Towering Pandoro and Panettone cakes may reign supreme in Italy at Christmas, but Easter is all about the sweet known as Colomba di Pasqua. The cake takes its name from its shape – baked in the form of a dove, or colomba in Italian. The symbol of peace, as well as a sign of spring, the dove shape is also the cake’s main association with the Easter...

No one in the room will ever forget that day. It was Thursday, February 27. And the Taste of Italy planning team had met for an emergency session to discuss whether or not Taste of Italy 2020 should be postponed from its March 30-31 dates in Houston and New Orleans and its April 2 date in Los Angeles. At the time, Prowein, the annual wine trade fai...

We are sad to confirm that, at the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been directed to cancel the 2020 Memphis Italian Festival. Though we are disappointed that we cannot present MIF this year, we understand this must be done for the greater good. We WILL have the festival next year M...

After an attempt to postpone the trade show, Vinitaly 2020 has been eventually cancelled due to coronavirus crisis. The international wine fair will take place in 2021, from 18 to 21 April at Veronafiere, as scheduled, while extraordinary investments will be made on wine events abroad. This was officially announced by a statement from VeronaFiere’s...

The Feast of San Gennaro would have celebrated its third Boston iteration this year but has been canceled for this September, according to its North End organizers Frank DePasquale, Pasquale Trotta and Nick Varano who vow to bring it back in September 2021.  “It is with a heavy heart that we have to postpone our beloved Feast of San Gennaro this ye...

The 3rd annual Arkansas Italian Food & Cultural Festival, a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Arkansas, has been postponed to help keep patrons safe from the potential spread of COVID-19 and to comply with requests by the Centers for Disease Control that no events that draw more than 50 people be held at this time. The Arkansas Italian...

This school year’s calendar is in flux, but Homewood District 153 board members adopted the 2020-21 school calendar and designated Oct. 12 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, rather than the traditional Columbus Day. Columbus Day was declared a national holiday in 1934 in recognition of Christopher Columbus' exploration of a new world. And, it became a spe...

After the Fresh Pond Road Street Festival was the only one not to immediately be approved at Community Board 5 of five street festival applications this year, the celebration of Italian-American heritage finally got the green light at the board’s meeting on March 11.  The street fair, managed by Federazione Italo-Americana di Brooklyn and Queens si...

While most European nations are undergoing a complete shutdown, the White House has woken up and started imparting directions for a national state of emergency.  This situation is unprecedented, and we are bracing up for a major paralysis of our society. After such ordinances, gathering in public places would not be just unsafe, it would be plain i...

The bi-annual World Championship Cheese Contest Judging took place at Monona Terrace in Madison, WI last week, and seven BelGioioso Cheeses were awarded prestigious honors during the three-day judging event.  With a total of 3,667 entries from 26 nations, the competition was highly competitive, and BelGioioso Cheesemakers succeeded in six different...