Italian Cooking with Melissa

  • Immersion Experience #1 - Melissa
  • Immersion Experience #1 - Melissa
  • Immersion Experience #1 - Melissa
Workshop schedule:
Saturday December 8, 4:30pm-8:30pm
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Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 $125.00
Saturday December 15, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
2 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
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Saturday January 19, 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
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Saturday January 26, 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
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Saturday February 2, 4:30pm-8:30pm
4 spots available
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Saturday February 9, 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
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Saturday March 2, 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 $125.00 Sign up now
Saturday March 9, 4:30pm-8:30pm
6 spots available
Immersion Experience #1
$95.00 $125.00 Sign up now

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 

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

Immersion experiences are a 4 hour experience.  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.

Taste of experiences area a 2.5 hour experience.  Includes a light snack upon arrival and then you get to sit back and relax as Melissa walks you through each recipe step by step sharing her family stories and culture along the way.  Everyone sits down together and shares the meal and more great conversation. 

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 Torta al testo (Umbrian style bread) with 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.

Pet Alert: No pets

Location: Melissa’s Kitchen is on historic Columbia Street in New Westminister, a short 30 minute skytrain ride from the heart of Vancouver.

Immersion Experience #1

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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