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Cooking Classes

Class Schedule

Classes are held at Secolari in The Mall in Columbia 10300 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia MD, 21044 Call to Reserve Your Spot: 443-367-0010 Bring Your Own Wine!

Tutto Balsamico

Featuring Chef Alba
Creating recipes with Balsamic vinegar is one of Chef Alba’s passions. Balsamic vinegar has an inimitable flavor. Not just for use in salads, it’s used to create tasty and easy to prepare dishes that are suitable for any occasion. In this class, we will be making Goat Cheese Pear Crostini with Balsamic, Pork Loin Medallions in Balsamic, Balsamic and Herb Roasted New Potatoes, and for dessert, Ricotta Cacao Trancio with Aged Balsamic Drizzle.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | 6:15pm - 8:30pm | $78/person

The Feast of 7 Fishes*

Featuring Chef Alba
The Feast of 7 fishes (Festa dei Sette Pesci), originated in Southern Italy and is celebrated on Christmas Eve every year. A typical seven-fish menu can vary from family to family, or region to region. It typically consists of seven different fish and seafood dishes. Why seven? Seven is an important number; it stands for the seven days of creation. In Biblical numerology, seven is a number of perfection. In this class will be making and enjoying a variety of dishes you can proudly make for your family on Christmas Eve: Smoked Salmon Mozzarella Bruschetta, Cod and Saffron Canederli in Broth, Shrimp and Zucchini Spiedini, Gratinato of Tilapia and Potatoes, Squid Polpettini with Marinara Sauce, Mussels in Shallots Cream and Wine, and Seared Scallops on Wild Greens and Fruit.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 6:00pm - 8:45pm | $98/person *Sold Out

Under the Tuscan Moon*

Featuring Chef Alba
Chef Alba’s cooking is born of tradition, steeped with high cultural and gastronomical values, and aiming to share it. Tuscan food is a style of life, a way to communicate with grace, elegance, and simplicity. In this class, we will be preparing traditional Schiacciata con L’uva e Gorgonzola, Gnudi alla Toscana, Bite-Size Pork Tenderloin in Prosciutto and Balsamic, and Tuscan Peas and Pancetta.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | $70/person (Snow date Wednesday, January 10, 2018) *Sold Out

The Maghreb in Winter, Warm Hospitality to Invite You In...

Featuring Chef Wecker
The Maghreb, a region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea is the Africa Minor of the ancients. It at one time included Moorish Spain and now comprises essentially the Atlas Mountains and the coastal plains of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. The customs of the area express the highest of hospitality…food always speaking to the heart of their guests. Tonight we will create a delicious Lentil Soup with Lamb as well as Aromatic Chicken with Vegetable & Fruit Cous Cous with Rich Tomato Sauce.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | $70/person (Snow date Tuesday, January 23, 2018)

Treasures of the Sea*

Featuring Chef Ravi
We travel to the north of India where we will make Shrimp Amritsari, a spiced, gluten-free, batter- fried shrimp served with a Meyer lemon ginger jam, then on to the deep waters of the coastal south of India to create the magical Crab Cake Kovalam (a lump crab cake with coconut, curry leaves and red pepper flakes smothered with a velvety mustard seed, green chili and coconut sauce) served with lemon pulao. Our dessert is a heavenly slice of Kashmiri Naan stuffed with cardamom, raisins, craisins, almonds, and coconut, served with vanilla ice cream and a selection of assorted Secolari balsamic.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | $70/person (Snow date Thursday, January 25, 2018) *Sold Out

Main Course Soups You Can Eat With a Fork

Featuring Chef Alba
Soups are delicious and very satisfying in cold weather months. They are also perfect to prepare ahead of time. Warm up and learn to transform plain soups into flavorful main course dishes you can eat with a fork, like Italian Vellutata of Potatoes with Spinach Polpettine, Minestra with Ricotta Dumplings, Lentil Vellutata in Red Wine and Crispy Broccoli and Pancetta, and for dessert Apple Calzone.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | $70/person (Snow date Wednesday, February 7, 2018)

Romance is in the Air, in the Dining Room That Is...

Featuring Chef Wecker
In anticipation of our favorite red holiday in the winter month of February we will show you how to woo your loved ones through the kitchen. Tonight we feature Fried Oyster Salad Mignonette and a Rosemary Lamb Chop over Roasted Winter Vegetables including cauliflower, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, and fennel.
Monday, February 5, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | $70/person (Snow date Tuesday, February 20, 2018)

Valentine Italian Style

Featuring Chef Alba
In preparation for February 14th storefronts are filled with heart-shaped themes to remind us of this special day. Stories, legends, and traditions fill this day with memories for all lovers around the world. Look no further for something romantic to share with loved ones on Valentine’s Day. Join Chef Alba for delicious and easy recipes that have been selected for romantic dinner occasions. We will discover together how to make it memorable with recipes such as Savory ricotta and Pistachio Tartufi, Pan grissini con Fontina e Prosciutto Cotto, Risotto all’Arancio e Prosecco, Portobello Mushrooms Caprese Style, and for dessert Chocolate and Almond Capri Cake.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 6:15pm - 8:30pm | $85/person (Snow date Thursday, February 15, 2018)

Bravo, Brunch!

Featuring Chef Jeff Perri

This menu brings back memories of when I was chef for a Five Star Resort in California. Tonight we will show you how to make your brunches sing! Brunches are great “special occasion days” celebrating families and friends. This menu brings lots of flavors and colorful presentation to your table. We will be creating a Spinach, Artichoke and Gouda Casserole, Smoked Salmon Benedict with Citrus-Dill Hollandaise, Hash Brown Fingerling Potatoes Provençal and French Toast with poached pears.
Friday, February 16, 2018 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm | $85/person (Snow date Friday, February 23, 2018)

Indian High Tea Party

Featuring Chef Ravi
Sometimes gathering friends together for a light snack prior to dinner is almost as good as the dinner itself…especially Indian High Tea style! Come experience an Indian High Tea. We will be creating Chicken Samosas with apricot jalepeno jelly, Aloo Vada Wraps -- a deep-fried, mashed potato dumpling with garlic and curry leaves served in a whole chapati wrap with mint chutney. Then we turn our hands to Tandoori Sizzling Shrimp -- jumbo shrimp marinated to perfection in a heavenly blend of yoghurt, Tandoori olive oil, and spices served sizzling with a blend of peppers, cabbage and grilled onions. Dessert is the ever popular rice pudding with saffron and pistachios served with ice cream And of course, hot chai tea will be served for this High Tea Party!
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | $70/person (Snow date Thursday, February 22, 2018)

Path to Perugia Cooking

Featuring Chef Alba
Perugia, a province of Umbria, has the atmosphere of another era due to its mystical paths of medieval villages, palaces, castles, and the fortresses of charming villages. Every path has a special meaning, just like the special food we will prepare. Please come and enjoy a variety of Perugia Crostini, Penne Con Verza Pomodoro e Pancetta, Swiss Chard in Garlic and Lemon, and of course, Baci da Perugia (chocolate Kisses).
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm | $70/person (Snow date Wednesday, February 28, 2018)
Due to the number of ingredients in our chef's dishes, we are unable to list them all. Please advise us of any allergies you may have upon registration.

Payment is required to reserve class space. We realize that cancellations sometimes occur - if your cancellation is made 48 hours prior to the class, we will be happy to give you a full refund or apply the fee to another class. Otherwise, the payment is nonrefundable and nontransferable.