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Hors D’Oeuvres for Entertaining – Sold Out

November 26, 2023 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

Date: Sunday, November 26th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Total Sessions:
Lisa Lavagetto
Rotary Kitchen
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
All Levels
Sliding Scale:
$50 / $75 / $100
Financial Aid Availabl
e – Apply Here

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About the class

If you want to impress your guests with a variety of delicious and easy-to-make appetizers, this is the class for you. You will learn how to make a selection of finger foods from different cuisines, using fresh ingredients, spices, and sauces. You will also learn how to present your dishes in an attractive and appetizing way. Some of the finger foods you will learn to make are:

  • Italian Sausage Rolls: A savory pastry with a filling of Italian sausage, cheese, and herbs.
  • Salmon Mousse Tartlets: A delicate pastry with a creamy salmon mousse and a touch of dill.
  • Spiced Pecans: A crunchy snack with a sweet and spicy coating of brown sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
  • Whole Wheat Pita Chips with Hummus: A healthy and satisfying dip with homemade pita chips and hummus made from chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice.
  • Moroccan Chicken Phyllo Rolls: A crispy pastry with a filling of chicken, almonds, raisins, and Moroccan spices.
  • Cinnamon Churros: A fried dough pastry sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and served with chocolate sauce.
  • Shrimp Cakes with Salsa Cruda: A flavorful seafood dish with shrimp cakes seasoned with cilantro, lime, and cumin, and served with a fresh salsa of tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and lime juice.

This class will teach you how to cook finger foods that are perfect for any occasion, from parties to picnics. You will also learn about the origins and traditions of each cuisine, and how to pair your finger foods with the right drinks. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this class will inspire you to create your own finger food platter at home. Bon appétit!

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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