Finding Those Italian Roots in Monarch Beach (Feb 10, 2013)The Monarch Beach cooking class worked as a well-formed team to create a feast though this was a coming-together of diverse people from all over the area: some were friends of hostess Robin but others had been in tours with me in Umbria – and this was our opportunity to re-unite, share memories of good times together in Italy. Some guests, too, were of Italian heritage, nostalgic for the flavors of the meals their grandmothers had cooked, eager for a culinary connection to their “roots.” I think everyone left their tables at the end of our feast feeling they were Italian – and already planning a trip! Robin, so grateful for hosting this event go graciously – even after an “unplanned event” at your home that morning! A cooking class to be remembered – by EACH of us!
“How wonderful to catch up again since..our trip to Perugia. You were a wonderful tour guide then and a fantastic chef now. Thank you for such a memorable afternoon…and hopefully you may decide to let us host an event next year…” Susie and Don C.
“Thank you for sharing Umbria with us..” Susie O
“I loved your message about smelling cooking in the house- brought back memories of Grandmothers’s kitchen…..”
“Ciao, Anne, I have been hoping to meet you since I was a little girl! Dinner was fabulous – enjoyed all the time we spent with you!” Robin
“…thank you for all your stories and recipes” Cindy B
“Thank you so much, Anne. The huge group was fun and you managed beautifully. I would love to do it again!” Mary F