‘It’s a fun time’: Italian bake sale brings sweets for Christmas

Lina Campisi and Maria Scarpelli making spaghetti sauce during the Catholic Women’s League’s 2020 Italian Christmas bake sale. (Courtesy of Rosanne Anselmo)Lina Campisi and Maria Scarpelli making spaghetti sauce during the Catholic Women’s League’s 2020 Italian Christmas bake sale. (Courtesy of Rosanne Anselmo)

The Catholic Women’s League (CWL) is putting on its Italian Christmas bake sale again this year to raise money for their initiatives, in particular for the Fernie Family Centre bathrooms and the Salvation Army food bank.

Led by their main chef, Lina Campisi, the group plans begin the baking extravaganza.

“We enjoy getting together to bake. It’s a fun time,” said Rosanne Anselmo, a member of the CWL who is helping head the fundraiser.

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On the menu is an array of goodies, most of which originate from southern Italy. Those who are interested will have a choice of: Pizzelle ($20), which is a traditional Italian waffle cookie from flour, eggs, sugar and butter; Scalilli ($20), a twisted or braided deep fried dough coated with honey; Turdilli ($20), another deep fried dough coated with honey; Biscotti ($20), a homemade Italian almond biscuit; Mustazzoli ($30), an Italian honey-flavoured dough that dates back to the days of the Romans.

According to the bake sale poster, the sweet treats range from “melt in your mouth” to “yummy” to “flavourful.”

Campisi’s special spaghetti sauce will also be an option, with a choice of marinara ($20) or meat ($25).

“We’ve been taking orders. We have quite a few orders already,” Anselmo said.

Similar to last year, the money raised is planned to go towards hands-free wash stations in the Fernie Family Centre, which is a part of the Holy Family Church.

They want to try to increase sanitation at the centre, especially in light of COVID, and get it “up to date with how they do them nowadays.”

They also anticipate donating funds to the Salvation Army food bank, which they also did last year, Anselmo said.

The previous fundraiser brought in about $4,000. They were “shocked” by that, she said.

They hope to bring in the same amount this year.

“Or more, you know. More is always good.”

The CWL bakers plan to be creating their tasty goods up until Dec. 15. To place an order, call 250-423-6127, or text 403-923-0443 or 250-423-7290.

Anselmo thanked Fernie and the surrounding communities for their support.

“We can’t do it without you guys.”

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