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always opened by appointment in Los Gatos.
Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or
Contact at kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com.
And always at your disposal online atwww.gioiacompany.com
Saturday, May 9

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And always available for your convenience online at www.gioiacompany.com

May for Mamma and the People of Nepal

Join us Saturday, May 9th from noon to six pm. for Festa Gioia--Celebrating Mothers. 

We all have mothers, some are with us, and some are not. Join us as we gather together and have a wonderful day with Italian food, fun, beautiful art product,s and good company in the tradition of the family as we know it, with many gathered around the table, enjoying the time shared together. In my lifetime I have been blessed by a wonderful beautiful mother Gloria Giordano Brigantino and a few “other mothers.” My mother Gloria passed away when I was 30 from breast cancer. I still spend time with her when I am preparing food in the kitchen, especially for Festa Gioia using some of her recipes!

Two mothersMary Ellen, my stepmother, is a registered nurse, so she has been mother to many besides being a very special mother to me, and an absolutely wonderful mother to her sons and grandmother to 30 grandchildren. I met Lee Marie when I was 22 and she hired me to work for her in her travel agency. We are like mother-daughter. We have the same birthday and created Gioia Company together and began the company on our birthdays.

My husband's grandmother, Doris Bandish, and her two sisters, Helen and Rose, were all registered nurses. I love this picture of the three of them with twin babies taken in New York. Helen and Rose never had children, instead, they took care of all of the babies. The sisters were such loving “other mothers."Grandmother Kline

At Festa Gioia Saturday, May 9th, we celebrate our mothers" your mother, “other mothers,” your friends’ and cousins’ mothers, nieces’ and nephews’ mothers--come one and come all! We will have a beautiful surprise for each. We have new items from Italy and wonderful items that we have received this past year that will be unique gifts for graduations, weddings, and all occasions and no occasions.

In Italy the Festa della Mamma is celebrated in the same way as we do at Gioia Company. Being together and telling our mothers we love them either physically or in our thoughts. Mother’s Day is one of the biggest occasions in the calendar year for Italian families. The family will come together for breakfast and lunch or go out for lunch, bring Mamma flowers, make her a cake, make her a card, all in the shape of a heart, but most importantly they tell Mamma they love her. I will be making a strawberry mousse cake for all to enjoy! This is the strawberry season, so many Italian cakes will be make this way.
Strawberry Cake
In the Italian culture, the actual commemorative day dates back to the Roman times and the goddess Juno after whom we named the month of June. Juno was the Roman Goddess of Marriage and Motherhood. The name means “vital force” and remains today a good description of the Italian mother. Mamma Mia! For fun, enjoy this video.

June also is a popular month for weddings everywhere and in Italy, as noted earlier, it is the month named for the goddess of marriage. Read morehttp://www.explore-italian-culture.com/italian-mothers.html

Gioia will celebrate nine years on June 13th. Mark your calendars to join us for a special Festa Gioia. More to come in the next news, Thanks, Grazie, to you for continuing to support our efforts and all the artists we work with by joining us and shopping Italian style!

At this time, we are called to help the people of Nepal after the deadly earthquake. We will donate 15% of all sales in the month of May to the Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley for their efforts in Nepal. You can read more here http://www.habitatebsv.org/Updates/Help-those-affected-by-the-earthquake-in-Nepal-0.

Gioia is created to bring “Joy for Those Who Give and Those Who Receive” You can be part of the joy of giving.Umbria Flowers


Congratulations Pasquale on the huge success of the documentary release, "A Tribute to Enrico Caruso." If you have not seen this, please check the schedule herehttp://pasqualeesposito.com/downloads/pasquale-esposito-enrico-caruso-pbs-schedule-2015v.pdf.


Pasquale Esposito in Concert for Mothers Day in Napoli, Italy. For tickets and Information go to the website http://www.pasqualeesposito.com/nv/.

IAHF Crab Feed
Dinner and Dancing
Date: May 8 (Friday)
Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Place: Italian American Heritage Foundation 425 N. First Street San Jose
Website: http://www.iahfsj.org/programs/events/ Check out all the Cooking Classes!!

Murano rose necklaceFesta Gioia May
We will spoil you! Italian Lunch and Shopping Experience
Date: May 9 (Saturday before Mother's Day)
Time: Noon to Six p.m.
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court Los Gatos
RSVP: 408.640.6628

Festa Italiana in Lodi
Date: Sunday May 31
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Place: Lodi Grape Festival Grounds
Come and visit the Gioia booth for authentic Italian art and products. We are excited to be invited and look forward to meeting everyone that attends. For more information: http://www.festa-italiana.com/



Murano beadsGioia 9th Birthday Festa
Date: Sunday June 14th
Time: Noon to 4 pm Join us for a grand party, please come early and stay the entire afternoon
Place: 16395 Roseleaf Court LG
RSVP: 408.640.6628


"La Notte Canta"
Pasquale Esposito in Concert
Date: July 26 (Sunday)
Place: Morgan Hill, CA
Tickets: 408-528-6308 or http://www.pasqualeesposito.com/nv/
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

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2015!! Save the Dates!!


Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Contact Raffealla Baldi
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
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Italian Specialist and Local Residents
Luxury Tailormade Vacations
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Isle of Capri and all of Italy
Enjoy holidays, short breaks, weddings, honeymoon, dining, cooking, shopping, scuba diving, water activities, coastal excursions with personal crew.
Contact Signore Tonino Pepe, pepetonino@hotmail.it, and tell him Gioia Co. sent you.


Puglia, Italy with Valentina
May 27 to June 5, 2015 (She takes groups at this time each year.)
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina, author, designer, artist and native
For more information, click here.

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border
Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contactinfo@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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Katherine Winkelman
Gioia Company LLC

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