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Culinary Programs


Adults 19+

September 27 – November 15

6:00 – 8:30pm


We are pleased to introduce a new series of unique culinary workshops, with a distinct Italian flair! Join us for an intimate and interactive cooking experience, where you’ll explore beginner-level rustic Italian recipes for contemporary living. All workshops will include a pairing of wine and a communal meal to enjoy your culinary creations with the other participants.

Instructor:  Franco Berti is an Italian-born and raised, Toronto-based chef / pizzaiolo and visual artist. Uniquely influenced by the Italian and the Toronto gastronomical culture, Franco enjoys taking a fresh approach to traditional meals, giving them new meaning.


Thursday, September 27 Tomato as a Protagonist in Italian Cooking: Panzannela salad, pappa con Pomodoro
Thursday, October 4 When Less is More: Making Pesto – Pesto Genovese, Pesto Siciliano
Thursday, October 11 A Northern Staple: Risotto and Broth – Risotto Milanese, Risotto Risi e Bisi
Thursday October 18 Cicchetti: Venetian fingerfood- Arancini, Crostini, Snacks
Thursday, October 25 Seafood, Fish and Simplicity: Mussels & Branzino
Thursday, November 1 Harvest Vegetables Italian Style: Stuffed Pumpkin, Gratinée
Thursday, November 8 Variations on Tiramisu: Coffee & Chocolate, Yogurt and Berry
Thursday, November 15 A humble staple: Polenta 3 Ways


Note: A pairing of wine will be included with each meal.  Pricing and schedules are subject to change without notice.


# of Weeks 8 weeks
Day Thursdays
Ages 19+ years
Time 6:00 – 8:30pm
Individual Workshop $60.00 + HST
8 Week Series $480.00 + HST



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To register via phone, email or in person, or for more information and to inquire further, please contact:

Cassandra Zannella
Arts & Culture Coordinator

Email: cultural@villacharities.com
Tel: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 248

Arts, Youth & Culture Department (2nd floor, Room C201)
Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 2:00pm
901 Lawrence Ave. West, Office C201
Toronto, ON M6A 1C3