Language Learning Institute To Hold A Wine And Cheese Tour Through France And Italy: Raise Money For Scholarship Fund

ALBANY, NY – The Language Learning Institute announced today that they will be holding A Tour Of France And Italy through Wine And Cheese while also holding a raffle to raise money for the school’s scholarship fund.

“One of the main goals of the Language Learning Institute is to help people connect with and understand French and Italian culture,” said Nancy Scarselletta, the school’s founder. “In our classes we do so through language, but with this event we hope to expose people to the culinary habits that are an important element of the French and Italian experience.”

The event will feature eight types of cheese from Italy and France that have been matched with wines that would be served with them if you were in Europe. The goal is to move beyond a traditional wine tasting and create a complete cultural experience.

“Most wine tastings just give you a few sips of wine and some crackers,” Scarselletta said. “But that misses an essential part of the experience. In France and Italy the types of cheeses that are eaten with a particular wine are very important. We’re going to show you how perfectly these tastes can blend together as part of their native culture.”

In addition to the wine tasting, the event will include a silent auction to help raise money for the Language Learning Institute’s scholarship fund. The fund is used to help children who want to take part in the Institute’s programs but cannot afford the normal tuition charges.

“When you help a child learn a new language, you expose him or her to a new world,” Scarselletta said. “You show them a new way to think and allow them to expand their horizons. As the world becomes more and more globally connected, I feel it is imperative that as many children be exposed to different languages as possible.”

Tickets for the event, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 8 at the Fennimore Gallery at Proctors Theater, are $45 in advance and $50 on the day of the event. They can be ordered through the Language Learning Institute’s website, or by calling 518-346-7096.

Since 2005, the Language Learning Institute has been helping children and adults interested in learning French. By 2006, Italian language classes became available as well. Since then the Institute has helped children learn French and Italian as second languages while also helping adults who need language skills for personal enjoyment, travel or business purposes. The Institute also offers a program for heritage speakers of French.

Scarselletta holds an MA from Middlebury College, has been teaching for more than 20 years and continues to strive to offer the best French and Italian curriculum possible.

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