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Celebrate Gioia's 8th Birthday

Buon Compleanno!
(See calendar for other Festa Gioia dates)

(See calendar for other Festa Gioia dates)
Always open by appointment in Los Gatos

Shop Italian Style, Birthdays & Lemoncello!
RSVP by return email or call 408-640-6628
or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
And always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com


Festa Gioia Happy 8th Birthday!

“2014 -- The Year of the Italian Language in America”

Spring and Summer (La Primavera e L'Estate) showcase solid ceramic colors, countryside scenes, Italian jewelry for all of your events, masks and sculpture for home décor, ceramics and glassware for limoncello, inlaid wood furniture, and more! Come and join us! See our calendar below for more events of interest.

FESTA GIOIA HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY AND LEMONCELLO MAKING  "A come over for lunch and shopping experience" What's for lunch?   Risotto Umbria Salad on Friday, Lemon Chicken on Saturday, and Stuffed Shells on Sunday plus Shrimp Grapefruit Avocado Salad. Let's welcome summer with these beautiful ceramic dishes from Italy for sale, enjoy the patio and Italian atmosphere. Each of our guests receives a $20 discount on purchase of $40 and more. WE THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US FOR EIGHT YEARS. See more below.

RSVP by return email or call 408-640-6628 or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com. We are always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com.


June 15th we honor our fathers all around the world. You are fortunate if you can spend the day together. If not, you can join Carla for a Bottle Embellishment Workshop with lots of fun and games in addition to learning an ancient Italian art from a master. I have three sons and I always remind them that some of the greatest masters in the arts are men. Think about a father and son class, something different. We welcome everyone. More information below.
My father, Ralph Brigantino, my mentor, role model and all around great guy will be celebrating his 90th birthday this fall. Dad served in the Marines in the South Pacific, First Marine Division Okinawa and Second Marine Division 8th Regiment Ryukyu Islands, and came home grateful to be alive and to contribute to building our wonderful country that he helped to keep free, earning the title as a member of "The Greatest Generation" described in Tom Brokaw's  book. 

His mother (my Nana) immigrated from Piemonte (Candia Canovese). Her family (Catherine Donato) owned Five Brothers Bakery Shop in Los Angeles where Joseph Brigantino drove the bakery truck. My grandfather (Nanu) immigrated from Caltanisetta, Sicily, and they met at age 19 in Los Angeles at the bakery shop. 

After the war Dad wanted to live in the country, and both he and Mom bravely moved away from their families to South San Benito County, near the Pinnacles.  He is still a farmer, rancher and realtor in the San Benito County and was just awarded the Farmer of the Year Award by the Farm Bureau Association.  Dad wanted a large family and I am the oldest of eight, so his dream came true. He's never retired, just changed the way he works. As my brothers got old enough to help him, he allowed them to carry the work load but always with his expert and welcomed advice.

Dad taught us about family. He did not think he would live past World War II and lost two of his first cousins in the war. He raised us to be thankful for what we have, mostly each other. We all worked hard together as a family on an apricot and walnut ranch. "There are no Saturdays or Sundays in Apricot Season" he would say to us. I remember every day about 6 p.m. he would come home from work and put on his Mickey Mouse Ears and sit with us for the TV show on the black and white while mom prepared dinner for 7. By the time we were a family of ten, my sister Anna and I were in the kitchen learning the ways of our Italian family recipes. We were a very big family, but there was always room for extra guests at the table.

Our extended family spent much time together as we grew up. We would spend Thanksgivings in Downey, California with the Giordano, Grana and Brigantino cousins, and they would come to Hollister for Easter. My Dad's mother and father moved next door to us on our ranch in Hollister when my mom had twin boys (kids number 4 and 5).  And so "Italy" was always right next door. Dad taught us to be ethical and respectful; he taught us to have good humor in life, and enjoy the simple things, to love and care for nature, animals, and the outdoors; and to "Never Give Up." I learned from my father that joys come not from what we own but from what we share. "Joy for Those Who Give and Those Who Receive" is the Gioia foundation. Thanks, grazie, to my Dad.

This month Gioia will be supporting the non-profit charity called Silicon Valley FACES, the sponsor of Camp Everytown for youth, a place where kids learn to become community builders. We will all be helping the young people of the camp. 10% of all of our sales will go to Camp Everytown.
I have been fortunate to be in Italy several times with my father, both in Sicily and through the Italian Peninsula. His favorite stop is always in Sorrento. usually in one of the restaurants overlooking the bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvius, enjoying his favorite dessert, cannoli. His favorite products that we offer to you at Gioia Company are the inlaid wood pieces made by hand. If you have visited the factories, you know they are mostly made by men and very labor intensive. This is an art that carries with it the heart of the artists in Sorrento, Italy.



GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com


Festa Gioia 8th Birthday Celebration!
Dates: May 30, May 31, June 1 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday)
Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos, CA
RSVP: Call Kathy 408.640.6628 and Lee Marie 650.967.0765
FRIDAY: Featured srtist Carla Almanza de Quant, mask maker and sculptor will join us!!
SATURDAY: Designer and eriter Valentina Cirasola will teach the Limoncello Class and offer book signing/
SUNDAY: Lee Marie Michals day at Gioia Company!

Everyday is an absolutely marvelous day at Gioia! When will you come?

Limoncello Making Class
Date: May 31 (Saturday)
Time:  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos, CA
For more information and registration, click here.


Little Italy San Jose Fundraiser
Date: June 2 (Monday)
Time:  5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Silicon Valley Capital Club, 50 West San Fernando Street, San Jose, CA
For more information and registration, click here.

Bottle Embellishment Workshop
Date: Sunday June 15th Father's Day
Time:  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBD
Cost: $250 Includes all materials, Italian Biscotti, coffee and full lunch
Click here for more information and registration information.

Festa Gioia Welcome Summer
Dates: June 21 (Saturday)
Time: 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos, CA
RSVP: Call Kathy 408.640.6628 and Lee Marie 650.967.0765


Showcasing our Boutique Galleries and Wineries . Please shop at our Affiliate Stores:

Bel Bacio Café Little Italy San Jose http://bel-bacio.com/

Discover San Jose Boutique http://discover-sanjose.com/

Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill http://www.guglielmowinery.com/

Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles http://sculpterra.com/

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2014!! Save the Dates!!

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border
Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contact info@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.

See you soon...

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Gioia Company LLC

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