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Education Abroad Office Hosts Italian Cooking Class With il Giorgione


In 1982, USC student George Kessler studied abroad in Urbino, Italy, and it forever changed his life. Coming from an Italian-American family, Kessler was always interested in Italian culture, and his study abroad experience in Urbino allowed him to experience Italy firsthand and explore the language, history, film and cuisine. While in Italy, Kessler became immersed in the local culture, living with Italians and even hosting a radio show on the Urbino station.

Kessler’s time abroad in Italy influenced him so much, that he and his wife Monica opened an Italian restaurant here in Columbia, il Giorgione. Il Giorgione, located on Devine Street, has become a local favorite and serves authentic Italian food inspired by Kessler’s travels throughout the different regions of Italy.

George and Monica Kessler are collaborating with the USC Education Abroad Office to host an event aimed at encouraging more USC students to study in Italy. On Monday, November 13, from 5-7pm in the International House at Maxcy College demonstration kitchen, Kessler will show students how to make fresh, homemade mozzarella cheese. Il Giorgione will also provide a dinner of pasta, salad and bread for student attendees.

During the mozzarella-making event, Kessler will share stories, photos and music from his time abroad in Italy. Representatives from the USC Education Abroad Office and SAI Programs will be on hand to discuss study abroad opportunities in Italy, including the Global USC in Italy: Languages, Arts & Humanities program, which is open to all USC students and offers the opportunity to earn 3, 6 or 9 USC credit hours while studying in beautiful Siena, Italy May 11-31, 2018.

Mozzarella cooking class supplies are limited to the first 15 students who RSVP, but all USC students are welcome to observe the demonstration and join us for the free pasta dinner and discussion. To RSVP, or for more information, contact: Rebecca D’Attilio,, 803-777-7557.

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