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An Italian Feast!


Italian Feast

By Misty Haskett

Summer is here! And along with it comes San Miguel de Allende’s wonderful rainy season. As of this writing, we’re a bit behind in rain for the year, but I’m sitting here listening to thunder and, perhaps, by the time you read this, rains will have come.

An Italian Feast
Benefit Luncheon for
Mujeres en Cambio
Thu, Jul 21, 2pm
Hacienda de las Flores
Hospicio 16
300 pesos

Speaking of rain, that’s what we do at Mujeres en Cambio. We are rainmakers. According to Webster, “rain” is a metaphor for money, and to rain also means “to offer, bestow, or give in great quantity.” That is the goal of Mujeres en Cambio: to raise money in order to bestow on deserving young women the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. We currently provide secundaria, preparatoria, and university scholarships to over 160 girls living in the communities surrounding San Miguel. Our scholarships begin in the eighth grade and, if the beca (scholarship) recipients stay in school and maintain their grades, we stay with them through their university graduation. Many of our graduates are now professionals, teachers, and business owners. One of the most rewarding aspects of our rainmaking is the trickle-down effect. The young women of Mujeres en Cambio, by their example, reinforce for their younger siblings, extended families, and their entire community the importance of education. We have seen many changes in the communities we serve in the 21-year history of our organization that reaffirm our belief that, if you educate a woman you educate a family, a community, a nation.

Our benefit luncheon on Thursday, July 21, is an Italian feast! It will be held at the lovely Hacienda de las Flores at Hospicio 16 in el Centro. Our guest chef, Alejandro Gomez Tagle, is a man of many talents. He and his partner Jorge Antonio Carrasco are owners of Tutto Bianco, a boutique in the Plaza Colonial. Tagle graduated as a chef from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and also studied at Le Cordon Bleu. Our luncheon will consist of platters of scrumptious antipasto and bruschetta, followed by Tagle’s special lasagna and a variety of delicious side dishes and salads prepared by our members. Tagle will once again amaze us with his skill in the kitchen with dessert: of panna cotta made with his homemade Limoncello. Buon appetito!

In addition to a great meal, we will have a special treat for our guests. Floral designer Wendy Sievert will share with us her secrets of beautiful floral design and answer any questions you may have. Wendy studied at San Francisco City College and began her own business specializing in corporate events and weddings. She will demonstrate her special techniques and create for us three different designs: English, modern, and the latest rage in the US, succulent arranging. Her demonstration and talk will begin promptly at 2pm in the garden of the Hacienda de las Flores.

Tickets to this fun and informative event are 300 pesos and are available at the following locations: La Conexion (Aldama 3 and Café Monet) and La Tienda at the Biblioteca (Insurgentes 25). Seating is limited so don’t wait!

Mujeres en Cambio is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to deserving underserved young women in and around the San Miguel area. We are currently supporting more than 160 young women in secondary school and university. Mujeres is an all-volunteer organization, so there are no staff costs, and 97 percent of all funds raised goes toward scholarships. Please go to for further information.


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