Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CCR Wine Tasting: Franciacorta - Italy’s Answer to Champagne - February 3, 2018

Franciacorta is made in the same way that winemakers in France make Champagne. Known as the ‘Method Champenoise’ or the ‘Traditional Method’ in Italy, Franciacorta produces bubbles by allowing a secondary fermentation to occur in the bottle. Franciacorta is made with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two classic Champagne varieties, plus Pinot Blanc. Produced in a small wine producing area in the Province of Brescia (Lombardy), Franciacorta’s uniqueness can be found in the Italian climate and soil. The result is an elegance and complexity not found in other Italian sparkling wines.

Where: Residence of CCR members (Corso Trieste area) - exact address will be sent to registered participants.
When: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: €25 for members (€35 for non-members)
RSVP to Linda and Paul by Wed. Jan. 31 at canadarome@gmail.com. Please note that you are responsible for your reservation.

Each session is given in French and Italian and focuses on a specific theme relative to Italian wines.

Daniele Maestri, well-known Italian sommelier and a favorite among CCR members for his knowledgeable and lively presentations, will again lead this lecture and wine-tasting. For those interested in ‘wining and dining,’ Daniele writes in-depth articles on Italian wines and food for “Bibenda – Vini D’Italia” produced by the Italian Sommelier Foundation and he is a major contributor to their wine guide.

CCR Walks: Hendrik Christian Andersen Museum - February 10, 2018

Built by Norwegian sculptor Andersen, a close friend of Henry James, the artist's residence is now a museum which holds over two hundred of his sculptures and almost three hundred of his graphic art pieces. Most of this work focuses on Andersen's idea of creating a utopian modern city through art (a “World City”). Come join us as we explore his work and discuss Andersen’s view that art and architecture could combine to transform society and bring peace and harmony to the world.


When: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Time: 10 a.m.
Where: Near Piazzale Flaminio; exact location will be sent to confirmed participants by email.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members; museum admission is free.
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Joe by Tues., Feb. 6, 2018. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Monday, December 18, 2017

CCR Book Club - January 17, 2018

The January meeting of the CCR Book Club will discuss "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead (2016). The Guardian describes it as a "thrilling, genre-bending tale of escape from slavery in the American deep south [that] contains extraordinary prose and uncomfortable home truths."


When: Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Piazza Bologna area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.

Monday, December 4, 2017

CCR Talks: Neapolitan Cinderella - January 12, 2018

Few realize Walt Disney's immensely popular version of Cinderella is deeply rooted in Italian folklore.  Along the way it passed through the hands of many storytellers including Giambattista Basile (Italy), Charles Perrault (France) and the Brothers Grimm (Germany).  As winter sets in, let's gather around the hearth, on the birthday of Charles Perrault, the person who most shaped the story into the version we are most familiar with, and delve into the rich cultural background of this tale.
When: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: In the Quartiere Trieste area of Rome; exact location will be sent to confirmed participants by email.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members; plus potluck contribution.
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Joe by Monday, January 8, 2018. When reserving, please advise what dish you would like to bring for the potluck dinner. You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NOTE: This lecture is not suitable for individuals below the age of 16.

Monday, November 27, 2017

CCR Book Club - December 16, 2017

For their December meeting, the CCR Book Club is going to have a festive lunch and discuss Despite the Falling Snow (2004) by Shamim Sarif, an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and feature film director. In this novel she divides the story between Moscow during the Cold War and the post-USSR life of a Russian-American businessman with a mysterious past.

Food contributions with Russian connections (vodka, anyone?) will be welcome at the potluck luncheon!

When: Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: Monteverde/Villa Pamphili Park area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Lunch: Please RSVP letting Luigi know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.