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Tuscan feast to benefit Syracuse Opera
from Syracuse.com 5/24/2011

May 25, 2011

Original story at:  http://blog.syracuse.com/cny/2011/05/tuscan_feast_to_benefit_syracuse_opera.html
By:  Don Cazentre

Imagine sitting in an outdoor "piazza," enjoying a multi-course Tuscan feast and Italian wines, while listening to operatic arias sung by a strolling tenor. And you don't have to leave town.

"Bella Notte: An Evening of Food, Fun and Music Making," is a benefit for Syracuse Opera. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. June 2 and takes place in the plaza between the State Tower Building and City Hall Commons in downtown Syracuse.

The family-style dinner begins with platters of cured Italian meats and cheeses, marinated olives, tapenades and rustic breads, followed by Tuscan mussels, shrimp scampi and fresh pasta Reggiano. The main course features porchetta, slow-roasted pork with natural jus, grilled beef tenderloin Florentine, chicken balsamico, grilled onions, eggplant, portobellos and peppers. That's followed by lemon vinaigrette-dressed radicchio and arugula. Dinner will finish with strawberry mascarpone trifle, along with coffee and limoncello liqueur. Food is provided by Karen's Catering.

The tenor is Nathaniel Peake, with accompaniment by Douglas Kinney Frost. Peake is a former resident artist with Syracuse Opera and is now one of opera's rising young stars, according to Syracuse Opera Communications Director Joe Stabb.

In case of rain, the event moves inside the City Hall Commons Atrium.

The cost is $150 per person, with proceeds benefiting Syracuse Opera. For tickets, contact Syracuse Opera at 475-5915.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michael A. Connor
Director of Advancement
315-475-5915
mac@syracuseopera.com