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Today is a double cooking-class giveaway day. Here on Food Lover’s Odyssey, I am giving away a cooking class in Venice, one with the lovely and talented ladies of Cook in Venice. And Cook in Venice, is giving away one of my Provence cooking classes on their blog. It is super easy to enter, everyone is eligible, and it comes just in time for those of you planning your 2014 vacations. Wouldn’t a trip that included Venice and Provence, and cooking classes in both places, make for an incredible vacation?
In both classes you will have a feast. The feast is only one reason I’d recommend a cooking class while traveling. Slowing down, meeting locals, learning the culture and way of life through what and the way they eat is such an important part of travel and feeling “at home” in the place you’re visiting.
As most of you know, I recently spent a week at Venice Carnival 2014. Most of the time I was with Monica of Cook in Venice either on cicchetti crawls – both in costume and out of costume, making fritelle and galani, and eating our way in and around Venice. During a visit late last year, I joined one of Cook in Venice’s Hands-On Cooking Classes. This is the class I’m giving away today, so I know just how much fun you’ll have with these two ladies while you are learning how to make typical Venetian dishes.
THE ONE-DAY HANDS ON CLASS IN VENICE:
These two Italian mammas, Monica and Arianna, want to teach you traditional and authentic Venetian dishes exactly like what they would cook at home for their family; both easy and delicious. You will think of them every time you make one of their recipes and have a lifelong souvenir of your stay in Venice. During the class, you will make and then eat a lovely meal that includes a starter, first course, main dish, side vegetable and a dessert. During the class I participated in, we were greeted with a glass of Prosecco and crostini.
~ Our Menu ~
Clams with Wine & Ginger (Cape col vin e el zenzero)
Tagliatelle with Mussels (Tagliatelle coi peoci)
Sea Bass in Salt Crust with Herbs (Branzino in crosta agli aromi)
Stewed Potatoes (Patate Stufae)
Getting things started with Prosecco & crostini~
Clams with wine & ginger ~
Hand-made tagliatelle with mussels ~
Baked sea bass under a salt crust ~
Potatoes stewed in white wine, onions, tomatoes with parsley & olive oil, OH MY, so delicious!
Tiramisu, the classic recipe ~
Our class took place in Arianna’s home, just outside of Venice near the Brenta river. Monica met us at a vaporetto stop in Venice and took us to Arianna’s. On our way, we stopped and shopped for fish and produce for the meal. Class was very instructional but you felt like you were working around a family table with constant chatter flying back and forth as we cooked.
We made tagliatelle by hand while Monica and Arianna discussed their differing flour preferences for making pasta. One prefers “0” flour, so the sauce adheres better to the the pasta; and the other “00” flour to create a more delicate pasta. The class learned about preparing a whole fish, fresh from the sea and then got their hands dirty actually preparing the fish. We made Tiramisu while Monica gave us the unwavering rules for the classic recipe from Treviso.
Throughout class Monica and Arianna added fun facts about the history of Venice, its food and ways you could change or add to the recipes we made. The meal definitely lived up to its billing and more. It was delicious and one that could be easily replicated by any level of cook. Below I’ve given you the menu and photos from my day with Arianna and Monica, cooking in Venice.
Monica and Cook in Venice offer a wide range of cooking classes and food tours for all types of food lovers. Monica gives 3-hour cicchetti crawls, a food & wine class, a one-day hands on class, a 3-day hands-on class and more.
THE COOKING CLASS GIVEAWAY:
Win a One-Day Hands-On Cooking Class in Venice for one (class details here) – To win, leave a comment below telling us what your ideal meal in Venice would be.
It’s easy. Leave two comments, one on each blog post, and you’ll have two chances to win. Make sure to leave your comments by Monday, April 14, 2014 by 9am Venice & Provence time (Midnight Pacific Standard Time) when the giveaway closes. I’ll pick a winner for the Cook in Venice’s class and Monica will pick a winner for my Provence cooking class. Winners will be chosen randomly using www.random.org and we’ll announce the winner in a post the next day.
NOTE: The contest is open to anyone worldwide. Winners must take the Venice cooking class before December 31, 2014 and the Provence cooking class before November 1, 2014.
Good luck and I hope to cook with at least one of you very soon!
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you everyone for participating in this giveaway and in Cook in Venice’s giveaway. We have a winner….Congratulations to Mary Klestadt (aka as comment #5)! You’ve won a cooking class with Monica and Arianna of Cook in Venice. Enjoy the class and buon appetito!