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*PHOTOS TAKEN AT 12th Annual Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles September 27–29, 2013 ***Prima Notte Gala on Thursday, September 26th

Written By: Marcelle - Sep• 23•13

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2013_Feast-412th Annual Galbani® Cheese
Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles
September 27–29, 2013

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In honor of the Feast’s 12th Anniversary and to raise funds for their various charities, there will be special events going on throughout the weekend, including a “Gravy-Sauce” competition and “Galbani® String Cheese-building” contest hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy, a Live Telethon for Veterans from the Main Stage on Sunday September 29th and a weekend ‘Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients. A Blood Drive for City of Hope, Cedars Sinai, Children’s Hospital and American Red Cross will also be hosted on-site.pizza

12th Annual Galbani® Cheese
Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles
September 27–29, 2013

 

Prima Notte Gala on Thursday, September 26th
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla

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Celebrating Italy from North to South
Featuring famous songs from “The San Remo Music Festival”
and “That’s Amore! An American Italian Songbook”
Casino night raises funds for Charity

The Italians are coming! The Italians are here!
Community festival celebrates Italian culture with three days of music, food, wine, rides and games.

Hollywood, August 21, 2013 (www.feastofla.org) – The San Gennaro Foundation kicks off October’s Italian Heritage Month, a celebration of everything it means to be Italian, with their annual street festival, The Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles. Since 2002, the San Gennaro Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to local charities that benefit Los Angeles shelters for children and families, food banks for the homeless, and school programs for underprivileged youth, among others. Hosted by event co-founder Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the Feast will once again take over Hawthorn Ave. (between Highland and Orange) in Hollywood.

“The Feast of San Gennaro is something my family and I look forward to every year,” Jimmy Kimmel said. “I have no doubt that our twelfth year will be a great one.”

Inspired by the 80+ year old New York City tradition, the Feast celebrates Italian culture, entertainment and cuisine, and will feature great food, music, genealogy research, kid’s corner, bocce, bingo, carnival rides, games and more. Surprise celebrity guests will join the cooking team, as they demonstrate Italian recipes on the Galbani® Cheese La Cucina Italiana Cooking Stage with special guest, Galbani® Cheese’s very own Chef Marco. A Procession of St. Gennaro on Hollywood Blvd. will begin at noon on Saturday, September 28th and conclude with a Mass on the Main Stage presided by Monsignor Antonio Cacciapuoti.

“We have been bringing Italian culture to the heart of Hollywood for eleven years running,” said Frankie Competelli, President of The San Gennaro Foundation, Los Angeles. “We are thrilled to once again, celebrate tradition, family, and great food with the community.”
The fun-filled weekend commences Thursday, September 26th with the opening night fundraising gala, “Prima Notte 2013”, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla and pay tribute to Italy from North to South, including music made famous from the “San Remo Music Festival” and “That’s Amore! An American Italian Songbook.” The evening features Mark DeCarlo as Master of Ceremonies, silent and live auctions, an “Italian Casino & Poker Tournament” and The Italians are coming! weekend car raffle for a Fiat, all to raise funds for the San Gennaro Foundation.

Tickets for the opening night gala are available online at www.feastofla.org and are $30 each for general admission with food and drink available for purchase. Reserved tables for 10 guests are available for $1,000 with a five course family-style dinner included. Entry for Poker Tournament is $100 per player.

In honor of the Feast’s 12th Anniversary and to raise funds for their various charities, there will be special events going on throughout the weekend, including a “Gravy-Sauce” competition and “Galbani® String Cheese-building” contest hosted by The Meatballs of Comedy, a Live Telethon for Veterans from the Main Stage on Sunday September 29th and a weekend ‘Will You Marrow Me?” donor campaign for Be the Match registry, which recruits marrow donors to save lives of blood cancer patients. A Blood Drive for City of Hope, Cedars Sinai, Children’s Hospital and American Red Cross will also be hosted on-site.

Galbani® Cheese (formerly Precious® Cheese), same great taste, different name, is proud to be back for the 12th annual Feast! “We are very excited that Precious® Cheese has joined the Galbani® family of cheeses,” said Jessica Ruth, spokesperson for Precious® Galbani®. “We’re so happy to continue our support with The San Gennaro Foundation as title sponsor of the Galbani® Italian Feast of San Gennaro and are looking forward to this wonderful event that brings friends and families together to celebrate Italian food and culture.”

The festival venue is conveniently located across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex and Metro Red Line, directly behind the Jimmy Kimmel Live Theater at 1651 N. Highland Ave. The Feast will be held September 27-29, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. General admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. All proceeds benefit the San Gennaro Foundation, established to provide aid to children and families in need in Los Angeles.

For more information about the Galbani® Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro, Los Angeles, please visit www.feastofla.org or call (818) 508-0082.

About Precious® Galbani® Cheese
Precious® has joined Galbani®, Italy’s favorite cheese brand. Galbani® is known worldwide for crafting authentic cheeses in the Italian tradition. So when you see the Galbani® name, you can count on the same authentic cheese you’ve come to know and love from Precious®, as well as a broader world of Italian cheeses to explore. Galbani® and Precious® brands are brought to you by Lactalis Retail Dairy, Inc. LRDI, a division of Lactalis American Group, Inc., is a part of Groupe Lactalis, one of the largest dairy companies in the world. Lactalis produces a wide array of natural cheese products included among the leading brands of mozzarella, ricotta, fresh mozzarella, and snack cheese sold in the United States. Our wide variety of specialty cheese is available to retail, foodservice and industrial customers. More information on Galbani® cheese may be found at www.galbanicheese.com.

About The San Gennaro Foundation
The San Gennaro Foundation is a 501(3)c non-profit created by celebrity Jimmy Kimmel and producer Douglas DeLuca, along with some of Los Angeles’ most prominent Italian-American citizens, to benefit underprivileged children and homeless in Los Angeles, as well as to provide entertainment and cultural enrichment to the community through its non-profit, cultural outreach program. The Foundation’s mission is to uphold the principles established by St. Gennaro, patron saint of Naples who worked tirelessly to help people in need. In addition to fundraising, the group seeks to perpetuate cultural identity and solidarity within the Italian American community. All events are intended to embody the attributes of generosity and goodwill that define the Italian spirit. While some efforts celebrate Italian culture, the Foundation and its programs are not limited to Italian Americans and are supported by diverse individuals.
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A Blood Drive for City of Hope, Cedars Sinai, Children’s Hospital and American Red Cross will also be hosted on-site.

Shari Mesulam
shari@themesulamgroup.com
The Mesulam Group
310.663-0056

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