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City Living - March 4, 2017

‘Empty Bowls’ at American School

The American School’s fourth “Tazones Vacíos” (Empty Bowls) event on Thursday, March 6 seeks to raise funds for the Organización de Nutrición Infantil (ONI), a Guadalajara-based NGO whose mission is to prevent malnutrition in children. 

Students will create artistic ceramic bowls that will be filled with soup and bread donated by local restaurants.  For a minimum donation of 120 pesos, participants will be able to enjoy the soup and then take their bowls home with them.  In addition, a silent auction featuring bowls made by local professional artists will help raise additional funds. 

The general public is encouraged to come and support this altruistic event. Last year’s edition raised 115,000 pesos, which was used by ONI to support the nutrition of 45 children. 

According to an American School press release, the empty bowls signify the hunger that exists in the world on a daily basis and the portion of soup “speaks of the satisfaction of eating only the  indispensable.” 

“Tazones Vacíos” will be held March 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the school, Colomos 2100, Colonia Providencia.

Food festival this weekend 

Italy is the showcased country at this year’s Festival International de Sabores (COME) food extravaganza at the Parque Trasloma on Avenida Mariano Otero, across from Expo Guadalajara, Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5.

Guest chefs are Nico Daniele, who started famed Bella Gioia (Sicilian specialties) in Brooklyn, New York; and Guiseppe Di Pasquale of Il Gusto d’Italia in Mexico City. They will jointly prepare a gala dinner on Friday, March 3, 8 p.m, which carries a cost of 800 pesos. 

The invited Mexican state is Puebla while Yahualica de Gonzalez Gallo is the featured Jalisco municipality. 

The Villa Italia pavilion – complete with a replica of the leaning tower of Pisa – will be the focal point of the festival.  The 12 stands will be offering an ample selection of Italian delicacies.

Organizers say 100 exhibitors will be showing off their products and services at eight specialized pavilions.

Some of Mexico’s top chefs are coming to give cooking demonstrations, and an attempt to set a new record for the largest number of people tasting tequila – “Cata de Tequila más grande del mundo” – will be held on Friday at 6 p.m. 

General entrance tickets cost 50 pesos.  A ticket that includes “tastings” is 400 pesos, comida (lunch) 800 pesos, and cena (dinner) 900 pesos.

American Society March update

Take note of these three upcoming events at the American Society (Amosc). Lawyer Spencer McMullen discusses what you need to know about Mexican wills, estate planning, beneficiary clauses and tax consequences while living in Mexico on Thursday, March 9, 1:30 p.m.  And on Thursday, March 16, Amsoc celebrates its 72nd birthday and St. Patrick’s Day with a special luncheon. The menu includes filet Mignon, tossed salad, sweet potato wedges, green beans and, of course, birthday cake.  Cost is 180 pesos.  Tickets must be paid by Monday, March 13.  

The Book Club meeting on Thursday, March 23, 10 a.m. looks at “Do Not Say We Have Nothing” by Madeline Hien.  The author takes the reader inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations – those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the mid-20th century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. 

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