ILICA Cultural Event Made Me Miss Italy

ILICA’s 8th Cultural Event was held on October 26th. 2012 at The Lighthouse on Pier 61. It was a amazing event (my first time to a black tie event).

I first was greeted by Vincenzo when I entered and then went into the open space to mingle with everyone. The prosecco and hors d’oeuvres were delicious and made me miss Italy.

hors d'oeuvres

hors d'oeuvres


more cheese!

fresh prosciutto.. how I missed you!

Picture time!

AsianInNY reps

After about an hour of seeing old and new faces, it was time for dinner and the main event.


Vincenzo starting the event

Chris speaking before introducing Daisy and I

After the salute and introduction of ILICA, Daisy and I took the stage. I was pretty nervous about speaking Italian on stage (major stage fright) though, I’m  glad that it happened that we went up early because I was able to relax and enjoy the rest of the event without worry.

... here we go...

we did good!

Soon after, they started serving us food. It was paired with campagne to toast to and a white wine that I enjoyed greatly with the entree I had.

limitless wine..

Our table. The Italian gentleman there speak the clearest Mandarin I've ever heard!


While dinner was being served, Vincenzo introduced the future generation of italians and one of them was an amazing pianist.

the dining hall

future generation

japanese-italian pianist. he was really good!

my fish entree


Veal.. Alice's dish

At the end of the event, there was a raffle drawing and a few people on our table were lucky and got some of the goodies!

raffle time!

someone's happy!

they got a crate of wine!

After the raffle we went back to the open area to mingle and enjoy desserts.

our photographer Vincent taking a picture of us

time for cake!


gelato! didn't realize how much i missed it!

AsianInNY were given a gift 🙂

how heavy is it...? (we ever did find out)

group shot! (with prosciutto)

After that it was time to say our good nights.

with Susy

By then it was close to midnight if not past (started at 6:30pm) and my feet weren’t agreeing with my choice of shoes but overall I had a great time. I met a lot of new people and got to see others I don’t get the chance to see too often. Great food, great company. Really can’t ask for more. Thank you ILICA and AsianInNY for this wonderful experience.

Til next time~


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