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Italian Valentine Desserts with Chef Maria

Delicious poached pears with syrup near cake on table

February 3 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

Date: Saturday, February 3rd
 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Maria Teresa Capdevielle
Location: Rotary Kitchen
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
 Beginning – Intermediate
Sliding Scale:
$60 / $80 / $100

About the class

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one by learning how to make some delicious and romantic Italian desserts. In this hands-on class, you will prepare two classic treats that will impress your date and satisfy your sweet tooth. You will also enjoy an appetizer and a glass of wine as you cook.

You will learn how to make:

  • Chocolate Capresa cake: A rich and moist flourless chocolate cake that originated from the island of Capri. This cake is gluten-free and has a decadent texture and flavor.
  • Poached pears in red wine: A simple and elegant dessert that showcases the natural sweetness and beauty of pears. You will poach the pears in a spiced red wine syrup and serve them with a homemade chocolate sauce.

By the end of the class, you will have two stunning desserts that you can share with your partner or take home for later. You will also receive the recipes and tips to recreate these dishes at home. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your Valentine’s Day extra special with some Italian flair.

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

Instructor / Chef

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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