Something tells me it’s time for a little cooking class to break up the monotony that is winter 2021. Large parts of the country are seeing a snowier than usual winter – while other parts are seeing their first snow in decades – not to mention record cold. Well, I say there is nothing like a homecooked Italian dinner to warm your belly and your heart and there is no one to cook it like an Italian Chef!
That being said – I invite you to take a peek at the video above from when Chef Anthony of The Italian Elixir joined us from his home in northeastern Italy - to share his passion for food and talk to us about his food tours and cooking classes. As a bonus - at the end of our chat we are going to treat you to an authentic Italian cooking class where Chef Anthony will prepare Spaghetti alla Carbonara right before our eyes. Warning – you may not want to watch this if you are hungry and don’t have food nearby!
Now – when we can once again travel to Italy safely this year – Chef Anthony has some amazing tours that I can set you up with – based around the main ingredients in most Italian dishes of course! There is The Parmigiano Experience – where you will learn (among other interesting facts) that in the farm region where parmigiano – known as parmesan cheese in the US – is made, the cows who produce the milk must all be certified, that it takes 145 gallons of milk to make one 80-pound wheel of parmigiano and if you don’t see that parmigiano stamp on the rind it’s not authentic parmigiano. Then there is the Making Balsamic Vinegar experience – where you will discover that authentic balsamic vinegar comes from only two regions in Italy – Modena and Reggio Emilia, that its origins go back 1000 years and that it must be aged at the very least 12 months – but longer is preferred. And finally, there is Torrechiara Castle in the city of Parma where you will learn all of the intricacies of how prosciutto or Parma ham is curated, including that it’s made from pure pork leg, is gluten free and 100% free of preservatives – unlike other cold cuts.
In addition to the tours, there are also opportunities for cooking classes led by Chef Anthony. They are mainly offered in Venice, but we can set them up for you at other locations including private homes. And don’t worry about your cooking skills! Chef Anthony will design a personalized menu for you and your traveling companions to prepare and when you are finished you will all sit down and enjoy it together. You can even request specific menus – perhaps an old family favorite handed down from generation to generation? Such a fabulous way to create memories and have that cultural immersion through food that we love here at Book Here, Give Here!
But don’t despair – because until we can travel and learn from Chef Anthony in person, we can do it virtually thanks to his amazing online cooking classes which you will find listed on theitalianelixir.com. Simply log on to his website and there you will be able to sign up for the class – or classes – that you would like to participate in. This is a really fun way to get a taste of Italy while we wait for travel to return and includes favorites such as homemade pasta or gnocchi, Venetian seafood and fish as well as deserts.
So please enjoy your virtual tour of the super-awesome Italian cuisine and then let’s get the conversation started about getting you over there to experience it all in person!
Namaste! Or shall I say Arrivederci?
PS - You can check out Chef Anthony's website here.
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