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  • From Boxer to Barista: A Story of Love and the Fine Art of Italian Coffee!
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    11/05/2020


    November 5th • 7:00-9:00pm

    From Boxer to Barista: A Story of Love and the Fine Art of Italian Coffee!

    Come to hear the story of Vincenzo Imparato, former Professional Boxer and Italian super-middleweight Champion of Italy and founder of Si Espresso. Along with his business partner and wife, Adriana they will talk about life in Italy, the art of Italian coffee and life lessons of his boxing career which spans 30+ years.

    Come join us for an evening talking about coffee, boxing and meet these two Staten Islanders who are very passionate about their work, life and the art of coffee!  They are bringing lots of coffee swag too!   A presto!!

     

    About the speakers:

    Vincenzo and Adriana met in Italy, while she was a Global Sales Executive in luxury goods for a Fortune 500 company.

    Now they are life and business partners! Si Espresso distributes espresso coffee, which hails from Vincenzo’s hometown to restaurants, cafes, and offices throughout the tri-state area.  They are ready to share the secrets to a perfect espresso and insights on what makes espresso so special!

    Through the online store on their website www.si-espresso.com , they also ship their coffee for home use to clients nationwide.  The most fascinating part of their business is probably their Barista Coffee Bar for Weddings & Celebrations which they will share with us.  They have appeared on MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation, the Food Network’s NYC Wine & Food Festival and have been part of many celebrity weddings and corporate events.

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  • The Almond Harvest: A Tribute to a Family Tradition
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    11/12/2020


    The Almond Harvest
    (Tribute to a family tradition)

    Vito A. Pietanza and Rosa Riccio Pietanza were both born in Mola di Bari (Puglia) Italy. They arrived in NYC at young ages and lived in a community in Red Hook Brooklyn (later to become Carroll Gardens).

    Vito’s family celebrates a long tradition in agriculture.  Soon after Vito and Rosa were married (and later with their 3 children) they would spend a few weeks during the summer in Mola on the Pietanza family farm. It then became a tradition for them to spend several hours a day engaging in the almond harvest.

    Via photos and videos, Vito and Rosa want to share with you their love and passion for the almond harvest and for everything  “Almond”.

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  • Before There Was Venice…
    7:00 PM-9:00 PM
    11/19/2020


    BEFORE THERE WAS VENICE…
    With Anita Sanseverino and Louis Leonini.

    Although the city of Venice is the most well-known part of the Veneto, there are islands, towns and cities that are far older,with a history all their own. In this presentation  Louis and Anita will explore the histories of great cities such as Verona, Padova, Treviso, smaller but equally important cities to the development of the region such as Aquileia, and Adria.

    Join Anita Sanseverino and Louis Leonini as they discuss the places close to Venice, such as Torcello, the place that is considered the birthplace of Venice itself, the island of Burano, a fishing village of brilliantly colored houses, painted so that the returning fishermen could see their houses through the fog.

    During the presentation Anita will share her photographs of the various areas being discussed.

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