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Sold Out – Feast of the Big Night (menu from the movie!)

January 27 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

Date: Saturday, January 27th
 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Lisa Lavagetto
Location: Rotary Kitchen
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
 All Levels
Sliding Scale:
 $60 / $80 / $100

About the class

Do you love Italian food and movies? Then join us for this special culinary class where we will recreate the delicious dishes from the 1996 film “Big Night”, starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as two brothers who run a struggling Italian restaurant in New Jersey. In the movie, they prepare a lavish feast for a special guest, hoping to save their business. In this class, you will learn how to make some of the mouthwatering recipes from the movie, such as:

  • Roasted Eggplant stuffed with Mozzarella roasted red bell peppers and topped with salsa verde. A colorful and flavorful appetizer that showcases the freshness of the ingredients.
  • Pasta Fagioli spicy sausage and white bean soup. A hearty and warming soup that is perfect for cold days. The spicy sausage adds a nice kick to the creamy beans and pasta.
  • Timballo– Dome shaped pasta drum filled with meatballs, pesto, cheese, hard-boiled eggs and asparagus. The star of the show, this impressive dish is a masterpiece of Italian cuisine. Layers of pasta, cheese, meat and vegetables are baked in a dome-shaped mold and then unmolded and sliced. It is a feast for the eyes and the palate.
  • Butternut Squash and sage risotto. A creamy and comforting side dish that pairs well with the timballo. The butternut squash adds a sweet and nutty flavor, while the sage adds a touch of freshness and aroma.
  • Crostata di ricotta cheese tart filled with ricotta cheese and fresh fruit. A simple and elegant dessert that ends the meal on a sweet note. The ricotta cheese is light and creamy, and the fresh fruit adds a burst of color and flavor.

This class is suitable for all levels of cooks, and you will get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of the class. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the feast of the big night!

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Chef Lisa Lavagetto

Chef / Instructor

After marrying a first generation Italian family, Lisa Lavagetto began her love affair with Italian cuisine at the hands of her husband’s grandmother who was a resort chef on Lake Como in Italy. After refining her craft in the family restaurants, Lisa came to Ramekins in 1998. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work with such luminaries as Mark Miller, Ming Tsai, Rick Bayless, Jacques Pepin, and Paula Wolfert. While working at Ramekins Culinary School, Lisa won 5 gold medals and the Best in Show at the professional food competition at the Sonoma Harvest Fair. In her position, Most recently she was on an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network.

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