Friday, May 14, 2010

Let's Celebrate Canada and Summer!

By May 29th Victoria Day - that peculiar and very Canadian holiday - will have just past and Canada Day our celebration of nationhood will be fast approaching. Its an end-of-spring-start-of-summer kind of time. And CCR members Rachel Rennie and Allen Rahman have planned an end-of-spring-start-of-summer Bar-B-Q at Allen and Farhana’s country home, Villa Maple Woods, just over an hour’s easy drive away from Rome at Colle Rosso in the Abruzzo region. You can see pictures of the beautifully appointed villa and garden here: while the surrounding area can be explored here:

You may remember from previous events that Rachel is a native Scot and Allen a Canadian of north-east Indian origin. In the past they have combined their talents, Rachel as a Scotch whisky connoisseur, Allen as a talented Indian chef, to provide some interesting and appetizing events at which some of you have been present.

Single malt Scotch whisky will not predominate as the drink of choice at the Bar-B-Q although a selection of malts will be available along with nosing and drinking tips for those who just can’t resist the temptation! Allen and Farhana’s ‘on the house’ wine - a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo will be served, as will beer and soft drinks.

But this is a Bar-B-Q and food is king! So, to whet your appetite, a left click on the menu below will give you a close up of all the mouthwatering details!

When: May 29th, 2010 anytime from noon hour onwards
Where: Villa Maple Woods, Colle Rosso, Valle del Salto
Cost: €55 for CCR members and €65 for guests and non-members
€ 25 for children under 15
Children under 7 are free.

Reservations are essential and should be made through Rachel's website at on or before Tuesday May 25.

Payment instructions and detailed directions to Villa Maple Woods will be sent individually on receipt of bookings.

Rachel can be contacted on 06 5741377 / (380) 4323611 or at

Allen can be contacted on 06 5022654/ (349) 3724762 or at

This will be a great opportunity for CCR members and friends to get together to celebrate before we all go our separate summer ways.

Please book as soon as you can so that Rachel and Allen know how many lambs and chickens are required – not to mention bottles of whisky, wine and beer!