by Rhonda Massad
Imparate means to learn through experience or to discover in Italian. That is exactly what happened when I joined seven girl friends at Imparate Cooking School in Pierrefonds last Saturday night.
While Imparate offers a variety of hands-on culinary experiences each week, I opted to let the owner and elegant host Maria decide what to put on the menu for us. Our three-hour class took us through the world of Sicily, Tuscany and the most Northern parts of Italy.
Seated comfortably in our own workstation equipped with induction heat elements, we started with a kale and prosciutto crostini drizzled with olive confit. Chef Marco taught us the fine art of tenderizing the kale in a garlic infused oil that had us eating the kale right out of the frying pan.
Our next course, which quite frankly was my favorite, was an al Dante spaghetti served with cured pork and pecorino Romano cheese. We were taught to cook the pasta three-quarters of the way and then the remaining cooking would take place in the frying pan with the juices from the fried pork. Sprinkled with pecorino it was simply delicious.
We enjoyed the art of breading cutlets, which I have never been able to do until now. The hands-on teaching made me realize that for all these years I simply was not putting enough breadcrumbs to coat or enough oil to fry. Thanks, Marco!!
Having a reckless sweet tooth as do my seven besties, we particularly enjoyed the fresh honey-flavoured pannacotta with balsamic berries. I was, of course, scooping up the leftover berries for a second helping. This course was just divine.
Classes start at 95$ and with their vast selection of courses from pasta and sushi to pastry and even gluten-free options, there is something for everyone.
This is a great for a fun night out, an adventurous date, a private party and even corporate events right here on the West Island.
Montreal’s premiere cooking school is ready to transform you in the star of your kitchen!!