Calendar of Events

    • May 19, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Zoom details will be available on Resources. 

    • May 20, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Zoom


    A Ceramic Lover's Journey Through Italy 


    with Dott.ssa Elizabeth Brewster Thursday May 20th @ 18.00 pm

    Dott.ssa Arch. Elizabeth Brewster is a native of San Francisco, California holds degrees in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and Università degli studi "La Sapienza", Rome. She specialized in restoration and urban design. Her restoration projects have brought her to work in direct contact with the rich historical layers of Rome and Italy.

    She has lived in Rome since 1988 practicing architecture, researching design and lecturing at university study abroad programs.

    Pack your bags as we take a trip down the Italian peninsula with an expert in decorative arts and architecture to discover lesser-known medieval towns and hamlets where the art of making ceramics has been going strong for centuries.

    Italy is world-famous for its maiolica, a brilliantly colored, hand-painted earthenware ceramic that has been produced there since the 1400s. Gorgeous maiolica tableware which once graced renaissance banquets of European nobility can be seen today in top museums such as the Louvre, the Victoria and Albert, the Ashmolean, the Met, the Getty, and the Hermitage. Today hundreds of artist and artisan workshops throughout Italy continue this tradition, handcrafting new pieces in traditional, regional, and contemporary styles.

    We'll explore 5 important ceramic-producing towns, each from a different region: Faenza (Emilia Romagna), Deruta (Umbria), Vietri (Campania), Grottaglie (Apulia), and Caltagirone (Sicily). In each town we'll seek out the local maiolica traditions, looking for the unique colors, patterns, designs, and specialty pieces that are produced and sold there. We'll see historical maiolica proudly decoration each town's public spaces: in the streets and piazzas, on the building facades, and inside the courtyards and churches.

    Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants might be inspired to visit some of these medieval towns, bringing with them a new understanding and appreciation of the ages-old local craftsmanship.

    Pull out your ceramics and maps and grab a glass of whatever you like and join us for this stimulating talk/aperitivo at 18.00. We’ll cover a few general AWAR topics and then have the pleasure of hearing from this interesting speaker.   

    When:   Thursday May 20th

    Time: 18.00 pm Rome time CET

    Where: Zoom virtual meeting


    Meeting ID:  971 9974 2674




    • May 22, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Virtual

    Please join the AWAR Wine Appreciation Club for a fun and fascinating look at "Summer Reds." This is a virtual event led by Sommelier, Cynthia L P Chaplin, Director, Exquisite Italy. 

    Please select a few of the wines below to enjoy during the tasting. We recommend using Tannico to order your bottles: 

    • Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetrano Frizzante Secco DOC “Vigna Ca del Fiore” by Manicardi
    • Morellino di Scansano DOCG by Terenzi
    • Liguria di Levante Ciliegiolo IGT by Lunae
    • Puglia Nero di Troia IGT by Cantina Ariano
    • Schioppettino IGP Venezia Giulia by Dario Coos 
    • Cirò Rosso Classico Superiore Riserva DOC “Duca Sanfelice” by Librandi
    • Valpolicella Classico DOC by Allegrini
    • May 24, 2021
    • 5:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Monday, May 24: After the Fire, Lauren Belfer

    • May 25, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Zoom

    DOMORI was founded by the creative mind and passion for nature, gastronomy and cocoa of Gianluca Franzoni. In 1993, after his studies in Economics and Business, he landed in Venezuela and was fascinated by the magic of cocoa and decided to develop a business model to reposition fine cocoa.

    Franzoni lived in the field for 3 years. He experimented with different varieties and post-harvest processing in order to preserve Venezuela's biodiversity and prevent the extinction of a particularly extra-fine quality cocoa: CRIOLLO.

    The name "DOMORI" was born out of the love for 17th century Venice, a symbol of trade, travel and adventure. Today the company is based in None, just outside Turin. Since 2006, DOMORI is part of the ILLY Spa Group, whose president is Riccardo Illy. 

    The Polo Del Gusto was born with the mission of becoming a reference point for culture and the excellence of taste in the gourmet/super premium segment worldwide, placing itself on the market as an innovative group and offering a selection of products of extreme quality. The Polo Del Gusto includes DOMORI, Mastrojanni, DAMMAN FRERES, Prestat and the subsidiary Agrimontana.

    DAMMAN FRERES was founded in 1692 when Louis 14th granted Sir Damame the exclusive privilege to sell tea in France. Over the years the company has developed and its range of products multiplied and shops were opened worldwide, but it continues to be driven by the passion for tea's most enchanting and captivating qualities. The company is now run by its third generation who continue to cultivate and grow this passion for tea.

    We will be given a masterclass on the ritual of tea and the Dammann excellences.

    Date and time: May 25, 2021 05:00 PM Rome

    • June 13, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Save the date! More details to come. This will be a hybrid event, with a zoom and in-person option. 


    • June 13, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (UTC+02:00)

    Save the date for this hybrid (in person and virtual) wine and cheese tasting event. More details to come. 


    • June 16, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Zoom

    • July 07, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Zoom

Past Events

April 28, 2021 Italian Glamour: Lucia Odescalchi creator of unique, sophisticated and contemporary jewelery
April 26, 2021 Ex Libris - AWAR Book Club
April 20, 2021 April General meeting Carole Beebe Tarantelli
April 15, 2021 Film Discussion Group
April 07, 2021 Film Discussion Group: The White Tiger
March 28, 2021 "Weekday Wines" Virtual Wine Tasting
March 23, 2021 Film Discussion Group: News of the World
March 22, 2021 Ex Libris - AWAR Book Club
March 18, 2021 Private Jewelry Collection of Her Majesty the Queen
March 15, 2021 Italian Glamour: Letizia Tomacelli “How to give new life to an old fur: the art of restyling and recycling”
March 09, 2021 Film Discussion Group: "Unorthodox"
February 23, 2021 AWAR Film Club
February 19, 2021 Informal chat with Executive Director of World Food Programme David Beasley
February 18, 2021 Venice in Peril: A History of Disaster in Venice
February 14, 2021 Virtual Wine Tasting
February 11, 2021 AWAR Walking Club
January 21, 2021 "Journeys and the Afterlife of Things" guest lecturer Elizabeth Rodini
December 14, 2020 Holiday aperitivo featuring AWAR's Roman Kitchen cookbook
November 19, 2020 Virtual general meeting with guest lecturer Teo Ruiz
November 07, 2020 Coffee with AWAR President, Jennifer Landini
October 27, 2020 October Virtual General Meeting aperitivo
September 28, 2020 September General Meeting, with special guest Marta Rezzano
August 28, 2020 Special Board Meeting
June 25, 2020 AWAR June 25th Virtual General Meeting
May 28, 2020 FAWCO Screening of "In The Name of Your Daughter"
April 04, 2020 Museo Alberto Sordi
March 05, 2020 March Board Meeting
February 29, 2020 AWAR Wine Appreciation Club
February 20, 2020 AWAR February General Meeting 2020
February 06, 2020 February Board Meeting
January 25, 2020 AWAR Wine Appreciation Club
January 24, 2020 AWAR General Meeting January 24th Lunch
January 16, 2020 January Board Meeting
December 19, 2019 AWAR Holiday Cocktail and Buffet Dinner
December 07, 2019 AWAR Wine Appreciation Club
December 05, 2019 December Board Meeting
November 21, 2019 Eat, Drink, and be Thankful with AWAR
November 18, 2019 Ex Libris Book Club Meeting
November 18, 2019 November Morning Coffee
November 14, 2019 Italian Glamour Opera House Visit
November 07, 2019 November Board Meeting
October 24, 2019 October General Meeting
October 03, 2019 October Board Meeting
September 30, 2019 Opera Appreciation
September 25, 2019 Scrabble
September 25, 2019 Scrabble
September 19, 2019 Garden Party 2019
July 01, 2019 Example Simple RSVP Event (Members Only)
March 21, 2019 A Talk on Benvenuto Cellini
November 20, 2018 Thanksgiving at the Palazzo Rondanini
October 21, 2018 Concert at the Quirinale Palace
October 18, 2018 Art and Fine Food Are Enjoyed at Musia
October 12, 2018 Cinecittà "Shows Off" for AWAR members
September 27, 2018 "From the Garden to the Stars" - September at the Casa del Cinema
July 13, 2018 AWAR Student Awards
June 29, 2018 Ex Libris book group selections
In addition to our monthly general meetings, members are invited to weekly or monthly gatherings of the AWAR bookclub, Scrabble, Bridge, Burraco, Italian Glamour, Opera Appreciation, Wine and Cheese evenings, and more. 

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