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Italian holiday cookies (appetizer and wine pairing)

October 28, 2023 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Total Sessions: 1
Instructor: Chef Maria Capdevielle
Location: Rotary Kitchen
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate
Sliding Scale: $35 / $55 / $75
Financial aid available

About the class

If you love Italian cuisine and want to learn how to make some delicious holiday cookies, this class is for you! Join Chef Maria Capdevielle as she guides you through the steps of making two classic Italian treats: amaretti and panforte. You will learn how to use almond flour, honey, spices, nuts and dried fruits to create these mouthwatering desserts. You will also get to enjoy a glass of wine and an appetizer while you bake and sample your creations.

Amaretti are soft and chewy almond macaroons that melt in your mouth. They are gluten-free and dairy-free, making them perfect for anyone with dietary restrictions. Panforte is a rich and dense fruitcake from Siena that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is packed with candied fruits, nuts and spices, and has a thin layer of icing sugar on top. Both of these cookies are ideal for gifting or serving at your holiday gatherings. Don’t miss this chance to impress your friends and family with your baking skills and the flavors of Italy!

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 Maria Teresa Capdevielle

Chef / Instructor

Maria Teresa Capdevielle is the author of “The Secrets of Baking with Olive Oil,” a professional pastry chef and a culinary chef/instructor from Abruzzo (Italy). She graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 2003 and did her internship at the famed Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where she learned about hand-selecting and gently preparing perfect produce. Her local experience includes V-Sattui, The Rose Pistola, The Waterfront, The Market Hall, The Townhouse Grill & Restaurant and V. Sattui Winery. She also teaches classes in-person and online at culinary centers in the SF Bay Area and at Milk Street in Boston, and consults for small restaurants and wineries to help them develop their dessert menu and train their teams.

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