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In Newport Beach, California Organic Links to Umbria

Date: February 13, 2015 - categories: - Leave your thoughts

Mille grazie, Karen and Michael, for joining in with Deirdre to host a most special evening of Umbrian rural food – highlighted by California organic goodness. Anne M., those strawberries from your farm added not just inviting color but indescribable juicy goodness to our tiramisu.

Linda, our host Karen, Andii and Anne M. united to cook

Linda, our host Karen, Andii and Anne M. united to cook

Deirdre, keep going with the black pepper!

Deirdre, keep going with the black pepper!

Linda and our host, Karen serve up the mushrooms

Linda and our host, Karen serve up the mushrooms

Our host Michael and guest Lorraine savor that funghi bruschetta goodness

Our host Michael and guest Lorraine savor that funghi bruschetta goodness

Deirdre, organic farmer Anne M. and Linda join in on the strawberry tiramisu

Deirdre, organic farmer Anne M. and Linda join in on the strawberry tiramisu

And your butternut squash – with sage and leeks – starred in a heavenly pasta dish.

Anne M., Steven and Kristina readu for the pasta course

Anne M., Steven and Kristina readu for the pasta course

Anne M.and Steven serve up the butternut squash pasta

Anne M.and Steven serve up the butternut squash pasta

Deirdre decides on more ground pepper in our butternut squash

Deirdre decides on more ground pepper in our butternut squash

WHat squash!

WHat squash!

Host Deirdre adds Parmesan to our pasta, highlighted with Anne's butternut squash

Host Deirdre adds Parmesan to our pasta, highlighted with Anne’s butternut squash

Linda dices the sage for our butternut squash pasta

Linda dices the sage for our butternut squash pasta

And once again, cooking together the Umbrian rural goodness – then sharing it around the table – united family and friends (new ones, old ones), young cooks and older ones.

Cooks come together

Cooks come together

Salute to all!

Salute to all!

Thanks to our hosts, thanks to all the enthusiastic cooks and to all who joined in the feast: Karen and Michael, Steven, Deirdre and Peter, Andii, Deborah, Perci, Lorraine, Linda and Anne. M.
Umbria has come to Newport Beach: now time for Newport Beach to come to Umbria! Quando?

Anne M and Andii put together our tiramisu

Anne M and Andii put together our tiramisu

Deborah slices the mushrooms for our funghi trifolati

Deborah slices the mushrooms for our funghi trifolati

Diced arugula coming up

Diced arugula coming up

Host Michael and Lorraine savor our funghi brushcetta

Host Michael and Lorraine savor our funghi brushcetta

Kathy ready with Umbrian goodness

Kathy ready with Umbrian goodness

Perci and Linda team on the mushroonms

Perci and Linda team on the mushroonms

Steven handles the mushrooms

Steven handles the mushrooms

Tomato_arugula brushetta coming up!

Tomato_arugula brushetta coming up!

Funghi trifolati in the making

Funghi trifolati in the making

Sicilian peperonata coming up

Sicilian peperonata coming up

AHhh, what salad!

AHhh, what salad!

Ah, what strawberries for this tiramisu!

Ah, what strawberries for this tiramisu!

A few comments:

Thank you so very much for the amazing meal and cooking education! There’s nothing better than a great meal with great friends! Can’t wait for your next visit!” Anne M. (The Original Manassero Farms)

Thank you for your hospitality, knowledge and passion for the rural and natural Mediterranean life! Look forward to seeing you again in the US or visiting you in Umbria!” Andii U.

“What a wonderful night! Great food and great company..and a new friend to visit in Assisi!” Lorraine J.

“Such a beautiful evening and such a treat to hear your stories of the 70’s and the farm – and how to raise children in a healthy loving supportive environment…” Perci D.

“……a fabulous experience. I loved learning about your Italian experience and rural life. The recipes are delicious and the company fantastic.” Linda J

“Fabulous food and fun – a great evening.” Karen R

This meal was amazing and the collaboration of the people made the meal.” Michael M.

Thank you for a wonderful evening and molto buono food!” Steven and Kristina

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