Monday, July 17, 2017

CCR Book Club - September 19, 2017

Our first meeting of the Fall will take place on the evening of Tuesday, September 19th on the terrace of Ellen Beller’s home in the Via di Bravetta area.

author Amara Lakhous

The book for September's meeting is Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous. The book was originally written in Italian as Scontro di Civiltà per un Ascensore a Piazza Vittorio and is also available in French as Choc des civilisations pour un ascenseur Piazza Vittorio. The Algerian author, now an Italian resident, writes a satire of an immigrant's life in Italy, using the murder of a young man in the elevator of an apartment building at Piazza Vittorio as a vehicle for investigating the lives of the building’s residents. According to The New York Times, Lakhous' "real subject is the heave and crush of modern, polyglot Rome, and he renders the jabs of everyday speech with such precision that the novel feels exclaimed rather than written."

When: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Via di Bravetta; 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: ATTN Luigi.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CCR Book Club - July 16, 2017

Our summer meeting will take place at lunchtime on Sunday, July 16th, on another lovely terrace, this time near Piazza Cavour. The book for July’s meeting is "Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef" by Gabrielle Hamilton (also available in the Italian translation [Bompiani] as "Sangue, Ossa e Burro: L’Educazione Involontaria di uno Chef"). The author is a famous chef and the owner of Prune, a well known restaurant in the East Village of NYC. The novel describes her family, her adolescence, her marriage into an Italian family, and the road she took to becoming chef. Read the NY Times review of this book here.

Momentous CCR Book Club news! After earnestly leading this merry band of readers for the last five years, Nicoletta Barbarito is passing the coordinator torch to Luigi Girolametto. Warmest thanks to both Nicoletta for a job very well done and to Luigi for accepting the challenge.

When: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: Piazza Cavour 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: ATTN Luigi.

Friday, May 12, 2017

CCR Official 2016-2017 Season Closing - June 7, 2017

Once again this year H.E. Dennis A. Savoie, Canada's Ambassdor to the Holy See, and Mme Claudette Savoie, CCR Patrons of Honour, are very kindly welcoming CCR members and friends into their lovely official residence for our official club season closing event. This year, however, we've snagged our favourite Canadian caterer, Sylvie Gagnon, to delight our palates, as she did at our wonderful opening event!

Welcome Cocktail
Water flavoured with "the scents of the season"
White and red wines, DOC Casale Vallechiesa
Still and sparkling water

Mini sandwich rolls
Three-layered summer vegetable cups
Roman-style Panzanella (bread salad) and Fisherman's Panzanella
Red beet velouté and goat cheese cups
Mini bacon and cheese quiches
Mediterranean savoury loaves (tomatoes, capers and olives)
Cream cheese and smoked salmon pastry rolls
Fusilli with cherry tomatoes, tuna, capers and oregano
Spelt with pesto and zucchini
Blanc manger with lavender and almonds
Strawberry Panna Cotta (Cooked Cream)

When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to the Holy See, Gianicolo (Janiculum) area -- exact address details will be sent to confirmed participants only.
Cost: CCR members €25 each, guests €35 each. Advance payment required.
N.B. This event is open to guests only if accompanied by fully paid and registered CCR members.
Security: Mandatory registration of all participants. Please note that due to security requirements we will need the full name of each person attending at the time of booking. Also, it is required that you have photo ID on the evening of the event.
RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on June 5th, 2017 to ATTN Marielle with Proof of Payment attached. There are a limited number of spaces and only those who have paid in advance will be sent the exact address and be admitted on the evening.
Payment options: When you email us to book, please inform us which payment option you have chosen:
1. Drop the amount off in an envelope with the name of CCR's Treasurer, Marielle Lacroix, at the Canadian consulate at Via Zara 30 or the embassy at Via Salaria 243.
2. Send a money transfer/"bonifico" to: account in the name of Marielle LACROIX, Bank: Intesa San Paolo, IBAN IT22U0306967684510329915862. Please ask your bank to send email confirmation to our address.
or 3. If you can meet up with one of the members of the CCR executive who has a receipt book, you could pay them. We're in the Prati, Corso Trieste/Via Tagliamento, Via Zara, Aventino, San Paolo, Conca D'Oro and Formello areas.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CCR Walks: Ramblings on the Colle Oppio - May 28, 2017

Baths, princely mansions, luscious gardens and splendid statuary were once found on the Colle Oppio. Historical witnesses to these splendours included Pliny, Michelangelo, and the great 19th-century archaeologist Rodolfo Lanciani.  Our ramble on the hill will touch on these accounts as well as chart more recent findings during the past 15 years. Thanks to a special permit we will also inspect the so-called Sette Sale (Trajan-era water cisterns) and the Auditorium of Augustus’ famous friend, Maecenas, as we unpack the hill’s fascinating history.

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. for coffee; 9:30 a.m. for the walk.
Meeting point: Near the Colle Oppio; exact location to be provided to those registered for this walk.
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.  There will also be an additional fee of €8 to enter the two special sites included on this walk.
RSVP required by Thursday May 25, ATTN Joe at You are financially responsible for your reservation.
NB: Please bring correct change.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

CCR Book Club - May 27, 2017

Nina George's "The Little Paris Bookshop" is the reading chosen for the CCR Book Club's meeting in May.

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Where: exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Dinner: Please RSVP letting Nicoletta know what dish you will be preparing for 6 people.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Nicoletta Barbarito.