On September 8, 2013 my son Joseph and his wife Sara and their three daughters, Abbie, Lucia and Nora welcomed baby Rosemary “Rosie” Sarabel Kirmser. I was thrilled to be with them for ten days to help their family with their precious new arrival. What a joy for Grampy and Nonni! Soon Rosie will be making meatballs with me!
Since I have returned to the Cucina Casalinga kitchen it has been humming with fall classes. PepsiCo. brought 14 of their staff to participate in a team building event and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of their team members. It was an unforgettable evening! We would love to design a special hands-on event for your corporate team. In addition to the class there is always a sit-down meal based on the fruits of your labor. Book early – the corporate class calendar fills up quickly.
The fall class schedule celebrates classic Italian menus: A Tuscan Harvest Dinner on Oct. 16th features roasted pork loin and potatoes infused with the flavors of fresh rosemary and sage and tiramisu` velocce – a quick version of everyone’s favorite Tuscan dessert. On Oct. 22nd we’re making Soulful Comfort Soups from Tuscany. Ribollita and pasta fagioli will be served with a Sicilian sausage-stuffed focaccia and yummy apple fritters for the dolci.
When I was a young mother, my Mom taught me how to make dinners I could prepare in advance and heat through in the evening. Join us Oct. 29th and learn to make fabulous meatloaf and Parmesan mashed potato pie with a side dish of steamed broccoli smothered in sautéed breadcrumbs. It’s a winning menu for busy families and the chocolate-chocolate chip cake will wow your kids!
On Nov. 6th we are showcasing another of our popular Italian-American classes: Penne alla Vodka, Giambotta – oven roasted sausage and peppers with onions and plum tomatoes, my Grandfather Tony’s crispy baked bread with oregano and extra-virgin olive oil and my personal favorite dessert – Bomboletti di Ricotta – deep fried ricotta puffs drizzled with warm Sicilian honey and lemon.
Save the date for our annual Osso Buco class on the evening of Nov. 12th. You’ll love making these braised and slow-cooked veal shanks accompanied by creamy polenta with mascarpone and topped with crumbled Gorgonzola! An easy fallen chocolate cake completes this great entertaining menu.
December 4th meet Maria Sanchez, from Sweet Maria's in Waterbury will be our special December Guest! Join Sanchez, author of six Italian baking cookbooks including, “The New Lasagna”, for a demo class with some of Maria’s holiday tiny and tasty treats from her new cookbook – “Small Sweet and Italian”.
Sally will prepare a light lunch, served after the class each participant will receive an autographed copy of her newest cookbook – perfect for holiday gifts!
I’m very excited about sharing all of the recipes on the fall schedule – many from my family and my wonderful chefs in Italy. Join us for some really authentic Italian recipes – your families will be thrilled with the great meals you will prepare for them. See you in the kitchen.
P.S. Book your private and corporate team building events now – our calendar fills up quickly – especially in the fall!
Corporate cooking classes
makes for a memorable evening!
Sally Maraventano will arrange a spectacular culinary event for your corporate team or unique group. Her hands-on regional Italian home-style cooking classes in her state-of-the-art kitchen offer a great opportunity to reward a job well done or a venue to break the ice and bring corporate teams together.
Start planning an extraordinary cooking experience for your team today!
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So much more fun than just
going out to eat!
Clients and employees love it!
Corporate/group classes attendees
“Thank you for making this experience for our clients and us unbelievable!
You went out of your way to make this a memorable event together!”
- Morgan Stanley
“Thank you for a wonderful meal. I am so glad we chose to come here and cook
with you instead of having dinner in a restaurant. I definitely learned things about
cooking and I am looking forward to cooking at home!”
- Ernst & Young
“Sally and Vicki,
Thank you so very much for a wonderful day! Our clients were thoroughly
pleased and we all enjoyed every moment.”
- Robert Reby & Co. Inc.
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Adult classes attendees
“Thank you for such a wonderful and warm experience. I had such a great time with you,
my sisters and the others you welcomed into your home and gorgeous kitchen. I will be
sure to enjoy these recipes forever as well as the memory of the evening we spent here
with you! I will certainly come back foe another delicious meal".
- Sue F.
Once again, such a wonderful evening was had by all. Thank you for making my husband’s
birthday gift so memorable. We’ll be back yet again.”
- Lori C.
“Multi Bene! Thank you for a wonderful experience. We learned a lot and enjoyed our
time with you thoroughly.”
- Jack B.
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