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Private Cooking Demonstration with a Local in her Ancient Parma Home

Private Cooking Demonstration with a Local in her Ancient Parma Home
Food, Wine & Nightlife > Dining Experiences > Lunch
$87
Duration: 4 hours
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Description

Meet your host Amalia at her ancient house built in the XVIII century. You will start your culinary experience by picking a few herbs from Amalia’s garden before joining her at her modern kitchen to learn to cook regional Parma dishes from her mother’s recipes. Your cooking demonstration involves watching your host prepare tortelli and dessert and will last about two hours. Some of the dishes for your meal may have been prepared in advance. 

Your homemade regional meal will include an antipasto, such as Parma ham and Parmigiano cheese (that Amalia's family produces), tortelli d’erbette (a typical Parma pasta stuffed with ricotta, parmesan and green, leafy bietola), a main of beef carpaccio or pollo scallopini in a white wine sauce and a side of verdure grigliate (grilled vegetables) or a fresh tomato and eggplant salad. It will conclude with a dessert of crostata di marmellate (prune or apricot tart) and torta con ricotta con frutti di bosco.

Amalia lives in her family home in Parma built in the 18th century that her grandparents bought after the second world war. Now that her children have left home, she is embarking on a new culinary journey to teach travelers her family recipes. A former arts and literature teacher, Amalia is passionate about cooking - she believes cooking is an art and that food is a part of our history. Sharing the history of her regional food is a creative expression of her soul.

Amalia learned to cook as a child from her mother and loves to showcase her mother’s recipes, specifically that of tortelli d’erbette, a traditional pasta eaten in Parma. Parmisans still celebrate the summer solstice by their ritual of eating tortelli and she is excited to share this dish with travelers. Amalia lives in a beautiful home and has a few rooms on the ground floor that she rents out. Amalia often hosts along with her friend Teresa who she has known since high school. Teresa is a food and wine writer (as well as a restaurant critic for Gambero Rosso) and together they enjoy hosting travelers over food. Amalia’s husband owns a dairy and sells Parmigiano Reggiano produced from the milk from his farm.

Please note that this is not a hands-on cooking class but a cooking demonstration where you will sit at the dining table and watch Amalia create typical Parma dishes from scratch.

Meet your host Amalia at her ancient house built in the XVIII century. You will start your culinary experience by picking a few herbs from Amalia’s garden before joining her at her modern kitchen to learn to cook regional Parma dishes from her mother’s recipes. Your cooking demonstration involves watching your host prepare tortelli and dessert and will last about two hours. Some of the dishes for your meal may have been prepared in advance. 

Your homemade regional meal will include an antipasto, such as Parma ham and Parmigiano cheese (that Amalia's family produces), tortelli d’erbette (a typical Parma pasta stuffed with ricotta, parmesan and green, leafy bietola), a main of beef carpaccio or pollo scallopini in a white wine sauce and a side of verdure grigliate (grilled vegetables) or a fresh tomato and eggplant salad. It will conclude with a dessert of crostata di marmellate (prune or apricot tart) and torta con ricotta con frutti di bosco.