Ringraziamenti: The Saint Joseph’s Day Table Tradition
March 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Join us for a discussion and special screening of “Ringraziamenti: The Saint Joseph’s Day Table Tradition,” produced by Kirsten Keppel, a videographer of the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society in Washington D.C. Keppel’s film explores “The St. Joseph’s Day Table” and its significance in Italian and Italian-American culture. The film won Runner Up in The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, an initiative to fund films depicting and exploring the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations.
In an interview with Fra Noi, Keppel explained the origin of the idea for the documentary film: “Zeppole di San Giuseppe — the ricotta-filled cream puff pastries made for the Feast of Saint Joseph on March 19 — are my earliest memory of Italian roots. My elders made zeppole every year. My father loved the pastries, and the family loved him. So I saw zeppole as both a culinary diplomat and celebratory treat. I was taught to thank St. Joseph for my home. The tradition encourages giving to others from gratitude for what we have, and to do so in a way that creates beauty and connects community. The St. Joseph’s Day tradition offers an intimate glimpse into the Italian-American heart and soul. I think it’s important to cultivate home as a haven of gratitude, beauty and nourishment.”