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.


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
    Activity Level
  • LabelsPasta Making, Date Night, Italian, Pescatarian, Holiday, Gourmet, Valentine's
  • 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.

Classpop! Guest Reviews for this experience

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16 Dec 2022

Vanessa is absolutely fabulous! Her energy is a great pilot for her food. We had the pleasure of being welcomed into her home for an intimate cooking experience for my boyfriend’s birthday. It did not disappoint! Menu was excellent and Vanessa was nice enough to pack us all the leftovers. My boyfriend is Italian and was so pumped to make the cookies he grew up eating, but never knew how to make. Highly recommend and would book another class for sure

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22 May 2022

She was so sweet and such a good conversationalist the meal was amazing and I’d definitely go again

Outside Reviews for Chef Vanessa

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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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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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