Spend a night in Italy

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Italian music will fill the Hilltop House Hotel, when Assets In Action hosts “A Night in Italy.”
Local Chef Jarda Belmonte of Tasty Creations by Jarda, will stir, sauce and sauté her way through the kitchen to benefit the local program of youth and community development.
“After raising three daughters, I believe you can never do enough to help them along their way,” Belmonte said when asked why she decided to help the local program.
The Hilltop House Hotel, also home of AIA’s Community Asset Awards, was ready and willing to work with the fundraising team to make it happen.
After a scheduling bump, the event has been slated for Oct. 20, with cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.
The multi-faceted menu will be a buffet, just like mama use to make, as Belmonte delivers various dishes of comfort food meant to stir the soul, while invoking memories or perhaps future trips to Italy.
 “Cooking is like therapy for me,” Belmonte said. “I am relaxed and comfortable when I am cooking.”
Guests will find themselves in an Italian intervention as Belmonte prepares ensalada caprese, braciole, mussels in marinara, chicken marsala, Italian-style pork roast and various pastas. The meal will include wine and dessert for $40 a person.
The Coffee House Café will supply homemade cannoli for the evening. The Italian sweet treats are few and far between in New Mexico, but the baking barista will add flair to the festivities through their donation.
Tickets are on sale now and available online at AssetsInAction.info, at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or by calling 661-4846 and leaving a message.
One set of tickets will be raffled for $2 a chance, in an effort to make an opportunity to attend available to everyone. Those tickets can be acquired by calling the number above or by sending an email to AssetsInAction@att.net.