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Cozy Autumn Italian dinner and wine tasting
Join me for this fun and delicious evening featuring unknown wines from different countries of the world , paired with a great traditional Italian family style dinner. No chef coat for me, no evaluation sheets, no plating and presentation, just a super fun family style dinner. Let's take our time to enjoy this evening!!!!!!!!! The pours for the tasting ( 5 DIFFERENT WINES) will be generous enough for the dinner and the wines I have chosen, are not easy to find . THIS IS NOT AN EVERYDAY COMMERCIAL WINES EVENING!!!!!! I will provide everything, from FOOD, WINE, WINE GLASSES, tables, chairs, flatware, plates, table linens,………..bla,bla…… . Please, as usual, help me clean up in order to keep the cost down. The cost is $ 55.00 per person including everything and PREPAYMENT IS REQUIRED at moment of signing. NEW POLICY : please, don't rsvp and not pay , you will be removed from the list . NO EXCEPTIONS!! ( If you are removed, you can always pay and get back in) For payments, go to my website WWW.LVITALY.COM ( , click on pay with cc, enter 55 on the item price ( no $ symbol) if you have a paypal account just send the $ 55.00 to [masked] or if YOU DON'T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, click on pay with debit or credit card ( at bottom of the page) , enter your info. The location is my home in Lafayette and I will email the address later. Wine menu not in order of tasting Cantine Tinazzi Feudo di Santa Croce 'LXXIV' 2013 Primitivo di Manduria Italia Olarra Rioja Crianza Cerro Anon 2010 Spain Ousterhout Zinfandel Nance's Vineyard 2009 Alexander Valley USA Woodstock Shiraz 2013 McLaren Vale Australia Piattelli Trinita' Grand Reserve 2011 Mendoza Argentina Dinner menu Italian ( Pantelleria ) lentils and Porcini mushrooms ( foraged by me) soup Butternut squash Ravioli, ricotta, smoked Gouda,Parmigiano, crispy butter and sage Pork loin tenderloin filet , red wine reductions, grilled persimmons for vegetarians only PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU SIGN UP Grilled sliced portabella mushroom with Italian Rosemary sea salt ( picked by me), grilled persimmons Panna cotta con arancio candito Panna Cotta with home made candied orange zest

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    This is a group for anyone interested in Italian food, wine, culture and meeting new people with same interests. It is fun to cook together while drinking good wine and enjoy the food we created in a fun, casual and relaxed atmosphere. It is not necessary to have any culinary skills and may be, at the end of a Meetup, you will be able to make one of your favorite Italian dish!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started this group because I love food, good wines, friends outside my regular job (personal chef) and I like to have fun and laugh cooking and sipping wine without the stress of working.

    I created also an elite group, that is growing every day, of VIP members for their loyalty, help with the events, great cooking, personality, courtesy and now friendship. With the VIP status they will be always welcome to an event ( waiting list or not), they will not have to prepay for an event , more hors d'ouvres, preferred seating (at the dinner table), bigger portions, bigger pours of wine.......and I have also created a new status besides VIP. It is a step up, it is not a vice president or senior or any of this company cr..... I am honored to present the " MAFIOSO or MAFIOSA" status. The Mafioso( boy) or Mafiosa ( girl) is for outstanding achievement in the bringing the event on another level. The new status since April 2014 is "CLASSY" and I don't think it needs much of an explanation. The benefits to be " CLASSY" are .....just to be treated as a Queen or a King. In 2015 I introduced " Carbonaro" ( From omonimus pasta) and Pizzettaro or Pizzettara for achievements in making original Carbonara and Pizza Napoletana .

    Ciao, Valerio

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