My sister gave me a voucher for a cooking class at De Lucas Italian restaurant as a Christmas gift. Last night we finally cashed it in. What a great meal! You receive copies of the recipes for every dish on the menu and a chef prepares each course while you watch in a giant mirror or on the large TV screens. You can ask questions and later the De Lucas’ store is open so you can buy all the supplies you need to recreate the meal you’ve just had at the cooking school in your own kitchen at home.
De Lucas is a Winnipeg institution. It’s been around since 1968. It started out as a very small grocery store and restaurant, catering primarily to Winnipeg’s Italian community. Now it runs a busy cooking school and thriving speciality food store.
Pasta with tomato basil sauce and veal and pork meatballs
Red wine and brie cheese started the meal and lattes ended it. We were full!
We want to go back to De Lucas grocery store soon on a shopping trip. It only took me about thirty minutes to walk there and by bike the trip would be much faster. We’re entertaining a couple of times in the next week so we’ll have to try our hand at some of the recipes we learned.
A big thank you to my sister for a terrific Christmas gift!
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