Our Seasonal Entertaining Series provides you with the guide you need to throw off a fantastic, sparkling event for your amici e famiglia! Learn how to cook with the love and understanding behind the stove of an Italian, as we get swept around the Tuscan table, working with the pure freshness of Mediterranean ingredients. Savor the sweetness of figs in an Italian soda, and find favor with lovage syrup mingling seamlessly with prosecco- both of which you’ll learn to prepare using the simplest technique under the Tuscan sun. Learn to work with squid, how to select and store it for freshness, and how to enhance the flavors with an added element of summer in salsa verde. We’ll rely on seasonal ingredients and produce for maximum impact, working with fresh pasta and fresh herbs both of which you’d want to celebrate. To bring the feast to a close, you’ll clearly need something to wow your guests, for which you’ll learn to prepare delicate yet hearty honey-lavender fritters nestled aside fig compote and fig ice cream. Mangia, mangia like a true Tuscan this season!
Recipes: Italian Fig Soda; Prosecco with Lovage Syrup; Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde; Fresh Pasta with Summer Beans; Sungold Cherry Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs; Honey Lavender Fritters with Fig Compote and Fig Ice Cream
Class Type: Seasonal Entertaining Series, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Set your future dinner guests around a Tuscan table and enjoy this summer’s bounty in true Italian style!
Born into two strong food cultures (Italian and Greek) and raised in the landmark P.N.K. Tavern in Jersey City (which has been in my family for over 75 years), Brian has cooking, entertaining, and generosity in his blood. His mother and grandfather began teaching him the basics of cooking very early in life. After graduating from St. Peter’s College, Brian decided to get formal kitchen training and enrolled in the Institute of Culinary Education. He went on to cook at Sonoma Grill, Amanda’s in Hoboken, the Dining Room in the Hilton at Short Hills, and Rao’s Specialty Foods. He has cooked at the James Beard House twice, The Cellar in Macy’s Herald Square, and live on WHUD 100.7 FM in the Hudson Valley. Other memorable cooking moments include Taste of the NFL, numerous Fancy Food Shows, and the Taste of the Ladies Professional Golf Association as well as on several New Jersey Cablevision cooking segments. You can find him on the adjunct culinary faculty of Wake Technical Community College in NC, the food editor for the Raleigh Downtowner, and teach regularly at A Southern Season’s Cooking Studio in Chapel Hill, NC. Contact Brian