Finally, after the sad break due to the pandemic, we have been able to return to a special event to give relief to those who need it most. On the set of the Zecchino d'Oro, last Monday, December 6, the solidarity Christmas dinner was held in favor of the Franciscan canteen "Father Ernesto" in Bologna and families in difficulty supported every day byAntoniano. And that's not all: the Operation Bread campaign is also open.
The Zecchino d'Oro dinner
Created in collaboration with Food for Soul, the non-profit association of Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore, the fundraising dinner ofAntoniano was able to offer the dishes of the famous chefs Aurora Mazzucchelli (Mazzucchelli House), Lorenzo Vecchia (Alas), Jacopo Ticchi (From Lucio Trattoria), Gianluca Degani (Gelateria Bloom) e Luca Cappelletti, master pastry chef.
here is the Dinner menu in Zecchino, whose names of the dishes are inspired by the iconic songs that we still have in our heads today, and especially in our hearts:
Disco Pizza DJ / chef Aurora Mazzucchelli
Wholemeal leavened with type 2 flour, capon terrine, green sauce and purple cabbage
Nonna Pina's Cannelloni / chef Jacopo Ticchi
Meat cannelloni au gratin with Rimini oyster sauce and monkfish liver
The Braised Waltz / chef Lorenzo Vecchia
Braised vegetables with toasted vegetable sauce and wild herbs
Dolce Nunù / chef Gianluca Degani
Artisan panettone and donkey milk ice cream
The proceeds from the dinner thanks to the generosity of the chefs and the numerous companies that have made themselves available for the free supply of raw materials, is entirely donated to the support of families in difficulty welcomed and helped every day by the Antoniano.
On the occasion of the event, the fragile families of Bologna also received a basket with many food products to be used in the festive weeks. Among the companies that support the initiative: Forno Brisa, FIVI Romagna delegation, Wilden Herbals, Orme Valori Agricoli Ritrovati, Macè and Fuori Rosa catering with the contribution of the students of the IIS L. Spallanzani of Castelfranco Emilia.
To help the families of the Antoniano, in addition to participating in the solidarity dinner, the residents of Bologna were also able to book a solidarity aperitif box on the evenings of 3-4-5 December to watch the Zecchino d'Oro while enjoying many special products. The box was delivered by Antoniano's volunteers directly to the houses he booked. The initiative is supported by NaturaSì, Berlucchi, Macè, Parmigiano Reggiano, Villani.
“We are really happy to return to host the Christmas dinner in the presence to help support the families followed by Antoniano – explains the director Br. Giampaolo Cavalli – This evening guarantees concrete help to people in difficulty: in fact, more and more families are unable to make it to the end of the month and children who are denied the opportunity to live a peaceful everyday life like that of their peers ".
Restaurants for Operation Pane
The Christmas dinner is part of the many activities promoted by the Antoniano in favor of the poor. The national solidarity campaign "Operation Pane" will also be active until 19 December, aimed at offering concrete help to people living in conditions of great poverty. In particular, the joint initiative is aimed at support a network of 18 Franciscan canteens throughout the country and in Syria, offering support for the daily provision of meals and subsequent social and work reintegration activities for the people helped. Any help, even small, is essential and everyone can lend a hand: to offer a contribution, just a text message or a phone call from the landline to the solidarity number 45588.
The solidarity campaign is also supported by the numerous restaurants that this year have decided to join the "Restaurants for Operation Bread" project And to donate part of the proceeds from November 14 to December 31 to Antoniano's activities in favor of the most vulnerable. The "Restaurants for Operation" initiative is sponsored by the Municipality of Bologna and organized in collaboration with the Bolognese Chefs Association and the Sanmarinesi Chefs Union. It is possible to consult the list of participating restaurants on the “Operation Pane” website.
"Thanks to the generosity of the restaurateurs who join the initiative every year – adds Br. Giampaolo – we can help donate a hot meal to those who cannot afford it. Last year this project allowed us to guarantee over 800 meals, the equivalent of a week of meals distributed from Father Ernesto's canteen ".
How to participate in the "Operation Bread" campaign
Active until December 19th
Solidarity number: 45588
– 2 euro for each SMS sent from Wind Tre, TIM, Vodafone, Iliad, PosteMobile, Coop Voce and Tiscali mobile phones;
– 5 or 10 euros from a fixed network TIM, Vodafone, Wind Tre, Fastweb and Tiscali.
– 5 euros for calls from the TWT, Convergenze and PosteMobile fixed network;
It is also possible to donate on the project website www.operapane.it