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Join us for an Umbrian dinner with author Elizabeth Wholey

Following a reading & discussion at Mrs. Dalloway’s bookstore 5:00 pm

Monday, March 18, 2013

Twenty years ago, Elizabeth Wholey settled in an old and somewhat broken down farmhouse near the ancient town of Umbertide, Umbria, and created a wonderful life for herself in the heart of Italy. Over the years, she has made many close friends in the countryside, in Umbertide, and in the larger town of Città di Castello. She became a professional cook, she teaches and gardens, and she studies the history, cooking, and ways of the farmers of the upper Tiber River. Now she has written a wonderful book (a finalist for the 2013 IACP Cookbook Award for Culinary Travel), “Sustenance: Food Traditions in Italy’s Heartland With a Guide to Farms, Markets, and Fairs in the Upper Tiber Valley. We’ll be celebrating with her March 18th.

Years before Elizabeth made the move to Italy, she owned a graphics design and typesetting company in Berkeley. At the same time, Maggie Klein (later founder and co-owner of Oliveto Restaurant), was an editor at UC’s Division of Agricultural Sciences, which collaborated with Elizabeth to publish some of its agricultural treatises. Elizabeth and Maggie, and Maggie’s husband Bob, became friends, and have kept in touch over the decades.

There are two ways to be part of the evening, and of course, you can do both of them:

On Monday, March 18, at 5:00 p.m., at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, Elizabeth will read from her book, answer questions, join in discussion, and sign books.

Meanwhile, the cooks at Oliveto will be preparing a special a la carte Umbrian dinner, inspired by some of the recipes found in Elizabeth’s book. After her book presentation at Mrs. Dalloway’s, Elizabeth will come to Oliveto for dinner and to visit with everyone, and answer questions about her time in Umbria. Oliveto will have some books on hand for those who missed the opportunity to obtain one at Mrs. Dalloway’s.

Call 510-547-5356 or reserve online