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May #whatscooking live online classes

By April 18, 2020April 30th, 20207 Comments

Welcome back to #whatscooking! We’re thrilled to share our May schedule of live interactive cooking classes, brought to you from our homes to yours! 

After the success of our April classes, we are once again offering simple interactive recipe lessons in May, to bring Italy-lovers together during this time of social distancing. Our lessons are geared toward home cooks like us and are open to all. 

Additional Arancini Lessons in April

Saturday, April 18 and Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 pm EST Carolyn will teach you how to make Arancini.

And now the announcement you’ve all been waiting for…

May cooking class calendar

Repeat Lessons by popular demand

  • Monday, May 4 at 4:00 pm EST an additional Artichoke lesson is on the calendar, taught by Eleonora. Only a few spaces left!
  • Thursday, May 21 at 3:00 pm EST an additional Biscotti lesson is available, taught by Gina. Only a few spaces left!

Wine & Cheese Pairing ~ 2 dates & 2 instructors!

  • This special lesson is an introduction to the magical world of wine paired with cheese. During this 90-minute interactive wine & cheese pairing lesson we taste 3 Italian wines and 3 Italian cheeses. The focus is on how to taste, grape varieties and their characteristics; and on cheese types, cheese making techniques and finally we pair cheese and wine. No doubt, Eleonora and Gina will share some of their Italy wine and cheese adventures with you
  • Two dates: Saturday, May 9th and Friday, May 29th at 5:00 pm EST
    Wine and cheese pairing lessons are taught in tandem by Eleonora, our resident cheese expert, and Gina, our natural wine lover.
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Roman Pasta Classics ~ 2 dates!

  • Welcome to the realm of cucina romana! In this class we explore two of Rome’s favorite pasta dishes: Amatriciana & Gricia. During our 90-minute live interactive cooking workshop, we debunk myths. We twirl forks. We see you smile.
  • Date: Thursday, May 7 and Monday, May 11 at 5:00 pm EST
  • Lessons taught by Carolyn
best Amatriciana in Rome

Meatballs ~ 2 styles

  • Drenched in tomato sauce, fried or baked, polpette are the focus of these 90-minute live online cooking lessons.
  • Dates: Sunday, May 3 and Sunday, May 17 at 11:00 am EST – Classic meatballs to add to a slow cooked Sunday sugo or a quick & simple marinara. Lesson taught by Gina
  • Date: Saturday, May 23 at 11:00 am EST – Northern Italian-style fried meatballs taught by Eleonora
meatball lesson

Lesson Details

  • We teach live cooking classes online for a maximum 10 participants per lesson to allow hands-on teaching and interaction during the lesson. We want to have time to answer all of your questions and spend time together cooking.
  • Should classes fill up quickly, we will do our best to schedule another session for participants on our waitlist.
  • Sign-ups for May classes are now open. Send us an email at ciao@casamiatours.com to reserve your space for our May dates. 
  • Within 48 hours of submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation and an invitation to the lesson.
  • With the confirmation email we’ll send you a shopping list for the lesson and a list of kitchen tools that we’ll use during the lesson. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for substitutions if you can’t find an ingredient or don’t have a specific kitchen tool. We make substitutions in our kitchens every day!
  • All starting times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • Classes last 1.5 hours and start promptly. Lessons are held on the Zoom platform. They are recorded and available only to participants within 48 hours.

Sneak peek at June lessons, conversations and beyond

  • Cooking Class for Kids – a fun, easy and safe lesson for the young foodies in the family
  • Film & Food – a conversation with Eleonora bringing food and cinema together through an exploration of Italian Neorealism and the narrative of her nonno, Vittorio De Sica. After the brief lecture Eleonora will hold a Q&A, complete with photos, video clips, personal anecdotes and more.
  • Fish & Seafood – Italy is 80% surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and its immense biodiversity… imagine the culinary possibilities!
  • Dolce didactics – Did someone say tiramisu?
  • Risotto tutorial – There’s something very relaxing in stirring broth into rice as it thickens…
  • Gnocchi making from scratch – There is a universe beyond potato gnocchi
  • Side dishesVignarola, a springtime Roman countryside “contorno”
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Future lessons will include

  • Antipasto! Appetizers and cicchetti to pair to wine and cocktails
  • Pasta from scratch – ravioli, pappardelle, cavatelli… the list goes on
  • Soups – pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, zuppa di farro, pasta e ceci, pasta e fagioli, pancotto, bagna cauda, zuppa pavese, and more
  • Basic sauces – pesto, puttanesca, bolognese and more
  • Main courses – roasts and stews; chicken cacciatore; involtini & scaloppine; roasts and more
  • Vegetarian recipes – stewed lentils, torta rustica (savory pie), caponata and more
  • Complete meal recipes – eggplant parmigiana; frico; frittata; polenta; pizza & focaccia, and more
  • Desserts – tiramisu, crostata, panna cotta, gelato & granita, and more

You can email us requesting a full list of lessons/dishes that are available.

If there’s a dish that you’d like to cook but do not see listed here, please let us know and we’ll add it to our menus.

If you would like to request a lesson at an alternative time please email us and we will try our best to accommodate.

We’re happy to offer semi-private and private lessons upon request.

May live cooking classes


We do not require payment for our live online cooking classes, but contributions for lessons are welcome. We donate 10% of all contributions to Partners in Health Coronavirus response efforts.
To make a contribution. please click here.

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  • Eleonora,
    Beautiful qebsite and information!
    Patty Baldwin

  • richard ruesch says:

    our current weather has us already on our toes this year; farming is really a year long engagement. I can foresee the cooking that is oft times a joint activity with my talented wife, Margaret, will mainly become her responsibility, leaving me to do the early in-dirt work, and not ready for your class work. .

    • Eleonora Baldwin says:

      Hi Richard, thank you for your comment. We look forward to meeting you and Margaret online!

      • richard ruesch says:


        grand of you to reply. we will sooner than later see you as well. you darling ladies gave me the links to use to find the info for curing and smoking meat, primarily pork in the Italian way. we have several USA meat cutters/butchers who buddy with their male butcher friends in Italy, who after collaborating have written a couple of books that explain it ALL I am in the process of curing a pair of pork jowls that I arranged to buy from an Amish butcher. I am on my way, thanks to you all. getting the farm ready for planting is no.1 please stay in touch richard.

  • Anna Kovel says:

    Hope you are doing well.
    I’d like to sign up for the May 9th wine and cheese pairing class, but I can’t figure out how to sign up through your website. Can you let me know what to do to?
    Also, since I’m in the U.S. but outside of a city, I want to be sure I have enough time to order the wines and cheeses you will be tasting, and it might take me a little while to find a good source. Please let me know if you have any good retail outlet suggestions for NY State.

    Thanks and looking forward to it-

    • Gina Tringali says:

      Hi Anna! thank you for your comment. We will email you the details and shopping list. Looking forward to seeing you!

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