High Country food and wine update: winter cooking classes at Rinaldo’s; new wine bar in Beechworth
Rinaldo's Casa Cucina in Wangaratta is launching a program of Saturday afternoon winter cooking classes that offer visitors a chance to learn first hand from chef Adam Pizzini how to prepare classic Italian cuisine with a modern edge.
Participants will learn to create, prepare and cook dishes in a relaxed and informal setting using the best fresh seasonal produce.
Classes include: how to make and roll gnocchi and the correct technique for cooking it; the art of creating a rich meat ragu and how to make several different variations of a semi-freddo (Italian semi-frozen ice cream dessert).
The classes are designed for all ages and no previous cooking experience is required. The lessons will run fortnightly from 5 June until 28 August and will be limited to a maximum of 12 people. Cost is $75 per person, which includes afternoon team, an apron and handouts.
Elsewhere, acclaimed restaurant Wardens in Beechworth is expanding its food and wine offer, with a new wine bar due to open mid June. The bar will offer vast range of both national and international wines with a particular focus on the local wineries of North East Victoria.
Founded in 2004, Wardens has won numerous awards for its food and wine including a Chef’s Hat in The Age Good Food Guide for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.