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Barabino and Partners USA Named an Official NIAF Communications Partner

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), the premier representative of Italian American citizens living in the United States, and Barabino & Partners USA join forces to highlight and promote NIAF’s mission of fostering Italian values, culture, and business endeavors in the United States.

Barabino and Partners USA (B&P USA) is the US branch of Barabino & Partners Group, the leading corporate communications firm in Italy. With more than 35 years of experience, the group has a worldwide reach, with offices in Italy, the United States, the UK, Germany, and France.

B&P USA is committed to expanding and promoting Made in Italy brands, businesses, and products within the United States across sectors such as hospitality, food & dining, fashion, and technology. They strive to highlight the excellence and craftsmanship associated with Made in Italy in these key industries through strategic communication initiatives and targeted outreach, fostering stronger connections between Italian heritage and American


This collaboration between NIAF and Barabino & Partners USA serves as an opportunity to work together to highlight and celebrate the influence of Italian culture and the achievements of Italian and Italian American businesses here in the United States. With this collaboration, Barabino and Partners will increase NIAF’s presence in the media while promoting their mission.

“NIAF is delighted to partner with Barabino & Partners USA, a globally respected communications firm that shares our deep appreciation for Italian heritage and culture,” said NIAF President Robert Allegrini. “This collaboration will expand NIAF’s reach and amplify our mission of celebrating Italian American achievements, fostering closer ties between Italy and the United States, and empowering youth to embrace their roots.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to embark on this exciting journey as official communication partner of NIAF,” said Marco Lastrico, CEO of Barabino & Partners USA. “Our collaboration marks a significant milestone in our commitment to championing the excellence of Made in Italy. Supporting NIAF aligns perfectly with our core values, and we are honored to contribute to their mission in every way possible.”

About NIAF:

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that promotes Italian

culture and heritage. Founded in 1975, NIAF has been a leading advocate for Italian Americans, preserving their legacy and promoting their contributions to the United States.

About Barabino & Partners USA

With a global presence and over 35 years of experience, Barabino & Partners USA is the American arm of the renowned Barabino & Partners Group, a leader in the PR and communication fields headquartered in Italy. Specializing in enhancing the visibility of Made in Italy brands, Barabino & Partners USA is committed to fostering stronger connections between Italian heritage and American consumers through strategic communication initiatives. Their unwavering dedication to delivering impactful results makes them a trusted partner for organizations seeking to thrive in today’s dynamic market landscape.

Italian Film Festival

USA of St. Louis To Host Italian Director

The nineteenth annual Italian Film Festival USA of St. Louis features nine recent, award-winning Italian films in original language with English subtitles. The screenings will be on Friday and Saturday of the first three weekends in April at Washington University.

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Chaminade College Preparatory

Italia-America Bocce Club

The Hill, St. Louis, MO

Chaminade College Preparatory Bocce Club has won both the fall and winter sessions at the Italia- America Bocce Club on The Hill. The team went undefeated in both sessions. The boys had a tremendous time. The underclass men joined this year and had a record of 4-3 and took fourth place out of a banner year, including 14 teams representing nine high schools in the St. Louis area.


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provide a Q&A session after the screening of his film Aspromonte, Land of the Forgotten at Washington University on April 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the general public. For further information, please visit the festival’s website, italianfilmfests.org, or call 314-422-3102.

The festival is sponsored by Volpi Foods, with the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago as Cultural Partner; in collaboration with Washington University’s Program in Film and Media Studies and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

St. Louis Wing Week Returns April 8-14 Prepare to enjoy seven days of $7 wing deals throughout STL

St. Louis Wing Week returns this spring to deliver dangerously delicious wing deals to participating STL area restaurants for one week: April 8–14.

Restaurants will be serving up their take on savory wings with whatever seasoning, sauces, or dips they please to show off all the chicken wing deliciousness that STL has to offer!

To fully prepare for what Wing Week will have to offer, plan ahead and download the official St. Louis Wing Week app now. Users will be able to track what wings they’ve tried, where they’re headed, and earn points all along the way. The more wings eaten, the more points earned, and the better your chances of winning prizes! Download. Eat. Win.

Two ways to win:

· Check in at four or more locations during the week and be automatically entered to win a grand prize of $250 in participating restaurant gift cards.

· Earn points for dining out. The top user with the highest number of points will be entered to win a grand prize of $250 in participating restaurant gift cards.

The St. Louis Wing Week app will guide users on their quest to find the best wings in the city.

2024 Participating Restaurants Include:

Alpha Brewing Company, Bootleggin BBQ, Chicken Scratch, Crafted, Felix’s, Fieldhouse STL, Hogtown Smokehouse, Hotshots Sports Bar and Grill, Krueger’s, Nick’s Pub, Over/Under, Ott’s Tavern, Seamus, Sharpshooter’s, Soha, Stella Grill at Stella Blues, Suwaller’s Bar and Grill, The Woodshack, and more to be announced. Restaurants are subject to change.

For more information about Wing Week and to view participating restaurant menus, visit stlwingweek.com.

Event Info:

● April 8–14, $7 wing deals

● Age: This is an all-ages event. Some locations may be 21+

● St. Louis Wing Week App: Check in at four or more restaurants to be entered for a grand prize drawing

● Social media promotion: Follow @STLWingWeek on Instagram

● Menus and details are available at stlwingweek.com

● RSVP to the Facebook event for updates

Milque Toast Moves Down the Road To Historic California Donuts Building

Milque Toast, the restaurant you know and love, formerly at 2212 S. Jefferson, has relocated just a few blocks south to the iconic California Do-Nut Co. building at 2924 S. Jefferson.

Owner and chef Colleen Clawson and former building owner Edward Abunader have taken great care to preserve the building’s signature charm while simultaneously transforming it into a cozy, Scandinavian-inspired space with plenty of gorgeous local art. Clawson explains she was inspired by Hygge, a Danish word that refers to a comfy, cozy, nourishing environment void of annoyance. When asked what she’s most excited for as she embarks on this new adventure, Clawson says, “I’m excited that I have room to play. We’ll do everything from a familystyle Sunday dinner to special wine dinners and dessert tastings.”

Though there will be a curated wine list and luscious craft cocktails, you can still get a Busch beer. The same will apply to the menu, with options that will appeal to every palette, from the traditional to the more adventurous.

The main restaurant and bar, complete with an amazing courtyard and streetside patio, celebrated a quiet opening with friends and neighbors a few weeks ago. In the coming months, this amazing space will include a catering kitchen, an art gallery/event space, and a music venue that will continue to host your favorite local music and events.

As for the menu, Clawson says, “We serve seasonal, local, fresh, beautiful food with influences ranging from Norway to North Africa.”

Milque Toast will be serving lunch

and breakfast from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Monday. For reservations, which are not required, call 314.833.0085.

Olyve Beauty Is Proudly Launching Their Kickstarter Campaign Soon, Including Unique Rewards to All of Its Supporters

OLYVE Beauty is a full-body care line made from olive tree leaves, aiming to combat waste from olive oil production and provide a natural solution to skin dehydration. OLYVE Beauty is vegan, natural, sustainable, dermatologically tested, and made in Italy, with each formulation carefully balanced for practicality and style. The high percentage of polyphenols coming from the olive leaves helps fight skin and cellular aging and thus counteract the action of free radicals. The brand launched their online shop in December 2023 and ships internationally.

The two available products include:

The OLYVE Beauty Body Cream is a blend of thick and lighter texture, providing instant softness and nourishment for the entire body. It is perfect to use as an aftersun lotion, and because of its excellent calming effect, it can be applied to kids too.

The OLYVE Beauty Hair Mask is a natural, non-toxic, and kid-friendly hair mask enriched with olive leaves, trehalose, and wheat protein that enhances the growth of healthier hair. It provides nourishment without oiliness or scalp irritation and is suitable for normal to damaged hair. The mask is packaged in a 100-ml airless tube, making it ideal for travel and use.

Following a very successful initial launch and as the first batch of products sold out, the brand is proudly launching a Kickstarter campaign to further develop its reach and growth potential through the Kickstarter funding page and its community. The campaign will be live on the Kickstarter platform soon, and you can access the project’s page to register your interest and follow the campaign for exciting updates before it goes live. Olyve Beauty commits to great rewards for the backers of the project as soon as the campaign wraps after 45 days.

Supporting OLYVE Beauty not only benefits the environment but also allows like-minded individuals to participate in the manufacturing process. The Kickstarter campaign is a key milestone for the company, so it can move on to full-scale production and development.

Follow the project and join the Kickstarter community and adventure here:


For more information about the brand, visit olyvebeauty.com.

OLYVE Beauty: “Olyve your moments”

Instagram: @olyve.beauty

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Handel’s Messiah Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 17, 2023

The Hill, St. Louis, MO

submitted by Joseph A Fresta, Jr.

Proceeds benefited Cancer Care Foundation

The Cancer Care Foundation is the charitable arm of The Steinberg Winter Classic and all other events surrounding it. It is the vision and the passion of Mr. Joe Fresta, Jr., a two-time testicular cancer survivor. The purpose of the foundation is to aid local families who are in need of financial assistance while battling cancer so that they can focus on beating the disease. All proceeds go directly into the hands of such families and are not used for any administrative costs, as all board members volunteer their time and services to fighting the fight.

The Cancer Care Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization (cancercarefoundation.net).

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Earth Day Mediterranean Artichoke Dip

an Il Pensiero favorite


2 cans of artichokes

1 cup of mayonnaise

1 cup of Parmesan cheese

Chop up artichokes and add the ingredients and mix together. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with your choice of cracker.

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