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Spring 2016

Cari Amici,

Spring has arrived!  The temperatures are rising and the bulbs are blooming!

My husband Ralph has added two raised beds and a compost drum to his already large vegetable garden; (watch our postings so that you can join us for our famous stuffed and deep fried zucchini blossoms in early summer).  I am so looking forward to the abundance of vegetables that he will grow!  It is also time to uncover the fountain and prepare the herb garden for planting.  Happily the chives are already tall enough to use now, and the wild fennel fronds will be ready for our Fast and Fresh Spring Pasta Sauces class on May 3rd.

There are just two spots left in Chef Mike Garaghty’s Knife Skills Class on Tuesday April 12th and a few spots left in one of my favorite classes All About Risotto on Wednesday, April 27th.  

Start celebrating Mother’s day early with our special Elegant and Easy Salmon Menu on Friday, May 6th.  In honor of all “moms”, our attendees at this class will receive a special gift!

On the evening of May 11th, Marina Marchese, the honey expert and founder of Red Bee of Weston, will take us on a journey in our Taste of Honey class.  Her lecture will be accompanied by tastings of a variety of honeys that will be paired with Italian cheeses, small plates, Prosecco and red wine.  This class would also be a very special Mother’s Day gift!

Our special Veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project return on May 17th for a knife skills class, taught by Chef Mike of Wusthof.  Another action packed evening of dicing, slicing and chopping, featuring a grilled chicken menu, pasta with broccoli and pesto and plenty of vegetables.  The group returns on May 24th to prepare a menu of delicious, nutritious and easy pasta dishes.  This class concludes their six weeks of interactive nutritional programs and hands-on cooking.  We are honored to be able to interact with these brave men and women as they hone and fine tune their cooking skills.

A Summer Picnic – Zuppe and Panini is on Wednesday, June 8th.  Suppli alla Romana “Rice Balls” and Muffaletta are on the menu!

Lastly, our three day mini intensive Kids Camp is at the end of June this year, the 28th to the 30th, and there are just three spots left so don’t miss out!

Until we meet again, Balbina, Gina and I wish you an abundance of springtime happiness!

Sally Maraventano

Chef Mike Garaghty of Wusthof
Guest Chef Mike Garaghty of Wusthof demonstrating knife skills


Wed., April 27
One of Sally’s favorite classes. Learn the art of making perfect Risotto.

Tues., May 3
Create beautiful and delicious fresh pasta sauces.  Turn your weeknight meals up a notch with these great recipes!

Fri., May 6th
A wonderful menu to share with the “mom” in your life!  ALL ATTENDEES WILL GET A MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FROM SALLY!

Wed., May 11
We are so excited to have honey expert and beekeeper Marina Marchese join us for an educational evening and tastings of a variety of honey’s to be paired with delicious foods.  Not to be missed!

May 17 & May 24
Knife skilles class taught by Chef Mike of Wustof

Wed., June 8
Zuppe and Panini - featuring soup, rice balls and Muffaletta! 


Gift Certificates are available all year round to present to your loved ones, friends and family. This unique, wonderful gift makes for a delicious and fun filled evening!

We love hosting corporate and private parties so don’t forget to book your event soon!



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