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Holiday Aperitivo with Viola Buitoni

Awaken the appetite and enliven the mood at your next holiday gathering with the addition of Italian aperitivo. Cooking instructor Viola Buitoni will show you how! In this cocktail-hour class, you’ll learn how to make the following Italian recipes that are perfectly party-ready. The workshop includes all preparation and a social hour where we will eat our creations and toast to new traditions.


Bellini speziato alle pere~Pear bellini with winter spices
Seppiette al nero su polenta croccante~Calamari in squid ink with crispy polenta
Cozze gratinate al forno~Baked stuffed mussels
Salmone curato con pane di segale~Cured salmon with rye bread
Fegatini di pollo alla toscana~Tuscan style chicken liver spread
Sablé al parmigiano~Parmigiano biscuits
Cornetti di bresaola e caprino al pistacchio~Bresaola and goat cheese horns with pistachios
Tartine di robiola con noci e miele al tartufo~Robiola and walnuts tartines with truffle honey
Paté di gallinacci e trombette dei morti~Chanterelle and black trumpets paté
Datteri con gorgonzola, nocciole e cioccolato~Dates with gorgonzola, hazelnuts and chocolate

Viola Buitoni, a direct descendant of the famed pasta and chocolate family, hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. She came to the US in 1985 for a business degree, but soon after graduation found herself drawn back into the genetic passion for food. In New York City she started Buitoni & Garretti, a catering kitchen and Italian fine foods shop. Here in San Francisco Viola can be found giving lectures on Italian food traditions and trends and cooking classes in collaboration with the SF Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate. She also teaches “The Italian Kitchen”, a monthly workshop at the Cavallo Point Lodge Cooking School; and an ongoing series of food articles and cooking videos for MissionLocal.org, a UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism blog based in San Francisco’s Mission District where Viola lives.

There is a minimum number of students required to run this workshop. If you’re interested in attending, please sign up!



Dec 9, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Healdsburg SHED
25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, United States

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