GEORGETOWN: October at Via Umbria: Cheese Tasting: Autumn Flavors, Franciacorta Dinner and Mangia Meatballs

Bill and Suzy Menard, co-owners at Via Umbria, the Italian food and wine emporium in Georgetown have a lineup of events for October that include a winemaker dinner, Italian cheese class and a meatball making demo and lesson. See below for more specifics on each, and visit their events page here to see the full lineup. Every month, Bill, Suzy, Chef Liam LaCivita and the team continue to host dinner at the Chef’s Table on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Bellavista Winemaker Dinner

On October 20, Via Umbria will host Vitaliano Tirrito, an ambassador from Bellavista Winery, for a special dinner. Vitaliano will introduce guests to Bellavista wines while Chef Liam composes a four-course meal of dishes that pair with each wine. The winery, which produces Franciacorta sparkling wine, is known for playing a critical role in transforming the region into one of Italy’s most famous DOCGs (Denominazione di origine controllata).

Bellavista Winemaker Dinner: October 20th at 7pm

Tickets $100 available here:

Cheese of the Month (Cheese Tasting: Autumn Flavors)
Via Umbria’s knowledgeable staff will guide guests through a tasting of fall-themed cheeses. Guests can expect to taste through Jack O'Pumpkin, Red Leicester, Aged Gouda and Sleeping Moses, all of which will be served with complementary pairings of wine or beer. A 10% discount on cheese and wine purchases will be available for event guests that evening.

Date: October 17th at 7:30pm Tickets $25 available here:

October Cooking Classes

This October, Via Umbria will host a Mangia Meatballs Cooking Class (10/24). Mangia Meatballs are Via Umbria’s signature meatball and guests will learn the secrets of the recipe straight from Via Umbria’s butcher, Scott Weiss. The class will take guests through a hands-on demonstration and taste of the meatballs, which are perfect for suppers in the colder fall and winter months. Beer and wine are available for purchase throughout each class.

Meatball Class: October 24, 7:30pm Tickets $35 available here:

Via Umbria is located at
1525 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007


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