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Gioia October Events

Warming the Heart Festa Gioia October

Italian Art, Roma Reunion and Limoncello Making Class

2013 is “The Year of the Italian Culture in the United States of America”



16395 Roseleaf Court
Los Gatos
RSVP 408.640.6628

Welcome October, a changing time from summer to winter. We enjoy October and the colors and the clouds, and the Halloween celebrations. September is past and November to come.

This October for Gioia Company is a celebration of things that warm our hearts and souls.  This Festa Gioia will be held on Sunday October 20th from noon to six pm. Please join us for an Italian Luncheon Shopping Experience. Shop for masks, ceramics, Italian jewelry and more.

Our special guest on Sunday is Valentina Cirasola of Puglia Italy. Valentina is an accomplished interior designer and decorator, andauthor of three books, Come Mia Nonna honoring recipes of her grandmother, Sins of a Queen, Appetizers and Desserts and Red, A Voyage into Color. Valentina will be hosting a Limoncello making class with her delightful stories and secrets of the making of this liquor in her native Italy. The class begins at 1pm and ends at around 4pm. This is the perfect time to start your LImoncello or Arancello for the holidays that begin in November, to give as holiday gifts, and to serve after meals as a digestivo. You will learn of recipes for the lemon rinds after soaking in the alcohol for 30 days, and what to do with the lemons after they are peeled. It is very interesting and fun. Please see below for the instructions on registering, what to bring, and the cost. The class is limited to 20 people so please sign up now!

In September, I was fortunate to be reunited with 117 classmates from all over the U.S. in Chicago. What brought us together was very special: we had lived and studied in Rome Italy together. Rome…..Roma……this city was my first home away from home and I have a special relationship with her. Coming from a large Italian family, living next door to my Italian grandparents on a ranch, I grew up in the Italian Culture. I learned in Rome that I had a passion for the arts, especially the Renaissance arts, architecture, the beautiful Italian language, traditions, hospitality, and the amazing men and women of those times. Imperial Rome, there is nothing like her. Not all of the history of those times is to be proud of, but the monuments left behind leave me awestruck no matter how many times I have seen them. Walk Rome early morning, or late at night, so that you can feel her and hear her voices from the past centuries and centuries while viewing her layers and layers of civilizations. It is incredible to me the amount of handiwork, and sweat work, the human being has created--an immense Imperial City.  Click here to walk along with me on an early morning stroll through Rome to the Vatican City.

Millions prayed with Papa Francesco in hundreds of languages. While visiting with my classmates at our reunion I found myself for the first time, feeling that we as a group are people that have emerged greatly influenced by our European experiences and the city of Rome herself. As I traveled the long journey back to California from that year of study in Roma I promised myself that someday I would work with the Italian people, and now I have realized this dream. Thanks to family, friends, Roma classmates, clients and artists for helping me to make my dream a reality. Gioia means joy in Italian and Lee and I believe there is joy in giving and receiving.

There are many events beginning in October. We hope to see you as often as possible. When you buy from Gioia Company you are supporting many artists and small family businesses in the US and Italy, and the many non-profits and affiliates we work with. To learn more about this check out our links tab on the website.
Books and Blankets Program  One more news item! During the month of October Gioia will be selling blankets and bracelets made by Grace Howell to benefit Stanford Childrens' Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and Oakland Childrens' Hospital.  Blankets $25 Bracelets $68



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


St. Mary's Boutique
Date: October 3 (Thursday)
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: 30 Lyndon Avenue, Los Gatos

Spotlite Radio: Thirty Minutes with Gioia
Date: October 8 (Tuesday)
Time: 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PST
Location: Spotlite Radio: http://spotliteradio.com/

Los Gatos CATillion Community Foundation Fundraiser
Date: October 12 (Saturday)
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Location: La Rinconada Country Club, 14595 Clearview Dr., Los  Gatos, CA 95032

Los Gatos Valle Monte League Fundraiser Lunch
Date: October 15 (Tuesday)
Location: La Rinconada Country Club, 14595 Clearview Dr., Los  Gatos, CA 95032
Lunch to plan Dec. 5th and 6th Christmas Tree Elegance to benefit many local charities.

SCU Catala Club Fashion Plates
Date: October 16 (Wednesday)
Time: TBD
Location: San Jose Country Club
For more information, click here
For Tickets contact 408.410.1420

San Benito County Olive Festival
Date: October 19 (Saturday)
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Paicines Ranch, 13388 Airline Highway, Paicines, CA
For more information, click here.

Festa Gioia

Date: October 20 (Sunday)
Time: Noon to 6 p.m.
Location:16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos
Italian lunch and shopping experience
RSVP 408.640.6628

Limoncello Making at Gioia with Valentina from Puglia

Date: October 20 (Sunday)
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos
To learn more click here.

Napoli Che Canta e Encanta
Date: October 24 (Thursday)
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: San Francisco Italian Athletic Club
To learn more click here.

Presentation High School Masquerade Fundraiser
Date: October 26 (Saturday)
Location: Villa Ragusa, Campbell
To learn more click here.

Date: October 31 (Thursday)
Get your masks at Gioia Company!


Carla' Mask Making Workshop at Gioia
Date: November 17 (Sunday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos
All materials provided. To obtain a registration form, click here.

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2014!! Save the Dates!!

Puerto Vallarta Art and Gastronomy Vacation
Dates: May 3 – 10TH, 2014
Includes 3 days of workshops:
  • Frescoes, Bottle Embellishment Workshops by Master Artist Carla Almanza-deQuant,
  • Culinary Workshop and Gastronomy Dinner and Wine tasting by World Renowned Chef Thierry Blouet:
     "Ancient ART techniques brought to the modern world by artist Carla,and recipes
      created to communicate through our senses, using a precise synthesis of
      colors and flavors by Chef Thierry. This gift of intuitive ability to perceive
      the right harmony of sensual elements is what turns Chef Thierry's dishes into
      a sensual work of ART".

Included: All materials, meals during the workshops
Not included: Air, Accommodations at a Beautiful Villa, and Optional Tours
Cost: $750 per person
More information to come!

Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contact info@gioiacompany.com for a special introduction to the owner.

See you soon...

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Can't make it? Don't forget to shop online at www.gioiacompany.com.
A Glass of Wine, A Cup of Tea and Gioia Italian Art and Products, a formula for a relaxing evening!
Every gift personally wrapped, shipped and guaranteed.

Katherine Winkelman
Gioia Company LLC

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