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Photo Diary: Dream of Italy Party

 

Via Umbria owner Bill Menard helps with a wine selection
Via Umbria owner Bill Menard helps with a wine selection

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Two weeks ago, Via Umbria lifted a glass to celebrate the premiere of the six-episode travel series Dream of Italy on PBS. In the series (watch a preview of the series), host and Via Umbria friend Kathy McCabe visits six areas of Italy, meeting the expressive locals — chefs, artisans, historians — who are deeply connected to their land, carrying on and preserving the traditions of their ancestors. While in Umbria, McCabe and her team stayed our Farmhouse La Fattoria del Gelso, which is centrally located, and thus perfect for filming all over Umbria.

Pours of sparkling Brut got us ready for toasting.
Pours of sparkling Brut got us ready for toasting.
Via Umbria owner Suzy Menard chats with Italian guests
Via Umbria owner Suzy Menard chats with Italian guests

Lucky for us, we had arranged for a DC visit of our friend Chef Simone, chef/owner of Le Delizie del Borgo restaurant in Bevagna (Umbria) to provide the day’s refreshments.  Chef Simone prepared a host of authentic Umbrian dishes for the celebration, and treated guests to a peek behind the scenes with live cooking demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

Fresh salads from Simone
Fresh salads from Simone
Simone gets his hands dirty at the cooking demonstration
Simone gets his hands dirty at the cooking demonstration

Shredding parmesan

Fresh Pasta
Fresh pasta from Chef Simone was a crowd pleaser
Chef Simone talks with a guest
Chef Simone talks with a guest

Yesterday, the Umbria episode was released online! Hop on over to the Dream of Italy website to see Kathy explore our very own Umbria. Drooling over the footage? There are still a few weeks left at the Farmhouse this summer that can be booked!

Suzy Menard Dream of Italy Party

Kathy McCabe Dream of Italy
Kathy poses with fans of the series

— Via Umbria

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