A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine.
Italians love to celebrate seasonal, truly fleeting produce. They have a knack for making simple seem special, and they know how to transform a small basket of vegetables into a feast for a crowd. Viola Buitoni will show us the way.
Puntarelle alla romana
Roman style puntarelle with anchovies and garlic dressing
Tortino di carciofi della mamma
My mother's artichokes pancake
Crostata di scarola alla siciliana
Sicilian escarole tart
Cardoons au gratin
Zucca in agrodolce
Sweet and sour winter squash
Minestra di sedano rapa con mandorle e caprino
Celery root soup with almonds and goat cheese
Cicorie e aglietto al forno
Baked chicories and green garlic
Pesto di foglie d'inverno con aglietto e noci americane
Winter greens pesto with green garlic and pecans
*Menu subject to changes based on produce availability
Viola Buitoni, a direct descendant of the famed pasta and chocolate family, hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. She came to the US for college, but soon after attending NYU as an economics major, she was drawn back into her genetic passion for food. She ran an Italian catering business and had a shop showcasing the best of Italian food on Madison Avenue in NYC. After moving to San Francisco in 2004 to start a family, Viola can now be found giving lectures on Italian food traditions and trends, and teaching cooking classes in collaboration with 18 Reasons, SF's Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate, Cavallo Point Lodge Cooking School, Draeger’s in San Mateo and Blackhawk and Pepperberries in Eugene, OR. Since 2013, she has been a brand ambassador for Baci, the iconic Italian chocolates made by Perugina, the worldwide confectionery brand founded by her great grandfather. Viola has also produced food articles and cooking videos for MissionLocal.org. Recently, she began speaking on panels about tradition and innovation in food production and leading groups to explore local and artisanal food systems and producers in Italy.You can follow her adventures and find information on traveling with her at www.violabuitoni.com.