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Judge Jay Wilkinson Returns for the Sequel ...

Wednesday, 31 January 2024 08:50
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Sicilian Love Stories

In case you missed author Jay Wilkinson's excellent presentation and book signing in November of last year, Ciao Asheville is pleased to announce that Jay will be back in mid July with a sequel presentation titled "Sicilian Love Stories", which tells the story of the four great Sicilian-culture-tinged romances in Jay's book "A Lie Will Suffice". Jay is a dynamic and engaging speaker so you won't want to miss this event. Stay tuned for more details.

Trick or Tarot

Monday, 25 September 2023 10:17
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News Release: Monday, September 25, 2023

About: Ciao Asheville Event: Trick or Tarot? The History of Tarot in Italy

Tarot cards originated in northern Italy during the late 14th or early 15th century. They began as illustrated playing cards with imaginative themes and were used for a leisurely card game called tarocchi, which became popular in Europe. Tarocchi eventually became tarot in southern France and around the mid 18th century decks started to be used for divination and fortune telling while also being infused with a layer of the occult. In modern times you'll find a never-ending variety of designs and themes for tarot cards, from French Impressionism to Star Wars.

Just in time for Halloween, join Ciao Asheville and local teacher, folklorist and book author H. Byron Ballard as she discusses the history of tarot and how cards are interpreted (is drawing the Death card always a bad thing?) She'll also do some sample card interpretations for attendees. 

This event will take place on Thursday, October 26, from 5-6pm at Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte Street, Asheville. Price for the evening is $20 + tax and includes a glass of red or white Italian wine. Register online here and find out more information about this event here. (Note: registration refundable up to 48 hours prior to the event.) For more information call Metro Wines at (828) 575-9525.

Note for attendees: Please park at the back of the parking lot at Metro Wines. 

Contacts:
Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Metro Wines: Gina Trippi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cooking Class: Ricotta Gnocchi Class

Tuesday, 07 March 2023 16:11

About: Ciao Asheville Continues its Cooking Class Series with Ricotta Gnocchi

Ciao Asheville teams up again with Metro Wines and Asheville-based q.b. Cucina for a ricotta gnocchi cooking class. You’ll get hands-on instruction from Sarah Ubertaccio of q.b. Cucina. This event will take place on Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 12-3pm, at a private local residence in the Beaverdam area with mountain views (address to be provided with registration).  

You’ll work alongside Sarah as she demonstrates the skills to make this delicate gnocchi, plus a sauce perfect for a springtime pairing. What an ideal way to kick off spring! The class will conclude with enjoying the gnocchi and sauce you’ve made, a fresh salad, and wine.

Italy off the Beaten Path: Abruzzo

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 17:58
 Ciao Asheville, Metro Wines, and Saluda Sister Cities team up for an evening with Massimo Criscio and Dino Paganelli from the Palazzo Tour d’Eau in Carunchio, Abruzzo, Italy. This event will take place on Thursday, February 9th, 2023, at Engaged Asheville, 41 N Merrimon Ave #107, from 5:00-6:30pm.
 
Learn about the food, wine, culture, and travel opportunities in the region of Abruzzo. Massimo and Dino will also demonstrate a black truffle risotto typical of the region (and you'll get a taste!) and Metro Wines will be offering a glass of sparkling wine, plus a glass of red or white Abruzzese wine to celebrate the evening.