MARKET TO TABLE COOKING CLASS
$120.10 per guest
$120.10 per guest
ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE:
The market-to-table cooking classes are for designed for 2-4 participants and are held in my home kitchen 4 km west of Turin's city centre. Here's an outline of a typical day with me:
-8.45am – 9.00am: Meet at Pasticceria/Bar Alicino, my local cafè/pastisserie for a cappuccino and pastry, a typically Italian breakfast.
-9.00am – 9.45am: Local neighbourhood market, butcher and wine shop visit to buy the ingredients necessary for the day's lesson/meal. We will buy seasonal fruit and vegetables from growers/producers from the surrounding countryside, meat from my macellaio di fiducia ('trusted butcher') and wine from a sommelier who stocks quality Piedmontese labels.
-9.45am – 12.45pm: Hands on cooking lesson in which we will prepare the appetiser, starter, main and dessert for lunch. A morning tea or an aperitivo can also be prepared if you've already worked up an appetite!
-1:00pm – 3.00pm: Time to enjoy the food we've made together! Buon appetito!
-local market, butcher and wine shop visit
-use of a cooking apron
-hands-on cooking lesson
-the cost of a four course meal, plus wine, coffee and digestif)
My home is easily accessible via Turin's underground (metropolitana) train system. Closest metro station is Massaua (a 15 minute ride from Porta Nuova and 10 minutes from Porta Susa). Our meeting point (Pasticceria/Bar Alicino), my local market, butcher and wine shop are all located within walking distance of Massaua station.
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!