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Concerned Black Men of Richmond conducts Part 2 of Etiquette Event with Youth at Ristorante La Grotta

June 7, 2018 by  
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May 31, 2018

 

Greetings all,

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond had our Etiquette Pt2 event at Ristorante La Grotta on May 19th.  Antonio & Andrea Capece, the owners of LaGrotta have graciously opened their world class establishment to us since 2010!  The mentees have learned to appreciate the quality of food that they rarely get an opportunity to experience.  The crew at LaGrotta always serve the young men the same way that the dignitaries are treated.

After we were all seated, Andrea instructed the group on proper etiquette in a fine dining establishment.

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After the drinks were distributed we were ready for the meal to begin!

The waiters described each course in detail to the mentees.  We started with a vegetarian puff pastry. 

La Grotta 2018

La Grotta 2018

There were mixed reactions from the mentees to this very unique appetizer.

That was followed by the Pasta Trio which many were already familiar with

La Grotta 2018

The main course was a choice of Veal, Chicken Marsala, Filet of Sole or Salmon!

La Grotta 2018

La Grotta 2018

The boys were excited to try some new things and many of them really enjoyed their entrees!

They were all well mannered and used proper etiquette during this time.  It was wonderful  to observe.

La Grotta 2018

La Grotta 2018

La Grotta 2018

Malik Mayo (wearing glasses) is an aspiring chef and he told us that his specialty is seafood!

We discussed many things during our lunch.  They were amazed at the wine list and could not believe that anyone would pay $2000 for a bottle of anything!

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The final course was a coconut cake with peach sorbet!  That was enjoyed by everyone!

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The Concerned Black Men of Richmond cannot thank the management and staff of Ristorante LaGrotta enough for their continued support in this endeavor.  They have assisted us for a number of years going back as far as  2010!

La Grotta 2018

The support from donors like you all allows us to provide impactful experiences to the young men of our community.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated and it is making a difference in the lives of the youth we serve!

We hope that we can count on your continued patronage in the future!

Thank you all,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond Holds Etiquette Event at Ristorante La Grotta

June 11, 2017 by  
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The Concerned Black Men of Richmond had our Etiquette Pt2 event at Ristorante La Grotta on May 20th.  There were five mentors and twelve mentees in attendance.  This has been noted as our signature event by some of our members.  We always look forward to this outing.

The owners of La Grotta have opened their world class establishment for this occasion at no charge since 2010.  Andrea and Antonio Capece see the importance of instilling proper fine dining etiquette in young people.  They have witness the lack of dining protocol especially during prom season.

This year Andrea provided handouts displaying  the appropriate way to use and place utensils during a meal.  We were then served an exquisite five course meal starting with Bruschetta.  Then there was a cold thinly sliced veal appetizer with aged cheese and melon followed by  pasta with fettuccine and ravioli.  For the main course,  there was a choice of fish, veal, or chicken.  All were presented with the precision and artistry that Tony is famous for.  The dining experience would not have been completed without the Italian classic desert Tiramisu.  This was truly a meal fit for royalty!

La Grotta 2017

La Grotta 2017

La Grotta 2017

La Grotta 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our waitress commented that she had never been told “thank you” so many times by patrons in her experiences serving  there!  It really made our hearts glad to hear that!

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Forgive me for digging in before taking the photo.

La Grotta 2017

Veal Scalopini!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the food taste as good as it looks!

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Filet of Sole!

La Grotta 2017

Tiramisu!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the meal was completed,  we were given a tour of the kitchen.  One of our mentees, Malik Mayo is an aspiring sous chef. He was taken behind the line by Chef Tony to show him where he performs his magic.

La Grotta 2017

La Grotta 2017

This was truly an awesome experience for our mentees.  Special thanks goes out to Andrea & Tony Capece and the staff of Ristorante La Grotta for going the extra mile in making this event a success.

Thanks to each of you, our donors, for assisting the Concerned Black Men of Richmond in putting an esteem building program such as this together.  Words cannot express our gratitude!

God bless each of you, and we hope that you consider us for contributions in the future.

Timothy O. Mallory
President, CBM RVA

 

Click Here to learn more about The Concerned Black Men of Richmond, Inc.

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