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TDSB Celebrates Italian Heritage Month

Monday, May 31, 2021
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB, Great Things

Italian Heritage Month is recognized proudly during the month of June at the Toronto District School Board. The TDSB passed a motion to recognize Italian Heritage Month in June in May 2012. This year the theme of Italian Heritage Month is Made in Italy.

The Province of Ontario also celebrates Italian Heritage Month since June 2010 when the Italian Heritage Month Act was passed. As stated in the Italian Heritage Act, 2010, “Ontario is home to more than 1,350,000 Italian Canadians. Since the 1880s, the Italian Canadian community has made and continues to make significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of the Province of Ontario.”

In keeping with our theme, Made in Italy, we are pleased to share a calendar with you (attached) that includes two chef-led online cooking classes. Let's learn how to make a delicious Italian meal with Chefs Vanessa Gianfrancesco on June 11, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Antonietta Ferretti on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. (Please see the attached calendar for registration details).

The calendar also provides daily quotes and provides information regarding an interview with former Toronto District School Board student and celebrity actor Frank Crudele. As an accomplished actor Frank Crudele has worked with several exceptional Directors including Martin Scorsese and held many countless roles including those for feature film (cinema), film (TV series) and film (TV film). His characters are those of leads, supporting actor/leads amongst other proficient contributions.

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Enjoy this powerpoint and video on Italian Heritage Month that highlights an overall understanding of Italian customs and traditions! Also enjoy this video created by students and staff called, My Favourite Italian Memory.

Italian Heritage Month at the TDSB: Celebrating through the Love of Food!

Two online cooking classes with Chefs Vanessa Gianfrancesco and Antonietta Ferretti will be taking place during the month of June to recognize and celebrate Italian Heritage Month.  They will teach us how they create their favorite Italian meals and share their very own recipes with us!  An invitation is being extended to all students, staff and the TDSB community to join us and share a meal together.

Chef Vanessa Gianfrancesco
June 11, 2021
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration in advance for this webinar
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar)
Meal: Zucchini Parmesan & Lemon Spaghetti. See attached for full recipe and required ingredients.

Chef Antonietta Ferretti
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Register in advance for this webinar
Meal: Pasta E Ceci. See attached for full recipe and required ingredients.
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar)

The attached document will also provide you with information about each of our chefs.