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International Woman's Day

The world has been celebrating International Women's Day for over a century and in Italy the day is taken as an occasion to recognize all the women in one's immediate life. Mimosa, a sprig from flowering trees this time of year is given as a token of one's appreciation.

As a business co-led by an Italian and a woman, we both strongly believe in the achievements made by women everywhere.


In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York demanding shorter working hours, better pay and the right to vote.

In 1910, Clara Zetkin, an advocate for women’s rights, suggested the creation of an international day to an International Conference in Copenhagen.100 women from 17 countries unanimously voted for it.

In 1911, International Women’s Day was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

However, in 1917 it became a formalized day after a wartime strike in 1917 when Russian women demanded “bread and peace.” The strike started March 8th, making it the date International Women’s Day is celebrated.

In 1974, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day, establishing it an official event.

International Women's Day in Italy

International Women's Day in Italy is referred to as the Festa della Donna. It is a day marked with events in Rome and across Italy to commemorate the cultural, political and socioeconomic achievements of women.

The traditional gift to women on Festa della Donna in Italy is mimosa, which expresses female solidarity. Italian florists sell approximately12 million sprigs of the bright yellow flower on the day each year.

International Women's Day 2021

Last International Women's Day, co-owners, Chef Rudy and Cheryl Principato, taught a zoom cooking class in support of Alameda Family Services Chef's Kitchen Fundraiser. They co-presented with Marilee Shaffer, co-founder of Urban Legend Cellars.

Chef Rudy taught the viewers how to make Risotto allo Zafferano - Saffron Risotto with zucchini and shrimp; Filetto di Pesce Arrosto - roasted whole fish (Branzino or Orata); and Panna Cotta alla "mi moniera" - Panna Cotta done "my way."

Vote for your favorite C'era Una Volta dish in the comments!

View the video here: CK Ep 6 C’era Una Volta on Vimeo.


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