Barefoot in Luxembourg meets People: Federica

I am terribly late with my blogging schedule – I know and I am sorry! I was really not able to stay behind my blog in the last period due to several different issues I might talk a bit  in the future posts and I apology for that. I hope things are going better in the next weeks and I can make it up the ton of posts I have saved in draft or still to edit. In the meanwhile, find another chapter of our series Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people that was recorded few months ago. We will meet Federica, who was already in charge of few guest blogger’s posts at the beginning of Barefoot in Luxembourg adventure.

Hello Federica and welcome to Barefoot in Luxembourg for our readers’ favorite series “Barefoot in Luxembourg meets people”. We are glad of having you here today.

My pleasure.

Let’s start talking about you, can you tell us quickly about your background?

I arrived in Luxembourg almost 3 years ago working for a European project, I was supposed to stay only 3 months.. and at the end I am still here working, for another European institution!  I think Luxembourg has really a great potential and I love the international side of this tiny country. For this reason, combined with a boring routine, me and two others friends, Matteo and Alessandro, started in 2014 to organize events. That is how Aperinetwork was born. In the beginning, we were just a bunch of friends with a common view: building a network of young professionals and expats mixed with best clubs in town, music, aperitivo Italian style (that means free food buffet) and cool sponsors. I have to admit, it was not easy in the beginning because the concept of free food during an afterwork s not so common in Luxembourg, but we have the chance to work with some professional partners as WhiteHouse by Kader, Hitch and Jakob’s House where the service is on top. We also have to thank our main sponsor, who believed in us since the beginning: Bernard-Massard who contributes to the “sparkling” side of our events.

What do you enjoy mostly about your Aperinetwork adventure?

I am really happy on how Aperinetwork is growing, many other people joined us also in other cities: Turin and Barcelona. We are developing a kind of brand to share in other cities (Dubai and Paris coming soon). I love the idea of the project and for me it’s the social part like meeting new people, organizing the event and make it glamorous. Hope to do more and to continue to improve.

Which one has been so far the best Aperinetwork event?

The last event at White House by Kader was great, the Back to the Future party and of course always the next one.. Be ready for our Christmas party at Jakob’s House on December 9th!


What are Aperinetwork plans for the future?

As I already told you, organizing here in Luxembourg also in new location and with new concepts, as we did for the brunch at the golf club of Junglinster once and spreading the idea of the brand in other cities, building a wider network (check our website www.aperinetwork.com and the Linkedin page)

Let’s move back to your Luxembourg life, you said you have been living here for 3 years now.

Yes, time is flying!

What is your most beloved place in the city?

The Kikuoka country club, best place to relax surrounded by nature.

What is your favorite restaurant in Luxembourg?

Le Sud, I really like that place. For sushi I like Aka in the city centre, you must try the “plateau special” there. I also love the small restaurants like the Greek Ambrosia and Aal Veinen in Vianden.

What is your preferred night-life spot in Luxembourg?

I like Steiler, Palais and De Gudde Wellen where I usually go with my housemates.

What do you like about Luxembourg life?

Great chance to land your perfect job, a lot of young professionals but also some nice places lost in the countryside where you can relax. I love horse riding and this is an amazing place to do it.

What would you change or improve?

More events, more new restaurants, more shops are always welcome. I would like to see all the shops open at least until 19.30 everyday.

What is the best place you visited in a range of 200 km from the city and that you would suggest for a daily trip?

I really like the Castles in Luxembourg, Vianden is one my favorite but I suggest also the “Chateau de La Grange” in France.

What is the best adjective to describe Luxembourg?

International

If you want to meet Federica, join Aperinetwork Christmas Party tonight December 9th at Jakob’s House.  Barefoot in Luxembourg will be also there!

Aperinetwork, the Italian way of Aperif, at White House

Aperinetwork” embarked in 2014 through the initiative of three Italian guys – Federica, Alessandro and Matteo – who wanted to import the “aperitivo” into the Luxembourg nightlife culture. Some bars offered already a combination of tapas or small bites afterwork, but if you have ever been to Milan, for example, you clearly noted the difference. Moreover, Aperinetwork aims to create a less formal bound among foreign people living in Luxembourg, giving the possibility to new expats to enlarge their network and spend some quality time not bothering about work related troubles.

The Aperinetwork events took place in various locations in the past (Apotheka, Steiler, Conter..) and recently, for the last two events, they have found their home at White House by Kader.

The concept is more or less always the same: reduced price drinks and Italian food buffet, plus funny music as background.

Yesterday evening the White House was totally sold out. We luckily arrived a bit before the start of the evening – that was planned at 7.30 pm – and all the tables were already occupied. We had our drink at 50% off (Hendricks Tonic at 7 Euro instead of 14, Red Wine 4.5 Euro instead of 9) and watching the main room becoming more and more busy. We hadn’t indeed the pleasure to try the buffet: you can clearly see that free buffet is not in the Luxembourg culture as, as soon as it opened, it looked like the bread distribution in a Third World country. Calm down people, this is not your dinner, it is supposed to be an appetizer to avoid getting drunk and keep on drinking….  The concept is probably not yet clear to the most and we refused to fight to get a pizza bite. Instead, we relaxed in the smoking room on the second floor, one of the best thing at White House – that avoid you, above all during the winter season, to get a cold outside if you wish to smoke.

The evening was really pleasant: it is a good way to reconnect with people you are not seeing for long. I (mostly) stopped partying hard during the working week, but Aperinetwork is one of the event I always like to attend, as it is fresh, a bit posh and an unusual and valid alternative for few drinks afterwork.

For being updated on next events, like Aperinetwork page on Facebook:

Aperinetwork Luxembourg

Check out also White House next events and features:

White House Luxembourg
17b rue des Bains,
L-1212 Luxembourg

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