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Giorgio Felicin and the Art of Simplicity

December 10, 2015 | Frank Bonanno

The best compliment I can pay a dish is to call it simple. Simplicity is so. Beautiful. In 1999 I had a life-changing, career-changing stage at Felicin & Sons in Alba. My three months there taught me, among other things,  the Beauty of Simplicity. There were no “stations” in the Felicin kitchen; all the cooks
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I’ve Got Spirit, Yes I do . . .

November 2, 2015 | Frank Bonanno

(Doesn’t Rachel Adams make that Maple Bourbon pie look good??) When I opened Mizuna (has it been nearly fifteen years? Yes it has . . .) there was no such thing as a “cocktail program.” Vodka was everyone’s spirit of choice—the dirtier or sweeter, the better–and you would no more think of “pairing” a cocktail
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Seven Keys to Getting Fundraising Donors

May 16, 2015 | Frank Bonanno

(take home goodies for a Children’s Hospital fundraiser at our house) Our schools are under-capitalized and under-financed, and it’s a sad reality that suddenly every parent is a fundraiser. Heck, maybe you’re not a parent and it’s not even a school you’re raising money for—but somehow you got involved with a non-profit, and you never
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My Heart is Pizza Shaped

March 20, 2015 | Frank Bonanno

(Actually, Luca’s heart is doughnut shaped) I look at a slice of pizza the way my son looks at doughnuts. I could eat a slice any time anywhere, and mostly I don’t even care if the crust is too thick or the cheese off-brand or toppings too intense. From the synthetic saltiness of a self-rising
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What if Every Day Were Take Your Son to Work Day?

January 30, 2015 | Frank Bonanno

Marco has a knight in one hand and Batman in the other and the two are engaged in combat above the oatmeal. I tell my youngest to move this battle away from the breakfast table and into the attic. Wouldn’t a castle be a better scene to wage this war? One summer, when I was
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