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Hearty Italian Foods for Winter

February 17 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

Date: Saturday, February 17th
 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Lisa Lavagetto
Location: Rotary Kitchen
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
 $60 / $80 / $100

About the class

If you love the rich and satisfying flavors of Italian cuisine, this class is for you. You will learn how to prepare some of the most iconic dishes from different regions of Italy, using fresh and authentic ingredients. Whether you want to impress your guests or treat yourself to a cozy meal, these recipes will make you feel like you are in a trattoria.

In this class, you will learn how to make:

  • Insalata Rustica: A rustic salad with mixed greens, roasted vegetables, olives, cheese, and a tangy dressing.
  • Bolognaise Lasagna: A classic lasagna with layers of pasta, meat sauce, béchamel, and cheese.
  • Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Truffle Sauce: Soft and pillowy potato dumplings tossed in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and truffle oil.
  • Manicotti: Tubular pasta stuffed with ricotta, spinach, and herbs, baked in a tomato sauce and topped with cheese.
  • Baba Rum Cakes: Mini sponge cakes soaked in rum syrup and filled with whipped cream and fruit.

Join us for this delicious and fun class and discover the secrets of hearty Italian foods.

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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