PASTA 101 SERIES by IL PUNTO!

We are delighted to announce our first series of cooking classes at our location on Greenwood in collaboration with Caffe’ Musica. Classes will be taught by our great chef Leeann Tesorieri.

Classes  will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm on March 8, March 22, April 5, and April 19.
Join us for a series of hands-on classes featuring traditional pasta dishes from Emilia Romagna, the region renown among Italians for the best food in Italy! Classes are limited to eight participants to insure you get personal instruction.
 
Wednesday, March 8th 6:00pm
Gnocchi di Patate: Fast, easy, delicious! Learn how to make traditional gnocchi di patate and gnocchi verdi. While the gnocchi are cooking, you’ll also learn to make a creamy gorgonzola sauce to accompany the gnocchi verdi. Then we’ll sit down to eat this delicious pasta together with a green salad and light dessert.

Wednesday, March 22nd 6:00pm
Tagliatelle con Ragú Bolognese: Learn how to make classic egg pasta, rolling out with a “matterello” as well as with a pasta machine. You’ll also learn how to make a traditional ragú bolognese, the staple pasta sauce in Emilia Romagna. Tagliatelle are ribbon noodles similar to fettuccine. We’ll talk about various pasta shapes and why certain sauces “go” with specific shapes and not with others while enjoying the tagliatelle, a green salad and light dessert.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00pm
Strozzapreti con Funghi: We will continue to perfect the egg pasta above but this time learn a new shape. There’s a great story connected to this pasta which translates to “priest strangler”. Learn to make a rich mushroom sauce with just a hint of spice and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes salad and dessert.

Wednesday, April 19, 6:00pm
Stricchetti con Prosciutto e Spinaci: Egg pasta again as we continue to develop our pasta making techniques but now you’ll learn a new twist as you add spinach to make green pasta. Another new shape: you’ve probably had this before (also called “farfalle” or bow ties) but not in its fresh form. We’ll toss these in a quick prosciutto, butter and spinach sauce – delicate and delicious! Includes salad & dessert.

Cost:  $65 per class for members, $85 per class for non members
Sign up for all and save:  $240 members, $320 non members
Beverages not included.
Held at Caffe’ Musica, 14300 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle
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Inaugurazione Italian Cultural Center (Grand Opening) – Saturday September 17th

Join us anytime from 2-6pm Saturday Sept. 17, 2016
Location: 14300 Greenwood Ave N, Ste A Seattle, WA

 

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The Grand opening is part of a week of events hosted at caffe’ musica. http://www.caffemusica.com
Great food, live music, wine tasting, games, and other activities.

 

Activities:

  • Walk around the new space
  • Participate to the small book sale in the library room from 2-4pm. You can take home some nice Italian books for a little donation.
  • Caffe’ Musica invited author Jill Ginsberg to present her book. Listen to her presentation about “4 healthy lifestyle philosophies we should steal from the Italians” from 2-4pm in the caffe’ Musica space.
  • Became a member or renew your membership for 2017! Ask our volunteers at the membership table. (credit card payment available)
  • Learn about our Bimbi BIS program, the new Italian conversation groups (now also on the Eastside!), and wine walk on October 22nd.
  • Toast a glass of wine with friends
  • Try the new food at caffe’ Musica. For the occasion espresso will be half price and there will be some complementary cold brew coffee available.
  • Stay with us longer and enjoy the music of Reggie Garret from 6.30 at caffe’ musica.

ITALIAN FALL FESTIVALS

So many Italian Festivals and events are waiting for our community this September!

Sept 9-11th  San Gennaro Festival

Location: 1225 South Angelo Street, Seattle, WA
Festival Hours
September 9th:   6pm – 10pm
September 10th:  10am – 10pm
September 11th:  10am – 6pm

For a full schedule please visitwww.sangennarofestivalseattle.org

Saturday Sept 17th Inaugurazione Italian Cultural Center (Grand Opening)

Visit Il Punto!, BIS (Italian Library), Caffe’ Musica & Rare Earth Music Studio all under one roof.

Join us anytime from 2-6pm Saturday Sept. 17, 2016
Location: 14300 Greenwood Ave N, Ste A Seattle, WA

Program:
2-4pm: Visit the center & learn about our programs. Small book sale at the library.
4-6pm: Ribbon cutting, toast and appetizers
6pm +: try the new Italian menu from Caffe’ Musica
8pm +: live music
Connect with old friends and new!

This is a family friendly event.
More info on www.ilpuntoseattle.org

The Grand opening is part of a week of events hosted at caffe’ musica. www.caffemusica.com
Great food, live music, wine tasting, games, and other activities.

September 24-25 Festa Italiana Seattle
From 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center

This Italian Festival features food, music, art, dance and participatory activities for the entire family. There’s “The Great Italian Chefs” cooking demonstrations, the Festa Grape Stomp, the Bocce Tournament, children’s activities, an historical photo collection, a contemporary exhibit of photos of Italy, an Italian Classic Vehicle Show, and three stages with Free Entertainment.

More info on their website

Il Punto! will be to these events with a booth. If you would like to volunteer to one of these events, let us know! it is a great way to make new friends and new connections.

Culinary internship in Italy?

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Want to learn the Italian cooking way and gain new culinary skills?
Interested in experiencing the Italian lifestyle in Tuscany for at least 12 weeks or more?
Want to live a real cooking experience in a breathtaking place in the middle of Tuscany where the food and wine culture has deep and strong roots?
If your answer (to any of the questions above) is yes, this program may just be the best way to kick-start your professional career!

Food and accommodation included. From April to December.

Our Internship program is a great opportunity for students of Culinary Arts or Hospitality to gain real work experience, learn a new language, and immerse themselves in a new culture.

Contact: info@istitutoeuropeo.it

Agosto con gli Italiani

There are several picnics planned in August for the Italian and Italian-American community.

Sunday, August 14th, 1.30-5.30pm – Annual Polenta picnic with the Seattle Trentino Club.
Location: Des Moines beach park, FOunder’s Lodge 22030 Cliff Ave South, Des Moines
If you want to know more about this group (and maybe join the club) please email the president Mary Beth Moser mbmoser@comcast.net

Sunday, August 14, 1 pm – 5 pm. Annual picnic with Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association
Location: Royal Manor Condominiums, 1120 8th Avenue, 4th floor
Info here
http://www.seattle-perugia.org/index.php/feature-stories/109-spotlight-on-perugia-at-may-9-gala

Monday, August 15th, 4pm to dusk – FERRAGOSTO with Il Punto!
Let’s celebrate together Ferragosto at Lincoln park. 
We reserved shelter #3 and 6 extra tables (#47-52) in the beautiful scenery of Lincoln park in West Seattle. Kids can enjoy the close by swimming pool, while families can stroll along the numerous trails in the park …or just get lazy on the beach by the water! We are going to prepare for everybody panini con salsiccia alla griglia, and provide a few side dishes, plates, forks, napkins. We will have some San Pellegrino sodas available, but you should bring your own favorite beverage. You are welcome to bring other side dishes and desserts as well to share with the group.

Free for Il Punto members!
$5 for non members

Reserve your ticket here on eventbrite

 

Sunday, August 21st, 12-4pm. All-Italian Community Picnic organized by Festa Italiana.
Location: Royal Arch Park, 20821 Renton-Maple Valley RD SE, Maple Valley
$5 admission for adults – Children 12 and under free
more info at info@FestaSeattle.com

 

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Update: Lecture + degustazione vini del Beneventano – June 17th

Il Punto! organizes a night on Friday June 17th at 7pm with a lecture in Italian by Biagio Osvaldo Severini followed by a wine tasting with wines from the Benevento area (Sairus Aglianico and Falanghina del Sannio DOC). Small appetizers will be served as well.

The lecture + wine tasting is free for Il Punto! members, but donations are always welcome.
$5 fee for non members.
We have a very limited number of seats, so do not wait to reserve/buy your ticket!

Please reserve/buy your ticket here 

The lecture will focus on the last book of the writer “La magica avventura della letteratura”.

Her some more info on the wines you will have the opportunity to taste:

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"Sairus Aglianico è la migliore sintesi della pregiata Vitis Hellenica, vitigno millenario che affonda le sue radici nelle più antiche memorie della Campania Felix, ed in particolare della zona del Sannio, così come testimoniano i passi delle opere storiche dei Romani Marco Terenzio Varrone e Plinio il Vecchio. 

 Vinificato dall'annuale selezione dei suoi frutti migliori, è un Aglianico di grande complessità e vigorosa struttura, che richiede almeno 4 anni di invecchiamento per vestirsi del suo rubino intenso e di quell’equilibrio di profumi speziati, di viola e frutti rossi. Al palato è a un tempo deciso e armonico. Al pari dei grandi rossi invecchiati è superbo con antipasti a base di affettati affumicati, formaggi stagionati e piccanti, primi  ai Funghi, arrosti e selvaggina. Da provare con i Fusilli al Ragù napoletano."

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"Falanghina del Sannio DOC e' un bianco secco di gran classe interamente prodotto dalle uve del vitigno Falanghina, selezionate ogni anno da Montesole nei piccoli comuni appartenenti alla provincia di Benevento.

 Di colore giallo paglierino con riflessi verdognoli, risulta delicato e floreale all'olfatto, con note di frutta bianca esotica, banana e pesca gialla. Il gusto fresco e raffinato assieme alla delicata acidità rendono perfetto l'abbinamento con aperitivi e antipasti a base di fritture di pesce e verdure. Ottimi gli accoppiamenti con insalate di mare, caponate alla caprese, spaghetti alle vongole e piatti tipici della cucina mediterranea estiva."

FERRAGOSTO 2016 with Il Punto!

Let’s celebrate together Ferragosto at Lincoln park on Monday August 15th from 4pm to dusk.

We reserved shelter #3 and 6 extra tables (#47-52) in the beautiful scenery of Lincoln park in West Seattle.

Kids can enjoy the close by swimming pool, while families can stroll along the numerous trails in the park …or just get lazy on the beach by the water!

We are going to prepare for everybody panini con salsiccia alla griglia, and provide a few side dishes, plates, forks, napkins. We will have some San Pellegrino sodas available, but you should bring your own favorite beverage. You are welcome to bring other side dishes and desserts as well to share with the group.

Free for Il Punto members!
$5 for non members

Reserve your ticket here on eventbrite

Ferragosto is an Italian public holiday celebrated on August 15th. It is a time to gather to the beach with family and friends and it is the period when most Italians have their summer vacations. It is consider the second most important holiday time after Christmas.

Ferragosto dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. The name derives from the Latin feriae Augusti, or “rest of Emperor Augustus.” It indicated a feast instituted by the Emperor Augustus in 18 BC, celebrating the harvest and the end of the main agricultural work.

Ferragosto had an obvious purpose of self-promotion for Emperor Augustus but was also intended to connect the major holidays of the month, providing an adequate period of rest, which was necessary after people had worked so hard during the preceding weeks.

Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way Southwest, Seattle, WA 98136

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=460

Map of shelter #3

http://www.seattle.gov/parks/_images/maps/picnics/Lincoln1-4.pdf

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Driving direction from Seattle:

Take the west Seattle bridge then follow Fauntleroy way SW until you reach the park.
16 min from Seattle downtown
About 30 min from Bellevue

By bus from DT Seattle:

Take the Rapid ride C line from 3rd and Pike and stop at Fauntleroy way SW and SW Rose st. (40min)

The site is fully wheelchair-accessible.

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Lecture by Biagio Osvaldo Severini + degustazione vini del Beneventano – June 17th

UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO A SUDDEN HEALTH PROBLEM OF THE AUTHOR, THIS EVENT IS CANCELED. WE WILL TRY TO RESCHEDULE IT AGAIN LATER ON.
SFORTUNATAMENTE, A CAUSA DI UN IMPROVVISO PROBLEMA DI SALUTE DELL’AUTORE, QUESTO EVENTO E’ CANCELLATO. CERCHEREMO DI FARLO DI NUOVO PIU’ AVANTI.

Il Punto! organizes a night with a lecture in Italian by Biagio Osvaldo Severini followed by a wine tasting with wines from the Benevento area. Small appetizers will be served as well.

The lecture will focus on the last book of the writer “La magica avventura della letteratura”.

The lecture + wine tasting is free for Il Punto! members, but donations are always welcome.

$5 fee for non members.

We have a very limited number of seats, so do not wait to reserve/buy your ticket!

Please reserve/buy your ticket here 

You can find info on the featured wines here.

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LA MAGICA AVVENTURA DELLA LETTURA

Provocazioni intellettuali per menti creative

Titolo e sottotitolo sono stati pensati dall’autore Biagio Osvaldo Severini per sintetizzare gli argomenti affrontati nel suo libro. Egli utilizza diverse forme letterarie per esporre i temi analizzati.

Il lettore, infatti, si trova di fronte a conversazioni-interviste, saggi brevi, curiosità, spigolature.

Su tutte prevale, però, la forma della conversazione, anche se si tratta di conversazioni immaginarie ed estemporanee con poeti, romanzieri, filosofi, scienziati, religiosi e artisti classici, moderni e contemporanei, come ad esempio: Pontiggia, Saviano, Pasolini, Pennac, Leonardo, Freud, Einstein, Veronesi, Basaglia, Ferrarotti, Marquez, Neruda, Bocca, Nietzsche, Gramsci, don Milani, Merini, Levi Montalcini.

L’autore dichiara che la forma della conversazione è scaturita naturalmente dalla volontà di “interrogare l’opera letta, per dialogare con l’autore e incontrarsi o scontrarsi con il suo pensiero e, in tal modo, avere conferme o dubitare, continuare sulla propria strada o aprire varchi nei confini cristallizzati dei pensieri, essere schiavi delle categorie mummificate o liberarsi dai pregiudizi”.

Gli argomenti risultano interessanti e di grande attualità. Per darne un’idea, basta riportare i titoli dei capitoli: Lettura come piacere e felicità; Letteratura e Società; Guerra e Aggressività; Tortura e Pena di morte; Psichiatria e Società; Psicologia e Società; Scienza e Etica; Cultura e Educazione; Geopolitica; Ritratti dei Testimoni del nostro tempo.

Gli argomenti derivano da letture “estemporanee”. L’autore afferma che esse “ apparentemente appaiono prive di organicità; ma in realtà sono guidate dal vagabondaggio e dalla divagazione della mente. Un vagabondare che corrisponde a ciò che avviene nella realtà esteriore e in quella interiore”.

La lettura risulta piacevole, tanto che il libro si fa leggere per intero e tutto d’un fiato. Ma, quant’anche il lettore, per motivi suoi personali, volesse leggerne solo metà o una parte, comunque, conoscerà sempre qualcosa di nuovo.

I libri, avverte l’autore, servono proprio, in ogni caso, a conoscere meglio la realtà, senza nessun filtro; a formarsi un pensiero critico, indipendente; a diventare, dunque, sempre più liberi

https://www.facebook.com/lamagicaevventuradellalettura/

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BIAGIO OSVALDO SEVERINI, nasce a Ponte, in provincia di Benevento, nel 1938. Ha al suo attivo una Laurea in Pedagogia presso l’Università di Salerno e una in Psicologia con indirizzo applicativo all’Università “La Sapienza” di Roma.

E’ stato Docente di Filosofia, Pedagogia e Psicologia negli Istituti Superiori Statali, docente di Psicologia Generale e Terapia Occupazionale nella Scuola per Terapisti della Riabilitazione nonché docente di Tecniche e Metodologie della Comunicazione.

Ha operato come psicologo sia in strutture pubbliche che privatamente.

Collabora da sempre con testate nazionale e regionali su temi legati alla cultura, alla psicologia, alla società.

PUBBLICAZIONI

Immagine psicosociale di città – Contributo di ricerca di psicologia ecologica, 1981, CEDIM, Milano (i risultati di tale ricerca sono stati pubblicati nei rapporti tecnici della Cattedra di Tecniche di Indagine della Personalità II, Corso di Laurea in Psicologia, Roma, della prof.ssa Donata Francescato).

Psicologia, società, educazione, 1988, CEDIM, Milano.

Psicologia, scuola, società, 1996, KAT Edizioni, Benevento.

Viaggio nel cuore di Benevento, 2008, KAT Edizioni, Benevento.

La magica avventura della lettura. Provocazioni intellettuali per menti creative, 2014, Pubblicazione Pensiero Critico, Benevento.

https://www.facebook.com/biagio.severini

 

2nd annual Il Punto! fundraising & auction dinner – April 23rd

Join us to celebrate the Italian Cultural Center “Il Punto!” at our 2nd Annual Fundraising & Auction Dinner

April 23th, 2016
7pm-11pm
Courtyard Hall @ Country Village
23718 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98021

Enjoy amazing food including Italian antipasti, homemade lasagna alla bolognese, main dish, delicious desserts, and wine at our hosted bar!

Take a chance to bring home some sensational items from our silent and live auction! (Also this year we will auction a whole prosciutto crudo!)

RSVP by Monday April 20th

tickets are $40 for members and $60 for non members. 21+ ONLY.

Do not wait till last day! Last year we sold out! Tickets are selling fast and you do not want to miss this event!

Buy your tickets here today

More information and details will be posted on our website page.

 

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We would like to thank the designer Seth D’Ambrosia for the beautiful poster of this year.

The Sparkling Stroll – Wine and Prosecco walk – May 7th

Il Punto! in collaboration with Country Village in Bothell organizes The Sparkling Stroll – Wine and prosecco walk.

This is an appointment not to be missed!

Where: Country Village, 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell, WA 98021
When: Saturday May 7th

Come to enjoy great Italian wine and prosecco brands around the shops of the Country village. Vendors will also offer small appetizers to be served with the wine.

Taste among over 20 select Italian wines and purchase TAX FREE your favorite bottles at Il Punto’s wine store that night!

Tickets Required: $17 member -$20 non member online http://thesparklingstroll2016.eventbrite.com
or $25 at the door while supplies last.
(Ticket includes 10 tastings. More tastings available to purchase)
Must be 21+ to purchase tickets. (However this is a family friendly event! Bring your kids! They will love the animals around the Country village)

BYOG – bring your own glass

We will post soon a list of the wines and vendors. Il Punto! members will have the possibility to purchase wine by the case in advance.

Please check our Wine walk page for future updates.

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