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An Oscar of a Feast in Lagunitas

Date: March 3, 2016 - categories: , - Leave your thoughts

Sadie and Nick, So good to have you stay with us in November in our Assisi farmhouse – and glad you joined us at Peppa’s, feasting on her Umbrian rural cooking. A night to remember, no?

Nick and Sadie, so good to have you with us in our Assisi farmhouse!

Nick and Sadie, so good to have you with us in our Assisi farmhouse!

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in-our-home

….and so glad you could feast with us at Peppa’s!

….and so glad you could feast with us at Peppa’s!

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And so was Academy Awards night with Sadie’s family and friends, uniting in an “Oscar of a cooking class” in Lagunitas. Sadie, Nick, what better way, after all, to re-unite here in the US than through cooking together Umbrian rural cuisine once again? (And who ever thought we could match our 2011 Lagunitas event?)

A warm welcome from Sadie and Nick

A warm welcome from Sadie and Nick

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An award-winning class. Son Daley certainly won for Best Pizza-maker with both Nick and young Romano tying for the Best Supporting Pizza-maker Oscar (with a strong supporting cast, joining to work the dough)

Oscar-winning pizza-makers, Daley, Nick and Roman

Oscar-winning pizza-makers, Daley, Nick and Roman

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Jordan, too, on the pizza crew

Jordan, too, on the pizza crew

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Join us for the best pizza outside of Italy!

Join us for the best pizza outside of Italy!

Roman in concentration

Roman in concentration

Roman flips that pizza dough

Roman flips that pizza dough

Howie starred as Best Ricotta-maker with husband Dave walking away with Best Griller Ever award (what pork roasts!).

Howie on the ricotta-making

Howie on the ricotta-making

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Dave at the grill

Dave at the grill

Dave serves up the pork roast goodness

Dave serves up the pork roast goodness

Hard to know if Best Antipasto Cook Oscar should go to Wendy, Mike, Susie or Gary (why not to all?) and Sadie took home the Onion-dicing Oscar (with both she and Nick walking off with Most Gracious Hosts statuettes).

Gary and Mike on the Sicilian potatoes/beans antipasto dish

Gary and Mike on the Sicilian potatoes/beans antipasto dish

Gary dicing away

Gary dicing away

Gary, antipasto master

Gary, antipasto master

Gary on a Sicllian antipasto

Gary on a Sicllian antipasto

Susie handles the salt

Susie handles the salt

Susie, Wendy and Gary team at the burners

Susie, Wendy and Gary team at the burners

Nick on dessert duty

Nick on dessert duty

Sadie handles the onion dicing

Sadie handles the onion dicing

Wendy on the eggplant

Wendy on the eggplant

Wendy and Susie, antipasto duo

Wendy and Susie, antipasto duo

Andrew took home Best Slicer/Dicer for his work on many a dish, while Sam, Lyda, Catherine and Torri ranked among Best Apple-Corers.

Andrew, Best Slicer/Dicer

Andrew, Best Slicer/Dicer

Andrew and Mike on the herbs

Andrew and Mike on the herbs

Andrew at the slicing:  this time, pecorino  cheese for our salad

Andrew at the slicing: this time, pecorino cheese for our salad

Catherine and Samantha on the apples

Catherine and Samantha on the apples

Sam and Catherine at work

Sam and Catherine at work

Mastering the apple-coring for our dessert

Mastering the apple-coring for our dessert

Apple trio united

Apple trio united

Samantha, Torri and Lyda: apple-prepping trio

Samantha, Torri and Lyda: apple-prepping trio

….just to mention a few of our “award-winning” guests and cooks.
Thanks to you all for joining in an Academy night to remember, highlighted in the photos below.

And..your comments so very appreciated:

“Anne, how do I love thee? You are so much love, fun and your gift for corralling people in Lagunitas to make such a delicious, heartfelt dinner is beyond compare! As always, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge, wisdom and most of all you, your humor! We’re coming to Assisi!….” Howie C

What a party! From Umbria to Lagunitas, it has been an absolute joy. Thank you for your love and kindness and fun spirit….we love you so much / See you in Umbria! Assisi, here we come. Love to you and the whole family, animals and all.” Sadie C.

“Annie, you are such a special family memember of the Cort Crew. Than you for being an inspiration for all of us in the essence of living the Italian life!” Dave C.

Your energy gives everyone around you so much life and love. Cooking with you allows me to slow down and enjoy every bite of food and appreciate …the wonderful people I have in my life.” Daley C.

“I have heard so many amazing things about you and couldn’t wait to experience you and your cooking. It was so much fun and delicious..can’t wait to take what I have learned and put it into action in every day of my life….” Samantha D

Perfecto! This is our second time at the Corts’ and with you, each time is magical! Everything was scrumptious. Enjoy your “cooking secrets” and the fun, smells and chaos that are surrounding us with cheerful chatter and chopping all around. Love, love, love all of it!” Wendy L.

“Thanks so much for a wonderful event. It’s so great to have people together, cooking, laughing, enjoying food. We need to do it more often!” Gary C

“So delicious and fun! We loved every bite! Thank you for an inspiring evening.” Catherine and Steve

“Once again, what a wonderful time wit your delicious food in Lagunitas. Third time’s a charm! Thank you and we love you.” Lyda, Andy and RomaN

“Another culinary abundance at the Corts’ and added greatness by you! Thanks and love” Mike

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and incredible passion and talent with all of us! You are such an amazing spirit filled with life..” Jordan

Tante grazie! What a wonderful day, food and people! So great meeting you.” Steve G

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Read about Peppa’s wine-making
Read about Peppa’s wine lore
Click for more on Peppa’s wine and a sacred rural tradition
Read about Peppa’s bread salad
Read about Peppa’s celebration of her new olive oil
Read about Peppa celebrating chestnuts, new wine and new olive oil
Read about learning to make a traditional bread with Peppa
Read about hunting chicory with Peppa
Click here to read about Peppa and her legumes
Click here to read about Peppa’s Easter cheese breads
Read about Peppa and the rural rite of veglia
Read about how Peppa can take off the evil eye!

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