Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The Olympics One Year Later


It's hard to believe another year has past and we are thinking about the great times that we had last year during the 2006 Winter Olympics. We met loads of people and had a lot of laughs. We're still telling stories about all the people we had staying with us and around the valley and our nightly catch up briefings back at Bella Baita from the guests filtering back at all hours of the night and morning. Everyone would stop in for a bit of debriefing and a round or two of locally made beer, genepy or some such interesting nightcap. Now we're in Colorado and have had the privilege to meet back up with some of our former Olympics guests for dinner and hearing retelling of stories and new or perhaps unedited versions of some of the goings on of that time. Wow, what a truly memorable time we had. It was truly a once in a lifetime memory for us and our valley. The photo of the autographed flag below is, as one of our summer guests put it, "Fabrizio's treasure". It's adorning one of our rooms walls for now, but we are working toward a major transformation of our "disco" room into the "Olympia" room where we will be able to bring our cooking class to another level and have larger classes and a general all round room for groups and all sorts of activities. So while we are here in Colorado we are doing lots of promotion and have already done a couple of dinner demonstrations with a few more lined up. We're going to put Val Chisone on the map yet, and pick up where the Olympics left off. Torino had a one year after ceremony last saturday and although we missed it, we have been thinking about those days and nights, celebrating again with some of the friends we made during that time.
Here's to making more memories!

Monday, February 05, 2007

Bella Baita Road Show

Well, here we are again after a bit of a hiatus. A much longer hiatus than anticipated as we left Bella Baita for a trip across the big pond to the USA to mix a bit of business with family. The fires have been quenched in Val Chisone when we left with a bit of snow but not enough to make us hope for more moisture. We landed in Chicago, the windy city living up to it's name indeed and all thoughts of strange warm winters have become a distant memory. We visited with my brother and family enjoying the charms of this big city, seeing the sights as this is only Fabrizio's second visit to the states. We have been enjoying all sorts of interesting people and places. We have been keeping ourselves in culinary shape by doing a bit of cooking along the way starting one evening off with a bit of brushetta.
We hope to do a few cooking classes to promote our classes back home for this next season. It also keeps us enjoying great food and wine with others and as always, talking about our area and what it has to offer as well. I hope to bring you our road show for your enjoyment as we feature some of our classes and menus. Unfortunately, we have had a bit of technology melt down with my computer so progress is slow.
Stay tuned as we travel to Colorado and my old stomping ground for a bit of fun as we bring our Bella Baita road show to altitude.

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