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ILICA Board Members in the NEWS
Board member Chris Nicodemo was joined in matrimony with longtime girlfriend Diana Lee at Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst Long Island, on May 26th, 2012. They hosted over 150 friends and relatives, including Diana’s parents who flew in for this joyous event from Taiwan, which featured a mix of both American and Chinese traditions. Chris and Diana are co-founders of www.ASIANinNY.com a comprehensive networking site targeting young Asian business people living in the tri-state area.
They have also worked with ILICA on several cultural initiatives by presenting artists and musicians from their community, as well as applicants for the UNISTRASI (University of Siena for Foreigners) scholarships. Alice Moy, our UNISTRASI 2011 winner, discovered ILICA thanks to their website. Here’s wishing the Nicodemos much happiness now and in the future!
Chef Andrea Tiberi Takes on ROME…
Andrea Tiberi, ILICA’s in-house chef, has been summoned to Rome, Italy for a challenging 6 month project – the creation of a state-of-the-arts restaurant kitchen and culinary laboratory at the new Il Cantico hotel, located in the Vatican City.
Tiberi’s professional skills do not go unnoticed in this very contemporary and well planned dining complex.The kitchen, visible from the dining space, is separated by a glass wall, allowing the diners to watch the magic of Italian cooking as they eat. An innovative interactive communications system will keep the chefs in direct contact with their servers. Also visible is a separate laboratory for making fresh pasta daily, as well as an ice cream laboratory for creating Italy’s famed gelati. Not to be missed is the rooftop bar and grill overlooking St. Peter’s dome.
The Franciscan monks, who own this property, have also designated a large area for an herb garden, as well as an orchard, to ensure that only the freshest ingredients are used in their food preparation.
Once the restaurant is up and running, Tiberi will be returning stateside just in time for ILICA’s 8th annual Gala dinner, on October 26th, 2012.
Claudio Bozzo Honored in the Nation’s Capitol…..
On May 23rd, 2012 ILICA Board member Claudio Bozzo was honored by The Sons of Italy Foundation at their annual NELA Gala, held at the historic National Building Museum in Washington D.C. Claudio Bozzo was the recipient of the award for Excellence in Business as CEO of Mediterranean Shipping Company Inc. Fellow awardees also included U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, General Peter Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Armand Sabatoni, Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers International Union of North America who also received National Education & Leadership awards during the Gala event. Please click on “Claudio Bozzo” on YOUTUBE to view highlights of the evening.
Prof. Anthony J. Tamburri “Fighting Bias, Building Pride”…
This year’s annual CSJ-B’nai B’rith Award Breakfast on June 10th, 2012 sponsored by the New York Grand Lodge Order Sons of Italy in America will celebrate 31 years of solidarity. The event reflects a demonstration of unity between the Italian American and Jewish communities. It is held annually to honor an Italian American and a Jewish American, both of whom have contributed in a positive manner to their respective communities. ILICA Board member Anthony J. Tamburri, author of over a dozen books and essays, many dealing with ethnicity and cultural diversity and Dean of the John D. Calandra Institue Queens College CUNY will be honored as both an educator and author. Marcia Weiss Posner Ph.D. Librarian and Research Specialist who is the Head Librarian at the Posner Memorial Library at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove, New York will share honors.