Festa Della Donna

Art by Kelly Tunstall.

Every year, A16 celebrates International Women's Day—and of course it’s in an Italian style, so it’s ~FESTA DELLA DONNA~. There’s much to celebrate, including the many wonderful women who work at A16, and the promotion of Liza Shaw as a partner/chef at A16 (congrats Liza!!). Liza and sous chef RaeLynn Vasquez will be preparing a special à la carte menu in addition to their regular menu for Festa Della Donna, and pastry chef Jane Tseng will be preparing some special treats.

Here’s more from A16: “A16 encourages women to enjoy celebratory dinners with their female friends, as this is the tradition throughout Italy but, men are of course welcome too (some men often come because it's predominantly women). Shelley Lindgren, Ehren Jennings and the other fabulous ladies of the sommelier team have selected wines from women winemakers to accompany the special dishes, and they will be decorating the dining room with yellow mimosas; the flower traditionally handed to Italian women on this day.

“International Women's Day has evolved and taken on different forms and meanings over the years, and throughout the world it has always been strongly associated with the victories and/or tragedies of women's struggles and women's rights. The 1911 Triangle Shirt Waist Factory Fire in New York was an event that was both tragic and victorious, and it is often commemorated in Italy for it was mostly Italian and Jewish women workers who perished in the building. A terrible fire broke out while the exit doors of the building were locked to prevent labor organizing, and it claimed the lives of 146 female immigrant workers. However, it is from a tragedy such as this, that we began to make new progressive labor laws. This tragedy, which led to triumph, is represented in the yellow, sunny mimosa, and as one of March's first flowers, it symbolizes the promise of spring after the darkness of winter.”

Festa Della Donna
Sun. Mar. 8th, 2009

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Cross: Scott St.
San Francisco, CA 94123