Grande notizia! // Big news!
I recently submitted an entry to the Favorite Chef 2021 competition. I have officially been selected to participate and would be so grateful for your support and votes!
The GRAND PRIZE is $50,000 and a double page advertising spread in Bon Appétit Magazine. Most of you know about my dream of opening an Italian market...well, winning those two things could provide the much needed funding and exposure to help make that happen!
The first round of voting to determine the top 15 of each group starts this Tuesday, February 16th and goes through February 25th. You are able to cast one free vote per day through your Facebook account or you can purchase a minimum of 10 votes for $1/vote without using Facebook. Part of the proceeds from vote sales goes towards "Feeding America" to help end hunger.
Thank you so very much for encouraging me over the years; I am incredibly grateful for your love and support... and for believing in me! Here's to making dreams come true!
If you'd like to cast a vote on my behalf, just click on the button below.
Grazie di cuore! // Thanks with all my heart!
Stay tuned— CASAGIOVE, the market, is in the works!
From a young age, my mother and I would visit the Campania region in Italy (where she grew up) often. I loved walking everywhere with my cousins, arm in arm, taking in the simple, rustic charm that graced each cobblestone path. Every day, we would visit the neighborhood store and enjoy the high quality products found therein. We knew the shopkeeper and she knew us. We knew the fellow shoppers and they knew us. We never rushed. We always laughed. We shared our cooking plans, recipes and ideas. It was a lovely atmosphere... one that I dreamed about creating one day.
CASAGIOVE, an Italian market experience, is the expression of that dream. It is a market that:
- Carries high quality, fresh, in-season and unique ingredients and products.
- Inspires others to create delicious meals and to share those with their loved ones.
- Encourages relationships and a slower-paced lifestyle.
- Highlights the simple beauty of Italian culture, food and style.
As my desire has grown to create CASAGIOVE, I have realized I am not the only one who wants a similar specialty market environment. Everywhere I go, every time I share my dream, people agree that we need something like the store I am describing. So, please join me and get ready to experience a lovely Italian-inspired approach to shopping!
A presto! // See you soon!
And in the meantime, be sure to visit La Raccolta for more of our story and La Bottega for some of our favorite products!
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