Across the Generations in Livermore (Feb. 21, 2014)
Janel and Eric’s Livermore (California) kitchen recently filled with family and guests cooking together in an event that spanned the generations. 93- yr-old “Nonna” Josephine mixed the ricotta and mascarpone for our tiramisu, surrounded by relatives of all ages. Italian roots in this family so cooking and eating together were certainly part of the family heritage. And the Orsolini family warmly welcome additions to the family group, Estrella and Betty – and even our son Mattia with his companion, Radha. My friends Patrice and Arturo (from Umbria!) arrived near the end of the feast but joined us at the long table for tastes of the banquet, sharing in the animated conversation.
And once again, cooking (and eating!) connects….
Mille grazie, Dennis and Nancy, for inviting me to cook – and thanks to all participating in this memorable evening.
A few comments:
“Eric and I thank you so much for bringing Umbrian cooking to our home! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves – and I will definitely be making many of these dishes….so glad to have met you…” Janel and Eric
“We had so much fun with you tonight …your zest and enthusiasm for life and food is contagious! Thank you for introducing us to new dishes and new ways to cook..” Garry and Kim
“So good to see you again – it brought back memories of our trip to Assisi ..the dinner was delicious and so much fun – quite an experience..” Grandma Jo (age 93)
“Thank you so much for including a Livermore stop so that I would give Eric and Janel a house-warming dinner party/dinner. Very much appreciated.” Dennis
“What a wonderful evening…fabulous food, fabulous family and new friends..love it! Thank you for sharing a part of you with us.” Sue
“What a find for me to see you in California and I look forward to seeing you in Umbria in May. I love your energy and your knowledge of our beloved Umbria and the cooking tip as and the great dinner…” Betty
“…enjoyed eating and learning and cooking…a fun evening…” Rita and Jim
“I feel so lucky to have made it into one of your classes! Such fun!…” Estrella