Umbrian Cooking with Melissa (Online experiences now available)

  • Immersion Experience #1 - Melissa
  • Immersion Experience #1 - Melissa
  • Immersion Experience #1 - Melissa
Experience Schedule:
ONLINE: Friday July 3rd 3:00pm-4:00pm (option to stay until 4:30pm)
5 spots available
Melissa Online Experience #3 (Vegetarian)
$25.00 Sign up now
PRIVATE Saturday July 27, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
PRIVATE August 11th, 2019 4:30pm-8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday August 24th 4:30pm - 8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday September 7, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
2 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
PRIVATE September 27th, 2019 5:30pm-8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday September 28, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
1 spot available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
Saturday October 5th 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
Saturday October, 26th 4:30pm-8:30pm
3 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
Saturday November 2, 4:30pm-8:30pm
1 spot available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
Saturday November 30, 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
PRIVATE: Thursday December 5, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Sorry, workshop is full!
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday December 7, 4:30pm-8:30pm
Sorry, workshop is full!
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday January 4th, 2020 4:30pm-8:30pm
4 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
Saturday January 18, 2020 4:30pm-8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday January 25th 2020, 4:30pm-8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday February 8, 2020 4:30pm-8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00
Saturday February 15, 2020 4:30pm-8:30pm
2 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
Saturday March 7, 2020 4:30pm-8:30pm
3 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now
CANCELLEDSaturday March 28th 2020 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 Sign up now

Online experiences are 1 hour in duration with the option to stay an additional 30 minutes to chat with the host and other participants.  The online experiences are hosted on zoom and are fully interactive.  

Recipes:  recipes are sent to you along with your zoom event information a few days before your online experience.

Technology:  connect with the host using zoom on your computer, mobile device or tablet.  If you have a tv in your kitchen try the screen mirroring feature on your device!

If you would prefer to book your culinary experience over the phone or would like to book a private group experience please email us at info@inmykitchen.ca 

Cook with Melissa in your kitchen, online via zoom.   A great activity to do with the whole family as it is price per device.  We may not be able to travel right now, but share a family experience learning about a new culture and cuisine with our online culinary adventures.  Also a great date night!

This is also a great opportunity to sample what our culinary adventures are all about without committing to the four hour experience.   

Our online culinary experiences are moderated by In My Kitchen founder, Paula Mohammed.

Immersion experiences are a 4 hour experience in the Host's home.  Includes a light snack upon arrival, approximately 2.5 hours of "in the kitchen" time, learning the recipes and participating in making the dishes, a full dinner shared together, and a booklet of recipes and in-depth culinary info.

All experiences are informal, warm and welcoming.  IMK experiences are suitable for families, we recommend children are a minimum of 11 years old.

Melissa offers a  complimentary glass of prosecco 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.

Cooking with Melissa: An Umbrian (Italian) Feast

When you meet Melissa you will feel like you have been transported to Umbria and cooking in Melissa’s family kitchen as she regales you with stories of her Nonna.  You will step into her kitchen and immediately be struck by the floor to ceiling view of the Fraser river from her condo. After a moment you will recognize the smell of fresh sage and onions as Melissa shares her sage and onion focaccia along side  24 month aged prosciutto di parma.   

Be sure to ask Melissa about the antique drawings on her wall, showcasing her village in Italy.  Parts of the village look exactly the same today.

Location: Melissa’s Kitchen is on historic Columbia Street in New Westminister, a short 40 minute skytrain ride from the heart of Vancouver.

Melissa Online Experience #3 (Vegetarian)

Home made Tagliatelle al Piselli in Umido (peas in tomato sauce)

An opportunity to make fresh pasta with Melissa.  Tagliatelle is a flat noodle ribbon like pasta made on large wooden boards.  Learn some tips and tricks from Melissa's Nonna and enjoy this experience with a friend or family (in your bubble of course).   Fresh pasta and the Fiorucci family tomato sauce with piselli (peas), the makings of a fabulous Friday night.

Mascarpone Mousse

Mascarpone is an Italian cheese from the Lombardy region.  This light, Italian dessert is perfect after enjoying your bowl of fresh pasta.

 

Please note you will need a pasta machine for this experience, easy to buy or borrow, please let us know if you would like some recommendations.

Immersion Experience #1

An Umbrian Feast

Hands-on with a pinch of demonstration

Schiacciata cipolla e salvia (focaccia with onions and sage)

A mouth watering perfectly baked focaccia smothered in onions and fresh sage, a challenge to have only one piece.

Tagliatelle with Ragu Umbro

A flat noodle ribbon like pasta made on large wooden boards. A meat sauce that uses pork and beef ribs is slowly cooked on the stove, this is unlike a typical ragu meat sauce. The flavour comes from the meat and bones, but is served without the meat creating a lighter version of the typical Tuscan ragu.

Pollo in porchetta

Roasted chicken marinated in an Umbrian style 'battuto' ( marinade) of pancetta, sage, parsley and rosemary served with roasted potatoes.

Simple green salad

Crostata della nonna

Melissa’s Nonna’s recipe an Italian jam baked tart.

All recipes are from Melissa's family, handed down through the generations

Bio:

I was born and raised right here in Vancouver!

While I was born in Canada, I come from a family of immigrants. My dad came to Canada from Gubbio – a small town in Umbria, Italy when he was 12. My mom was also born in Vancouver but her parents came from Northern Italy and Denmark respectively. All this to say, I was lucky enough to be raised with both pasta and akavit! We are a very close family and have strong ties to our relatives in Italy. I took my first trip to Italy when I was 4 and I haven’t ever stopped – in fact, I love Italy so much, I moved there after graduating from university in 2007.

When did you develop a love for cooking?

Food has always been central to our family life and my Nonna was an amazing cook. Some of my earliest memories are standing next to my Nonna rolling out gnocchi dough into ropes while she stood close by complaining that we were rolling them too thin!

How do you express your love for cooking and culture?

My absolute favourite thing to do is to have friends and family over for dinner and I love trying to recreate the meals that live on in our collective family memory and to tell the stories associated with each dish. I also love telling people where to get the best Italian products…you’ll be surprised at some of the locations!

What are some of your favourite ingredients to use?

I have to say salt! Salt has such a bad rap but used properly, it is one of the things that can really elevate a dish. Umbrian food is so very simple…but it is seasoned in such a way that makes it delicious.

What makes Italian cuisine special?

I hesitate to call Italian food a cuisine. While it certainly can be refined, there are just so many regional variations it is hard to put it in a box. I guess what makes it so difficult to label is what makes it so special – every region is distinct so there are many more delicious dishes to explore! I also love, that the central figure so important to Italian cuisine is not a chef, but rather that most venerable of home cooks, La Nonna. Her’s is the gold standard against which all other dishes will be measured.

Do you have a cooking philosophy?

Ask and listen. Talk. Get people to tell you their family recipes. Find a community, learn from them, add your own spin and tell your own story. However it turns out, you can be sure it will be delicious!

What guests are saying about Melissa's culinary experiences:

"The Italian experience with Melissa was more than I expected.  From the start she welcomed us into her home with open arms and a big smile and shared her family's stories, recipes and Italian culture.  I left with a happy belly and feeling like I had been given a big warm hug from my Nonna!" Selena P.

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“I love, that the central figure so important to Italian cuisine is not a chef, but rather that most venerable of home cooks, La Nonna. Her’s is the gold standard against which all other dishes will be measured.”
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