"Holiday Entertaining: Italian-style" Cooking Course in San Francisco

November 5-9, 2012
US $2,000.00*
All students in this class will receive a special gift from Anolon!

Course Description

Holiday Entertaining: Italian-styleI have been traveling and teaching in Italy for over fifteen years, and whether it’s a casual gathering or a special occasion, Italians really know how to live it up and entertain! Italians are known to discuss lunch or dinner menus while having their morning cappuccino, and the holiday (eating) season is no exception! In this hands-on course, I’ll teach you my spin on Italian entertaining – with recipes I’ve gathered in Italy and a few twists of my own on some favorite Italian holiday dishes.

Some of the incredible recipes you’ll learn to make this week include: Risotto Croquettes with Smoked Ham and Mozzarella, Spicy Homemade Spaghetti with Sautéed Fennel and Mussels, Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut Butter and Parmesan, Traditional Lasagne, Pizza with Smoked Salmon and Caviar, and Gianduia Semifreddo. I’m already excited about this extraordinary week of Italian-style holiday entertaining! We’ll have some very special wine guests who will pair wines with each of our exciting menus.

In addition to the menus below, I always sneak in a few extra recipes throughout the week. Of course, the menus are subject to seasonality and availability of ingredients, so you might see a couple of changes to recipes along the way.

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Other additional options:

"Antipasto Party"

Risotto Croquettes with Smoked Ham and Mozzarella
Prosciutto, Parmigiano and Pepper Breadsticks
Crostini with Wild Mushrooms and Gorgonzola
Frico with Bacon and Potatoes
Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Cookies

"Feast of Three Fishes"

Crostini with Baccalà
Spicy Homemade Spaghetti with Sautéed Fennel and Mussels
Crisp Golden Ling Cod with Salsa Verde
Roasted Fennel
Zabaglione with Wine-Poached Pears

"Rustic Italian Thanksgiving"

Crostini with Beans and Greens
Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut Butter and Parmesan
Turkey Breast Roulade with Chestnut & Prosciutto Stuffing
Kale with Garlic and White Balsamic
Torta di Mele with Chestnut Honey Mascarpone

"Elegant Italian Christmas Dinner"

Fonduta with Crostini
Salad of Frisée, Radicchio, Pears, Pomegranates and Persimmons
Traditional Homemade Lasagne

"Cenone” for New Year’s Eve"

“Blood Orange Mimosa
Pizza with Smoked Salmon and Caviar
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Hazelnut-Orange Butter
Barolo-Braised Beef
Olive-Oil Mashed Potatoes
Long-Cooked Green Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic
Gianduia Semifreddo


Each hands-on cooking class will include recipes designed to highlight the typical dishes of a particular region, theme and/or cooking technique. After reviewing the recipes together, students will divide into teams to work on recipes together.

When we are finished cooking each day, we'll sit down in my spacious dining room and enjoy hand-selected wine pairings with each of the dishes we've prepared.

Wine Pairings

You know how I feel about wine so a delicious meal is not complete without the perfect pairing of wine! At the end of each class and paired with the meal we have prepared, we'll taste a variety of wines whose flavors and acidity have been selected to match those of each dish, and we'll learn about the grape varietals and origin of each wine and discuss them together. Wine tasting notes will be provided. We will also have a very special guest(s) pouring wines at some of our meals!


After cooking during the day, you will still have plenty of time to enjoy San Francisco and all of its wonderful views and sights. We can provide a list of nearby hotels and bed & breakfasts to choose from for your stay. We can also arrange for car or taxi service from/to your hotel to Joanne's home. We are also happy to provide a list of Joanne's favorite San Francisco restaurants, cafes, wine bars, shops, and farmer's market locations. You can find some of her local favorites here.

Course Details

This week-long course costs $2,000 per person. The cost includes hands-on cooking instruction, copies of all recipes, an apron, and a multi-course lunch each class day complete with wine pairings. Full payment for the course must be included with your completed reservation form. Due to limited availability we cannot provide any refunds for cancellations.

*Note: Course fee does not include accommodations or transportation to the cooking school location.

Classes begin at 10am and finish at approximately 3pm. Classes are limited to 10 students so everyone gets lots of personal attention and a real hands-on experience. We recommend wearing closed-toe, rubber-soled shoes and comfortable clothes for the cooking classes.

Questions? Contact us.