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Cooking in the Sun with Friends


After more than 20 years of holding cooking classes at The Timbers, the Jacaranda and now the Sanibel Community House, renowned chef Loretta Paganini is headed back to the island for a week-long series of classes January 27 – 31, 2020.

First step, grab a copy of her book, “My Sanibel Kitchen” featuring some of her favorite recipes, chef tips and island anecdotes from what she calls her “personal journey of 20 years of cooking in the sun with friends.”

Then take a look at her class descriptions below and select your favorite(s)!  The price is $95 per person per 3-hour class.  Each take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way.

For more information and to register for classes, call the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking at 440-729-1110.


2020 Sanibel Community House Classes with Loretta Paganini


Monday, January 27

From the Italian Countryside – Hands-on Class

Easy to make and delicious recipes from the Italian countryside. Treat yourself to this fabulous class together with your friends and learn a few techniques while you enjoy everything prepared.

Menu: Artichoke Parmesan Piedina; Tomato Panzanella with Balsamic Vinaigrette; Handmade Potato Gnocchi Pasta with Ragu Meat Sauce; Chicken Scaloppini Marsala with Porcini Mushroom Sauce; Smashed Potatoes; Individual Warm Almond-Peach Crostata with Almond Gelato


Tuesday, January 28

A Tribute to Julia Child – Demonstration Class

Experience the seductive allure and passionate flavors of the classic French kitchen. Join Chef Loretta and take a culinary journey through the kitchen of Julia Child, who did more than anyone to popularize French cuisine in the United States.

Menu: Salmon Cakes with Cucumber Dill Sauce; Roasted Tomato Soup with Gougeres; Frisée Salad with Grilled Asparagus in Tarragon Vinaigrette; Beef en Croute with Mushroom Cognac Sauce; Rice Pilaf; Apple Tart Tatin with Creme Anglaise


Wednesday, January 29

Dumplings of the World – Hands-on Class

Enjoy this international celebration in pursuit of the world’s most delicious dumplings. Discover how to make five delicious varieties of dumplings in this fun-filled class. Roll up your sleeves and get ready.

Menu: Chinese Pork Pot Stickers; Mexican Beef Empanadas; Polish Potato & Onion Pierogies; Italian Butternut Squash Ravioli; Russian Dried Cherry Pelmeni


Thursday, January 30

Soup, Chowder & Stew – Hands-on Class

Starting with an all-purpose stock, Loretta will transform it into a variety of delicious soul satisfying soups, chowders and stews and even freshly made bread.

Menu: Italian Bread; Stock Making; Forest Mushroom Soup; Seafood Tomato Chowder with Crostini; Pork Stew with Apples & Spätzle; Roasted Chestnuts & Chicken Noodle Soup; Chocolate Balsamic Soup with Biscotti


Friday, January 31

Italian Favorite Cuisine – Demonstration Class

The cuisine of Italy is loved worldwide for its flavorful and unique tastes. Join Chef Loretta as she shares Italy’s most popular dishes in this fun and delicious class. You, too, will say “Buon Appetito!

Menu: Seafood Strudel with Fontina Sauce; Creamy Squash Soup with Cheese Chips & Herb Oil; Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Pears; Candied Walnuts & Honey Mustard Vinaigrette; Seared Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Port Demi-Glace Sauce; Cheddar Mashed Potatoes; Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto; White Chocolate Raspberries Trifle




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