Thursday, September 18, 2014

Middletown Arts Center Presents Savor the Arts Series of Cultural Experiences

Series Begins With Celebration of Italian Culture Through Cuisine and Performance, November 14 – 16

Middletown, NJ (September 18, 2014) – Starting in November 2014, the Middletown Arts Center (MAC), located at 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ, will offer a unique way to enjoy artistic experiences from around the globe with Savor the Arts, a series of culture-specific events that blend performances with culinary tastings, exhibits, workshops, armchair travel presentations and more. Patrons will have the opportunity to enjoy engaging activities that bring a particular culture to life.

Each multi-sensory weekend will be a mini-cultural immersion meant to educate and entertain. The Savor the Arts series begins with a celebration of Italian culture from November 14 – 16. Events include armchair travel presentations on the Almafi Coast and Puglia, as well as culinary tastings, a Paint and Sip Workshop featuring an Italian scene, an exquisite presentation of Italian art and music, and the Off-Broadway One-Man Production “Blood-Type: Ragu.” Information regarding the events will be posted on

“Blood-Type: Ragu,” written and performed by actor/playwright Frank Ingrasciotta, will debut at the Arts Center on Saturday, November 15. Ingrasciotta gives a tour-de-force one-man performance in this funny and tender coming-of-age story exploring the first-generation American's delicate dance between culture and identity. The actor plays more than 20 characters who live, love and laugh in this fast-paced journey that is both comedic and dramatic. The New York Times has called it, "A garrulous and enlightening production with a lasting rewarding flavor.”

As part of the series, the Middletown Arts Center will produce the Savor the Arts Cookbook featuring Italian recipes from the Middletown Township community. The public is asked to visit and log in to submit their recipes, using the username MAC2014 and password fresh185. Only 150 recipes will be included in the cookbook. The deadline for recipe submission is October 1, 2014. Advertising space is available in the cookbook as well.

This celebration of Italian art and culture is made possible by support from individuals and local businesses. For information on a range of sponsorship packages that include participation and marketing communication options please contact Jen Packer at

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