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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 2, 2013 Page 9 Sociallu Scene by 00tlngela Cornacchio A lovers Duet ... Sharon Z and host Gian Faraone took the Sicilian festival stage to serenade in only a way the Italian culture can. (Photo courtesy of Angela Cornacchio) Socially Scene Reviewed .... Now is the best time of year in my opinion (next to fashion week of course), the month of Italian festivals. There are many throughout the state but there is no comparison to what the North End brings to our city. This past weekend got started off with the Sicilian's 88 th annual Saint Joseph's Feast. There are many things that can be expected from our festivals and some of my favorites are: Arrosticini D'Abruzzo, lamb skewers made by my good friend Dario also Macanudo Cigars, I just love the smell. For those who may not know, the North End is still a very traditional neighbor- hood filled with generations of families. My dearest of friends here, the "Aquilino's" had been telling me all day to visit a Hanover Street home, qt is her festival, she opens up her house to the neighborhood and I will love it." They were right; it was the topper of the night to be invited to see the beautiful space that hides right on Hanover street. When I got there it was to my surprise that I happen to know the owner Joanna Belmonte and even more so work with her Michael at Quattro, I love it when the neighborhood pieces to- gether like our own little paesano famiglia. It was a real treat to not only be graced with the his- tory of her father Don Angelo Piazza who was the president of the Sicilian society until he passed, also the building once was a grocery store and a part of her family legacy. The North End is the most historic neighborhood in Boston and I was experienc- ing it first-hand. Ms. Belmonte was the defi- nition of an Italian hostess with her spotless house, food all prepared and fresh coffee brewing with her girlfriends sitting around the timeless kitchen table. It was difficult for me to focus on conversa- tion with all there was to see around me. I felt like I was in an antique shop with all the detailed crafts, tradi- tional knick-knacks and classic interior design. I could have stayed all night Real Estate Matt6o Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 I I I listening to the fascinating stories and indulging in the home, in which my apart- ment was the size of her liv- ing room but there was live entertainment to catch! There is one truth to our Italian culture -- we know how to steal the stage[ The lineup for the feast was top class and it all started off with host: "The Italian Crooner of this Century," Gian Faraone. Not only can he carry a tune like "Volare Italiano," but he knew how to entertain an audi- ence with his blue suede moves. Local Broadway beauty Sharon "Z" brought her opera sound to stage with her rendition of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina." The great "Italian Idol" Frank Zarba took some time to give Boston a little "La Femina" (bad women). My favorite and I could have sworn it was Andrea himself, Marc Antonielli gave the show a Bocelli-esque element. Ray Cavicchio and his orchestra shared the stage and with each performer invited all the paesani to sing along. It was so amaz- ing to see my culture at its best; lovers dancing in the streets, generations of Ital- ians celebrating the proces- sion together and myself so very lucky to be a resident. You can find my up to the minute news on events in the city by following me at SociallyScene on FB or @SociallyScene_ on twitter. Wine, Food, Music and More .... The Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic will take place August 15th-18 th featuring wines from around the world and locally sourced food in eight culinary events held at idyllic locations throughout 500-acre sum- mer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The four-day event fea- tures celebrity chef dinners, cooking demonstrations, and seminars and tastings of chocolate, cheese and wine. Featuring celebrity chefs such as Lydia Shire and Joanne Chang, the Wine and Food Classic starts off savory with a dinner and wine tasting led by chefs Jimmy Bradley and David Dubois at Seranak and ends up sweet with an exploration of fine chocolate and port with Josh Needleman of Chocolate Springs. Widely known as one of the world's most beloved music festivals and the famed summer home of I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. _ Jim (617) 263-7766 Local Legend Lydia Shire will be whipping up some delights on Friday, August 16 th with the Tanglewood Festival. (Photo Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood is situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic kicks off with a dinner hosted by Jimmy Bradley, chef-owner of two popular New York City res- taurants, The Red Cat and The Harrison, and David Dubois, now the chef and overseer of Boston's im- mensely popular Franklin Restaurant Group. Featur- ing three wines from Pio Cesare Winery, the dinner will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Seranak, the former home of BSO Music Director Serge Koussevitzky. Also featured on Thurs- day is an exploration of farmhouse cheeses led by lhsan Gurdal, former Turk- ish Olympic athlete and renowned affineur. He is the owner of Formaggio Kitchen, a group of specialty food shops in Cambridge, Boston and New York and has trav- elled the world discovering some of the finest cheeses available. With each trip, one central idea is rein- forced: the best of the best are the farmhouse cheeses from small pro-ducers, using traditional methods, lhsan will help broaden attendees' knowledge of cheese by sharing some of his favorite farmhouse cheeses along with a few exceptional pair- ings. This tasting will take place from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Formal Gardens Tent. On Friday, August 16% join Chef Lydia Shire, of Boston's Towne Stove and Spirits and Scampo, for an evening of creative culinary excellence paired with wines from Duckhorn Vine- yards, presented by Frank Barbagallo. In keeping with Duckhorn's artisan approach to and appreciation of the "unique quality and charac- ter of their vineyards," in- cluding terroir and microcli- mate, local ingredients will be an important part of Shire's innovative menu. The dinner will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the Formal Gardens Tent. Also on August 16% Jim Nejaime will present blind tastings to explore the differ- ences between the terroir in pairs of matching grape varieties from different wine regions around the world. Included may be such pair- ings as a Russian River Chardonnay vs. a Puligny Montrachet from Burgundy, a Napa Valley Cabernet vs. a St. Julien or Pauillac from Bordeaux, a Chambolle Musigny from the Cote D'Or vs. a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and a West Coast Sauvignon Blanc or Sancerre vs. one from Marlborough, New Zealand. This event will take place in Hawthorne Tent from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At an hour-long event on Saturday, August 17 th, vint- ner Joseph Carr will present the inaugural launch of his new "Morgan Wright Vine- yards" luxury brand and col- laboration with Aaron Pott. Proclaimed by the New York T/mes, "a producer to watch," Joseph Carr is the founder and winemaker of Joseph Carr Napa Valley. Mr. Carr will lead a tasting of some old favorites as well as his exciting new project and share his insights into the wine business. The samples are on display at noon in the Ozawa Tent. The Grand Tasting of the 2013 Tanglewood Wine and Food Festival takes place on Saturday afternoon with a variety of events from I:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Richard Bourdon, chef/owner of Berkshire Mountain Bak- (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW.JUSTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHYCOM I I I