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Learn to Make Pasta!

Monday, 15 August 2022 15:26
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Ciao Asheville Presents Pasta Making Classes News Release: August 15, 2022
About: Ciao Asheville Kicks Off a Fresh Pasta Making Tour Series
Ahhhhhh… pasta!! The ultimate comfort food. And making fresh pasta is easy. Let us show you just how easy it can be! Join Ciao Asheville as we team up with Metro Wines and q.b. Cucina for a series of pasta-making classes. We’ll start with a live pasta-making demonstration given by Asheville-based Sarah Ubertaccio of q.b. Cucina. This event will take place on Sunday, September 18, from 12-2pm, at a private local residence in the Beaverdam area with mountain views (address to be provided following registration).
Sarah will demonstrate basic pasta-making techniques and shapes. She’ll also be hosting a pop-up shop at this event where you can purchase pasta-making tools and other Italian wares (check out some of q.b. Cucina’s items here). Metro Wines will offer wine tasting and snacks while Sarah will cover the basics of dough ingredients, kneading, and shaping. She’ll be demonstrating several pasta shapes, including tagliatelle, garganelli, strichetti (farfalle) and sorpresine.
While this is not a hands-on class, it will give you a good introduction to the basics involved in making pasta. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions throughout the demo. We’ll follow up the demo with two hands-on pasta making classes under Sarah's guidance taking place on October 16 (Puglia Pasta – Semolina Basics; $65+ tax) and November 13 (Piemonte Pasta – Fresh Egg Basics; $65 + tax).
Hands-on classes will focus on two pasta shapes for each class plus an appropriate sauce pairing. And you’ll get to eat the pasta after you make it! Wine and light snacks will also be included along with Sarah’s pop-up shop. Hands-on class sizes will be limited and demo attendees will have priority sign-up for hands-on classes.
Cost for the demo is $30 + tax which includes the demo, pop-up shop, wine tasting and light snacks. Register online here or by calling Metro Wines at 828-575-9525. Note: This event size is limited so be sure to reserve early. Sign up HERE!
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Living and Working in Italy

Thursday, 21 July 2022 09:13
Have you been thinking of moving to Italy? Or just want to know what it would be like? Please join Ciao Asheville for a live Zoom presentation with Jason and Jill DiLoreti, live from Montaione, Tuscany. This event will be on Sunday, August 21, at 1pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville.
Jason and Jill are former Asheville residents who in 2019 sold their place in Asheville, packed up their three young children and a few belongings, and moved to Italy.

Art Class in Italy

Tuesday, 21 December 2021 12:09

News Release: Tuesday, December 21, 2021

About: Ciao Asheville Presents Tuscany Workshop Chat and Tasting 

Please join Ciao Asheville for our second “Italy Off the Beaten Path” series on Thursday, January 13, at 5:30pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. This series is designed to introduce you to the lesser known, smaller, and more intimate places in Italy that offer a wealth of travel experiences.

David Skinner, a local Asheville artist, will present information about Spannocchia, which is in the Tuscan hills just 25 minutes west of Siena. David holds annual painting workshops at the 12th-century estate located there. The estate is also a working organic farm that produces its own wine, olive oil, and salumi. David calls it “a magical setting.”

Blue Zone Diet: Sardinia

Tuesday, 05 October 2021 08:30

Sardinia diet
The island of Sardinia is located west of the Italian Peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea. It is said to be the home of the longest-lived men (1Trusted Source).

The Sardinia diet is a variation of the Mediterranean diet — also called Sardo-Mediterranean — that’s associated with preventing chronic age-related diseases (9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source).

The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, minimally processed whole grains and legumes, nuts and olive oil as main fat sources, moderate fish consumption, and low intakes of dairy, alcohol, and red meat (9Trusted Source).

In contrast, the Sardinian variation includes higher intakes of olive oil, fish, milk and dairy products, and alcoholic drinks (11Trusted Source, 12Trusted Source).

Some of the foods people eat and avoid on the Sardinian diet include (11Trusted Source, 12Trusted Source):