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“A Magical Night” in McLean, VA (Mar. 21, 2014)

Date: March 28, 2014 - categories: , - Leave your thoughts


Each cooking class opens with a chat on Umbria, Umbrian rural cuisine – and rural wisdom

What makes “a magical night”? Diane and Bill know: “Whenever friends and food come together, it is a magical night,” they wrote to me at the end of our bellissimo McLean VA. cooking class, hosted by Marget and Steve.

“Thank you for your inspiring words,” they continued in their note, referring to my pre-cooking class talk on Umbria, Umbrian rural cuisine and the farm friends who taught us not just about working the land, cooking Umbrian goodness…but about life.

So good to cook and share stories with such a delightful McLean group, many of whom had already “met” me via my notes on Italian Notebook: “I so enjoyed the evening of cooking and conversation…..always recognize ‘your voice’ in Italian Notebook,” Gail wrote me at the end of our class.

Connecting while slicing and dicing

All united to slice and dice

Mille grazie to Marget (and Steve) for opening their home so warmly to us all and thanks to each of you who teamed so harmoniously to create our Umbrian feast.

A few other comments:

“Annie! So wonderful to experience you Stateside….I’ve had a complete ‘Anne experience’! Your delightful food and local culture expertise translates from word to table – parla la tavola!
I so look forward to continually living vicariously… share your Italy and bless us all..
” Connie

“…have really enjoyed our cooking evening.” Theresa

“Wonderful gathering, delicious food.” Hania

…a wonderful evening. In such a short time tonight, I’ve learned so much. Everything is so tasty!” Jen

“Grazie mille! I’m filled, spiritually and literally. I can’t wait to spend more time with you.” Sonnie

So wonderful to have received such great love ….in this group.” Cheryl

“Annie, what a great evening! I’ve grown up with a French chef father. I’ve always said, ‘Food is love’. We live to eat…Thank you for sharing Italy with us for the evening” Anne

“….You gave us such a wonderful evening of wonderful memories and great food….” Marget

(My) Nonna would be so happy knowing I had such a wonderful description of how she cooked. Your enthusiasm and joy of the magnificent Italian life is delightful!…a wonderful evening and learning experience ” Annie

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