Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Casual Closing Cheer & Chow! - June 17, 2021

What an unprecedented year and club season we've had. Though we're happy we're starting to see light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, we still can't pull off one of our traditional season closing parties just yet. But we don't want to pass up the chance for an end-of-season Salute! toast before the summer break.

In keeping with this exceptional year, we're going to meet informally at a spot in an iconic location that never used to be frequented by Roman residents. On the spectacular and super-spacious Piazza Navona, in 2020 a new generation transformed "Camillo" from being one of the typical tourist traps plaguing the square into a casual but quality eatery catering to locals. It features normal drink prices and small plates combining local Roman fare and international fusion elements, as well as an art installation.

Keeping this send-off casual and respecting current risk reduction measures, we'd like to invite each individual or party to book their own table (all seating is outdoors, under umbrellas or not, right on Piazza Navona). If you're still uncomfortable with sitting down for drinks and snacks with others but would like to say hello, we'd encourage you to simply take an early evening stroll in the historic centre and wave or say hello to others from the abundant space of the square. Nothing is stopping us from getting up from the table to safely exchange greetings.

When: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 6 p.m. on
Where: Camillo a Piazza Navona dal 1890, Piazza Navona 80
Cost: soft drinks €3, cocktails, wine and beers €4-10; bar snacks €3-6, shareables/small plates/sandwiches €5-9, veggies & salads €6-12, sweets €5-7. No host; everyone will be responsible for their personal bill.
Reservations optional: Book a table if you'd like, at +39 06 565 8161 (also WhatsApp). Or look for the "usual suspects" if you're just passing by!

Friday, May 21, 2021

CCR Book Club - June 24, 2021

For the last meeting of the club season, the CCR Book Club has chosen "Red Island House" by Andrea Lee.

This is the story of a Black American woman and her Italian businessman husband at their vacation home in Madagascar, which the Chicago Review of Books calls "part novel, part collection, part epic. Lee shows us a new setting, its natural beauty and stark class divisions, and its rich culture and settler exploitation."  

When: Thursday June 24, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: by Zoom
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CCR Walks: Parco degli Acquedotti - June 12, 2021

People who come to Rome hear a lot about the aqueducts but don't get to see them much. This is your chance! The Roman aqueducts still stride across the Roman Campagna, and their story comes to life in a little-known, wedge-shaped park ensconced between the Via Appia Nuova and the Via Tuscolana. Once a no-man's land dotted with abandoned stolen cars and dubious activities of all kinds, it is now an attractive park, a paradise for jogging, cycling, and enjoying the landscape. Come join us as we explore its rather interesting history!

When: Saturday, June 12th
Time: 10:00 (09:45 if you would like to meet for coffee before the walk starts)
Meeting Place: Confirmed participants will be informed by email.  
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Joe by Wednesday, June 9, 2021. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

CCR Book Club - May 27, 2021

In May the CCR Book Club will be discussing "The Dictionary of Lost Words" by Pip Williams (Australian). This book is an amalgam of truth and historical fiction. Esme, a young girl, is witness to the writing of the first Oxford English Dictionary. She notices that many words are discarded and clandestinely starts a collection of those lost words. As  The Guardian states, “when the word falls off a table in the Scriptorium….(Esme) pockets it. Then she starts collecting more words that the editors exclude or lose. Eventually, she includes these and others heard on the streets (knackered, latchkeyed, … and dollymop) in her own manuscript, Women’s Words and their Meanings.” 

When: Thursday May 27, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: by Zoom
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Luigi.

CCR Online Wine Class: The Many Faces of Aglianico - May 15, 2021

Our sommelier Cynthia Chaplin has put together a special series of online wine classes. This is an exceptional opportunity to discover, enjoy and learn about Italian wine and culture from the comfort of our own homes. There will be something new for both novices and for those familiar with Italian wines. We’ll let Cynthia know in advance who is joining so that she can best meet the needs of the participants.
Each class will cover a specific theme and include a bit of history, information about grape varietals, soil, climate, location, and how all those elements affect the final result in the glass. And then we will taste a wine (or two) based on the theme presented. Prior to the class, Cynthia will recommend a selection of wines, allowing participants to purchase whichever ones they wish to taste. She will suggest the type of wine and the region it is from.

The Fifth Class – The Many Faces of Aglianico
We’ll deep dive into a single grape and discover how one grape can vary from place to place, how it expresses each location differently and why. How does the hand of man change the outcome and personality of various wines made with the same grape? Explore the variety of wine styles the Aglianico grape can produce and learn about the aging potential and prices points across the range. We'll uncover the history and movement of this grape, as well as how styles have changed from early wine making days to the present.

When: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time: 6-7:30p.m.
Where: on Zoom
Cost: €10 for members, €12 for non-members; advance payment required to confirm your place. 
RSVP: canadarome@gmail.com ATTN Linda by Wed. May 12, 2021. You are financially responsible for your reservation. Book soon, as the number of participants is limited for this interactive class.
Cynthia Chaplin, professional sommelier, editor and writer for Infowine.com, member of Le Donne del Vino and professor of Italian wine and culture will give the classes. In Rome she works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars, and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer and a judge at international wine competitions.