Upcoming Events

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Throughout 2016, I will be leading special visits to Monte Testaccio and the Circus Maximus Mithraeum. Dates will be published here in January 2016.

Princeton Food Salon in Princeton, NJ
January 2, 2016 at 7:00PM
I will give a talk on the wines of Lazio, accompanied by tastings.

Dorothea’s House in Princeton, NJ
January 3, 2016 at 5:00PM
I’ll be giving a lecture entitled “Italian Immigrants and Roma: How the cucina romana was influenced by regional Italian cuisine in the late 19th and early 20th centuries”.

Tiro a Segno Club in NYC
January 8 at 12:30PM
I will host a curated Rome-inspired lunch at Tiro a Segno, a private club and the oldest Italian heritage organization in the United States.


I lecture on the subjects of food culture, hospitality, sustainability, wine, craft beer and journalism for universities such as Yale, Dartmouth, Rhode Island School of Design, University of California, University of Minnesota, Georgia College, Temple University, Drexel University, East Tennessee State University and Università Degli Studi “Roma Tre”.

Past Events

Gustiamo Warehouse, Bronx, NY
November 24, 2015
Co-hosted a Rome-themed, Lazio wine-fueled dinner at the Gustiamo Warehouse as part of the #WarehouseSupperClub Series.

Lotos Club in NYC
November 13, 2015
I hosted a curated Rome-inspired lunch at Lotos Club, a private club and one of the oldest literary club in the United States.

Italian Cultural Event at London Review Bookshop, London, UK
Thursday, 1 October 2015 from 7:00pm-10:00pm
Join us for an evening of delicious debate. Dino Joannides, consummate food fanatic, bon viveur, and author will be chairing a panel of writers and chefs to discuss the question: ‘Is there such a thing as Italian cuisine?’. On the panel will be food educator and journalist Katie Parla, historian Professor John Dickie, and celebrated chef Francesco Mazzei. The talk will be accompanied by a menu of seasonal food and Rose and Brut Prosecco from Bisol/Jeio. The food is provided by award-winning greengrocer Andreas of Chelsea and L`Emporio Fine Foods.

Panel at the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, Princeton Jct., NJ
August 29, 2015
Join renowned panelists for this lively and interactive discussion around the joys of eating, living and writing food! Food writers and bloggers Rachel Weston (New Jersey Fresh), Justine Ma (Little Miss Local), Katie Parla (Parla Food), Linda Prospero (Ciao Chow Linda) and Pat Tanner (Dine With Pat) along with food photographer and blogger, Clay Williams (UltraClay) will spend the morning with us talking all things food. Tasty treats will be offered as well featuring market ingredients.

Italian Classic Cocktails with the Parlas–SOLD OUT
Saturday August 15, 2015 from 4-6:30
I will be hosting the event with my dad at his bar and restaurant, Clydz, in New Brunswick. We will be serving Negronis, Spritzes, Americanos, and more. Drinks will be accompanied by Italy-inspired snacks. The cost of the ticket covers all drinks, snacks, taxes, and gratuity. Booking is essential.

Craft Beer & Rome-Inspired Street Food at Alla Spina in Philly
Saturday August 8, 2015 from 4:30-7pm
We’ll be pouring some fun beers and serving Rome-inspired snacks. Entry is free–just pay as you go–and no reservations necessary! Here’s what we’ll have on tap: Perle ai Porci (Birra del Borgo); Beerbera (LoverBeer); Jadis (Toccalmatto); Caterpillar Rye Pale Ale (Brewfist); Verde (Victory). We will also have Victory’s Verde, an Alla Spina exclusive tart saison for $3 and Delicado from Tired Hands, a VERY limited meyer lemon IPA for $5!

Ferragosto Cooking Demo with Katie Parla & Brad Spence at Vetri in Philly–SOLD OUT
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 6:30PM
Join Chef Brad Spence and journalist Katie Parla for a celebration of Rome’s famous Ferragosto meal. Every year on August 15th, Roman friends and families gather for a celebration of Summer and to usher in the vacation season. Although the day has religious origins–August 15th celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary–today, it is essentially a secular holiday. Romans dine on prosciutto and fruit, chicken-based dishes, and fresh fruit desserts. We will recreate this very Roman fare and pair it with classic Italian Ferragosto-inspired drinks. Booking is essential.

Pizza Party at Razza in Jersey City–SOLD OUT
July 22, 2015, 7:30PM
Join Dan Richer of Razza and me for a Jersey Fresh pizza party featuring Dan’s famous bread and butter, family style salad, 3-4 pizzas with seasonal toppings and lots of drinks. We will be highlighting an amazing farm, a fantastic brewer and celebrating Jersey at this evening event.

Craft Beer Takeover at Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, CO — SOLD OUT
August 4, All night long
Price: $25 Roman-inspired street food menu, optional Italian craft beer flight $38 (excluding tax & gratuities)
Join me and the amazing staff of Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, CO for a night of Italian craft beer. The Pizzeria Locale crew and I have created a lineup of Roman-inspired street food to be showcased for one evening only, alongside a flight of hard-to-come-by Italian craft beers!

Lamb & Lazio Wine Dinner at Amis in Philly –SOLD OUT
February 18, 2014
The team at Philly’s Rome-inspired restaurant Amis and I hosted a very special dinner whole lamb feast. Chefs Brad Spence, Ned Maddock and the crew butchered a whole lamb for the event and beverage director Steve Wildy poured amazing, wines bee, and a house made digestive.

Pizza and Wine Event with Jim Lahey
November 6, 2014
To celebrate the Italian release of Jim Lahey’s landmark book My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method (Pane Senza Impasto, Jim and I co-hosted a pizza and wine pairing event at Pizzeria Emma in central Rome. Jim prepared three pizzas, which were preceded by Emma’s fantastic fried starters. Each course was paired with wine.

Food Writing Panel
September 27, 2014
Food writing panel at the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market in Princeton Junction, NJ.

Italian craft beer event in Philadelphia, PA
February 17, 2014
This casual tasting at craft beer bar Alla Spina for was dedicated to the world of Italian brews. I co-hosted the event with the Temple University Craft Beer Enthusiasts and I chose the menu to reflect the styles and brewers which best represent quality production in Italy. We drank Baladin‘s Nora, Birrificio Italiano‘s Cassissona, the Dogfish Head/Baladin/Borgo collaborative archeo-beer Birra Etrusca, and (my favorite) Lover Beer‘s D’Uva Beer.

Charity lunch at Mesob, Rome
January 26, 2014
This charity lunch co-hosted by the founders of The Rome Digest raised funds for the Green Releaf Initiative and their rebuilding efforts in the Philipines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

Thanksgiving Charity Lunch, Rome
December 1, 2013
Parla Food and The Rome Digest raised €1500 for Cibo Libero, a food charity inside Rome’s Rebibbia Prison.

Roman Cronuts & Irish Coffee at Pasticceria De Bellis, Rome
October 31, 2013
Andrea De Bellis and I served fried cornetti with Irish coffee on Halloween. A good time was had by all.

Pizza & Beer Event with Gabriele Bonci, Brooklyn
October 19, 2013
Rome’s greatest baker, Gabriele Bonci, and I co-hosted a pizza and beer event at Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn. Bonci made pizzas and pork neck cooked in bread crust, while I poured Italian craft beers.

Fermentazioni Beer Festival, Rome
September 13, 2013
I conducted a tasting seminar at the first edition of Fermentazioni. Topics included Italian craft beer history, terroir and culture and we tasted 6 beers, including a rarity from my cellar.

A Yale Week in Rome
June 18, 2013
I provided an educational lecture and hosted a curated meal centered around Roman gastronomic culture.

Parla Italian Craft Beer Dinner at Jimmy’s No. 43
June 10, 2013
I hosted an Italian craft beer dinner in NYC’s East Villge. Beers included Barley’s Friska, LoverBeer’s BeerBera and Montegioco’s Demon Hunter.

Let’s Blog Abruzzo, Santo Stefano di Sessanio
May 31- June 2, 2013
I moderated a panel on Abruzzese wines and presented on self-publishing and app development.

Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale, Rome
May 20, 2013
Presentation of the app “Katie Parla’s Istanbul” at the cultural event “A Cena Con Gli Ottomani”.

Gelato Aperitivo to Benefit Yogurt Barikamà, Rome
May 10, 2013
On May 10, The Rome Digest hosted a gelato aperitivo at Fatamorgana in Monti benefiting the Rome-based startup Yogurt Barikamà.

The Rome Digest Inaugural Event, Rome
April 11, 2013
This sold-out event at Open Baladin featured a tasting of 3 beers from Lazio.

Jimmy’s No. 43, NYC
February 9, 2013
I hosted an Italian craft beer event featuring my favorite brewers including LoverBeer, Montegioco and Birrificio Barley.

Alliance for Women in Media, NYC
January 21, 2013
I spoke at a member only event about career development, skill building and entrepreneurship.

NYT Travel Show, NYC
January 19-20, 2013
Presented Italian craft beer and spoke on the panel “Discover the Latest Mobile Apps & Devices in Travel”.

Il Gelato, Rome
July 14, 2012
Gelato and aperitivo lovers gathered for a fund raising ice cream happy hour at Rome’s premier artisanal gelateria.

Il Gelato, Rome
June 16, 2012
Gelato and aperitivo lovers gathered for a fund raising ice cream happy hour at Rome’s premier artisanal gelateria.

Bistro de la Gare, NYC
June 4, 2012
I hosted an Italian craft beer dinner with my friends Maryann Terillo and Elisa Sarno at their Greenwich Village restaurant Bistro de la Gare. Each course was paired with Italian craft beers from quality producers. We raised $350 for the Food Bank for NYC.

Yale University
June 2, 2012
I spoke at the Class of 2002 Entrepreneurs Panel to discuss what it means to be an entrepreneur in today’s economy, shared insights on branding, and experiences from my mobile app and e-book publishing start-up.

The Beehive, Rome
May 12, 2012
I spoke about recent publications and self-publishing at the Expat Writers Book and App Fair attended by fellow authors, publishes and press.

Il Gelato, Rome
April 14, 2012
Gelato and aperitivo lovers gathered for an ice cream happy hour at Rome’s premier artisanal gelateria.

New Jersey State Agricultural Convention, Atlantic City
January 18, 2012
I spoke about blogging at the 57th Annual Atlantic Coast Ag Convention & Trade Show and addressed the potential for food blogging to promote and market farms.

Prufrock Coffee, London
October 29, 2011
I was the special guest at Young & Foodish’s pop up “La Dolce Vita Coffee Saturday“. The first 20 people to book received a free download of “Rome for Foodies”, my dining app for iPhone, iPad, and Android!

Il Bacocco, Rome
October 15, 2011
Hande Leimer, Rome’s leading wine educator, and I hosted an informal wine tasting at Il Bacocco in Trastevere. We tasted two wines paired with typical products from Lazio provided by DOL and raised €250 for A Chi Serve, a new food rescue organization. For more information, check out my post on the topic.

Porsena, NYC
October 9, 2011
Chef Sara Jenkins and I presented a sensory journey through the flavors of Rome and Lazio. The seven-course dinner at Sara’s restaurant Porsena was assembled to illuminate the characteristics and concepts of Italian regional cuisine. Dishes were accompanied by cultural and historical descriptions and personal anecdotes. We raised $620 for City Harvest, a food rescue organization based in NYC.

Il Gelato, Rome
September 17, 2011
More than 120 gelato and aperitivo lovers gathered for the first Parla Food event, hosted in cooperation with Il Gelato and A Chi Serve. Savory gelato was served with a glass of wine and €1 from each serving was donated to charity. We raised over €120 for those in need.