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Special Events at Gioia on Nov. 17 and 30
Always open by appointment in Los Gatos

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RSVP by return email or call 408-640-6628
or contact Kathy at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
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Sunflowers and Thanksgiving!

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



Featuring new items from our recent Italy Trip

NOON TO SIX PM 16395 Roseleaf Court Los Gatos RSVP 408.640.6628
“Joy for Those Who Give and Those Who Receive” is Gioia Italian Art and Products’ founding belief. We believe it is in giving that we receive and we try to spoil our shopping clients! We hope you will choose to shop Gioia online or during one of our Open House events or by appointment during the holiday shopping season. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR CALENDAR BELOW. We offer beautiful hand crafted Italian gifts and traditional Italian hospitality.  We Give Thanks for all of you and your continued support. Read more about, “What our Clients are Saying about Gioia Italian Art and Products.” Online shoppers enter the word Bella at checkout for a 15% discount. Many of our local shoppers have received a $25 gift card with their October purchases to be used towards holiday shopping. Stop by this Sunda (Nov. 3rd) and get a $25 gift card with purchase of at least $50. We are featuring our Sunflower Pattern plates this month. We believe the colors, cheerfulness, beauty and the story of the sunflower are worth making them a part of your Thanksgiving holiday. The girasole, sunflower, is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large flowering head, and its name is derived from the flower's shape and image, which is often used to depict the sun (per Wikipedia). American Indians had multiple uses for sunflowers in the past, such as in bread, medical ointments, dyes and body paints. Some common uses are floral arranging, sunflower seeds, oil, butter and bread. Sunflowers require full sun and growing season is normally May to October. In California and Italy can still be found in November. The sunflower has been a part of human history for 4,000 years and more. Many people associate sunflowers with Tuscany, Italy.  Actually they are grown in many regions of the country, even more in Umbria than in Tuscany. Many of you have seen these fields when visiting Italy during the growing season. The Italian government offered subsidies for oil producing plants and that is how the sunflower came to Italy.  There are 80 different species and about 38 are perennial varieties coming back each year. They are quite beautiful. Alongside the girasole in the valleys can be found mountain groves of olive trees all over Italy and especially in Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio! Follow the Olive Trail with this writer from the UK. I especially enjoy the way she describes the olive oil as “it tastes of the living plant.” In Italy they love olive oil, salt and pepper on bread, and on lasagna, and salad, and rice and everything! My brothers, Dave and Chris Brigantino purchased olive trees on a visit to Tuscany. They now grow the trees in San Benito County, California. The varieties include Leccino, Pendolino, Frantoio and Maurino. They produce award winning, organic, cold press, unfiltered olive oil available through Gioia Company. And Carla has added her touch to decorate the bottles for a very special hospitality gift this holiday season! To begin the busy season with a smile, I want to share with you this You Tube video that came my way via Facebook. We have watched over and over studying the faces of the Italian people young and old, and the steep mountain village scenery, and pondered that the Italian people never stop being an important part of their culture. Enjoy this! The beautiful items we ordered on our summer trip to Italy are arriving. Think about ceramic gifts of salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes, oval trays, small bowls, oil and vinegar, pasta bowls, wall art, and much more from Deruta, Florence and Vietri. Make your appointment or come to Festa Gioia soon. Fall bouquets add color with the girasola, the sunflower, this is one of our specialties for the month. Linens, flatware, Venetian masks, sculpture, and inlaid wood from Sorrento await you. The custom jewelry and hand decorated olive oil bottles make great gifts. This month we will be at many festivals.Please check our calendar! This month we will also focus on Venetian mask making with artist Carla Almanza-deQuant.  November 3rd is one of our open house dates and students from Carla’s 3-day workshop will be finishing their masks. You will enjoy seeing this when you come by. To make your own mask and learn several techniques of Venetian mask making in the 16th and 17th centuries in Italy, please register for the Mask Making Class on Sunday November 17th.  Mark your calendars for Gioia open house, and as always at the end of November, we have Festa Gioia after Thanksgiving in hopes that family members will be in town and you will choose to share some of your leisure time by joining us for lunch and shopping on Saturday November 30th. Abbondanza!


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 http://gioiacompany.com masks at Gioia Company! November Gioia Shopping & Mask Making Viewing Date:  Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos RSVP 408.640.6628 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 Learn more on Facebook. All materials provided. To obtain a registration form, click here.

Yuletide at Montalvo

Date: Nov. 22 & 23 (Friday & Saturday) Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga The Entire Villa will be opened, come shopping and enjoy lunch in the Bistro. 15% of proceeds are donated to the Montalvo Service Group for upkeep of the beautiful villa. Visit the Gioia Booth! To learn more, click here.

Villa Montalvo Yuletide Gala

Date: Nov. 24 (Sunday) Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga To learn more and for tickets, click here.

Festa Gioia Thanksgiving

Date: Nov. 30th (Saturday) Time: 12 noon to 5 p.m Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos Featuring new items from our recent Italy Trip RSVP 408.640.6628 Kathy 650.967.0765 Lee Marie



Valle Monte League Christmas Tree Elegance - Afternoon Tea Date: Dec. 5 (Thursday) Time: 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Double Tree by Hilton, 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose Tickets for afternoon tea ($80) still available. Click here.

Valle Monte League Christmas Tree Elegance - Finale Date: Dec. 6 (Friday) Time: 6:30 p.m. to 12:00 midnight Location: Double Tree by Hilton, 2050 Gateway Pl, San Jose Special evening entertainment by Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito To obtain tickets ($165), click here. Learn more about Valle Monte and the charities served, watch this YouTube video. IAHF

World of Italian Opera:Home for the Holidays

Date: Dec. 6 (Friday) Times: 6:00 p.m. boutique and no-host cocktails; 7:15 p.m. dinner; 8:30 p.m. performance Location: 425 N. Fourth Street, San Jose, CA $33 members / $36 non-members / $20 students To learn more, click here.

Festa Gioia Christmas Party Buon Natale!
Dec. 7 (Saturday)  Time: 12 noon to 6 p.m Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos Lots of fun and prizes! RSVP 408.640.6628 Kathy 650.967.0765 Lee Marie                               

Club Auto Sport Holiday party Date: Dec. 11 (Wednesday) Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: 521 Charcot Ave., San Jose, CA To learn more about Club Auto Sport, 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! UMBRIA/TUSCANY Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contactmailto:%20info@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