Cooking Classes, Private Parties, and Culinary Tours with Chef Shelly
Cooking classes are usually 2½ to 3 hours in length. We eat everything we make, so bring your appetite! You will receive recipes and instructions, and the cooking classes are hands-on.
You may register an upcoming class by clicking on the class in the list below and following the instructions to make an online payment. You may also contact us to reserve your spot over the phone with a credit card. Please give 48 hours notice if you need to cancel your reservation.
We have had some great cooking classes this summer. August is filled with private pizza parties & cooking events. September we are off to Italy & Croatia for some great culinary adventures. Fall cooking classes inspired by travel in Puglia & Croatia will be posted very soon.
Summer Truffle Experience
I had the great pleasure of traveling to Tuscany last year and participating in a truffle hunt. An absolute highlight for me and my travel guests. With that we have met the incredible family who own and operate Savini Tartufi Truffle Company in Tuscany. We will be getting fresh truffles and truffle products flown in from Tuscany for this event.
We will be preparing a 4 course Summer Truffle Dinner.
1st – Antipasto with truffle meats and cheeses
2nd – Lobster ravioli with truffle cream sauce
3rd – Petite Filet with a compound butter prepared with fresh truffles, roasted garlic and fresh herbs. A grilled Pallisade peach & goat cheese salad with truffle balsamic
4th – Vanilla gelato made with truffle honey topped with dark chocolate and hazelnut tuiles.
Discada is a mixed meat dish popular in the northern Mexican states of Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas. The dish includes a mixture of grilled meats, roasted chilies, tortilla’s cooked on an agricultural plow disk, hence its name.
We will be cooking carne asada, tequila marinated shrimp, making fresh tortillas, a variety of salsa’s. A chili queso tamale with tomatillo salsa to start and watermelon lime tequila sorbet to finish the evening.
KAMAYAN TABLE – An ancient and traditional way of eating with your hands in the Philippines, a large Kamayan table is typically set after the “ani” (harvest) to celebrate the fruits of the land and labor. In a modern setting, Kamayan is usually the quickest way of enjoying food without the fuss of plates and utensils. Often regarded as savage and uncivilized, this form of dining was shunned by westerners and city-dwelling Filipinos alike, but still very alive in the rural provinces and is showing up on menus across the U.S.
Private Cooking Classes
Host your private cooking event for any occasion. Cooking events are held at the Culinary Studio. You can organize a cooking class, interactive cooking demonstration or intimate dinner party. Menu’s will be customized for you based on fresh seasonal ingredients. A really fun way to celebrate with family and friends.
Pricing is based on the number of people, weekday or weekend event, and menu chosen. Please email Shelly@bellabistro.com to inquire about creating your private cooking party.
$200 deposit is required to reserve your date.
Pizza & Bocce
PERSONAL PIZZA PARTIES
Looking for something unique and fun for your next social event? Host your personal pizza party.
Start the evening by sabering a bottle of bubbles and Invite your friends and family, bring your favorite wine. Learn to make Bella’s pizza dough and toppings. Select a salad & dessert to accompany your pizza. Gluten free crust available upon request. Please email email@example.com to inquire about booking your private pizza party.
$200 deposit is required to reserve your date.
We’ll make a variety of breads including French baguette, fugasse, focaccia, pizza dough, pretzel rolls, and hamburger buns. I love to make bread so I am always adding to my recipe collection.
I am constantly adding to my collection of pasta tools. I would have to say making pasta is one of my favorite things to do. I teach the basic pastas as well as Italian regional specialties.
Sauces always add the special finishing touch to any dinner, whether a truffle cream, red wine demi glaze, port cherry, Marsala, or simple red sauce. A sauce can be paired with a protein to create a tasty dinner.
Name your meat: pork belly, veal, pork or lamb shank or short ribs. Winter is the best time of year to braise. Learn all the tips and techniques and sit down to a wonderful dinner.
The most common mistake with grilling is over-cooking. You will learn to grill meats and seafood to the perfect temperature so that they will not be dried out. Learn to make rubs, marinades, sauces, and salsas. Make everything on the grill so you can enjoy the outdoors.
Whether you have been to Italy or you are just dying to go, you can pick any region (or I can help you choose) and we can create a menu together. I love teaching regional cooking classes and pairing wine with the courses.