Greetings from GITA. Hope everyone is enjoying the warm weather
and spurts of rain. Summer is in full swing. The biggest news for those of
you who are away is that Chardees has closed. Thus, the unsurprising end
of an era. Who knows what will happen next. Our summer is progressing very
nicely. Tennis from London, Yacht Racing from Valencia, Bike racing from
Italy, Soccer from Venezuela and baseball from everywhere is keeping us
busy and the Marlins seem determined to disappoint us again. Incidentally,
during the recent French Open Tennis Tournament we noticed that there were
no evening matches because the stadium has no lighting. This, in Paris,
the City of Lights. Thought you’d like to know.
Our upcoming July dinner will celebrate the fourth anniversary
of Carlos and Ken who met at our GITA dinner in July of 2003. Happy
Anniversary to them and Happy Birthday to Carlos, one of our Italian
Our June dinner was excellent. We had over 125 people for
dinner and that was a surprising number for June. We’re happy that
everyone had such a good time. In addition to a delicious dinner we gave
away some great prizes in our free raffle. Ronn, Albert and Steve, The
boys from EmbroidMe came up with some new great hats which we gave to some
lucky diners along with some gift certificates from Giacomo at Primavera.
Needless to say the winners of our new GITA fashions were ecstatic.
Our plan is to continue dinners throughout the summer. As long
as people are interested in coming for dinner we’ll be there. Giacomo has
put together a great menu for July. We’re not expecting a huge crowd but
hope to see you there.
MONTHLY GITA DINNER MEETING on Monday,
JULY 9, 2007
This month’s GITA Dinner will again be on the second Monday of
the month, the 9th of July at Primavera at 7 PM. Reservations are required
so if you plan to attend please let me know as soon as possible. When
making reservations PLEASE give me the names of all those in your party.
That would include both first and last names. Primavera is located at 830
E. Oakland Park Boulevard just east of KMart. Cost is $20 payable at the
Cash Bar (Wine and Beer)
with Complimentary Bruschetta
Special House Salad
Romaine Hearts &more with our lemon vinaigrette
and Crumbled Gorgonzola on the side
Stuffed Calamari Over Linguini
Large calamari tubes, filled with chopped shrimps, calamari and Italian
Baked in a tomato sauce, served over linguini noodles
Pork Tenderloin “Leek &Herbs”
Boneless Pork Fillet, wrapped in leek leaves with chopped herbs &extra
virgin olive oil
Oven roasted, served with a rosemary &crabmeat sauce
Veal Stuffed Chicken Breast
Chicken breast filled with veal meat and cheese, grilled
Served with a cream &diced tomato sauce
“Busecca” Veal Tripes the Lake Como Way
Slow cooked tripes, with sliced vegetables &potatoes in a light broth
Chilean Sea Bass Ravioli
With asparagus, walnuts &basil Pesto
entrees served with a side of vegetables of the day and Spaghettini with
Chef’s Dessert Sampler Trio
Price is $20 payable at the door
RESERVING SEATS AT DINNER
We shall continue to reserve tables for parties of six or more.
When you make a reservation, please give me the names (both first and
last) of those in your party. The reserved tables will have “reserved”
signs on them to avoid confusion.
We have two exciting travel adventures that we’re promoting.
The first is a trip to China, including Beijing and Yangtze Cruise,
starting on October 18, 2007. This 14 day trip starts at $3000 with an
optional 3 night extension to Hong Kong. This trip is being organized by
GITA member Mike Greenwald at Personalized Travel – [email protected]
The second is an Italian 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Cruise hosted
by GITA member Salvo Mule and endorsed be a number of Italian American
organizations aboard the Italian Cruise Ship Costa Fortuna. This cruise
will take place on February 10 through 17, 2008. The theme of the cruise
is the Italian Culture, featuring free Italian Language classes each day.
Prices are very reasonable starting at $529 for an inside
stateroom and $629 for an ocean view. Let us know if you need a
cabin-mate. For more information go to www.ItalianCruise.org or call Salvo
at 954-566-1015 Ext. 208.
REAL ESTATE CHAT
We’ll be scheduling a Real Estate Luncheon for July. The
legislature has attempted to provide a solution to our real estate
problems. How well they’ve succeeded is questionable. We’ll discuss these
and other issues. Stay tuned.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
The Italian Language Classes are taking the summer off. There
are too many scheduling problems with people coming and going. Things will
pick up again in the fall. For more information contact Mario at
[email protected] or call him at 954-240-8090.
The Opera Group meets monthly to view operas. To find out what
comes next and to get your name on their email list you need to get in
touch with Dominic Bisignano at [email protected]
The Bridge Group is always open to new players. The group plays
a pleasant and instructive duplicate bridge game on alternate Mondays.
Mike Donnelly provides professional instruction and runs the game. The
Bridge Group is taking the summer off. Games will reconvene in the fall.
If you’d like more information contact Ron Webb at [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
One of my favorite writers is Ian McEwen. Some of his most well
known books include Saturday and Atonement. His newest book is called On
Chesil Beach . It is excellent. McEwen writes like a dream. This story is
about a sexually inexperienced couple on their honeymoon in the early
sixties in a hotel on the beach in Dorset. It’s a great book about bad
The version which I “read” was an audio book which was actually
read by the author. Thank God for Audible.com. I frequently download books
to my IPod and listen while biking, skating or waiting in traffic. If you
haven’t discovered the vast reservoir of titles on the web and their easy
access you ought to check it out.
Another fine book is the newest by Khaled Hosseini, the author
of The Kite Runner, which was hugely successful. His new book is called A
Thousand Splendid Suns and also takes place in Afghanistan during the past
thirty years of Soviet and Taliban turmoil. It is a story of two women who
are improbably brought together and become imbroiled in the events of
these troubled times. Beautifully written and totally enthralling.
The pictures from June’s dinner are on the website.
Pictures from all previous dinners can be found on the
GayGita.com website. The site is best accessed using Internet Explorer or
Mozilla Firefox. If you’d like prints of any of the photos on the website,
just let me know.
The GITA Photo Gallery is now accessible directly from the home
page of the website.
GITA COOKING CLASSES
Chef Giacomo conducts cooking classes at Primavera on a random
basis. The next cooking class will be held on Wednesday July 11 at 1 PM.
This is two days after our next dinner.
The classes are excellent. Giacomo is an entertaining and
instructive performer and the food and wines are delicious. Regular price
of the classes is $40 but GITA members get a 25% discount. If you’d like
to attend make reservations directly with the restaurant and tell them
you’re from GITA in order to qualify for the discount. If you’re
interested in cooking you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
We are adding 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.
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