Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cooking with Fabio at Cafe Firenze

Cafe Firenze is one of my favorite restaurants. It's one of those places that I take my family and friends since I know the service will always be good and the food always yummy. Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame hosted a cooking class last weekend and I was so excited to attend. The class was a little over 2 hours and was full of fun and deliciousness. The best part, other than Fabio's humor and charm, was of course the food and drink.

Fabio in action. I tried to be as discreet as possible with my picture taking. He didn't mind cameras being present but I wanted to spend more time paying attention to what he was doing than taking pictures.
 Jacopo, the mixologist for the restaurant, showed us how to make ginger/cranberry margaritas.
 So so good and he definitely didn't skimp on the tequila.
 The meal we learned how to make- lemon/garlic chicken, cranberry risotto and pumpkin gnocchi.
The gnocchi was my favorite.
We ended the class with a dessert cocktail- pumpkin pie martinis.
 This was super strong so I couldn't finish it but it had good flavor.

If you're ever in the area, please stop at Cafe Firenze for lunch or dinner. I believe there is going to be another cooking class in December, which I fully intend to sign up for, so maybe I'll see you there. 


  1. I've been wanting to go for ages, but haven't gotten around to it. Do you need reservations, or can you just show up?

  2. um, i want both those drinks. they sound so good.

  3. That sounds amazing!!!! I love cooking classes. The problem is I can't remember how to do anything once I am on my own!

    Get Up & Go

  4. Pumplkin pie martinis;)) What will tehy thinkof next:) Great stuff:)

  5. Pumpkin gnocchi?!?! Gnocchi are my favourite - I can't even imagine how good they tasted!