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Italian Comfort Foods

November 12, 2023 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

Date: Sunday, November 12th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Total Sessions:
Lisa Lavagetto
Rotary Kitchen
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
All Levels
Sliding Scale:
$50 / $75 / $100
Financial Aid Availabl
e – Apply Here

About the class

If you love Italian food and want to learn how to prepare some of the most delicious and authentic dishes, this is the class for you. You will learn how to make a variety of recipes, from simple salads and soups to hearty pastas and lasagnas. You will also discover the secrets of making your own gnocchi, manicotti, and baba rum cakes. Some of the dishes you will learn to make are:

  • Insalata Rustica: A rustic salad with fresh greens, tomatoes, olives, cheese, and a tangy dressing.
  • Pasta e Fagioli: A classic Italian soup with pasta and beans in a rich tomato broth.
  • Bolognese Lasagna: A traditional lasagna with layers of pasta, meat sauce, béchamel, and cheese.
  • Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Truffle Sauce: A delicate dish of homemade potato dumplings tossed in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and truffle oil.
  • Manicotti: A baked dish of pasta tubes stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella.
  • Baba Rum Cakes: A sweet treat of yeast cakes soaked in rum syrup and filled with whipped cream.

This class will teach you how to cook like an Italian chef, using fresh ingredients, simple techniques, and lots of flavor. You will also learn about the history and culture of Italian cuisine, and how to pair your dishes with the right wines. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this class will inspire you to create your own Italian feast at home. Buon appetito!

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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