Sicilian Wine Dinner
with Special Guest
Marco Scapagnini
Sunday, January 23, 2022
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
at the

71333 Dinah Shore Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA
Tickets - $115.00 per person - Winewomen PSP Members
$125.00 per person - Non-Winewomen Members
Bring your friends or your favorite date!

Attire ~ Desert Evening

RSVP  Kathleen at 760.880.5010 or inquire at

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           Wednesday January 19th

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Reception & Sicilian Wine Dinner

Chef Joel's Tray Passed Hors d'oeuvres
Fig & Mascarpone Phyllo Purse
Parmesan Arancini with Calabrian Aioli
Smoked Duck with Orange Compote on Brioche
paired with
Firriato Le Sabbie Dell'Etna Etna Bianco
Wine Dinner

First Course
Marina di Chioggia & Acorn Risotto
Parmegiano Reggiano
paired with
Firriato Le Sabbie Dell'Etna Etna Rosso

Second Course
Carolina Chicory and Citrus Salad
oro blanco | blood orange | asian pear
mascarpone yogurt | pomegranate dressing
paired with
Firriato Soria Frappato Sicilia

Third Course
Spiced Roasted Brandt Beef Sirloin
gratin potatoes | garbanzo - savoy cabbage
rosemary breadcrumbs | balsamic black butter
paired with
Firriato Ribeca Perricone

Dessert Course
Cremoso al Cioccolato
chocolate mousse | sponge cake base
heart of creamy chocolate | chocolate flakes
paired with
Firriato L'Ecru Passito

freshly brewed coffee and assorted hot tea
Menu Created By
James Beard Honored
Executive Chef
Firriato Brand Ambassador
Marco Scapagnini is an expert tour operator, and a food and wine journalist who focuses on authentic Italian regional specialties. He began his career in Italy with the Mondadori Editorial Group, writing 23 guidebooks on travel and the food and wine of Italy. He then became the Italian specialist for DK Guides, published in London under the name Eyewitness Guides, where he discovered and reviewed hidden spots in Italy, including charming inns, secluded restaurants and small and authentic food and wine stores.

Marco worked then for Rizzoli Corriere della Sera Group (RCS) on their editorial column called Chat@Winwriting, featuring 50 destinations in Italy and the rest of Europe. He also authored an online blog for them. A new turn to Marco’s career was its consulting activity with Italian food and wine purveyors, advising on how to sell their products on the world market. He also consults with foreign travel agents about how to create unique, customized tours of Italy, utilizing his personal contacts with restaurant owners, their chefs and the owners of charming hotels. He has spent the last decade between Italy, especially Sicily, and the United States, consulting and also writing for top food and travel magazines such as CDG, the inflight magazine of a major European airline. Marco is an enthusiastic Brand Ambassador for Firriato Wines, authentic Italian food, and tourism.

This is sure to be another memorable evening of wonderful wines,
delectable cuisine, friendship and Community!
The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is a private non-profit, 501(c)3 institution founded in 1986 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to provide an environment where children’s intellectual curiosity and self-expression could be freely expressed through play. Their goal was to provide inventive and interactive exhibits and programs which encourage children to learn about themselves and the world around the

Today, The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert is where youth, families, teachers and the community collaborate and participate in joint projects and partnerships in learning…It is where we celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the Coachella Valley, and broaden understanding and tolerance. Currently the museum serves over 65,000 people per year.

The Museum’s beautiful campus is located at 71-701 Gerald Ford Drive, Rancho Mirage. The six and a half acre site was donated by The Honorable Walter Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation and the facilities were built with the donation of public and private funds. Its proximity to Interstate 10 provides excellent access for the Valley’s more than 70,000 school children.