GEORGETOWN: Amatrice Fundraisers and More at Via Umbria - Starts Tonight

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Via Umbria in Georgetown is hosting an Amatriciana cooking class on Friday, September 23 to teach guests how to make the namesake dish of Amatrice, the Italian town that was devastated by last month’s earthquake. The class will include a full demonstration as well a three-course dinner. Teaching the class is Chef and former Via Umbria manager, Rissa Miller, who was in Italy during the earthquake and felt moved to help aid the rebuilding process. Miller has cooked in various kitchens throughout Italy and France over the past 10 years, and most recently was working in the food and wine tourism industry in the affected region. The cooking class and dinner are priced at $100 per guest and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Italian American Relief Fund. The class, which is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., is limited to 20 people, and tickets can be purchased here:
  • To further their efforts to help the community of Amatrice and the earthquake victims, Via Umbria will also host a collaborative relief fundraiser on Tuesday, September 27. Community chefs including Jamie Stachowski, Stachowski’s Meats; Sorane Yamahira, Pembroke Springs Retreat; Douglas Singer, Singers Meats; Francisco Ferrufino, Meridian Pint/Brooklyn Pint; Vickie Reh; and cookbook author Domenica Marchetti will be in attendance at the event holding cooking demonstrations, pouring regional wines, and speaking to the crowd to voice their support for this Italian community. As part of the fundraiser, Via Umbria will also host a live auction with a variety of prizes including tickets to a Washington Wizards game, a 1-week vacation to Sabina, Italy, a 2-3-month gym membership to VIDA Fitness, and more. The fundraiser will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and tickets can be purchased here for $125 per guest. 
  • In addition to these earthquake relief efforts, Via Umbria will host other events through the end of September. Saturday, September 24, the store is hosting a “Wine and Dine” four-course prix fixe dinner with wine pairings to accompany each course. Each wine will be chosen from third generation winemakers Rafaella and Giuseppe Bologna from Braida of Piemonte, who will also be present at the dinner to speak with guests. The dinner is priced at $110 per guest and tickets can be purchased here. Continuing with the theme of Piemonte, Via Umbria is offering a bottomless bellini brunch on September 25, highlighting the flavors and ingredients of Piemonte. Brunch is from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and diners will sit at a communal table in the market’s upstairs demonstration kitchen. Brunch is priced at $35 per person and spots can be reserved here.
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  • On September 29, Via Umbria will host their weekly CYOB, or Choose Your Own Bottle, dinner where guests are given the opportunity to taste wines with a member of the market’s wine staff, and pick out a bottle of their choice to complement their meal. This week’s CYOB dinner focuses on local wines from DC, Maryland and Virginia which can be best paired with Italian food. Tickets, which can be purchased here, are $65 per guest. 
  Via Umbria is located in upper Georgetown, at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue, NW