January 23, 2020

Celebrating Carnevale at Villa Bellezza!

In the United States it's Mardi Gras. In Rio it’s Carnival. And in Italy, it's Carnevale! The winter tradition takes on a variety of forms throughout the world. The celebrations extend through the city streets and squares and includes festivals, masquerade balls, parades, parties, practical jokes, street music, and general merrymaking—all in an effort to “live it up” before the penance and fasting leading up to Easter.

We invite you to experience the fun and magic--In the spirit of the tradition, Villa Bellezza will be hosting our own celebrations during the month of February! Right here in Pepin, WI we’ll be celebrating just as they do throughout the world, with costume, wine, food, music, and dancing!

As they say, a Carnevale ogni scherzo vale (anything goes at Carnevale). And what happens at Villa Bellezza, stays at Villa Bellezza.

Southside-Acres.pngMardi Gras at Villa Bellezza with the Southside Aces Dixieland Band!

Villa Bellezza’s Sala Grande
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Cover Charge: $10 per person
(No Charge for Wine Club Members)
Food, wine, wine cocktails, and craft beer available for purchase.

Forget Bourbon Street, we’re bringing the New Orleans Mardi Gras to Sala Grande, Villa Bellezza’s Great Hall! The music, drinks, food, and dancing will make you feel like you’re there!

On the stage we have the 6-piece Dixieland band, Southside Aces, performing jazz and popular tunes all done up in the New Orleans tradition. They’ll have your toes a tappin’. Go ahead—get up and dance!

Enjoy festive wine cocktails crafted just for this special event from our own Villa Bellezza wines! Of course, your favorite Villa Bellezza wines by the glass and bottle, along with a selection of craft beers, will also be available. And it wouldn’t be Mardi Gras without the food! You’ll enjoy a variety of foods served in baskets, suitable for sharing and featuring Chef Antonio’s own spin on popular New Orleans favorites!

This is going to be quite the party--Plan to meet up with friends for this fun Saturday night of festivities! Space is limited, register today!

VB-Blog-Thumbnail-450x450.pngItalian Carnevale Cooking Class with Chef Antonio

Villa Bellezza Education Center
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Social Hour: 5:00-6:00pm  |  Cooking Class: 6:00-8:30pm

As with any great party, it’s all about the food! As part of Villa Bellezza’s February Carnevale festivities, this cooking class will feature a multi-course meal, giving you a taste of this infamous Italian celebration!

Plan to join us for a pre-class social hour at 5pm. You'll be greeted with a glass of our sparkling Brillante. As you cook through each course, you will taste wines Chef Antonio has selected to pair with each menu! Wine will also be available for purchase should you wish to enjoy a glass of your favorite Villa Bellezza wine during class, or purchase bottles to take home.

VB-Blog-Thumbnail-450x450-(1).pngMask-Making Workshops

Villa Bellezza Tasting Room
Sundays, February 2, February 9, and February 16, 2020
$20 per person

Venice, Italy is famous for its carnevale, a centuries old tradition. And it’s the mask that is the quintessential feature that makes Carnevale of Venice unique.

Traditional Venetian masks can be quite extravagant, incorporating details such as tassels, trims, beads, feathers, pearls, and more! During our mask-making workshops you’ll be guided in using simple materials and your own creativity to craft your own mask as a souvenir of your visit.

Limited to 10 per session—reserve your spot today!

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