9th Annual  St. Anthony

FESTA ITALIANA Charlotte 2014

SUNDAY MAY 18 2014

 in the Beautiful Courtyard of PREMIER SPONSOR

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It is all about Charity and the Best Italian Food in Charlotte for the 9th year in a row. Guests will again enjoy unlimited spectacular Italian Food, Delicious Italian Wines, Prosecco, Peroni Beer, Wonderful Live Stage Entertainment, a large first class Silent Auction with over 100 items; “Let’s Talk” Italian Kid Zone; an Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar, by Grapes and Olives on Tap; Italian Imported Delicacy Tasting by Zia Pia! The Festa will again happen in the beautiful surroundings of Queens University of Charlotte, our gracious and generous Host Sponsor for the 4th year.

In addition to the absolutely delicious Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting and Zia Pia’s one of a kind Imported Italian Specialties, you will enjoy the Best Italian  delicious appetizers and bakery, from more than 8 of the areas best Ristoranti , Bakeries, Purveyors, and Caterers presented by their proud Executive Chefs themselves. All while enjoying endless flowing of Prosecco, Italian Wine, and Peroni Beer. All this is while to our Famous Seafood Risotto is being prepared by our Head FESTA Chefs, Gino and Isabel Macchiavello, and Chef Marco Lubrano. And that is just the beginning. Our Guest Chefs, Massimo and Maria Victoria, flown in  from  Lago di Como, Italia, will then present their Primo Pasta and the Secondo Meat or Fish.

Then…….. Dolce:  Dessert with  Espresso and Cappuccino from The Coffee Boss !!!

It all benefits the NEVINS Center, creating opportunity, fulfillment, and quality of life for those with special needs and developmental disabilities.

OUR 2014 VISITING ITALIAN CHEFS

MARIA VICTORIA AND MASSIMO ZAINA

 

Guest Chefs

This year our goal is

…… to help NEVINS purchase a Handicap Accessible Van with a Hydraulic Lift. This is a BIG goal for us…and You ! But so badly needed and worth it.  NEVINS has not had one in many years because of Government Agency funding cuts etc., but they currently have 4 people in wheel chairs that need transportation to their jobs and education. The NEVINS Board of Directors is very excited about our goal and so very appreciative.

This is what the FESTA …You …did last year

…..The Nevins HVAC unit had not been replaced since 1969..yes, 1969 ! they mainatained it in as good a working condition as possible, though vey inefficient certainly, so they needed one desperately. We did it for them. Look at this:

The Old  and the New

OLD NEVINS HVAC UNIT  1969 to 2013 photoNEW NEVINS HVAC UNIT 2013 photo

 

 

GRAZIE MILLE..THANK YOU for

LAST YEAR’S SUCCESS

8th Annual St. Anthony

FESTA ITALIANA Charlotte 2013

 WONDERFUL SUCCESS

It was all about charity and the Best Italian Food in Charlotte for the 8th year in a row. Guests enjoyed unlimited spectacular Italian Food, delicious Italian Wines, Prosecco, Peroni Beer, wonderful Live Stage Entertainment, a large first class Silent Auction with over 100 items, “Let’s Talk” Italian Kid Zone, an Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar, by Grapes and Olives on Tap, Italian Imported Delicacy Tasting by Zia Pia! The Festa was again held on the beautiful surroundings of Queens University of Charlotte, our gracious and generous Host Sponsor for the third year. It all benefitted the Nevins Center, creating opportunity and quality of life for those with special needs and disabilities.

  • You donated, through FESTA ITALIANA Charlotte 2013, a brand new entire HVAC System for Nevins Center. This replaced their units dating back to 1969 !! We are so very proud of this and so very thankful that we have so many generous people involved with the FESTA….volunteering, working very hard, donating, sponsoring, and attending.  This means you helped make in many ways “una bella vita” for many people that otherwise may never know what that means.

 

 

 Special Thank You…. Grazie Mille  to

Our Emcees

WBTV News Anchor Kristen Miranda 

Weather Anchor Ashley Batey

 

 

This year we Celebrated the Year of Italian Culture with

Guest Chef from LAGO di COMO, ITALIA

 Massimo Zaina

Demonstrated, Taught, and Served Specialties of his and his Chef Wife, Maria Victoria,

Maiale (Pork) Scaloppini e Farfalle Pasta con Carciofi (Artichokes)

Guest Chefs

 Maria Victoria                                         Massimo

 

 

 

   FESTA HEAD CHEF   

Roberto Mendoza

 Who  prepared Chef Massimo’s and Maria Victoria’s wonderful dishes

for our 600 FESTA Guests

DELIZIOSSO !!  Grazie mille Chefs Massimo, Roberto, Maria Victoria

….and all their generous and hard working Volunteer helpers !!

 

 

                                     FESTA EXECUTIVE CHEF

Gino Macchiavello

Demonstrated and Cooked  Our Famous 4 foot Seafood Risotto

with Seafood by the Meat &Fish Co.

and the help of Former FESTA Head Chef Marco Lubrano, Chef Isabel Macchiavello, and Sherry Polcyn .

Gino

 

 

Celebrity Chefs

from Charlotte’s Best

Ristoranti, Caterers, Bakeries, and Purveyors 

presented their incredible appetizers,  breads, desserts & espresso.

Brooklyn South Pizzaria, Blue, Osso, Vivace, Mama Ricotta’s, Bistro la Bon, il Bosco, Delectables by Holly, The Coffee Boss, Pasta and Provisions, Grapes and Olives on tap, Zia Pia, the Meat and Fish Co., DePalo Bakery, Duke’s Bread,

and more!

Live Stage Entertainment

from wonderful performing artists including

 

Soprano Gina Gutierrez,Tenor Franco Londono, Tenor Charlie Lang,The TBA Girls, Pianists Keiko Aloe and Randy Jones of Allegro Studio, Singer Carlo Martini, Jazz Crooner Bobby Umber,The el Alma de la Luna Dancers: Sarah Stafford, David Stafford, Jamie Avalo, Juan Valle, and Lizbeth Serna, Pianist Michael Lazenby, Violinist Saule Akberdiyeva, Brad Bailey-Guitarist and Dean Wiklacz-Drummer with Bobby Umber’s Band, Luis Matute-Young Pianist/Drummer/Guitarist, Louis Senay-Pianist, 6 year old pianist Evan Xie, and the Nevins Chime Chorus.

Stage Director Producer   Agnes Florian

Festa Italiana is presented by The St. Anthony Foundation of Charlotte.  Find more information on the foundation and its purpose here.