Already more than a week past New Year’s and a little more than two weeks away from the six month anniversary of Spiced Peach Blog. Wow!
Something exciting to begin the New Year 2013 is that I just received the ‘Cooking with Nunzio’ Winter Schedule Cooking Class schedule.
I very much look forward to participating from among the interesting selections offered.
Having written former newspaper articles surrounding Chef Nunzio some years ago, I had hoped to reconnect with him shortly after the launch of Spiced Peach Blog but as I was leaving on the Sports Season Tailgate Travel Journey, Chef Nunzio Patruno, Owner of Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood, New Jersey was just returning home to the area.
Nunzio was coordinating the Opening of his newest upscale Italian restaurant: OMBRA Cucina Rustica in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, along with Michael Cirafesi, a former partner of Nunzio’s from the once exclusive Philadelphia Restaurant: The Monte Carlo Living Room.
I’m hoping that Chef Nunzio will be willing to share more with you about OMBRA and that you will make it an essential dining destination on your next visit to Hilton Head.
But for now, getting back to the New Year and taking a Cooking Class, is this on your To Do list for 2013 too? If you always dreamed of taking a Cooking Class in Italy but are not able to get there now how about joining in on the fun alternative.
Chef Nunzio Patruno spent his childhood growing up near the Adriatic Sea among Italy’s olive trees in the town of Castellana Grotte where his family’s farm sold a variety of vegetables and fruits, including olives, almonds, grapes, and cherries to local cooperatives.
Following formal culinary training, he credits much of his inspiration to his own mother.
Nunzio gained experience in restaurants throughout the Italian Riviera to Monte Carlo where during his seven year stay was highly regarded in the pageantry for his combined culinary influences blending Italian and French Provencal styles.
The Saturday Cooking Classes held at Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in Collingswood, New Jersey, right over the bridge from Philadelphia, all begin at 11:00 am.
The selection of choices beginning on February 16, 2013 is, Crazy for Appetizers, preparing a selection of healthy, quick, and filling little dishes.
The following week, February 23rd Pugliese Fish and Shellfish is the day’s feature where Chef Patruno will teach students how to get the best flavor from Fish and Shellfish throughout the year.
On March 2 Chef Patruno will teach Nonna’s Pasta and Vegetables reflecting his appreciation for the Sunday tradition from Castellana Grotte in the Puglia Region of Italy where the Nonna’s would according to Nunzio, weekly be “rolling out the pasta at record speeds.”
The final Class on March 9 is Pugliese Meats and Legumes utilizing the style of slow cooked methods of winter in Puglia.
I will be taking the class, ‘Nonna’s Pasta and Vegetables’ and hope to gain some inspiration too that Nunzio has received from among his most respected of Chefs, his own Mother, ‘Nonna’.
It would be great to see you there too and enjoy an interesting learning experience together.
The price for each class that runs until 2pm is fifty dollars and there is a twenty dollar discount if taking all four courses.