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Italian-inspired menu for Christopher Columbus Day

Honor Italy’s most famous American tourist by creating a menu with patriotic Italian food. Add in wine and you’ll really have a reason to celebrate.

Blue cheese pizza

Christopher Columbus may have been Italian, but he is credited with being the first European to discover America. To celebrate appropriately, blend the two cultures for an Italian feast with an American flare. Be sure to serve plenty of Italian wine and rum since he was a sailor after all.

Red, white and blue bruschetta


  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Balsalmic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 baguette


  1. Dice the tomatoes and mix in a bowl with blueberries, feta cheese crumbles and chopped garlic. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and stir the mixture to combine.
  2. Scoop a spoonful onto slices of baguette and serve.

Red, white and bleu pizza


  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 teaspoons of chopped garlic
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper
  • 1 cup bleu cheese
  • 1 cup caramelized onions
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese


  1. Gently brown garlic in a saute pan with olive oil. Brush pizza crust with olive oil and top with cooked garlic, salt and pepper. Cover the crust with mozzarella cheese and sprinkle the toppings evenly over the top.
  2. Bake according to the instructions for your pizza crust.

Festive gelato

Finish your meal with red, white and blue gelato.

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