Cooking Class: Gourmet Italian Selections

There's more to an Italian dinner than spaghetti and meatballs, and Chef Vanessa is eager to tell you about it in this cooking class. You'll learn how to lift your selections into the realm of gourmet with just a few imaginative new recipes!


You'll start by preparing parmesan risotto cakes using Arborio rice, cannellini beans and tangy lemon zest, before creating a stunning entrée of linguine and sun-dried tomato pesto, topped with shrimp sautéed to perfection. And for a light and delicate continental dessert, create a plateful of classic pizzelle cookies.


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Parmesan Risotto Cakes 

With Arborio rice, cannellini beans and lemon zest


Linguine With Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto and Sautéed Shrimp


Classic Pizzelle Cookies 

With butter, sugar, eggs and flour

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 2
  • Event Duration 2.5 hours
  • Activity Level
  • This is a BYOB venue and alcoholic beverages are not available for sale. You are welcome to bring beer and wine to enjoy during class.
  • LabelsPasta Making, Gourmet, Date Night, Italian, Pescatarian, Holiday, Valentine's

Guest reviews for Chef Vanessa

Janet McDonald

11 Jun 2021

I had the pleasure of doing two cooking classes with Chef Vanessa. They were so much fun, such a great personality and the menu was amazing. I have made them a couple of times and everyone loved it. Crab cakes with the yogurt Remoulade were amazing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

$ 85 Per person

all-inclusive: 2.5-hour class, meal and taxes.


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Meet your chef

Chef Vanessa
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Chef Vanessa is a classically-trained chef who left her corporate accounting career to follow her passion for cooking. Since beginning her new career as a chef instructor, she has assumed many roles teaching inner-city teens, parents, seniors and cafeteria staff across Massachusetts healthy cooking on a budget. Chef Vanessa recently launched her own walking food tour business in Worcester and can also be found hosting cooking classes at the Boston Public Market.

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