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La Dolce Vita: A Taste of Italy

Thursday, March 21

Dive into the heart of Italy with our enticing Italian cooking class, where Chef Matt will teach you to create a soul-warming savory Italian white bean soup, hearty bolognese made with succulent short ribs, creamy rosemary & parmesan polenta, and finish with a luscious zabaglione with fresh seasonal fruit. Transport your palate to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the bustling streets of Rome as we unravel the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine. Get ready to whisk, stir, and simmer your way to a culinary masterpiece that will make your taste buds sing with delight. Join us for an unforgettable experience that will leave you saying “Delizioso!”

Participation: Hands On!


  • Savory Italian White Bean Soup
  • Bolognese made with Short Ribs
  • Rosemary and Parmesan Polenta
  • Zabaglione with Seasonal Fresh Fruit

Chef: Matt

One glass of wine or beer is included with the event.  Additional glasses are available for purchase at the wine bar.

10% off all regularly priced merchandise during the event.


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Italian Nights - 3/21/24
$ 85.00
2 available
Matt Zagorski
Matt Zagorski
Date and time
Thursday, March 21
6:00pm -
The Joyful Gourmet
542 N Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Cancellation Policy

If you cannot make your reservation, we do encourage you to attempt to find someone that would enjoy attending. We can only issue a credit for you to attend a future event (6 month expiration). Within 72 hours we are not able to offer a credit as we’ve already incurred food and help costs.

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Matt Zagorski

Chef Matt Zagorski is an award-winning chef and holds over a dozen national pie making titles. He is well known for his sense of humor, approachable recipes and his ability to break down complicated culinary techniques so that anyone can execute them. A food history and food science geek, Chef Matt brings his recipes to life with fun and interesting food stories and facts. A lover of international cuisines, Chef Matt received his culinary training at Kendall College and has been teaching culinary classes for over 15 years. He lives in Arlington Heights with his wife of 29 years, two sons and their dog.

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