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Park Ridge, IL 60068
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Inspired by the History, Style & Romance of Italy.
Creating certified organic wine, balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

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Did You Know? Bologna, Italy

Morgan Shepard

Did You Know Bologna is considered the food capital of Italy? Located in the northern region of Emilia Romagna, this medieval town of endless arcades & porticos has a historic tradition of local cuisine that still thrives today. The daily usage of meat, pasta & rice remains part of the city’s gastronomic universe which dates back to the early Middle Ages. Still a food lover’s paradise, one can discover a bakery, bar, café, delicatessen, food shop, open air market, restaurant, pub & osteria (tavern) every day & never finish! From mid-morning coffee, to early evening aperitivo, in Bologna it’s always a good time to think about eating & drinking!

Balsamic Sautéed Mushrooms

Morgan Shepard

Looking for an easy week night side dish? Search no more with balsamic sautéed mushrooms!  We tweaked an all recipe version using Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive & 8 Year Aged Balsamic Vinegar di Modena. Sassy & tangy, they can be prepared ahead of time & refrigerated, delicious with grilled turkey burgers or barbequed chicken.  Makes 8 Servings.

Easy Ingredients

  • 1 lb. white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely minced  
  • Sea salt freshly ground pepper to taste

Simple Directions

  1. Wash & dry mushrooms 
  2. Slice in half, set aside
  3. Heat olive oil in a medium sized frying pan or skillet
  4. Add garlic & sauté garlic 3 minutes without garlic turning brown 
  5. Add mushrooms cook 3-5 minutes or until mushrooms become tender, water evaporates 
  6. Add vinegar stirring occasionally 2-3 minutes
  7. Add salt & pepper, stir to coat evenly
  8. Sprinkle with parsley
  9. Serve & enjoy with Villa Graziella artisan crafted 2012 Chianti DOCG Riserva wine.  

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A Day for Everyone to Celebrate the Earth

Morgan Shepard

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.
— Henry David Thoreau

Once a year time stands still and we are all called upon to honor this planet of ours—Earth. 

Earth Day, celebrated on April 22,  is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Mother Nature and all that she does for us. Earth Day got its beginnings in the 1970s thanks to its founder Gaylord Nelson. Then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Nelson tirelessly fought to push for the rights of the environment and rallied the American people for environmental protection.

His passion pursued and Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970.

The reasoning behind this was simple but profound. Nelson decided to have citizens ask some tough and noteworthy questions—”What are the particular pollution problems in your area? What needs to be done to alleviate them? How do you make the public aware?"

And thus, Earth Day manifested itself into a life changing experience for society as a whole. Communities stretched far and wide across this country began to ask these questions.

Throughout the decades, Earth Day has transformed the public’s perceptions of how to protect the environment that we live in. Grassroots efforts have led to numerous changes that now protect Mother Nature.

Fast forward to Earth Day 2017—this year is set to be even bigger than ever. According to the Earth Day Network “more than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year making it the largest civic observance in the world.” A great reminder that the Earth is for everyone! 

From everyone here at Villa Graziella artisan crafted wines made with organic grapes & Villa Gabriella organic foods we hope you have an earth-filled day on April22nd. We invite you to consider celebrating our earth in your own personal way, for we believe individual activity contributes to the greater good for all of us!