Florence – History and Cuisine


NABB Special Events Presents: A History and Culinary Virtual Evening:
Florence and the Glorious Renaissance of Catherine de Medici

Photo Credit Lauren A Birmingham

Please join NABB Special Events on Wed. Jan 20th at 7:00 for an hour-long special virtual evening walking in the footsteps of Catherine de Medici and celebrating the glorious Florentine Renaissance – an explosion of food and art! Our speaker is Lauren Birmingham Piscitelli, owner of Cooking Vacations in Italy and Birmingham Public Relations. The evening will feature the best of Florence’s food and art in a one-of-a-kind cooking and cultural experience.

We will join Lauren on a  tour through Florence and discover the roots of this city which started in the glorious Renaissance era, when Italy was blossoming with new ideas. Catherine de Medici was marrying King Henry II and introducing her Italian cooking style, chefs, and ingredients to the French Court. We will even create one of Catherine’s favorite Renaissance biscotti and discuss some of Florence’s Renaissance treasures. While we sip and swirl, we will be baking too! Baking ingredients are flour, sugar, red wine, canola oil, and baking powder. Tie on your apron for an informal discussion on Catherine de Medici, while learning a simple Renaissance recipe.

There is no charge for this event. If you would like to attend please RSVP to specialevents@nabbonline.org.

Hope to see you there!


Have you ever wondered:
What must a city actually DO to get to a Carbon Free Future?

Come to our second Climate Action Webinar to learn more about Boston’s Forward-Thinking Answer

TOPIC: “BERDO and Beyond… “
BERDO – Boston Emissions Reporting Disclosure Ordinance – is a transformative carbon reduction piece of legislation filed in City Council on June 16. The Council voted unanimously to approve taking the next step, which is to hold a public hearing.



Councilor Matt O’Malley, City Council President, author of the original BERDO in 2013; Chief sponsor of this new version
Allison Brezius, Director of Climate and Environmental Planning, the City of Boston
Loie Hayes, Representing Green Energy Consumers; BCAN-Boston Climate Action Network; BCEC-Boston Clean Energy Coalition
Moderator, Michael McCord, Chair, NABB Green Committee

DATE: Tuesday, August 3
TIME: 4:00 pm to -5:15 pm with lots of time for a Q&A

RSVP: By Tues Aug 3 to receive the Zoom link for the webinar.

A reminder will be sent to registrants 10 minutes before the webinar begins

Boston in Transit

Thursday, February 3, 7 pm – on Zoom

Please join us on Thursday, February 3rd at 7 pm, as transit historian and local author Steven Beaucher discusses his recent book, Boston in Transit. He will be focusing on topics of interest to us in the Back Bay.

Boston in Transit tells the story of Boston’s development and growth through the lens of public transportation, starting with a simple ferry carrying English colonists through the arrival of steam trains and fleets of electric streetcars and buses, to the creation and evolution of the MBTA. Steven will lead us through highlights of public transit in Boston from 1630 through the present day.

In addition to being an author and transit historian, Steven is also a map expert and the proprietor of WardMaps on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.

This is a free presentation, but please email specialevents@nabbonline.org to register by the cutoff date of Tuesday, February 1st. A Zoom link for the presentation will be emailed to you before the presentation on February 3rd.

We are looking forward to seeing you then.

Boston Athenaeum Tour 1pm, March 5

We look forward to seeing you on our tour of the Boston Athenaeum.  In order to help us keep track of the attendees, would you please purchase your tickets one at a time.  We understand that this is a bit cumbersome on your part, but it helps to make sure we do not overbook the tours.  Thank you for your understanding.  Please complete this form to register and submit your payment (by either Paypal or credit card) for this event.

Athenaeum Tour 1pm

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Saturday, March 5, 1:00pm.




A LIVE Walking Tour of the Back Bay

Monday, September 13, 5:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you on our tour of Commonwealth Avenue Mall.  The tour will last about 90 minutes, followed by a gathering (optional) at the Summer Shack.

Please complete this form to register and submit your payment (by either Paypal or credit card) for this event.

We're sorry, but this event is sold-out. Please email specialevents@nabbonline.org to be put on the waiting list

NABB Annual Meeting

NABB’s Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday September 22, 2021.  Please click here for details.