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To Hell and Back: Book Launch

Joe Calendino

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

To Hell and Back: Book Launch

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To Hell and Back Book Launch 17 Oct 2017 $100.00 $6.60

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Join us to celebrate the launch of To Hell and Back: A Former Hells Angels' Story of Ruin and Recoveryby Joe Calendino and Gary Little.

Raise a glass to this remarkable achievement, and a compelling story, at one of the finest Italian restaurants in Vancouver: Federico's Supper Club. 

Guests will enjoy:

  • A limited edition copy of To Hell and Back;

  • A glass of Prosecco upon arrival;

  • A four course dinner, consisting of appetizer, pasta, main course and dessert;

  • Evening entertainment including speeches from authors, Joe Calendino and Gary Little;

  • The opportunity to participate in a 50/50 draw and raffle to raise funds for Yo Bro, Yo Girl.



A gripping portrait of a notorious Vancouver gangster and Hells Angels elite who descended into a life of homelessness and addiction, ultimately redeeming himself through award-winning youth advocacy.

As an outlaw biker living on the fringes of society Joe Calendino travelled the world, relishing the dangerous glamour of the Hells Angels' lifestyle, even committing himself to an elite chapter in the organization: the Nomads Motorcycle Club or "one percenters."

But his life soon spiralled into a world of drugs and debt. A tight noose of addiction began to rule. Eventually frustrated by Calendino's recklessness, the Hells Angels stripped him of membership. In desperation, Calendino spent months in rat-infested crack houses, combing back alleys for anything that might help him get his next fix.

Finding himself on the cusp of death, he gained the support of an unlikely ally, Officer Kevin Torvik, a former high-school buddy on a very different path. Calendino not only recovered but thrived and redefined himself as a community youth leader, eventually winning the Courage to Come Back Award given to individuals who give back after overcoming tremendous adversity.

Told by his trusted former high school counsellor, author and educator Gary Little, To Hell and Back offers a page turning and rarely told perspective on gang life-a remarkable reminder of the power of individual transformation.




Antipasto appetizer 


Insalata della Casa


organic mixed greens, orange slices, shaved fennel, black olives, white balsamic vinaigrette ( v & g ) 


Primo pasta


Penne Pomodoro
penne in a fresh tomato basil sauce ( v )


 Secondi main 



Risotto con Peperoni Arrostiti e Pecorino


risotto with roasted peppers, Pecorino,  Parmigiano Reggiano, crushed local hazelnuts (v & g)



Pollo al Limone e Vino Bianco 


tenderized chicken breast, lemon butter sauce, white wine, fried capers, potato puree, seasonal vegetables




Salmone Grigliato


grilled wild local salmon with a honey mustard glaze, roasted sweet yams, sautéed spinach & cherry tomatoes, white wine butter sauce ( g )



Bistecca alla Griglia


grilled aged sterling flat iron steak, roasted potatoes, red wine reduction, seasonal vegetables (g) 


Dolce dessert


Salame di Cioccolato
Callebaut chocolate disks peppered with cantuccini biscuits, served with berry coulis


Have questions about To Hell and Back: Book Launch? Contact Joe Calendino

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Federico's Supper Club
1728 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4A3

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (PDT)

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