9th Annual  St. Anthony

FESTA ITALIANA Charlotte 2014

Was

SUNDAY MAY 18 2014

 in the Beautiful Courtyard of PREMIER SPONSOR

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It was all about Charity &

the Best Italian Food

 in Charlotte

Proudly for the 9th year in a row

 

THIS IS WHAT YOU AND WE DID:

 

FIRST THE CHARITY

We are so proud to tell you that with FESTA 2014 funds, the generous help of Adventure Vans, our Hard Working Committees, St Anthony Foundation of Charlotte Board Members, FESTA Volunteers, Nevins Staff and Volunteers, Chefs, Ristoranti, Queens University, and all ourGenerous Sponsors, Donors, and FESTA Attendees,  Nevins purchased a gorgeous, like new, 15 passenger Handicap Accessible Van.

 

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FESTA COMMITTEE CHAIRS, FOUNDATION and NEVINS BOARD MEMBERS at QUEENS UNIVERSITY

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FESTA COMMITTEE CHAIRS, FOUNDATION and NEVINS BOARD MEMBERS with QUEENS UNIVERSITY’S ASST PROVOST NANCY McNELIS and DIR EVENT SERVICES TAMARA OSBORNE

 

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NEVINS’ PHIL GUSSMAN

and

ST ANTHONY FOUNDATION’S VINCENT VOCI

 

 

NOW…THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE, ENTERTAINEMNT, ART, and AUCTION

 

Guests Enjoyed Unlimited Spectacular Italian Foods…see below

 

Plus

Delicious and endless Italian Wines and Prosecco by Cupcake Wines

Peroni Beer all afternoon

Purus Organic Italian Vodka shots and with fresh Strawberry puree

Wonderful Live Stage Entertainment by Agnes Florian and Katherine Alexander

A large First Class Silent Auction with over 100 items by Liz Petko

The Grand Opening of our  Gallery Art for Charity” by Sandra Valencia Voci, Tina, and Artist Friends

“Let’s Talk” Italian Kid Zone by Let’s Talk’s  Claudia and Mauricio Valencia

An Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Tasting Bar

                     by Grapes and Olives on Tap

Italian Imported Delicacy Tasting by Zia Pia!

 

The Festa was, of course, again generously and graciously

Hosted by

Queens University of Charlotte

in their  beautiful Trexler Courtyard, Portico, and Chartwells’ Kitchens for the 4th year in a row.

 

Our Visiting Italian Guest Chefs, Massimo and Maria Victoria Zaina,

flew in  from  Lago di Como, Italia, and delighted and entertained  us and the other Chefs in their demonstration tent. Maria Victoria’s Garden Fresh Vegetable Penne Pasta was out of this world. People could not stop eating it. This was followed by Master Chef Massimo with his absolutely delicious Grilled Turkey Breast in a Buttery Creamy Leek Sauce. The Recipes are available…just email us.

 

Another Star of the Afternoon was Chef Shawn Kravis, Executive Chef of Compass Chartwell’s at Queens.

He and his crew assisted by our Volunteers headed up by Perry “Rocco” Spinelli masterfully produced the Italian Chef’s Dishes PERFECTLY for all 600 Guests!! We owe a great deal to the generosity, enthusiasm, and great talents  of  Chef Shawn Kravis and Dining Director Stephen Steiger. Bravi e Grazie Mille!!!!

 

Before this,  though, we are very proud to have had some of Charlotte’s Best Chefs present and serve their best Italian Appetizer Dishes.

Blue and Osso’s Exec Chef Gene Briggs presented his absolutely delightful unique Oxtail Ravioli

Bistro la Bon’s Exec Chef and Owner Majid “Majik” Amourpoor blew us away again with his Squid Ink Risotto. Plus he also graced us with being our Head Chef for our Famous 3ft Seafood Risotto. Chef Marla Thurman and Chef Marco Lubrano helped Chef Majid along with fellow Bistro la Bon owner Tony Debestani

Brooklyn South Pizzeria’s Owners and Chefs, Lucia and Vincent Caminiti, assisted by their Famiglia, like every year, baked and served us with scrumptious mouth watering pizza

Vivace’s  Jamie Kudalis made their creamy and very tasty Sweet Pea Pancetta Risotto for us to enjoy. Grazie Gille Jamie and Vivace !!

Mama Ricotta’s Chef Joe Morrison and Brad Calder demonstrated preparation of fresh mozzarella cheese and made bountiful and  beautiful, delicious bruschetta all Mama Ricotta !! Bravo !!

Passion 8′s Exec Chef Owner Luca Annunziata presented and served absolutely spectacular home made Gnocchi with a delightful fresh Basil Tomato  Sauce di Sorento. Sweet and Savory…Fantastico e Delizioso !!!

Stagioni’s  Chef Larry Schreiber and Colleagues prepared and served tender delicious Polpi a griglia: grilled octopus. This is one of their ristoranti’s most popular appetizers. Bravo !!  Perfetto !!!

Il Bosco’s  Chef Owner Jimmy Hermann e Famiglia again prepared magnificent fresh Arancini, deep fired stuffed rice balls, on site. Deliziosso !!!!  His wife once again bruoght her famous Pignoli Cookies. Brava !!

Southminster’s Chef Philip Platoni served his wonderful  sweet, melt in your mouth, braised short ribs over wonderful sundried tomato polenta. Grazie mille, Chef Philip

SunFlour Bakery’s Baker Owner, Debbie Bartok presented her scrumptious Frangelico Cupcakes ! The very talented, Debbie, offered to make any Italian Liquor flavored cupcakes we thought would compliment the other flavors of the FESTA. She was right on.

The CoffeeBoss’ Barrister Owners Erika and Heinz Boss from the Lake served their delicious expert Italian Espressos and Cappuccinos during the entire FESTA.  After all, Perfect Espresso goes with Everything !!!!  Bravi, e Grazie mille !!!

Pasta and Provision’s again provided all the Cannoli we could eat !!!  all the FESTA CANNOLI GIRLS had     to do was fill them…hahaha all 600 of them…that’s why they were so fresh and delicious..filled on the spot !!!

Antico Eremo’s  Annagrazia Vivetti graciously and generously supplied us with delicious Gelato and Tiramisu ingredients !  Frank Franklin from Swanson-Girad supplied the machine and his talents to make the Gelato for us all day !! Jacqueline Liger and her mother and father made trays and trays of Tiramisu.

Fiamma will join us again next year. Fernando promised !!

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.

 

 

 A Very Special Thank You….

Grazie Mille..  to

Our  FABULOUS  Emcees

WBTV News Anchor Kristen Miranda 

Weather Anchor Ashley Batey

 

 

OUR 2014 VISITING ITALIAN CHEFS

MARIA VICTORIA AND MASSIMO ZAINA

 

Guest Chefs

And a Wonderful

Heartfelt Thank You to

All our Spectacular Talented Entertainers

and our Producer and Stage Manager,

Agnes Florian…BRAVI !!!!

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COMING SOON !!

 

FESTA ITALIANA 2015

THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY

SUNDAY MAY 17 2015

 

QUEENS UNIVERSITY, MYERS PARK