An Umbrian Feast: In Person

An Umbrian Feast: In Person
An Umbrian Feast: In Person
An Umbrian Feast: In Person
An Umbrian Feast: In Person
An Umbrian Feast: In Person
An Umbrian Feast: In Person
An Umbrian Feast: In Person
An Umbrian Feast: In Person

An Umbrian Feast: In Person

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You will feel like you are in  Umbria, Italy cooking and tasting  the dishes that Nonna's are known for.

Cooking with Melissa

When you meet Melissa you will feel like you are in Umbria, cooking in Melissa’s family kitchen as she regales you with stories of her Nonna.    Melissa's sense of humour and energy are contagious and you will leave your culinary adventure feeling content and inspired to share these recipes with your family and friends.

In person experiences are a 3 hour culinary adventure in the Host's home.  Includes a light snack upon arrival, approximately 1.5 hours of "in the kitchen" time, learning the recipes and participating in making the dishes and a full dinner shared together.  All recipes are emailed to you before your class.

All experiences are informal, warm and welcoming.  IMK experiences are suitable for families.

Class Level:  All Levels
Class Format:  In person demo with the opportunity to be hands-on

Melissa offers a  complimentary beverage upon arrival and you are welcome to bring your own wine to Melissa's culinary adventures.  For insurance purposes we ask that you only bring one bottle per couple or a demi bottle per person.

Location: Melissa’s Kitchen is on historic Columbia Street in New Westminster, a short 40 minute skytrain ride from the heart of Vancouver.  Exact location will be emailed to you.

What you will learn:

  • How to make Pollo in Porchetta and Ricotta Gnocchi
  • Tips for gnocchi making 
  • Tips for making a simple tomato sauce delicious
  • About the Umbrian lifestyle and culture

Melissa's COVID Policy:

If you are not feeling well prior to your class please do not attend.  A credit will be provided to you to reschedule when you are well.

Antipasto Platter prepared by Melissa for your arrival.

Ricotta Gnocchi al sugo di pomodoro (simple tomato sauce)
Ricotta Gnocchi is a specialty of Melissa's. Although potato gnocchi is typical of Umbria, this recipe (made with no potatoes) is one of Melissa's favourites and is easy to pull together with few ingredients.

Pollo in porchetta
Roasted chicken marinated in an Umbrian style 'battuto' (marinade) of pancetta, sage, parsley and rosemary.

Fennel Salad
A simple a tasty salad that is very versatile and great for digestion.

Recipes: Emailed before your class

Location: Melissa’s Kitchen is on historic Columbia Street in New Westminster, a short 40 minute skytrain ride from the heart of Vancouver. Exact location will be emailed to you.

Class Involvement: You are welcome to get hands-on and help cook the meal, or feel free to take a more relaxed approach and watch and learn.

Classes require a minimum of 4 registrations to run.

Event Duration: 3 hours

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Please note we do not offer refunds, but we do provide a full credit if you need to cancel.

If you cancel two weeks before your cooking class you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another cooking class. After that, for in-person classes you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this). For online cooking classes you are welcome to transfer your spot to someone else.


Cooking with Melissa, was one of the best culinary experiences I have had. For one evening it felt like we were in Umbria, cooking and laughing together. I went knowing no-one and I left with 6 new friends.

SELENA P. - Nanaimo, B.C

How It Works

Sign Up

Sign up for your cooking class. On-line: price is by device so feel free to invite friends to join you in your kitchen or make it a family event.

All in-person classes are suitable for families. Max 6 spots, book all 6 and have your own private event.

Cooking Instructions

All cooking classes include tested recipes.

On-line: After registration you’ll receive an email with your shopping list, equipment list and zoom info.

In-Person: After registration you will receive the recipes and the address for your Host's home. 


Online Cooking Classes are 1.5 hours in duration, and are co-hosted with In My Kitchen founder Paula Mohammed, on zoom.

In-Person Cooking Classes are 3 hours long about 1.5-2 hours in the kitchen 1-1.5 hours sitting down and sharing the meal together.