For those of you who love authentic Italian food but aren't able to visit Italy this year, come to Montemaggiore and learn to make their tasty regional specialties for yourself. Each class in the series will focus on the regional cuisine from a different area in Italy.
The vivacious Chef Gloria DeMaria will be your guide during these hands-on classes. She travels to Italy each year gathering new ideas, cooking side-by-side with celebrated chefs as well as village homemakers who have become her friends, using recipes handed down generation after generation. At home in the Bay Area, she has been giving Italian cooking classes for many years—including running the Cook Sonoma school here in Healdsburg.
On March 30, you'll learn about the wonderful foods of Calabria, "the toe of the boot" in Italy. Among several other dishes, we'll make:
Pasta con Sugo di Costate di Maile (pasta with short ribs)
Zeppole con Alici e Uvetta (Fried dough with Anchovies and Raisins)
On May 18, we'll explore Puglia, the land of wheat and bread. This meal features Linguine ai Frutti di Mare (seafood linguini), along with
Crocchette di Patate alla Menta (Potato Croquettes with Mint)
Insalata con Crescione e Fragola (Strawberry and Watercress Salad)
Fave e Cicoria (Pureed Fava Beans with steamed Greens—Puglia's most popular dish, which tastes much better than it sounds!)
Crostata di Limone (lemon tart)
On July 20, we move to Gloria's "second home" on the Amalfi Coast and Naples. This meal will include:
Caponata con Pere e Uvetta (Caponata with Pears and Golden Raisins)
Calamari Fritti con Limone e Peperoncino (Fried Calamari with Lemon and Chilies)
Risotto al Limone (lemon risotto)
Pesce all'Acqua Pazza ("crazy water" fish)
Baba al Limoncello (small Yeast Cakes with Lemon Liqueur)
On September 14, we'll focus on the foods of Umbria. The menu includes:
Crostini al paté di Olive Nere (Black olive, Orange and Fennel Crostini)
Vermicelli al Pomodoro Frescho (Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes)
Pesce al forno con Pomodori Arrostiti (baked Fish with roasted Tomatoes)
Bignè con crema alla vaniglia (Pastry Puffs with Vanilla Cream)
For our final class of the year on November 2 concentrates on Tuscany. On the menu is:
Terrina di Lepre con Rosmarino (Rosemary-infused Rabbit Rillettes)
Pasta al Ragu di Cinghiale e Olive (Pasta with braised Boar and Olives)
Torta di Nonna (Grandmother's Tart with Pine Nuts and Pastry Cream)
Not only will you enjoy Gloria's fun-loving personality, but you will learn how to turn simple Italian dishes into gourmet marvels that look and taste unforgettable. After the hands-on portion of the class, we will all sit down to eat our creations along with perfectly paired Montemaggiore wines. You'll go home inspired, with flavorful new recipes and an appreciation for Italian regional culture—perhaps even a few new Italian words!
Each class is held on Sunday, starting at 11am in Healdsburg and generally finishing up around 4pm. Space is limited to 12 people for each class so be sure to make your reservations early. The cost is $95 per person (in order to keep costs down, there will be no Wine Club member discounts).