As some of you may know, I started the CIAP organization and we had our first event on one of the COLDEST nights of the WINTER VORTEX back on January 2014. The first event was held at La Luce on Lake and Ogden. Since then, the organization has grown tremendously.
We how have a dedicated board of directors, Facebook Page, Facebook Group with over 1,000 members, a website with hundreds of visitors a week, a LinkedIn group, an Instagram Page and we are about to file for a 501c6 not for profit status with the State of IL. We are also going to announce membership options at the upcoming event in November. This is a great lead in to our upcoming events for the remainder of 2016.
October Event - October 24th @ Virgin Hotel Chicago
Our next event is our 18th event and it is this coming Monday, October 24th at the Virgin Hotel at 6pm. The event is titled "Business Networking Italian Style". We will feature 2 of the most successful female entrepreneur speakers in Chicago, Megan Wessels and Gina Altieri. Tickets are available through our website at www.chicagolanditalians.com
November Event - Tre Soldi Chicago
We also have events setup for November and December. The November event is at Tre Soldi on Ohio on the 16th at 6pm. This event will highlight food and an Italian language school from Molise, Italy. The guest speaker is Jenifer Landor who is the executive director of "Live and Learn Italian" which is located in the town of Agnone within the region of Molise. Stay tuned for more details....
December Event - Italian Xmas Cookies at Casa Italia
The Chicagoland Italian American Professionals organization (www.chicagolanditalians.com) is proud to present the first, annual “CuccidatiFest”, La Festa Dei Cuccidati, at the Casa Italia “Chandelier Room”, 3800 Division, Stone Park, on Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The presentation will include cash prizes of up to $100 for “the best tasting” cuccidati, the “best decorated” cuccidati , the best local bakery-made cuccidati and the best cuccidati from the Internet.
There will also be a baking demonstration of this traditional Sicilian Christmas fig cookie, as well as its history and origins.
The event is intended to recognize individuals who have preserved the tradition of making the cuccidati as well as highlighting local bakeries that still produce it.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Casa Italia.
For further information call Michele Antonio at (630)849-6005.
Salvatore J. Sciacca is the Executive Director and Founder of the CIAP organization. He is an active member of the Italian American community in Chicago.