Monday, December 5, 2022

Now You're Cooking Persian Food! - January 11, 2023

Hooray for the return of our cooking classes! We'll start the new year off with some classic Persian dishes demonstrated by Soroush Ahmadi at the residence of CCR members. Of course, after the demonstration, we'll also enjoy a wonderful meal together. 

The number of participants will be limited (members only), so book soon if you'd like to take part in this great opportunity.

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: CCR members’ private residence, Via Salaria-Villa Ada area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Cost: CCR members only €25, including meal.
RSVP: ATTN Marielle.
NB: Book early, as space is limited. Current CCR members in good standing only.

Guest Speaker: Q&A on Russia and Ukraine - January 25, 2023

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has cast a dark cloud over parts of Europe. How can we understand its impact and what can we expect in the months to come? 

A former Canadian ambassador to Russia and Poland (following an earlier posting to the mission to the USSR), Anne Leahy will share her insights on this subject. Since leaving her last position as ambassador to the Holy See here in Rome (and being a great friend of the CCR), after decades in the Canadian diplomatic service, Anne has dedicated herself to working with organizations to promote human rights and to being an educator. She currently teaches ‘Catholicism and Public Policy’ at McGill University.

This interview will be moderated by Canadian foreign correspondent and CCR member Megan Williams.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. (Italian time) 
Meeting Place: wherever you are -- remote talk on Zoom.
Cost: free
RSVP: ATTN Marielle.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

CCR Book Club - December 18, 2022

As per tradition, the December CCR Book Club meeting will have a Christmastime theme at the home of one of our members. The book to be discussed is "Lessons in Chemistry" by Bonnie Garmus. The New York Times review says the author "created Elizabeth Zott, a chemist battling a sexist 1950s establishment, as the role model she craved."

When: Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022
Time: 1 p.m.
Where: Villa Pamphili area; exact address sent to confirmed participants by email.
Potluck Lunch: Please RSVP letting Lucy know what dish you will be preparing.
Further info & RSVP: ATTN Lucy.

Friday, November 11, 2022

CCR Talks: Happy Birthday Queen Christina! - December 6, 2022

We celebrate the birth of one of the most interesting of Rome’s 17th-century inhabitants – Sweden’s very own Queen Christina – a consummate linguist, mathematician, and avid art collector. The impact of this out-spoken – and outed – former queen at the papal court made life difficult for her and others. We chart her sojourn from the fastness of her native Sweden to the sprawling beauty of baroque Rome, where she lived an eventful life, meeting some of the most brilliant people of her generation and attracting myriad admirers to this very day.

When: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. (lecture duration is approx. 75-90 minutes)
Meeting Place: on Zoom
Cost: €10 for members and €15 for non-members.
RSVP: ATTN Joe by Sat., Dec. 3, 2022. You are financially responsible for your reservation.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

French Wines & Pairings - November 30, 2022

We're going to have a wonderful opportunity to explore French wines paired with French food specialties at a boutique featuring the delicacies of l'Hexagone!

This tasting event will be held in French and Italian, guided by an expert from the boutique who will help participants explore the origins and flavours of each selection. First off, a Pouilly Fumé 2020, cuvée “Arrêt Buffate,” a fresh and mineral sauvignon from the Tine Blondelet winery, will be paired with a plate of mild goat cheeses. Next, a young yet strong and complex Gigondas 2011, cuvée “Grand Romane” by Domaine Pierre Amadieu, aged 10 years to develop its aromas reminiscent of woodlands and spices. It will be matched with a selection of aged cheeses. Finally, an incredible blend of six indigenous grape varieties will be encountered in the Margaux 2016 cuvée “Quintessence” by Chateau des Graviers. Its broad range of complex aromas and long persistence will be savoured with some pâtés.

Please note that this event is limited to 12 participants, so book soon!

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. 
Where: VA SANO Boutique, Via Po 66
Cost: €40; advance payment required to confirm your place. Participants will also be offered a discount on the featured wines if they choose to buy any to take home.
RSVP to Linda/Marielle with advance payment by November 28 at Please note that you are financially responsible for your reservation and as space is limited, advance payment is needed to secure your spot.

Friday, November 4, 2022

Holiday Season Dinner - December 14, 2022

We're going back to the warm welcome of Ristorante Eleonora D'Alborea for our holiday season dinner this year.

The menu will features their excellent Sardinian fish and seafood delicacies. 

Welcome Prosecco

Sea bream (spigola) carpaccio
Salmon marinated in orange
Tuna with balsamic vinegar and soya sauce
Mussels sautéed with fresh cherry tomatoes
Gateau of Sardinian crisp bread (Pane Carasau), pecorino (sheep) cheese and swordfish
Fried baby octopus

Wine: Sardinian white and red wine
Still and sparkling water

First Courses (Primi)
Seafood risotto
Pacchero tube pasta with kingfish (ricciola) and Pachino cherry tomatoes

Second Courses
Baked sea bass (branzino) with potatoes en croûte
Grilled scampi and jumbo shrimp (mazzancolle)
Fresh vegetables with Italian oil dip (Pinzimonio)

Lemon sorbet or Almond parfait
Traditional Italian Sweet Loaf (Panettone), fruit, Sardinian cookies

Digestive liqueurs

A special menu may be prepared for people who cannot eat fish or seafood, but this and any other dietary restrictions must be communicated to the CCR by December 12th.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022
Where: Ristorante Eleonora D’Arborea, Corso Trieste 23.
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: CCR members €55; non-members €60.
Dress: business suit
RSVP and Proof of Payment: ATTN Marielle no later than 12 noon Tues., Dec. 12, 2022, or whenever the maximum number is reached. Please note that those arriving without reservations will not be accommodated.
NB: Payment must be made in advance and will not be refunded for no-shows or late cancellations. Please inform us of any dietary requirements upon reservation or no later than December 12th. 
Parking: Garage entrance at 29 Corso Trieste (before 8 p.m.) – 207/A Via Alessandria (after 8 p.m.).