Sunday, January 27, 2019

CiaoDC Chats with Author/Chef Amy Riolo on Keeping Our Traditions Alive!

Keeping our traditions alive are mastered by Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author, Chef, Television Personality, Cuisine and Culture Expert, Columnist and Mediterranean Diet Advocate, Amy Riolo in her most recent book release, Creating a Cookbook: How to Write, Publish, and Promote Your Culinary Philosophy.”  Amy shares the process of writing, promoting and publishing a cookbook; her journey from the kitchen to the mother land; and where ciaodc followers can tour Italy and cook Italian with Amy.  Listen here to join the conversation.

Italian Sensory Experience Tours offered to CiaoDC followers at a $200 discount.  Please send CIAODC2019 code here for discount.


"Everything important, pleasant and good happened in the kitchen."  

Amy Riolo, Award-Winning, Best-Selling Author, Chef, Television Personality, Cuisine and Culture Expert, Columnist and Mediterranean Diet Advocate

Thursday, January 10, 2019

NOIAW Honors "Three Wise Women" Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night, the Greater Washington, D.C. Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women will host their annual ceremony honoring "Three Wise Women."  The honorees are:

Andrea Giacometti, MD
Neuroradiologist of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group

Eve Grimaldi
Dean of Students of the Georgetown Visitation Girls’ Preparatory School

Lynn Sorbara, PhD 
Program Director & Researcher of the National Cancer Institute

NOIAW's mission is to connect women of Italian heritage, celebrate the achievements of women of Italian ancestry, and empower women's education.  To learn more about the event and NOIAW, visit  

Monday, January 7, 2019

Writer and Humorist, Celeste L. Behe to Appear at Sons of Italy Event January 13th

Join the Montgomery County, Maryland Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) lodge event on Sunday, January 13 with guest speaker writer & humorist Celeste L. Behe information is below.
5 pm to 7:15 pm.  at St. Patrick’s Catholic School on 4101 Norbeck Road in Rockville, MD 20853.  The event will take place in the school cafeteria.  Note: The school is to the right of the church.
It’s the farthest building from the church. For more information: Meetup:

Guest speaker:
Writer & humorist Celeste L. Behe will share her experiences growing up in the Belmont Section of the Bronx ("Bronx's Little Italy").

Celeste is a humorist whose life experiences have taught her to locate the laughs in the most trying of situations.  After all, Celeste has nine kids and no dishwasher.  What’s more, she started homeschooling 28 years ago and has stuck with it through 10,619 laundry loads in a home where “smells and bells” means that dinner is burnt and the smoke alarm is ringing. Celeste is also a Bronx-born Calabrese with a penchant for nostalgia. She loves to share stories of her upbringing in the Bronx’s “Little Italy,” and will do so at the drop of a… zeppola into hot oil. 

Inspired by such unlikely muses as a pan of coffee ice, a gold charm bracelet, and a petrified fish named Peter, Celeste’s tales are fond testaments to faith, family, and heritage. 

In her scant free time, Celeste writes for Catholic Digest, the National Catholic Register, and Today’s Catholic Teacher, and is also a contributor to the Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion (Ave Maria Press, 2016). She was a featured presenter in the 2015 and 2018 Catholic Conferences 4 Moms, and has been a guest on both the Son Rise Morning Show and Register Radio.

Celeste has also formed a speaking apostolate called “A Perpetual Jubilee,” which aims to show that there is nothing as joyful as the Catholic life.  The apostolate takes its name from the words of St. Theophane Venard: "Be merry, really merry.  The life of a true Christian should be a perpetual jubilee, a prelude to the festivals of eternity." 

Food & drinks will be served.There will be Italian and English conversation.
All are welcome including children.  You don’t have to be a Sons of Italy member to attend.

Free parking.  Sons of Italy news will be discussed before Celeste’s presentation.  Membership forms will be available.

The Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) is the largest and oldest national organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States.

Founded in 1905 as a mutual aid society for the early Italian immigrants, today OSIA has hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation's estimated 26 million people of Italian descent.

Its missions include encouraging the study of Italian language and culture in American schools and universities; preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage; and promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy.

The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) has given more than $105,000,000 to scholarships, medical research, disaster relief, cultural preservation and other special projects.

These include the Alzheimer's Association, Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Hurricane Andrew relief, Assisi earthquake relief and the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial.

Women have always shared equal rights with men in OSIA, and women make up about 50% of OSIA membership.

Women have held leadership positions at all levels, including state president, national trustee, national vice president and national president.

OSIA is for people of any gender, age, religion and profession.