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Loves hands-on explorations of new techniques and recipes. 

Paste di Natale

$95.00

A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine.

Viola’s wildly popular class on pasta for the holiday table returns in 2014 with new ideas to stir your inner Italian cook. This menu is sure to wow your family and friends!

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Spaghetti alla spoletina
spaghetti in black truffles and anchovy sauce

Tortelli di magro
spinach and chard tortelli for Christmas Eve

Timballo di pasta alla Napoletana
Neapolitan style pasta pie

 

Aperitivo: the Italian Art of Entertaining

$85.00

A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine.

In a country where the typical cocktail party is called for 7pm, being at least an hour late is a necessary condition for socializing and invitations have a beginning but never an end time, finger food often takes the place of dinner, in imaginative ways that draw from the tradition and trends of the country’s cooking scene . Take a trip with Viola through the hors d’oeuvre of Italy, from the simple to the elaborate, and learn how to entertain as artfully and effortlessly as the Italians do.

Deconstructing Italian Crostata

$75.00

A hands-on cooking class. Savory snacks will be served; class will end with tarts and tea.

To Viola, a tart is a blank canvas to fill with the culinary imagination that runs through her veins. The fragrance of a crostata baking conjures her mother’s voice, and she is excited to share the secrets she learned from years of smelling, watching and eating Italy’s most beloved dessert.

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Pasta frolla a prova di cuoco (fool proof pastry crust)

Pasta frolla al cioccolato (chocolate pastry crust)

Gnocchi Primer: Semolina + Bread - SOLD OUT

$85.00

A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine.

Gnocchi, the word for dumplings, are ubiquitous in Italian cuisine: some types are linked to their territory of origin, others showcase the season, while others yet humbly serve as a vehicle to recycle bits of this and bites of that leftover from previous meals. In this 4 hour primer, Viola will lead the class on exploration of gnocchi made from semolina (a product very close to her heart) and day-old bread.

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Gnocchi alla romana 
classic semolina gnocchi

Gnocchi Primer: Cheese + Potatoes - SOLD OUT

$85.00

A hands-on cooking class, culminating in dinner served with wine.

Gnocchi, the word for dumplings, are ubiquitous in Italian cuisine: some types are linked to their territory of origin, others showcase the season, while others yet humbly serve as a vehicle to recycle bits of this and bites of that leftover from previous meals. In this 4 hour primer, Viola lead the class through an exploration of the classic potato gnocchi as well as specialty gnocchi, featuring regional cheese.

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The Italian Larder: Fall + Winter

$65.00

This class is a mix of demonstration and hands-on; it culminates in dinner served with wine.

Our resident Italian instructor Viola Buitoni is passionate about her larder and is excited to share how a dedicated Italian home cook stocks his/her pantry year-round and through the seasons. The year-round pantry is what defines Viola’s identity, her foundation wherever in the world she’s cooking. Her seasonal larder, dictated by the whims of nature, is how she plants her roots. In this class, we will make three dishes made with her favorite fall ingredients!

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Cooking with Salumi - SOLD OUT

$85.00

A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine.

In the Italian kitchen, salumi are not just for sandwiches or antipasto, they hold their own as an ingredient which is rarely seen, but can turn any dish from delicious to unforgettable. Learn with Viola Buitoni how to put local artisanal cured meats to best use in your Italian home cooking in dishes that are customizable to the bounty of the season and the shelves of your larder.

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Viola's Italian Summer - SOLD OUT

$85.00

A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine.

Our very own Viola Buitoni, spends summers in her native country, cherishing time with family and friends all over the Italian peninsula and recharging for a new year of teaching her students how to find the simple and inimitable tastes of the cooking of Italy in their home kitchens. Back in San Francisco and over jet lag, she will lead a class through an anthology of the culinary treasures and inspirations she will have found while traipsing about the shores and mountains of home.

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Gluten-free Pasta

$85.00

Making gluten-free pasta from scratch is fun. And it is easier than you may think. 
 
During this pasta primer, we will make both cut and filled pastas using gluten-free flour. Viola Buitoni will demonstrate two methods: by machine and by hand. Viola will discuss the regional traditions of pairing pasta with sauce, and will lead the class through the preparation of four different doughs and the appropriate accompaniments for each.

The class will conclude with dinner, wine and conversation.

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Grilling by the Golden Gate - SOLD OUT

$85.00

w/ Bruce Cole
An outdoor, hands-on cooking class, dinner and day of lounging. On location at Kirby Cove Campground (we will contact registrants with travel details and carpooling options).

Join us for this unique opportunity to spend a Saturday outdoors, in one of the most sought-after and stunning locations in the Bay Area - cooking, eating and growing your community! 18 Reasons will be providing food and beer for all. We encourage you to bring picnic blankets, guitars, hula-hoops, or whatever props make you relax and have fun outdoors. 

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