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You are cordially invited to a special


Talk & Taste program 

at the Italian Cultural Institute

on artichokes





"Italians in California Agriculture: the Case of the Artichoke"

by Russ Parsons, Food Editor, Los Angeles Times


In the 1920's, a group of Italian American farmers in the San Francisco Bay area ventured south to the little town of Castroville (near Monterey) to plant a crop that was then regarded as a rare exotic - the artichoke. Today, still more than 85% of all artichokes grown in the United States come from these same plantings. Why artichokes and why Castroville?  Come to this talk to find out!


Russ Parsons is the food editor of the Los Angeles Times and the author of two cookbooks, How to Read a French Fry and How to Pick a Peach. In 2008, he was inducted into the James Beard Who's Who of American Food and Wine, the Hall of Fame of American cooking.  



 5-course tasting menu

by Il Fornaio, Beverly Hills


Authentic Italian Gelato by My Vienna, Beverly Hills


MENU (seated buffet)


Carpaccio di carciofi con parmigiano e rucola  -- Carpaccio of artichoke, parmesan, and arugola

Risotto con carciofi e menta -- Artichoke and mint risotto

Sformato di carciofi -- Artichoke souffl´┐Ż

Carciofini al forno  -- Baked baby artichokes

Gelato   -- Authentic Italian Gelato

Digestivo al Cynar -- Digestif with Cynar (artichoke liqueur)


Wine & water



Tuesday, September 25, 2012 

6:30 PM

Istituto Italiano di Cultura 

 1023 Hilgard Ave. Los Angeles CA 90024 



Reservations on a first-come, first-served basis & by pre-payment only. 

RSVP to rsvp.iicla@esteri.it by Friday, September 21

Cost: $41 - AIC and IIC members, Lingua Viva students; $46 - All others

Payment call 310-824-7408 with credit card information  (Visa, MasterCard ) 

or make check payable to "LINGUA VIVA" and mail it Lingua Viva 

at Istituto Italiano di Cultura - 1023 Hilgard Ave - Los Angeles, CA 90024



Organized by 

Accademia Italiana della Cucina /Italian Academy of Cuisine

 Istituto Italiano di Cultura /Italian Cultural Institute

 in collaboration with Lingua Viva


Special thanks to: My Vienna, Beverly Hills

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