2014 is off to a great start! Together with Kathleen Mackintosh, of The Culinarium Cupboard, we conducted three successful, sold out events: Pasta 101, Scotch & Cheese Tasting and Sausage Making. For our cooking classes we’ve partnered with Irpinia Kitchens, in Mount Pleasant Village, and have enjoyed working in their state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with all the appliances, bells and whistles I wish I had at home! It’s a phenomenal treat to work in such a beautifully designed kitchen. For our Cheese & Spirit Tastings we’ve partnered with Grano Ristorante, also in the neighbourhood on Yonge just north of Davisville. It is always a pleasure to work with owner, Roberto Martella. Every one of our guests at last week’s scotch and cheese tasting had great compliments about the ambiance, food and fun.
Now it’s time for Risotto!
The next cooking class will be February 19: RISOTTO FOR THE SEASONS. Having had the fortunate opportunity to work with Gabriele Ferron “Italy’s Rice Ambassador to the World” at many shows and events, including the LCBO’s, I have learned to make risotto in the unique way practiced by Gabriele. Also working with Fred Alonzi of Wine & More, who is the importer, I am able to supply to my sausage customers the line of Ferron products.
In the risotto class we will use the rice flour to make crispy vegetable tempura, discover the unique characteristics of Vialone Nano and Carnaroli rice, make condiments for the risotto with seasonal ingredients, and also make a dessert — rice flour crepes… And, and as usual there will be a few surprises and a little music.
Spring in the County
For my County Amici: I am very excited to start another year doing sausage-making classes with Cynthia Peters at From the Farm Cooking School in Prince Edward County. The first class is on March 15. Check out the fantastic lineup!
Cynthia’s classes are amazing. They are on Saturdays and take all morning and part of the afternoon. I love the “not rushed atmosphere” in her beautiful century home kitchen studio…and Cynthia’s hospitality and knowledge of all things “County” make it a memorable experience.