Thursday night I attended a cooking class at De Luca’s restaurant with my sister and two of her friends. Our affable host Tony welcomed us to his well-known family establishment which opened in 1968and introduced us to Chef Mike who would show us how each dish was prepared. First up was a tomato soup served along with three kinds of fresh bread. Tony was on hand to answer any questions we might have about ingredients or cooking methods. Television screens at key spots in the room allowed us to see the chef’s hands in action. He prepared a mouth- watering mushroom gnocchi next. There was time in between each course for us to talk about travel adventures, work, our families and of course the delicious food. A chicken breast arrived next complete with pine nuts, a sweet potato sauce and kale. Just when we thought we couldn’t eat another bite the tiramisu was delivered to our table , too decadent and delicious to refuse.
It was interesting to hear the chef talk about the food, our host talk about the food, and to talk about the food with each other. Kurt Vonnegut was right when he said………..
“You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too.”