Celebrating Giorgio’s Pasticceria
Oral History Series “Hoboken Is Home” Tells Stories of Diverse Community: Baker, Teacher, Girl Scout Leader
The Hoboken Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, announces the publication of the latest in the series of oral history chapbooks based on the recollections of Hobokenites who arrived from other countries and who made the city home. The latest series is entitled “Hoboken Is Home” and explores ideas of home and community in the Mile Square City as its population has changed over time, carrying along older traditions and creating new traditions with other community members. Each publication will be released during a free launch event at the Museum, and all are now available for viewing on the Museum’s website, www.hobokenmuseum.org.
On Sunday, May 20, 2007, at 4pm, the public is invited to celebrate master pastry chef Giorgio Castiello, who established Giorgio’s Bakery at 1112 Washington Street during the 1970s. The recollections of Mr. Castiello and one of his daughters, Mary Grace, have been edited into an oral history chapbook, It Takes Fifty Years To Be A Chef, copies of which will be distributed to all who attend. The booklet has been printed with support from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state division of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more than three decades now, Mr. Castiello, a master pastry chef, has provided generations of Hobokenites with a wide range of traditional Italian pastries and desserts. Some treats have only been available for a limited period each year, during holidays and feasts, but others, like sfogliatellei and pignoli cookies have been available to tempt all year round. Working alongside his family, he has also produced cookies with names like “Il Blob” and “The Basil Tahan cookie” to please his customers. At the event, Giorgio’s customers are encouraged to offer their own recollections of the bakery at this celebratory event. Refreshments, of course, will be served.