because you can't be bothered to change your RSVP. Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours before the event will count as a "no show". Members that don't show up three times are banned from the Club.