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Growing Up in the Butcher Shop:  “Carne vale” / “Farewell to Meat”

Ciao Amici,

     Tuesday of this week marks the day before Ash Wednesday. This day is referred to as either Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras or as we Italian /Americans call it; Carnavale. The origins of the name is disputed. The variety of dialects in Italian suggest the name comes from the Italian “carne levare” (to remove meat), since meat is prohibited during Lent. In a more distant time it was forbidden not just on Friday but for the entire season of Lent. The phrase “Carrus Navalis”(ship cart), a Roman Festival where a figure of Isis, a Goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility was carried to the sea shore to bless the start of the sailing time of year. The festival consisted of a parade with masks and a subsequent adorned wooden boat, that which replicates the modern floats in today’s  Mardi Gras Parades.

      Our “Carnevale Dinner” begins with the Antipasto. We look forward to homemade Cavatelli in gravy (red sauce), followed by the gravy meat (also in red sauce), roasted chicken and potatoes. Our salad follows the end of the meal. Fresh fruit in wine is then brought to the table to savor with nuts to crack open. Typical dessert for this occasion is “Cavazoon” (pants), made with sweetened ricotta, a turnover  that looks like a calzone.

     Traditionally there are forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Today, some people give up a vice of their own, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.

 

"Gente certamente non ha perso alcuna della fede che abbiamo nel carnevale."

“We certainly haven’t lost any of the faith we have in the carnival.”


Pace e` con lei (Peace be with you)

Joe

J. DeFranco and Daughters Catering & Deli

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