My Food Experiences
I am an expat living in Italy and booked Rosemarie's market-to-table class while my mom visited. We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with Rosemarie learning how to make traditional piedmontese cuisine! Rosemarie worked with us ahead of time to tailor the menu to fit our taste and dietary preferences. She was patient and willing to answer any and all questions related to living in Turin and navigating the mercato. The mercato she favors was new to me and offered so many wonderful options for produce, meats and fish. Rosemarie holds the class in her home which made it an unique and comfortable learning experience. The class was very hands-on so we definitely had an authentic learning experience. We learned new techniques, ways to adjust the recipes to fit our preferences and time constraints. It was so fun and the food we made was delicious! Our menu: Antipasto: Vitello Tonnato, Primo: Tarjarin con Ragu di Salsiccia, Secondo: Merluzzo con Porri, and Dolce: Panna Cotta con Melograno Coulis. I now have my own pasta maker - same one as Rosemarie's (thanks, Mom)! And can't wait to practice what I have learned.
I took Rosemarie's market-to-table cooking class with a friend in July and it was fabulous. We started off at the markets, collecting our ingredients, learning about the produce that was in season at the time, and meeting the growers she buys everything from. We then went to pick up some wine at the local enoteca, and came back to her apartment to cook everything, then sit down and eat lunch together. There was more than enough food! What I really loved was that we were able to learn how to make the dishes in a real Italian home, and shop where Italian locals do their groceries - the recipes were quite simple and approachable, and everything tasted incredible (we learnt to make peperonata, tagliolini al limone, rabbit with white wine sauce and vanilla panna cotta). I've been making them a lot myself since the class! My friend who I attended with is allergic to seafood, and it was no issue to take this into account when Rosemarie was designing the menu. If you love food, want to learn about Italian regional cooking and have half a day available when visiting Turin, I absolutely recommend booking into this relaxed, informative and delicious experience!
A friend and I took a Market to Table Italian cooking class with Rosemarie (Turin Mamma) in July and thoroughly enjoyed it. The experience of going to the neighbourhood market in the morning to buy fresh ingredients, and then consult the enoteca about wine pairings really gave me an insight into how Italians plan and prepare their delicious meals. I was also able to experience the whole Italian “feast” style meal – with an antipasto, primo, secondo, dolce (dessert), and digestivi (liquors that Italians drink after meals to support digestion). We learnt useful dishes that not only tasted great on the day, but could work as other courses, sauces or salads and are really easy to recreate at home. My favourite part of the class was making the pasta from scratch (which I have done a few times at home myself now!). Rosemarie is a fantastic teacher. She is very patient with her students, and has a wealth of knowledge about the different regional cooking techniques, dishes, and produce seasonality. Rosemarie was very accommodating to my dietary requirements (allergy to seafood) and I understand that she is happy and able to accommodate most dietary needs – although it would be worth discussing this with Rosemarie in advance. I would highly recommend that anyone visiting Torino takes a Market to Table Cooking Class with Rosemarie because it is a great way to experience Italian food culture and learn a few great kitchen tricks! As far as I am aware, there are no other similar opportunities, and with Torino being such a “foodie” destination, it would be a real shame to miss out on this! For the record, we had: - Antipasto: Peperonata - Primo: tagliolini (thin, spaghetti-like pasta) with a summery lemon sauce - Secondo: Rabbit in white wine sauce - Dessert: Panna cotta - Digestivi: Grappa/Limoncello/Grappa al Mirtillo/Caffe - we didn't make these, but did enjoy tasting them!