Upcoming Events

    • February 01, 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    Photos | Diane Dias, Esther del Rosario

    Join us for our annual traditional Portuguese Cold Crab Dinner Fundraiser & Dessert Auction on Saturday, February 1st. Under the direction of wine country renown Chef Manuel Azevedo we do it the "old-fashioned way." We receive fresh live crab the morning of the event, and cook, clean, and crack the crab at the Center.

    Tickets for tables of 8 are now on sale. There are only 22 premium tables available in the ballroom. Additional tables are available in our smaller dining room. This event sells out every year and we have already sold over 50% of the ballroom, so don't miss out! Proceeds from the Crab dinner and Dessert Auction underwrite the expense of our Holy Ghost Festa.

    Buy Tickets Now

    Time: Doors and Bar open at 5:30 pm and dinner is served at 7:00 pm.

    Premium Tables in the Ballroom: 
    $550 per table — B
    uy a table for friends and family (seats 8). Seating preference given by purchase date.

    Tables in the Dining Room: 
    $500 per table —
     Tables seat 8. Dining Room is adjacent to main ballroom.

    Individuals: Tickets are $75 per person. Individual tickets go on sale after 12/31/19, if available, and will be in the dining room.

    Dinner Menu: Includes appetizers, Portuguese style green salad with roasted sweet peppers, garlic buttered pasta with Sao Jorge cheese, and our delicious cold cracked fresh crab. Traditional red cocktail sauce and fresh lemon provided. You are welcome to bring any other sauce or condiment you prefer to have with your crab.

    No-Host Bar: We have a great selection of wines, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. Since this is a fundraising event to support our Annual Holy Ghost Festa, bringing in your own wine is discouraged. If you choose to bring your own wine, we will request a donation as a "corkage fee."

    Dessert Silent Auction: We welcome cake or dessert donations to be auctioned during dinner (some gluten-free baked goods welcome). It's a fun way to show off your baking talent and offer our guests a delicious dessert — all while supporting a good cause. Please include a description of the dessert and the name of the baker to provide on the auction sheet.

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    Notes: Dinner prices subject to increase after 1/1/20,
    depending on the market rate for live crab. 
    Sorry, no refunds, no ice chests allowed, absolutely NO doggy bags, 
    and no menu substitutions available.

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    We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    • February 07, 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center
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    To kick off the new year, on Friday, February 7th, 2020, we will have a very special Portuguese Douro Valley Port & Wine Tasting provided by Rachel Farah, owner of Rachel Farah Selections, and Kay Bouchard, owner of Quinta do Tedo (Douro Valley). Wines and ports will be paired with a few simple and select petiscos (appetizers) for the tasting. (Please note that the bar will not be open that evening.)

    In this private tasting, Rachel and Kay enlighten us on the wines and ports of the Douro Valley, and the history and contemporary movements making Portugal one of the most exciting wine growing regions on the planet. We will even try one of the newest entrants into the official Port category - the very rare, Port rose!

    Rachel Farah Selections is a boutique Portuguese wine and olive oil importer based in the Bay Area. She travels to Portugal to source wine from small independent family farmers making artisanal organic wine and olive oil. Rachel runs an online wine and olive oil boutique and Portuguese wine club with delivery to your door.

    Quinta do Tedo, one of Rachel Farah's newest selections, is located in the heart of Portugal's Douro Valley, surrounded by terraced vineyards that climb above the meeting of the Douro and Tedo rivers. It is a family-owned Quinta dating back to the 18th century.

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    No need to bring any food—we will provide light appetizers for
    our guests. So that we can plan attendance for our presenters,
    please RSVP and reserve your spot by February 1st. *Members must be up-to-date on this year's membership before registering.

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    When | 6:30 pm - 7 pm | Nosh & Welcome Wine
    7 pm - 8:15 pm | Presentation with Tastings
    8:15 pm - 9 pm | Socializing Hour

    Who | IDESST Members & their Guests

    Cost | IDESST Members* | $10
    Members Guests | $15

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    • February 07, 2020
    • December 07, 2020
    • 5 sessions
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    When: Our Happy Hour Sip & Savor is held the First Friday of "even" numbered months from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, except during our summer recess, July - August.

    Who: IDESST members and their guests 

    What: We’d like to invite you to a fun potluck and a few hours of camaraderie, refreshing beverages, and delectable nibbles.

    Beverages will be available at the bar for all members at our new, and quite reasonable member prices.

    • February 09, 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • May 03, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center

    New Children's Classes! We are continuing our successful classes specifically for children. See below for all details.

    Complete your enrollment now for our 10-week course and receive a complimentary* textbook and course materials, as well as exclusive discounts to other excellent learning resources!

    * Visit our language class page for all the details on complimentary textbooks

    Class Levels / Times

    We offer four levels of classes:

    • Children (ages 7 - 12, all proficiency levels):   1 – 2:00pm
    • Beginning Adults (13+):   2:30 – 4:00pm
    • Intermediate Adults (13+):   4:00 – 5:30pm
    • Advanced Adults (13+):    5:30 – 7:00pm

    Sundays, from February 9th through May 3rd, 2020.

    Not sure which class best suits your level? Enroll where you think you best fit, then attend any of the classes on the first day and change your level if desired.

    Class Dates

    The session runs for 10 weeks, but there will be three breaks / skipped weekend(s) during the session. 

    • February:  9, 16, 23
    • March: 1, 8, 15, 22 - no class March 29
    • April:  5, 19 - no classes April 12 and 26
    • May:  3
    Class Fees / Details

    Visit the fees section of our language page for all the details regarding fees, complimentary textbooks, class structure, etc.

    Falamos Português!


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Photo | © Diane Dias

The Story of
Queen Isabel

In the late 13th century during a severe famine throughout Portugal, a compassionate Queen Isabel was determined to help her starving subjects. Legend has it that during her efforts she was confronted by the very harsh King Diniz while crossing the royal courtyard with crown jewels (in some versions of the story it was bread) hidden in her apron.

The King asked the Queen what she was carrying in her apron, and she responded “roses” although it was mid-winter and none were blooming. But when her apron was opened for the king’s inspection, the jewels had been miraculously converted to roses. The miracle allowed the Queen to continue to sell her jewelry to feed the starving Portuguese population.


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