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Food blogger Paola Bacchia to speak at special Co.As.It event

Popular food blogger Paola Bacchia will speak at a special Co.As.It. Italian Family History Group event at Palace Cinemas in Leichhardt on 27 May.

Paola, creator of the awardwinning food blog Italy on My Mind, will share her passion with food, and give some insight into the connection between food and family. The evening will open with a short Italian film and some short film clips will be shown throughout the presentation. Palace Cinemas during the night also. Following Paola’s talk, the floor will be opened up for questions from the audience.

Paola Bacchia was born in Australia to parents who arrived in Melbourne from Italy on the General Greeley on 13 May 1950 as part of the sponsored migration program. Paola’s father, Nello, had fled his native Istria (now Croatia) after WWII when his family lost all their possessions and their home to Tito’s partisans. He met Paola’s mother, Livia, in Monfalcone (Friuli-Venezia Giulia), at the bar where she was working for her parents. The couple married soon after and following an attempt to live in Paris for a few months, decided to migrate to America. But the wait for the boat to America was too long so, on a whim, they decided on Australia.

After a few months at the migrant camp Bonegilla (near the border of NSW) and some terrible food, they were moved to Melbourne and found a series of jobs in factories. They sponsored other family members and formed a small community in the suburb of Box Hill. Livia developed a passion for cooking and sharing food with family and friends in her new found country, despite Australian shop shelves in the 1950s being more about dripping than olive oil. This passion continued in both her daughters but particularly in the youngest, Paola.

Paola has a degree in health care and works part time at Dental Health Services Victoria. The rest of her time is devoted to her passion for Italian food through her blog “Italy on my mind”, cooking classes and food photography.

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