Neapolitan Pizza and Wine Pairing

Authentic flavors from Naples Italy are possible at home using these approaches taught by Chef and Sommelier Bonnie Rae. In this hands-on class, Chef Bonnie will take you step-by-step through the process of dough making for maximum flavor development, learning the surprising impact that proper hand “stretching” has on the final product.

Classic Neapolitan flavors depend on the perfect sauce, which Chef Bonnie will share her recipes along with topping selections and combinations.  However, learning the process of baking the pizza to get the proper crust in your home oven along with techniques of grilled pizza base will demystify pizza making at home with these amazingly flavorful and beautifully blistered pizzas.

Oh, of course Chef Bonnie will put on her Sommelier hat and share two Italian wines that pair well with your freshly hand-made pizzas of:

White Sauce with Prosciutto, Lemon, Arugula and Olive Oil

Basil, Garlic Infused Tomato Sauce with Braised Fennel, Italian Sausage, Guanciale and Provolone

Heavy Cream with Mixed Wild Mushrooms, Fontina and Taleggio Cheese

Basil, Garlic Infused Tomato Sauce with Pepperoni, Coppa, Mama Lil’s, Basil and Parmesan

Wines:

Cantele Chardonnay Salento
Poliziano Rosso Di Montepulciano

The Italian Kitchen – Ricotta Gnocchi

If you are a fan of potato gnocchi, let us introduce you to its cousin – Ricotta Gnocchi (No potatoes required!) Lighter, slightly chewy, and without compromising our love for the delicious, pillowy nuggets of love we are familiar with – Ricotta Gnocchi is a snap to make. Chef James Sherrill will instruct you how to prepare the perfect gnocchi and teach you different rolling techniques to make the perfect gnocchi pillows.

In this hands-on class, we will make:

Ricotta Gnocchi

Creamy Basil Pesto with pine nuts, parmesan and bacon lardons

Wild Mushroom, Sage, Madeira Sauce over crispy brown butter fried gnocchi

Radicchio Salad with crispy prosciutto, figs, marcona almonds and aged balsamic vinaigrette