Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tickets on sale now for pizza and wine tasting Oct. 24

Purchase your tickets today for one of our most popular events: our annual wine tasting.

This year, there's a twist. We are combining the wine tasting with a pizza-making demonstration, and a delicious dinner at Tutta Bella Wallingford.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 with a special welcome by our experts: Tutta Bella owner Joe Fugere and wine specialist Gianfranco D'Aniello of Dalla Terra Winery.  The event will end about 9 p.m.

We'll explore ingredients unique to authentic Neapolitan pizza and then see the art of pizza-making demonstrated by Tutta Bella chefs. Founded in 2004, Tutta Bella was the first pizzeria in the Northwest certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, a rigorous process. Fugere (right) actually apprenticed under a pizzaiolo in Naples for a month, taking notes on the products they used and how they made their pizzas.

D'Aniello (below), born in Naples, started in the food and wine industry in 1991. For the past three years, he has been the regional manager for Dalla Terra Winery. Under his guidance, we'll compare and learn more about several outstanding Italian wines. We'll also enjoy appetizers generously provided by Tutta Bella. Featured wines will be available for purchase.

After the pizza-making and the wine-tasting, we eat! The menu consists of two different kinds of pizza and two different salads as well as dessert. One glass of wine is included with your ticket.

The cost of the evening, including taxes and tip, is $35/members and $40/nonmembers. Purchase your tickets on our website.

Because of space limitations, we must limit this event to 45 participants.

Tutta Bella is located in 4411 Stone Way N, Seattle 98103. There is a small on-site parking lot.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Perugia to learn more about Coast Salish tribes

Association members Marylin Bard and Cynthia Updegrave, lecturer in the American Indian Studies Program at the University of Washington, will be traveling to Perugia in September to continue their educational outreach efforts with students and local residents about the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. Bard and Updegrave will make presentations at several locations in Perugia, including Circolo Amerindiano, San Matteo degli Armeni Library, Academy of Fine Arts and two schools.

There will also be events staged at the Sister Orca sculpture. This original sculpture by well-known local Native artist Marvin Oliver was installed in 2008 as a tangible reminder of our sister city friendship. The large bronze sculpture of an orca fin is on permanent exhibit at Porto Nova, one of the gateways to the city of Perugia, where it’s viewed by thousands each year.

Activities are being supported and promoted by the City of Perugia and its Office of International Relations. The event, called "Hands Up! Hands Up! We are the People of Chief Seattle," runs from Sept. 13-29.  This amazing full-color poster (left) is on display at locations around Perugia.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Piazza Perugia dedication set for Oct. 14

Join city officials, members of the Italian and Seattle community and fellow sister city members at the dedication of Piazza Perugia on Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m.

Michele Fioroni, vice mayor for economic development, will be traveling from Perugia to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. He will be met by representatives from Seattle's city government and other dignitaries. There will be music, speeches, light refreshments and more.

Ceramic tiles made by L'Antica Deruta, a ceramic arts studio outside Perugia, will adorn the space and be a beautiful permanent reminder of our long-standing sister city friendship. Giorgio Moretti, owner of L'Antica Deruta, will be attending the festivities as well.

Piazza Perugia is part of Julia Lee's Park in Madison Valley, at East Harrison and Margin Luther King Jr. Way South.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Only two months left to apply for a scholarship

Remember: We have moved up our application deadline for our scholarship program. The new application deadline is October 31. Take the time to apply now!

Applicants must be an SPSCA member in good standing, at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen. You must also have a basic knowledge of the Italian language.

The chance to learn Italian at the famous Universita per Stranieri in Perugia is too good to let slip through your fingers! Go to our scholarship page now to read more about it.

Download your application form today! The October 31 deadline is just two months away.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Raffle tickets available at Aug. 13 picnic

Now you have one more reason to attend this year's Members' Picnic and Meeting. Raffle tickets have been printed and will be available for sale. At $5 per ticket, it is certainly one the area's best raffle deals.

The grand prize winner wins round-trip airfare to Rome for two (not to exceed $1,350 round-trip per ticket); a week's stay for two at a historic hotel in Perugia’s city center, and transfers between Rome and Perugia.

This year, there's an extra bonus for the winner: A four-hour Taste Perugia food tour! This cultural experience takes you behind-the-scenes to a variety of tasting locations in historic Perugia, including a chocolate shop, spice merchant, wine shop, gelateria and more!

The drawing will be held the last night of Cinema Italian Style in November. Read the small print here.

Second and third place raffle prizes will be a selection of Italian wine and a five-week Italian language course, donated by Seattle's premiere Italian language school, Percorso Italiano.

We thank this year's raffle sponsors, Taste Perugia Food Tour and Percorso Italiano.

This year's picnic is on Aug. 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The address is: 33801 SE Courtney Road, Ravensdale, WA 98051. More information in the newsletter and on previous posts. See you there!