Owners Don and Kitty Speranza bring a touch of Old World hospitality to their inn in a lush valley near the Columbia River, where they teach cooking classes with a Mediterranean vibe. Learn to make focaccia, antipasti, sauces, even ice cream, often with ingredients plucked right from the garden. While everything’s cooking, you can play a round of bocce at the court down by the creek.
— Sunset Magazine

Imagine producing artisan breads in your own oven, such as Focaccia, Pizza, Ciabatta, Pain au Levain and French Baguettes.

Experience Italy without the airfare as we teach you classic Italian dishes from Antipasto to Zabaglione. Learn classic sauces from a simple but sublime Aglio e Olio to a classic Ragu Bolognese. We’ll share our secrets for perfecting Tiramisu and teach you how to make the best Cannoli this side of Palermo.

Have a special request?  Put your own group together and we will collaborate on a theme and a date.

 


Class Registration and Policies

A check or cash for the full amount of the class is needed to complete your registration and reserve your spot in the class.  Space is limited. A 7-day cancellation notice is required for a full refund.

If classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, you will have the choice of receiving credit for another class or a full refund.

 


Suggested Cooking Class Themes

Be sure to check our EVENTS page for cooking class dates and times. If you don’t see one scheduled at a time that works for you feel free to contact us with a suggested date and theme and we will do our best to accommodate you.


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Flatbreads from around the world

This introductory class is geared to the novice baker with little or no experience in bread baking. Prepare to amaze and delight your family and friends with the skills that you will learn in this  class. Flatbreads are among the easiest breads to learn as well as being among the most delicious. In this class you will learn how to make classic Rosemary Focaccia,  Sicilian Sheet-pan Pizza, Greek Pita and a Syrian  flatbread  called Markouk.   Allow at least 4 hours for this class that includes a pizza luncheon. You will go home with recipes, breads to share with your family, dough to make your own at home and of course a great sense of accomplishment. $90 per person. Class size is a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6. Ask about group discounts when you form your own group.

Sunday Gravy, The Big Ragu

This is the quintessential Italian-American Classic that simmers on the stove while you sip Chianti and listen to Sinatra--known in its simplest form as Spaghetti and Meatballs. But it’s really so much more than that. This is a cultural lesson as much as it is a cooking class. So  prepare to spend a few hours with us learning our family’s version of this classic dish. Participants will sit down to a complete meal at the end of the lesson that includes Antipasto, Salad, Pasta with Sunday Gravy, house made artisan bread, wine and dessert. $95 per person

Italian Country Cooking

Learn the art of cooking and eating Italian style. If the idea of preparing a 5 course dinner menu sounds overwhelming, we will teach you how to build it in stages so that on the day of your event, you can be a guest at your own party. A sample menu might include Crisp Rosemary Flatbread with assorted antipasti, Insalata Verde, Brasato al Barolo (beef braised in red wine) with Creamy Polenta or Pork Shoulder Porchetta with a seasonal Pasta Course and Panna Cotta for dessert.  Menus will vary with the seasons and availability. All class offerings are served with our house made artisan breads and an appropriate wine.  $95 per person

Pasta Perfection

In this class we will show you how to make fresh pasta and then transform it into ravioli, garganelli and fettucine.  And of course you will feast on all of this. We will provide an antipasto on your arrival and a simple dessert for a finale. $95 per person

Cooking The Books

With this fun theme we select signature dishes from the cookbooks of world famous chefs. From David Chang’s Momofuku there is his famous Bo Ssam, Scallion Noodles, or Pok Pok’s to-die-for Vietnamese Chicken Wings. From Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home enjoy the best fried chicken north of the Mason Dixon Line. We have an extensive library of cookbooks so there’s no shortage of ideas. Feel free to make a suggestion and we will consider it.

Culinary Getaway

Choose your own culinary adventure! This two night special includes a simple but satisfying bistro style dinner the first night. Awaken the next morning to a gourmet country breakfast followed by some free time to wander about the farm. Rejoin us in the kitchen to begin your customized cooking class.  Retire to your room and let the sounds of Crippen Creek lull you to sleep. Before departing the next day you will of course be treated to another fantastic breakfast.  $510 per couple (plus tax). 


The fun historical facts about pasta made it much more interesting than I’d have imagined.
— Vicki B.
This has been an absolute pleasure.
— Carol C.
It was great to see how fun and easy it is to make.
— Sandy R.
This course was the perfect balance of patience and mastery.
— Paul C.