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'Tis the Season to be Gioia

Everyone loves a gift from Italy!

Tis the Season to be Gioia Italian Art and Products
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

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

Tis the Season to be Gioia!

Welcome to the season of Umbrellas and Pines and
Beautiful Italian Products for Your Holidays

We just returned from Italy and in the next few weeks will be constantly receiving beautiful items for you toVenetian jewelry enjoy. New linens from Venice and jewelry. new Venetian masks, many new ceramics and inlaid wood items from our stay in Vietri sul Mare and along the Amalfi Coast to Sorrento. Visit us anytime by appointment or for one of our Festa Gioia events see below.

I love the Italian umbrella pine or (also called a stone pine tree) with its broad, domed crown and tall, bare trunk. We were fortunate to visit Venice, Vatican City, Vietri, Amalfi, Sorrento and my Italian home away from home on our trip to Italy, Roma.  In Roma landscapes are decorated with these umbrella-like trees. They have become part of the Mediterranean landscape and can be found all over Italy. Reaching a Umbrella tree by the Vaticanheight of 80 feet, they originally came from Turkey, Lebanon, and other humid Mediterranean regions. They have created a magical pathway in parks, cities, and countryside since the Italian Renaissance garden period. In the 1700s the umbrella pine was introduced as an ornamental tree to other Mediterranean climate regions of the world and can grow in California. They are drought resistant once established.

St. Mark's SquareThis tree has been cultivated extensively for at least 6,000 years for its edible pine nuts, which have been trade items since early historic times. If you have had dishes with pine nuts in Europe, they probably came from the Italian stone pine. They are called pignoli or pinoli and were used at least as far back as the Roman Empire. It is one of a few pine tree species from which these seeds are harvested for eating and remains of the cones have been discovered in Roman camps. The cones were picked and laid out in the sun so the cone would open revealing the pine nuts. They are not nuts but seeds and not the only food that we enjoy dating back to ancient times.

As you prepare your holiday meals it is good to be aware that the Roman empire was so vast their exposure toCeramic bowl a beautiful diet of culinary delights have passed on to us today including honey, olive oil, garlic, leeks, onions, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf, basil, shallots, cabbage, peas, celery, turnips, radishes, asparagus, dates, apples, apricots, cherries, grapes, figs, melon, pomegranate, pears, plums, lemons, barley bread, wines, small wild birds,and fish. Illustrations painted on beautiful Italian ceramics still portray these foods for you to enjoy.

Ornament with cherriesMay we all have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Here are a couple recipes to enjoy at your table:

Italian Pignoli Cookies

Pancetta Wrapped Turkey Breast with Herby Lemon and Pine Nut Stuffing




San Benito County United Way Fundraising Gala
Date: Saturday November 14
Time: 6:00 p.m. No host cocktails; 7:00 p.m. Dinner; Live auction to follow dinner
Location: The Barn, 6971 Airline Hwy. Tres Pinos, California
For more Information http://www.unitedwaysbc.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=6
One of the Auction Items is a limousine ride to Gioia Company for a limoncello class, lunch, and shopping, fun!Limoncello bottles

Tour Brigantino Olive Oil
Italian American Heritage Foundation
Date: November 15 (Sunday)
Location: Brigantino Olive Oil operations San Benito County
Contact: Ken Borelli, kjosephb@aol.com

Santa Clara University Catala Club Festa Fundraiser
Date: November 21 (Saturday)
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Location: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos
25% of proceeds will be donated to Catala Club for scholarships
RSVP: Kathy 408.640.6628

Festa Gioia November
Date: November 28 and 29 (Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving)
Time: Noon to six p.m.
Location: Gioia, 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos
Bring your family and friends. Many new items from our recent trip to Italy!
RSVP: 408.640.6628 or to this email


Valle Monte League Christmas Tree Elegance
Date: December 3rd and 4th (Thursday and Friday)
Time: Various, see website.
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton San Jose, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose
Tickets and more information http://www.vallemonte.org/events
Designer Angela Grilli has donated her talents decorating a tree this year--be sure to come and bid on it!

OrnamentsNight of Italian Opera and Holiday Boutique shopping with Gioia
Italian American Heritage Foundation
Date: December 4 (Friday)
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Place: IAHF San Jose,http://www.iahfsj.org/programs/events/

Santa Clara Catala Christmas Tea
Date: December 16 (Tuesday)
Time: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pena Adobe, 3260 The Alameda Santa Clara
Cost: $45
Contactrmmahan@gmail.com, 408 355 5944

Italian American Heritage Foundation Festa di Natale
Date: December 17 (Wednesday)
Time: Noon
Location: IAHF http://www.iahfsj.org/programs/events/rsvp/

Venetian linensFesta Gioia Christmas Party
Date: December 20 (Sunday)
Time: Noon to 6 p.m. and anytime by appointment
Location: Gioia 16395 Roseleaf Court Los Gatos
RSVP: 408.640.6628

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


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2015!! Save the Dates!!

Casa Ida Vietri sul MareCAMPANIA

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
Or on Facebook

Sorrento Emotions and DreamsSorrento vacation postcard
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 9 to May 19, 2016. (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!  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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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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