Classes and Events

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Cooking Classes with Linda Carucci,

Author of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks, second edition

www.cookingschoolsecrets.com

Please enjoy my cooking tips on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l4cLD-zguI&feature=youtu.be

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The Secret’s Out… again!

Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks

Updated Second Edition (in softcover and eBook formats)

By Linda Carucci

 

Cooking Classes and Events via Zoom for Private Groups

at Linda Carucci’s Kitchen

My Zoom cooking classes are offered in two formats: strictly demonstration or hands-on/cook along. Both are fun and are packed with the kind of time-saving tips and professional culinary techniques that enhance the enjoyment of cooking.

There are three options for you to consider: Two are private classes (one is hands-on and the other is demonstration), and the last option is attendance at one of my regularly scheduled public cooking classes. If none of these meshes with what you have in mind, I’d be happy to tailor something special to work for you. To discuss a private party or event, please email me: lindacarucci@gmail.com

Hands-On Cooking Class Parties / Private Events

Ideal for small coworker gatherings or special occasion celebrations for family and friends 

  • Includes 1-1/2 to 2 hours of interactive cooking instruction, followed by the option to sit down together after class to enjoy the meal you’ve each prepared
  • Suitable for up to 10 households/Zoom screens (more than one person per household may participate on a single screen)
  • You (or your event host) handle all invitations and RSVPs and send the recipes and Zoom login information (provided by me) to your guests
  • Sample menus (* indicates that this recipe is—or can be—vegetarian)
    • *Thai Chicken Bowls with Coconut-Jasmine Rice, Rainbow Slaw, and Peanut Sauce
    • *Banh Mi: Vietnamese Sandwiches on Crusty French Rolls stuffed with Broiled Chicken Patties, Fresh Herbs, and Quick-Pickled Veggies
    • *Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi with Ten-Minute Tomato Sauce: Think ravioli minus the pasta—delicate poached dumplings (say NOO-dee), made popular on “Top Chef”
    • Baked Lemony Shrimp with Crispy Bread Crumbs and Garlic, tossed with Linguine
    • *Risotto Workshop: Creamy Italian rice with seasonal add-ins—and lots of technique
    • *Three-Bean Minestrone with pancetta, Italian sausage, cabbage, baby pasta, and plenty of seasonal veggies
    • Additional menus are available on request
  • About a week prior to the class date, I email to the event host the Zoom login, the recipe/s,and three lists: shopping, equipment, and prep.
  • It is strongly recommended that each participant shop for groceries at least 48 hours prior to class.
  • Both the shopping and equipment lists offer suggestions in case an ingredient or tool isn’t available. Beverage suggestions are included.
  • Generally, each participant should allow about an hour of prep time before a hands-on class. This might include rinsing all produce, gathering all equipment, chopping some ingredients, preparing a marinade, etc. Detailed instructions are provided on the prep list.
  • If you’d like, I can designate you or your event host as my Zoom co-host so that when the cooking is finished, I can log off and the party guests are able to sit down in their respective households and enjoy the meal they’ve prepared—still connected on Zoom.
  • The fee for this type of class depends on the menu and the size of your group and ranges from $350 for small groups to $550 and up for ten households. This includes typed recipes, shopping list, equipment list, and prep list. I’d be glad to consider special menu requests which may involve an additional fee. For example, if you have a guest of honor, what are some favorite restaurant dishes that have been missed during the lockdown?
  • Typically, each participating household pays for their own groceries. Occasionally, such as when the cooking event is done for a fundraiser, the event host shops and provides the groceries for the guests.

Demonstration Cooking Class / Private Event

A popular choice for larger groups including clubs and organizations

  • A 60- to 90-minute class where participants sit back and watch me do all the cooking. There’s plenty of time for Q&A. Please note: this is not a cook-along class.
  • Can accommodate an unlimited number of households/Zoom screens (more than one person per household may participate on a single screen)
  • You (or your event host) handle all invitations and RSVPs and send the recipes and Zoom login information (provided by me) to guests.
  • Sample menus (* indicates that this recipe is—or can be—vegetarian)
  • Chicken Parmigiana with Ten-Minute Tomato Sauce, served with a side of Pasta
  • *Focaccia Barese: a round, tomato-and-olive topped focaccia from Puglia, Italy with a crispy crust and pillowy soft interior (thanks to mashed potato in the dough)
  • *Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Cannellini Beans, and Italian Sausage
  • *Thai Chicken Bowls with Coconut-Jasmine Rice, Rainbow Slaw, and Peanut Sauce
  • *Banh Mi: Vietnamese Sandwiches on Crusty French Rolls stuffed with Broiled Chicken Patties, Fresh Herbs, and Quick-Pickled Veggies
  • Additional menus are available on request
  • About a week prior to the class date, I email the recipe/s and Zoom login information to the event host.
  • The fee is $500 and up for an unlimited number of households. This includes typed recipes. I’d be glad to consider special menu requests which may involve an additional fee.

Pre-Scheduled, Open-to-the-Public Demonstration Cooking Classes

The least labor-intensive event for host and guests; the most affordable option for small groups

  • These classes are also open to the public.
  • A 60- to 90-minute class where participants sit back and watch me do all the cooking.There’s plenty of time for Q&A. Please note: these are not cook-along classes.
  • Each class starts at 10:00 a.m. PT and is offered on a choice of at least two dates, one a weekday and one a Saturday.
  • I offer these classes with predetermined menus three times a year: Spring, Summer, and late Fall/early Winter. Each season’s offerings feature at least three different class themes/menus.
  • Themes of recent classes (all of these can be vegetarian)
  • Trader Joe’s Treasures
  • Healthy Way to Start the Day (includes a foolproof new way to poach eggs)
  • Italian-American Classics
  • Springtime Brunch
  • Fresh from the Farmers Market
  • You (or the event host for your group) register and pay for an unlimited number of guest households. There is a limit of one Zoom screen per household, but an unlimited number of people from one household may attend.
  • The event host handles all invitations and RSVPs, then s/he emails me the guest list (including the email address for each guest) three weeks before the class.
  • About a week prior to the class date, I email the recipe/s and Zoom login information to each guest.
  • The fee is $39 per household, payable when guests’ names and email addresses are submitted (three weeks prior to class).

TERMS

  • Payment may be made by Venmo or check made payable to Linda Carucci. Further detailswill be provided at the time of booking.
  • Private classes require a deposit of 50%, due at the time of booking. The balance is due 48 hours prior to the class.
  • A deposit for a private class will be refunded completely if a cancellation is made up to 21 days prior to the class. A deposit for a cancellation made between 2 and 21 days of a private class will be refunded minus a $100 cancellation fee and the cost of any expenses that I have already incurred for your class.

OTHER

  • Autographed copies of my cookbook “Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks” are available for $27.95 plus shipping. These make great party favors.
  • Gift certificates are available.
  • To discuss a private party or event, please email me: lindacarucci@gmail.com

To register for a class:

  • The fee for each of the above demonstration classes is $39 per household (all on one computer, please). Email me at lindacarucci@gmail.com to tell me the date/s and title/s of the class/es you’d like to take and whether you’d prefer to pay by Venmo or check. When I confirm your registration I’ll let you know how to send your payment.
  • After your payment is received, I’ll email you the recipes and the Zoom login information.

There’s more…

  • Cooking classes (either demonstration or hands-on) make great gifts. I’ve organized cook-along classes for families, friends, and organizations that want to bring people together online for a celebration or shared activity.
  • Interested in a lovely gift certificate? Mine arrives in a distinctive presentation folder with an embossed gold seal. There is an extra charge of $5 (includes postage) per gift certificate.
  • I also offer a variety of private cooking lessons such as Culinary Knife Skills, Fish Cookery, and Anti-Inflammatory Cooking. Fees for private lessons vary, depending on the length of the class and menu.
  • Please contact me for more information about any of the above: lindacarucci@gmail.com

Copies of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks, Second Edition are available at:

www.bookstore.authorhouse.com

Hope to see you in the kitchen soon!

For gift certificates and information about private or couples cooking lessons and corporate cooking parties, please email lindacarucci@gmail.com or visit http://www.cookingschoolsecrets.com

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