October 5, 2009

Greetings from Gita. Here it is October already. A slight change in the
air. Last week we actually turned off the AC and opened the windows for
a couple of nights. A sure sign of a possible arrival of Fall any day
now. We’re also seeing some friends returning to town and it’s nice to
welcome them back. Juan and I are getting used to working six or seven
nights a week at the restaurant. Quite a change in lifestyle. A little
more of a challenge than we were expecting, but fun.

Last month’s dinner was well attended and we had a jolly crowd. We
introduced a little entertainment in the form of our friend Thom Carr
tickling the ivories for the entertainment of the crowd. We gave away
some memorable prizes and are particularly grateful to Jim Nyquist who
donated a beautiful cake, a product of his Royal Cakes business which
you can reach at 954-383-0043.

Our upcoming dinner is next Monday, the 12th of October, also known as
Columbus Day. This holiday is always a cause for unbridled exuberance in
the Italian community. So, if you plan on coming to dinner be prepared
for a no-holds-barred festive evening. I’m pretty excited just thinking
about it.

This is cute.


GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday, October 12, 2009

Our next dinner meeting will be on Monday, the 12th of October at 7 PM
at Primavera. Primavera is located at 830 E. Oakland Park Boulevard just
east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the door. There is currently space
available for this dinner. Hope to see you there. We’re now featuring
“Singles” tables for those who’d like to meet new people.


We are now accepting reservations for parties of ANY SIZE up to tables
of 12. When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first
and last) of those in your party. ALL seats will be reserved. When you
make a reservation by email I ALWAYS respond. If you don’t get a
response I probably didn’t get your email.


New menu and new prices. Don’t forget the Special Gita Menu – Appetizer,
Entree and Dessert for $15.95. Available every night except Saturday. We
also have very reasonably priced Appetizers and Entrees. Also great
banquet facilities, by the way. Thanks to all of you who’ve been so
supportive. Don’t forget we’re right across the street from The Rising
Action Theatre, which will be featuring a new production of Flora the
Red Menace. This is a seldom seen collaboration of Kander and Ebb, the
composers of Cabaret, Chicago and New York, New York. It starred a young
Liza Minelli and earned her her first Tony Award for best actress at the
age of 17 in 1965. The show previews October 15 and 16 and opens October
17 and runs through November 22. Dinner at Primavera and then the
theatre turns out to be a very nice evening. For ticket info call
943-815-8826 or visit Rising Action Theatre


The real estate market continues to simmer. More and more foreclosures
and short sales continue to dominate. Patience is required to deal in
this market. Getting financing is still a challenge.

If you have questions about short sales or foreclosures or what’s going
on in general, call me or any of our talented Gita member Realtors.


The Opera Group meets frequently to view operas: Some live and others on
film. The opera group meets at the Stonewall Library at 1300 East
Sunrise Blvd. This new location is larger than the previous venue. We
are grateful to the Stonewall library for its support of this activity.
To get more information and to get your name on their email list you
need to get in touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]

The Ballet Group meets on the 2nd (second) Sunday of the month and the
Opera Group meets on the 4th (fourth) Sunday of the month.


The Ballet Group will meet on Sunday, October 11 at 2 PM in the
Stonewall Library, 1300 E. Sunrise Blvd. to see a Royal Ballet
production of Leo Delibes’s “Sylvia” with Robert Bolle. For more
information contact Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]


Quick Tricks Duplicate Bridge Club continues to meet on Tuesday evenings
at 6:30 at the Fort Lauderdale Bridge Club located in Holiday Park at
700 NE 6thTerrace in Fort Lauderdale. Mike Donnelly continues to direct
these sessions. All games are now charity games. Triple masterpoints are
awarded and a portion of the entry fee for all games is donated to
Tuesday’s Angels. All games are sanctioned by the American Contract
Bridge League and the entry fee remains $6.00. Come out and enjoy
bridge, earn triple points and support Tuesday’s Angels all at the same


Bobby Caruso has generously volunteered to take over the reins of the
Italian Language Classes. He has secured the services of Professore John
Ritter who has agreed to teach the classes which will resume on
Wednesday October 14 at 6:30 PM in one of the side rooms of Primavera
Restaurant. As in the past there is no charge for these lessons but a
voluntary donation to Tuesday’s Angels will be accepted. If you’re
interested in attending please contact Bobby Caruso at bobby13[email protected]


Mah Jongg anyone? this ancient game from China combines skill and luck
and is played with tiles. If you like cards or board games and a
challenge, you will probably enjoy it. Beginners welcome. Contact Keith
at 954-446-5666.


Not a particularly good month for books.

Unfortunately, there were a couple dnf’s, or books I didn’t finish. I
don’t have much compunction about finishing books if they don’t appeal
to me. This month I couldn’t make my way through Blood’s a Rover by
James Ellroy or South of Broad by Pat Conroy.

I did, however, quite enjoy Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. This is the
harrowing story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a Syrian-American business man
who chose to remain in New Orleans after Katrina to protect his house
and contracting business. This is the true story of his disappearance on
September 6, 2005.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown has everyone hyperventilating. It zoomed to
the top of the Best Seller List overnight. I have pretty much enjoyed
his previous books but found this one lacking. It starts out with great
potential and seems to have all the makings of a great thriller. Then it
becomes repetitious, boring and preachy. Several chapters toward the end
could and should have been eliminated. The book takes place in
Washington DC and has tons of interesting arcane information about the
city, its history and the Freemasons. But it is lacking in believable
plot and believable characters. Robert Langdon ought to be put out to
pasture. People I’ve talked to either love it or hate it. I join the
latter group.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I also read Hothouse Orchid by
Stuart Wood. He can usually be relied upon to provide a coherent and
interesting story populated with smart, rich, and sexy people who fly
their own planes and hang out at Elaine’s. This one takes place in and
around Vero Beach, Florida and packs only a moderate punch. Take a pass
on this one.

A woman came into the restaurant a couple of weeks ago and was reading
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. She spoke highly of it so I gave it a
try. Turned out to be a very good book. Set in Germany during World War
II it is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside
Munich, who steals books. Very cleverly written and most satisfying.
Wonderful characters.

Have you read any good books lately? Please. I need something new.


Pictures from all previous dinners since 2003 can be found on the GITA
website. From the home page select “Photo Gallery” then select GITA-Dinners.
If you’d like prints, suitable for framing, of any of the photos on the
website just let me know.


Chef Giacomo presents cooking classes frequently. For news about
upcoming classes or to make reservations call Primavera at 954-564-6363.
Remember you need to tell them that you are a Gita member to get the $10
discount. Giacomo is a most amusing and entertaining teacher and really
knows his stuff. Class is delicious.


We are hoping to add more member’s business cards to our website. If
you’d like us to add your card you need to either send me a card or
email me a scan of your card. The more the merrier.


Each month at our dinners we have a raffle and give away modest prizes.
There is no charge to participate in the raffle. Again this month we
will be accepting modest raffle gifts from interested members who choose
to promote their business in this most entertaining way. Thanks to all
of our donors.

Thanks for your continued support. Hope to see you on the 12th.

Chuck Murabito

Primavera Restaurant
Real Estate and Title Insurance
both Residential and Commercial


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