Cooking Classes

I teach public cooking classes at different culinary centers and I also teach privately. My private classes are great for birthdays, holidays, fundraisers or any event. This is a list of my most popular classes. I can also tailor my lessons to particular student needs. For upcoming public classes, please go to my calendar

Yeast Breads: The Basics & Beyond
Overcome yeast anxiety with this class on basic yeast bread. Design your own bread and learn all the important techniques to make your own loaf at home.
Menu: Pane alle Olive – Olive Rustic Bread; Panmarino Rosemary Bread;
Pane al Formaggio – Cheese Bread


Focaccia
Come learn how to make this popular Italian flatbread using a variety of seasonal ingredients.
Menu: Sea Salt Focaccia – Perfect for Sandwiches; Sage & Parmesan Focaccia – Maria’s Favorite at the Rose Pistola; Cheese-stuffed Focaccia; Apple Cinnamon Focaccia.


Pasta Workshop
Learn how to make fresh home-made pastas with chef Maria Capdevielle.
Menu: Tagliatelle al Pesto; Ricotta Ravioli with Summer Tomato Sauce; Pappardelle with Brown Butter and Sage Sauce


Italian Tapas
Italian Tapas Class Tapas, or small plates, are great for entertaining as well as daily mealtime. The art of tapas is starting with good quality seasonal ingredients, pairing flavors, and using the right cooking techniques to enhance the ingredients natural flavors. Come join our new favorite Italian Chef, Maria Capdevielle, to learn how to create authentic dishes that will wow your guests every time!
Menu: Pizzette (small pizza ); Farro salad with with seasonal vegetables; Crostini with roasted peppers; Warm Olives with Fennel and lemon; Cantucci (classic Italian biscotti)


Great Italian Desserts
Learn how to make delicious traditional Italian desserts from Italian pastry expert Maria Capdevielle. Maria will teach students useful pastry techniques along with the cultural and historic origins of these sweet gems.
Menu: Crispy Neapolitan Donuts (Zeppole); Cannoli Siciliani; Hazelnut Biscotti; Tiramisu; Orange Panna Cotta


Chocolate for Valentine
Valentine’s Day is a time for special treats and what could be better than something with a homemade touch. Join expert Pastry Chef Maria Capdevielle and learn all the important techniques to create stunning and elegant desserts at home to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable experience!
Menu: Molten Chocolate Cake, Almond Bocconcini Candy, Chocolate Amaretto Truffles, Chocolate Fondue with Tropical Fruits, Decadent Chocolate Biscotti.


Perfect Pies for the Holidays
In this beginners baking class, top Italian pastry chef Maria Capdevielle will teach you professional but easy techniques for making perfect pie and tart crusts as well as delicious fillings to create perfect holiday desserts. Each student will take home a pie dough to roll out and make into a holiday pie or tart.
Menu: Traditional double-crusted Apple Pie, Classic Pecan Pie, Pear Cranberry Galette, Chocolate Caramel Tart


Perfect Restaurant Style Desserts for the Fall
Join Pastry chef Maria Capdevielle as she shares with us her knowledge on hand-selecting and gently preparing perfect produce to create delicious restaurant desserts for the Fall:
Menu: Warm Apple Crisp, Italian Ricotta Tart with caramelized figs, Roasted Pears Shortcakes with chantilly cream, Chocolate bread pudding


Italian holiday cookies
This year, bring the sweets of Italy to your holiday table. Chef Maria Capdevielle will teach you how to make wonderful treats that are sure to please! The holidays are coming so you better get ready! Chef Maria Capdevielle will show you how to make a variety of Italian cookies that will surprise and be great treats for the holiday table.
Menu: Amaretti (Italian almond macaroons), biscotti di Prato (almond biscuit from Prato usually served with a glass of sweet wine called “vinsanto”); Pizzeli (Crispy waffles from Abruzzo usually filled with Nutella or Mosto); Crumiri (cornmeal cookies); Panforte (Traditional fruitcake from Siena)


Easy Restaurant Desserts
Menu: Shortcakes with cream and strawberry compote, Roasted pineapples with vanilla ice cream and caramelized walnuts, Zabaglione with fresh berries , Almond Wafers.