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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sicilian Events with Fabrizia Lanza

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Fabriza Lanza, daughter of the eponymous founder of, and instructor at, the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school / foodie resort on the Regaleali estate outside of Palermo, is touring the West Coast to promote Sicilian culture and cuisine. Two or three of the events are in the Bay Area:

Monday, May 11, 6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute (425 Washington near Battery): screening of Lanza's short documentary film The Bread Altars of St. Joseph's Day, an interview by noted local cookbook author Carol Field, and light refreshments. Free, but reservations required; call the Institute at 788-7142 to RSVP.

Tuesday, May 12, Chez Panisse (1517 Shattuck near Vine, Berkeley): four-course Sicilian dinner with Regaleali wines, $125 including wine before service charge and tax. The menu:

  • Fritto misto including panelle (chickpea fritters) and wild fennel polpettine (meatball), Regaleali Rose
  • Bucatini con le sarde (thick spaghetti with sardine sauce), Regaleali Nozzo d'Oro
  • Spezzatine di agnello (lamb stew) with artichokes and green salad, Regaleali Rosso del Conto
  • Cassatta alla Siciliana (ricotta trifle) and sfince (beignets) with honey, Tasca d'Almerita Diamante
Thursday, May 14, Culinary Institute of America (St. Helena): the itinerary on Lanza's Web site lists a cooking class at the CIA on this date, but when I called the school for details, they knew nothing about it. Should they get back to me with more information, I'll update this post.

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