Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cooking School at Il Bottaccio

Yesterday, we held a private cooking class for a family from Austin, Texas. Il Bottaccio is known for its Cooking School, where Executive Chef Nino Mosca graciously provides private lessons on Italian cooking. He offers a variety of courses- Italian Classics, The Cuisine of Il Bottaccio, Desserts and Introduction to Wines, Culinary Outings, and More Il Bottaccio Cuisine: “Being the Chef”. Yesterday's class on Italian Classics focused on sauces and pastas. The family eats gluten-free food because the children carry the gene for Coeliac's disease. Chef Nino tailored the menu so that they could eat everything he made. Using gluten-free flour he made fresh pasta. All of the sauces were free of typical flour and other wheat products. He let me demonstrate and teach how we prepare the carrots as well as the concasse tomatoes. Then he taught them the proper way to cook pasta, make an easy tomato and pine nut sauce, and also the rich demi-glace sauce that makes so many of the meat dishes out of this world. The family enjoyed being in the kitchen and getting to discover so many of Chef's secrets. I loved it because I was able to speak with Americans!

Pictured:Wild Boar "Chasseur" with Autumn Vegetables

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