Cooking classes (in Italian & English)
About Cooking classes
In the comfort of a private home, sipping wine and having a great time, participants will transform ingredients into a culinary masterpiece, making cooking a manner of self-expression. The instructor will supervise the students while they carry out the stages of preparing the meal, assisting with the techniques and skills necessary.
We will begin with fundamentals, starting with basic recipes and techniques. In reality, these first steps are the most difficult: it is easy to impress with an elaborate dish using many ingredients, however, a real culinary guru is able to use certain techniques to make a simple pasta with tomato sauce and basil or seafood risotto unforgettable!
IN PERSON COOKING CLASSES
Minimum 6, maximum 8-12 people (depending on the location).
Cost: $85 for 3 hr class
The price includes ingredients and wine which will pair deliciously with gourmet dishes. The menu comprises three to four dishes, which may include antipasto, primo, secondo e dolce.
Note: For classes featuring premium ingredients such as fish, porcini mushrooms, truffles, and prime meat cuts, the fee is $95 for a 3-hour session.
IF YOU HOST THE CLASS AT YOUR HOME, YOU WILL ATTEND FOR FREE! Please contact us!
The Carnival in Italy is a time of joy, creativity, and celebration, bringing communities together to enjoy the festivities before the more somber season of Lent begins. The diversity of traditions and celebrations across different regions adds to the cultural richness of the Italian Carnival experience.
The Italian Carnival, known as “Carnevale” in Italian, is a lively and colorful celebration that takes place in the weeks leading up to Lent. It is a time of revelry, parades, masquerade balls, and indulgence before the more somber period of Lent begins.:Carnevale is a time for Italians to come together, celebrate, and enjoy the rich cultural traditions that have been passed down through generations. Each region may have its unique variations, but the overall spirit of joy and revelry is a common thread throughout the country.
Here is our take on the Carnevale in DC (Private home in Wesley Heights, NW Washington):
Saturday, February 24th from 11:00-2:00pm (VEGETARIAN – $85) – SOLD OUT
Quadrucci con fagioli – Quadrucci pasta with white beans.
Scarola ripassata – Sauté escarole (optional addition: anchovies) Focaccia dell’orto – Garden focaccia
Migliaccio – Traditional Neapolitan dessert based on semolina and ricotta cheese
Seafood holds a special place in the Italian culinary tradition, given Italy’s extensive coastline and rich maritime heritage. Italian cuisine celebrates the freshness and natural flavors of various seafood ingredients.
This menu offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures, showcasing the versatility of fregola, a unique and delicious Sardinian pasta that works well with fish typical of the Mediterranean coast. Sicilian cannoli are a delightful treat enjoyed not only in Italy but worldwide. Their crispy shells and creamy, sweet ricotta filling make them a favorite among dessert enthusiasts, earning them the title of the “king” of Sicilian desserts.
This class will take place at Simo’s Kitchen, in Rockville, or in Wesley Heights, NW Washington – t.b.c.
Saturday, March 16th from 11:00-2:00pm ($95)
Spaghetti allo scoglio – spaghetti with shrimp in a tomato sauce
Verdure grigliate e focaccia alle olive – Grilled vegetables and focaccia with olives
Cannoli Siciliani – Sicilian cannoli filled with ricotta cheese
Private Cooking classes at your home!
If you would like to organize a cooking class for your friends in the comfort of your own home, give us a call at (301) 215-7885 to schedule accordingly. You and the instructor will decide what to prepare and you and your friends will enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and learn how to make it!
Cost varies according to the number of class participants and additional dinner guests/preparation time. $600 is for up to 6 participants for a three hour session. If you have extra guests, you can add $100 per person. This price doesn’t include the ingredients.
Schedule Winter 2023:
January 20th in a private home in Northwest Washington, DC. (SOLD OUT)
February 24th in a private home in Northwest Washington, DC. (SOLD OUT)
March 16th in a private home in Northwest Washington, DC.
Locations: Bethesda/Westmoreland Hills, or Chevy Chase, or NW Washington D.C., or Arlington, or HOST AT YOUR HOME (& YOU ATTEND FOR FREE!)
Online classes: minimum of 4 participants per class.
In person classes: minimum 6 – max. 8-12 participants depending on the location.
Participants can register for our cooking classes up to 48 hours before the scheduled class begins.
Full Refund: Cancellations made up to 7 days before the class start date will receive a full refund.
50% Refund: Cancellations made up to 3 days before the class start date will be eligible for a 50% refund.