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Art of the Aperitivo: Italian Holiday Hosting with Viola Buitoni

In Italy, cocktail parties are typically scheduled at 7pm, with most guests arriving a fashionable hour late. The array of hors d’ouvres on offer often end up taking the place of cena, or dinner (there’s even a word for this leisurely, festive meal: apericena). Instructor Viola Buitoni will be joining us for a cooking cocktail party featuring the traditional finger foods of Italy, from the simple to the elaborate. We’ll eat a dinner’s worth of appetizers (and drink aperitifs, of course!) while we learn how to cook, toast, and entertain as artfully and effortlessly as the Italians do.

Viola Buitoni 
was born in Rome and raised in Perugia, Italy. After attending university in the US, Viola she started Buitoni & Garretti, a catering kitchen and Italian fine foods shop in New York City. She later moved to San Francisco where she began giving lectures on Italian food traditions and leading cooking classes with the SF Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate. She teaches Italian cooking workshop around the Bay Area and is a regular contributor of food articles and cooking videos for MissionLocal.org, a UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism blog.
Pear bellini, winter spices
Calamari in squid ink, crispy polenta
Baked stuffed mussels
Cured salmon, rye bread
Tuscan-style chicken liver spread
Parmigiano biscuits
Bresaola, goat cheese horns, pistachios
Robiola and walnut tartines, truffle honey
Chanterelle and black trumpet mushroom paté
Dates with gorgonzola, hazelnuts and chocolate


Dec 7, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Healdsburg SHED
25 North St, Healdsburg, CA 95448, USA

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