Thank you all for your amazing comments on yesterday’s post. One of the best things about blogging is the amazing community of people I’ve been connected to, bloggers and nonbloggers alike. I can’t thank you enough!
Besides the amazing community, blogging definitely comes with its perks. I won’t pretend that I didn’t let out a tiny squeal (okay huge squeal) of excitement when I got an email inviting me to cook with Chef Rosa Marinuzzi of 7 Numbers. And then this sealed the deal:
Rosa Marinuzzi loves just a few very, very important things; her family, fresh flowers, the occasional trip to play the slots at the casino… and cooking! And if you have ever had her food you know one thing for sure, her love of cooking comes through in everything she makes!
There’s no substitute for her experience or talent, but you can find out just how infectious her love of food can be. On the last Monday of each month, when the restaurant at Eglinton is usually closed for her one day off, Rosa welcomes you – neophytes to experts – into her kitchen for the most fun you’ve ever had while learning.
A lady after my own heart. And for the record it actually may have been the most fun I’ve had while learning.
My expectations for the evening were pretty high thanks to a fantastic meal I had at 7 numbers a few years ago for my birthday. And the fact that the restaurant has a longstanding reputation for serving authentic and delicious Italian cooking. My only fear was whether my own cooking skills would be up to par. Fortunately Rosa was judgment-free and with the copious amount of wine being served no one would have noticed anyway.
The menu was pre-set and included an antipasti, primi, secondi and contorni. For each course we would stand around the kitchen and either help or watch Rosa cook. Then we would all sit down together and stuff our faces with the food before moving onto the next course. 14 dishes were served in total each of which deserves its own blog post, but instead I’ll just feature my highlights.
Traditional Caprese Salad
Rosa’s Veal Meatballs
Pan seared Arctic Char
Rosa herself is an absolutely riot. It was apparent from the minute I stepped through the door how passionate she is about Italian cooking and the customers she serves. I’ve also never seen a happier restaurant staff. They described themselves as a happy but dysfunctional family (as most are) and you can tell how much Rosa cares for them and they for Rosa.
The set-up of the restaurant was perfect. All the tables were pushed together to form one large table so that food and conversation could be shared. Rosa made her way around the table chatting with each of us, giving cooking tips or pouring a shot of Limoncello down our throats.
The servers made sure our wine glasses were never empty. And just for good measure made sure we didn’t go home empty handed either. I probably ate enough for the entire week, but just in case I took few of my favourites home with me.
As you might expect, it was a phenomenal evening. Though it’s a toss up whether Rosa or her food was the star of the show. Did I come out of the evening ready to open up my own Italian restaurant? Definitely not. But did I eat some phenomenal food and learn a few tricks of the trade? Absolutely.
Mom writing down recipes from Rosa
Want a chance to cook with Rosa? Check the schedule here to find out when she will be holding her next cooking class. I think it would be a blast if you brought a group of friends with you but come alone and I can still promise you will have a wonderful time.
I attended this event free of charge as a guest blogger. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions of the evening are my own. Have you ever taken a cooking class? Which celebrity chef would you love to cook with?
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