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"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 (September, 2011)
We’ve said it before: cooking is our passion.  Now we want to share that passion with you by means of our cooking classes, designed to accommodate the aspiring novice as well as seasoned veterans, ranging from demonstration to hands on.

Imagine producing world-class breads in your own oven, such as Focaccia, Pizza, 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.

We provide you with printed recipes, demonstration and some hands on instruction, a generous sampling of the prepared foods and in some cases with a complete meal including a featured wine.

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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.

For your safety in class, we recommend that you wear closed-toe, low heeled shoes.






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Cooking Class Offerings

ARTISAN BREAD BAKING

March 17, 2013   11:00 AM
Enjoy world-class bread from your own oven! This is a hands-on class in which you will learn how to make Focaccia, French, Ciabatta,  and Pizza. More than just learning a formula, you will learn about fermentation, kneading and shaping. A pizza luncheon is included.
$65 per person   Class size limited to six.


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 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 roll up your sleeves and 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.
$85 per person  

ITALIAN COUNTRY COOKING



Learn the art of cooking and eating Italian style. Enjoy preparing and eating a multi- course meal consisting of 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.  Served with our house made artisan breads and an appropriate wine.

$85 per person  

PASTA PERFECTION

In this hands - on pasta class you will learn how to make fresh pasta and then transform it into ravioli.  Then we will discover the world of dried pasta and how to cook it perfectly and pair it with an appropriate sauce. And of course you will feast on your creations.  We will provide an antipasto on your arrival and a simple dessert for a finale.

$75 per person


CULINARY GETAWAY
Choose your own culinary adventure! Guests will enjoy a night's lodging, gourmet country breakfast and a customized cooking class including dinner. Flexible dates. Bring friends -- we can accomodate groups from 2-6 people! $295(plus tax) for two -- add a second night for only $100.

COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS

“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.

“This has been an absolute pleasure.”
-Carol C.

“The fun historical facts about pasta made it much more interesting then Id have imagined.”
-Vicki B.