A new year means new beginnings and fresh starts for many. We are not immune to this trend. So, after a few months of this blogging thing, we figured we needed to step it up and try our hand at cooking classes. No, not us doing the actual cooking - although Elana has threatened me to make this a reality quite soon. Instead, we are kidnapping someone a tad more qualified at the moment: Daniela del Balzo.
Daniela runs her own cooking school in Rome. I first met Daniela on one of my mother's culinary excursions throughout Italy, where Daniela took our entire group to the Testaccio Markets to shop for ingredients, and then up into the neighborhoods of Rome into her beautiful home. Patiently, she spent time with each and every one of us as we prepared the afternoon's meal. I had done cooking classes previous to this, but Daniela's was different. She creates the perfect balance between hands on instruction and hands off demonstration, which is somewhat important considering everyone eats what they make: personally, my favorite part of the class. And the meals, while expertly prepared and presented, are simple to make. I had no problem replicating these dishes upon arriving back home.
If anyone is curious as to how they can participate in a cooking class with Daniela short of flying to Italy, Elana and I have arranged for Daniela to come to Elana's apartment in Hoboken on the 29th and the 30th of January. As of now, there are only 3 slots open for the day of the 30th, as the 29th has already been fully booked. Please contact either Elana or myself if you are interested (john[dot]iaciofano[at]gmail[dot]com or elana[dot]iaciofano[at]gmail[dot]com). The cost is $150 per person which includes a full meal, dessert and wine for a cooking class of no more than 6 people. The tentative menu for the 30th is listed below: