Reviews

ITALY TRIPS

Theresa P., Frank P. and Beth P.R.

An experience of a lifetime! For my siblings and I this trip was so much more than cooking! This trip had everything you could want in an Italian vacation. The cooking classes were professionally taught and the foods we prepared were authentic and traditional of the region.  The excursions to the beautiful beach on the Adriatic and local nearby towns did not disappoint. Dorina is a fantastic hostess, with deep knowledge of the town and relationships with the people who live there. We were welcomed with open arms. We felt like we were able to experience Roseto more as a resident than as a visitor. Choose this adventure it will be the trip of a lifetime.

Lisa D.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip to Italy and taking cooking classes with Dorina and Giuseppe Demonte!  Dorina not only shares her love of cooking but also the wonderful charms of Roseto Valfortore.    The local residents are warm and welcoming and the relaxed pace of the village is a perfect setting.

The cooking classes are taught at the local bakery and are professional and fun.  Just a few of the special memories were touring  Nicola Zita’s cheese farm, swimming at the local pool, eating real Italian food, and enjoying coffee in the Piazza.  Plus, I now make a mean pasta sauce!  Highly recommend this trip!”

Kevin D.

“Hi, my name is Kevin, and I would like to tell you about the fabulous time I had with Dorina and her Cooking Trip to Italy. In addition to being taught by a first class chef, we had a wonderful experience getting to know the town in which we were staying. I would highly recommend going on this trip with Dorina, especially since she knows everyone in town!!”

Niki P.

“I was lucky enough to go on Dorina’s trip to Roseto. The time there was beyond what I could ever imagine.
The town itself is perched on a mountain top. People are kind and welcoming.  From day one I took a step back in time. Days were spent hiking about the town or traveling to nearby towns, evening sitting in the Piazza socializing like days of old when people had time for one another.

My family ancestors happened to be from a nearby town which Dorina and I visited. A dream come true for me since grandma often spoke about it. The taste of the food is indescribable…the fruity tomatoes, the fresh baked bread daily, the homemade cheese, the gelato and oh my, the olive oil, beyond amazing. I even found a plum tree on a hike that tasted just like the plums I loved so much and picked with my grandmother on our trees in PA. Those trees haven’t existed for years but one taste of that plum brought back so many memories it was incredible. I can only imagine those trees were grown from seeds brought over and planted by the people who settled in the small Pennsylvania town I’m from.

Having the opportunity to live the daily life of a true Italian is irreplaceable. I wasn’t a tourist in the town. The people welcomed me and I became part of the town. An inner peace surfaces within you and it’s a feeling you want to hold on to forever.”

PRIVATE CHEF/CATERING

Michael O.

“Dorina prepared and served one of the best meals I have ever had. I hired Dorina to prepare dinner for my family, specifically for my wife’s birthday. We exchanged emails, then talked on the phone to discuss details. My wife is undergoing medical treatment that impacted her ability to eat and enjoy food. Dorina understood immediately and prepared a menu suited to my wife’s condition that all of us could enjoy. It was fabulous! Dorina created a special evening for my wife’s birthday. Looking forward to working with Dorina again!”

COOKING CLASSES

Ruth G.

“It has been (and will continue to be) the best cooking experience I have encountered. Dorina’s recipes, and her ability to share them (with a wonderful ‘gift of gab’) makes one eager to run home and prepare each and every one of them. The ingredients are healthful and create very tasty dishes! The classes are fun, and each member has the opportunity to take part in the cooking process. Had I discovered Dorina years ago, I certainly would have become a better homemaker (although it’s NEVER too late) I must say, I am so proud to share my new recipes with family and friends, and the ‘little tricks’ Dorina has shared with us along the way.Bravo, Dorina!!!”


Tom M.

“I took Dorina’s Functional Home Cooking Course through the local adult school last fall. I have continued to take weekly classes since then. Dorina’s emphasis is on cooking quick, nutritious meals using wholesome ingredients. Her forte is Italian cooking but she has a broad knowledge of foods and other styles of cooking. Her classes are well organized. Topics touched on during class include the choice of ingredients, possible variations and substitutions, nutrition, tricks of the trade, and tips on where to shop. Dorina is friendly and engaging and her classes are informative and enjoyable. Her class is the perfect starting point for someone with little experience in cooking who wants to learn the basics. Her class would also be valuable for a person with some experience in the kitchen who wants to broaden their perspective.”