Cooking Program

Testimonia​ls  I attended a cooking class for sauces at Casa Belvedere and I just wanted to thank you for a lovely evening. This was my first visit toCasa Belvedere and the instructor was a welcoming and knowledgeable hostess and the setting was intimate and inviting. The class was great,I had such fun and learned quite a lot. I have made Pasta Primavera several times since and everyone loves it (Pesto is next). Just wanted to letyou know how much I enjoyed the evening and I am looking forward to taking more classes in the future.”Thanks again,Prudy Parascondola

Casa Belvedere “In Cucina” Culinary Classes Casa Belvedere offers recreational and educational culinary classes. Our skilled team of instructors have a wide range of classes to offer adults and children. Daytime and evening classes are available. Held in our state-of-the-art CUCINA COLAVITA kitchen, participants will expand their skills, learn new techniques and gain confidence in the kitchen. There’s something for everyone, from the novice to the more experienced home chef, from traditional and regional Italian dishes to innovative variations on everyday and essential meals, from “hands on” to demonstrative. Students may buy individual classes or purchase a group of classes. Consider signing up with a friend or family member and share in the fun and learning together.

Pricing, Registration and Payment: Children’s Class and Adult Class rates vary. Consult the class listings below.  (Minimum number of students per class required as indicated)

WE ARE ALWAYS IN SEARCH OF NEW TOPICS OF INTEREST. CONTACT US AND LET US KNOW WHAT THEME COOKING CLASSES YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND.

YOU CAN DESIGN YOUR OWN COOKING CLASS!

We also offer Private Cooking Parties & Gift Certificates.

Group classes are fun for students of all ages. Great for a small company outing or team-building activity, celebrations of all kinds, Girl & Boy Scout Troops, Mom’s Night Out, etc. Call for more information.

Registration and payments accepted by phone, online or in person. To register and pay online, click the “Donate Now” button above, complete the form, and please indicate in the comments box your selected classes.

For additional information, call 718-273-7660 or email info@casa-belvedere.org.

NOTE: For all classes, please notify us if there are any food allergies or dietary restrictions present. Children’s classes are drop-off only. Parking is available on site or at the lot directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy.

ADULT Classes:

Wednesday, January 28th: ‘Soup As a Meal (or two)” A new class all about making a variety of soups for this winter season and beyond that are warm, hearty and healthy and an easy one-dish meal (or two). $95 per person. Teens welcome. There is a 6 student minimum enrollment required to hold this class.

Valentine’s Baking Class - Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 12 Noon to 3:00 PM. An assortment of delicious and romantic desserts and treats fitting of the holiday, including flourless chocolate cake and heart-shaped Linzer tarts. $95 per person. There is an 8 student minimum to hold this class. Young adults welcome.

Pasta and Sauce from A to Z – Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Learn how to make a variety of fresh pastas and sauces. $100 per person. There is an 8 student minimum to hold this class. Bring a doggie bag!

‘Cook Like a Pro’ Cooking Classes will take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00 PM as per schedule below. $110 per class. A discount is given to anyone registering for the entire series. There is a 6 student minimum enrollment required to hold each class.

Kitchen Basics and Everything in Between to Become a Competent Chef in your Own Home.

Feb 10th: Knife Skills, Vegetables, Stock

Feb 17th: Eggs & Sauces

Feb 24th: Fish & Seafood

Mar 3rd: Poultry

Mar 10th: Meats

Mar 24th: Dough & Pasta

‘Tour of Italy’ Regional Cooking Classes will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00 PM as per schedule below. $95 per class. There is a 6 student minimum enrollment required to hold each class.

Learn how to make these popular dishes and more…

Piemonte – Wed. Feb. 4th - (Funduta, Budino di Gianduja)
Liguria – Wed. Feb. 11th - (Pesto, Rabbit Stew)
Umbria – Wed. Feb 18th - (Minestra with meat dumplings, Porchetta)
Rome – Wed. Feb 25th - (Gnocchi, Crostata)

Easter Baking Class – Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Learn to make a variety of traditional Easter-time baked goods. $125 per person. There is an 8 student minimum to hold this class.

KIDS Classes

Monday Afternoons from 3:45 – 5:15 PM as per schedule below. For ages 7+. Drop-Off Only. There is an 8 student minimum enrollment required to hold each class.

February 2nd: Breakfast for Dinner ($35)
February 9th: Sushi & Dumplings ($50)
February 16th: Fresh Pasta ($35)
February 23rd: Simple Mexican ($40)
March 2nd: Cookies ($35)
March 9th: Spaghetti Pie ($35)

Gina’s background in cooking is based on the classic Italian kitchen.Today a mother of four, living on Staten Island, she is constantly looking to serve the classics with a new twist, but still maintaining the integrity of the dish – making classic dishes, by using natural, fresh ingredients that are in season and that spark flavor in every bite.We will cover be basics. Anyone who enjoys cooking will be able to develop skills to recreating any dish.Teaching and cooking are a natural combination.
Bio Judy Serra Lieberman has been active in and around the food and hospitality business for many years. She took her professional chef’s training at the New York Restaurant School and spent time in restaurants in Manhattan, France, and Italy, before launching her own catering projects in NYC. Those successes led her to write THE COMPLETE OFF-PREMISE CATERER, the first book of its kind to outline that career for professionals. She has continued to write on food and beverage for other industry journals. But it is her Italian family background that always shows through. “My most valuable lessons in the kitchen were learned from my grandparents, parents, and assorted passionate relatives and friends — all tasting and debating…. gardening and gathering and arguing over the best sauce, the perfect pasta, just the right wine… those happy noises, tastes, and aromas linger in my mind today.” Her Italian heritage – of cooking and sharing – recently found a home at Decker Farm, where, along with Chef Cavagnaro, she enjoyed sharing authentic farm to table feasts with devoted locals. And she is particularly happy to share her stories and recipes with new friends and students at Casa Belvedere.Mediterranean Cooking at Lunch Sessions that will address the principles of the Mediterranean diet, with an emphasis on making choices at the market, ease of preparation, freshness, bright flavors, and the ability to adapt recipes to family tastes, budget, and time.Here are some of the recipes proposed.Starters might include: • Dandelion and Fava Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette • Shaved Tender Artichokes with Parmigiano curls, Balsamic glaze Roasted Asparagus & Spring OnionsEntrees might include: • Clams & Mussels in Herbs & Wine • Halibut in Cartoccio with Roasted Lemon • Prosecco Risotto with Baby Peas • Strata of Leeks, Potatoes, and MushroomsDesserts might include: • Cappuccino Panna Cotta • Strawberry Crostada • Individual Tiramisu
BioDavid Cavagnaro brings an eclectic background to the kitchen table. He crafts assorted cheeses, makes wine and vinegar, sausages, bread and an extensive range of baked goods. His specialties include soups and stocks. And he is also an excellent instructor on topics such as raising one’s own chickens, rabbits and bees, making soap and macerated spirits such as limoncello and anisette. The skills and knowledge come from David’s experience as a restaurant owner on Staten Island, as the resident farmer and executive chef at Decker Farm in New Springville and as a seasoned veteran of the food service business.

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