The turkey is about gone and the large gathering of family has left, but the kitchen is very much still bustling with a different fragrance of the holidays and that means in just days, the annual Feast of the Seven Fishes will be taking place in downtown Fairmont.
A Family Tradition
My family has a deep connection to the Feast of the Seven Fishes. My mother, Rose Mary Brunetti Tennant was one of the first to participate in feast which honors the American-Italian Christmas tradition of a meal of fish and other seafood. The first feast in Fairmont took place in 2005. My mother spent hours preparing her pita pita and other Italian pastries just as her mother had before her. After my mother died in 2011, I wanted to continue the tradition of participating in the Feast.
You can learn more about my family’s Pita Piata tradition including the family recipe by visiting www.pitapiatas.com
The Tradition Continues
Just as my mother did and her mother did before her, I continue on the tradition and teach the next generation about this family tradition that has spanned generations. I use the same ingredients, the same roller pin and passion my mother taught me. This year, my 89 year old father helped out along with my nephew, Thaddeus.
All of this is to prepare for the Feast of the Seven Fishes which takes place Dec. 9 from 11:00 to 5:00 in downtown Fairmont.
Stop by our booth and say hello. We don’t do this to make money, we do it to make memories. My brother Jonathan and I will be there sharing our Italian treats and stories of making Pita Piata.