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Late Summer 2015

Cari Amici,

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful summer; full of parties, graduations, outdoor projects, vacations and family time.  We have been blessed with beautiful weather.  Our gardens are producing a wonderful abundance of produce and we are out there every day picking all of the fresh vegetables and herbs.  This is such a great time of year for cooking garden to table.  The freshness of these foods makes everything taste so delicious!  I am certain that we will all miss our gardens when the season is over.

Private Group & Corporate Classes
Things will soon be changing at Cucina Casalinga.  We have many private and corporate classes scheduled for the fall.  I plan to concentrate more on these types of group classes in the future.  If you see a posted class, via an email or on the website, that appeals to you please sign up!  I encourage those of you with gift certificates to book a class as soon as possible.  You can also organize your own group for a wonderful cooking and dining experience.  Eight is the minimum number to book a private class.

We are delighted to be hosting classes for the Wounded Warriors and their families and I look forward to a special luncheon class with a mom and her four children!

Wednesday, August 26, popular Pizza Class has a few spots left!
Our fall classes will be posted in the next two weeks but we still have a few spots left for our Pizza Class on the Patio, Wednesday evening, August 26th.  The homemade pizza will be baked outdoors in our Tuscan brick oven.  A true taste of Italy!

Our 2015 week long Kids Cook Italian Camp was fabulous and we had full enrollment.  I love working with these kids, as many of them have great affection for cooking and are quite talented.  In addition to learning and cooking Italian food, we were joined by a special guest chef, Maria Sanchez, owner of Sweet Maria’s Bakery in Waterbury.   She taught the kids the art of fondant and cake decorating.  Each of the kids went home with a full size decorated cake of their own creation to share with their families.

So much joy can be found in cooking with a loved one or a special friend.  It is the ultimate experience in the kitchen.  My mom and I were lifetime cooking partners joyfully preparing meals together for our extended families especially at the holidays! 

Until we cook again, enjoy fresh tomatoes, basil and all of the glorious produce grown this time of year! Balbina, Gina and I hope you enjoy these wonderful warm and sunny days!

Buona Cucina,



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We enjoyed having students from the Forman School on a chilly day in the beginning of March. The students participated in a hands-on class and thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful foods that they prepared.

Hello Sally,
Once more I would like to thank you for a wonderful day that was spent last week. The students continue to rave about the food and we plan to make Risotto on Thursday following your recipe. We are looking forward to working with you next year because I plan to lead another 2 week culinary cooking class. Million thanks. Regards, Murielle


Cucina Casalinga featured in Natural Awakenings

Cucina Casalinga featured in August 2014 Natural Awakenings,
“An Italian Garden Feast” and recipe appear on pages 42 and 43.
Magazine is available at Mrs. Green's Natural Market and many
other Fairfield County, Connecticut businesses.

Sally Maraventano Celebrates 32 Years of
Home-style Cooking at Cucina Casalinga!


We need your help with a new cookbook...
we want to include YOUR favorites!

How many recipes have we prepared together in my kitchen in the last 32 years? It is time to write a cookbook featuring the best of my family recipes and those that I have developed for Cucina Casalinga. I would love for those of you to share your favorite titles and maybe a few lines about why you have made them part of your family and entertaining menus. A cookbook is not only about recipes but also about memories and stories that evolve from making those recipes. There would be no cooking school without all of you so please help me to make this cookbook a really special anthology of home-style Italian cooking at its best!

It's easy! Just email me at or send me a note at
   PO Box 7714
   Wilton, CT 06897


Corporate cooking classes
makes for a memorable evening!

Cucina Casalinga
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!
Read more or call for details!

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
Cucina Casalinga Adult Cooking Classes

“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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