“My Dolce Vita”

By Delaney Goff, Jessica Vercota, Eva Björg Eyjólfsdóttir and Mary Ann Camarda

The Tutto Toscana team had the pleasure of hosting an Art Event, located on the Upper East Side of NYC. This event was honoring one of our very own FUA family and team members, Andrea Mancini. Andrea is a distinguished illustrator, painter, and educator from Florence, Italy. Gifted with an amazing talent, Andrea has been given the opportunity to travel the world, working with some of the most influential individuals in the art industry, including Milton Glaser who created the “I <3 NY” illustration that is very popular around the city. Andrea’s works can be viewed in the Marino Marini museum in Florence. Mancini’s exhibition for the night was his own personal interpretation of the famous Italian movie “La Dolce Vita”. His watercolor paintings were inspired by the romantic scenes portrayed in the black and white film. To continue with the “La Dolce Vita” theme, the culinary and pastry team created a menu that reflected Italian cuisine in the 1960’s. This menu featured popular finger foods, including Vol Au Vent, deviled eggs filled with tuna salad, mini girella and Tartelette with champagne cream. With this menu, we paired five unique wines from different areas in Tuscany. We featured wines from Montecarlo, Maremma, Chianti, and Carmingano. This event hosted all ranges of people interested in art, wine, and food. Guests at our event included both alumni from FUA, along with notable individuals from the Upper East side community. We would like to give a special thank you to our wonderful host of the evening, Katie Rosenberg. It is with her limitless generosity that FUA was able to bring this event to the Upper East side and showcase our mission of learning by doing!

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