What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in Italian food, wine, travel, culture and meeting new people with same interests. It is fun to cook together while drinking good wine and enjoy the food we created in a fun, casual and relaxed atmosphere. It is not necessary to have any culinary skills and may be, at the end of a Meetup, you will be able to make one of your favorite Italian dish!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I started this group because I love food, good wines, friends outside my regular job (personal chef) and I like to have fun and laugh cooking and sipping wine without the stress of working always under pressure. Now, I also do dinners, wine tastings, cooking classes at my house in lafayette.

Since 4 years, I started to bring some of you in adventurous "detouristing" small group trips to the west coast of Tuscany. The trips are intimate, personal, fascinating, adventurous and fun!!!!!!!!!.You will be part of Italy, not visiting it. I will be there for you every day making sure you experience the meaning, customs, traditions, food, wine, as I do every time in this part of Tuscany.

Some of the activities of these trips are, besides site seen unknown part of Tuscany including islands, hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, wine tastings, mushrooms hunting, cooking together, hot springs bathing, snorkeling. Come with me and explore!!!!!!!!!!!

Ciao, Valerio

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Upcoming events (5)

Pickleball class/clinic with Joe and Valerio for intermediate players

Come join us for the another Pickleball class/ clinic. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in USA! This class/ clinic it is for people who already played games with scoring or are able to play actively sending the ball back and forth. We will work some techniques, skills and drills for the intermediate players. Let's have fun, burn the wine from last night, and be active safely outdoor. Never played pickleball? Please, bring a paddle with you and we will provide all the balls. Joe and I played several tournaments together and he is a certified pickleball instructor by PPR. Most of all we will all play. You need to come with active sports clothing's and tennis or running shoes. You will have to sign a generic release before the class. Safety is still a priority. During COVID we take every precaution. Equipment will be sanitized and social distancing protocol followed. This is going to be an outdoor event and we are going to play if it doesn't rain otherwise we will reschedule it. Maximum 16 players . The cost is $ 15.00 per participant and needs to be prepaid at the time of signing up. You can use Paypal, cash or check. If you want to pay via Paypal, let me know and I will give you my email address ( Valerio) Sorry, no refunds in case if cancellation, but if we can find a substitute, you will have a credit for another class. PLEASE, DO NOT BE A NOT SHOW otherwise will not be able to attend another pickleball event. If you already signed up with another group, do not sign up again. We will see you the outdoor tennis courts by the Eire Community Center See you on the court, Valerio and Joe

Pickleball class/clinic with Joe and Valerio for intermediate players

Come join us for the another Pickleball class/ clinic. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in USA! This class/ clinic it is for people who already played games with scoring or are able to play actively sending the ball back and forth. We will work some techniques, skills and drills for the intermediate players. Let's have fun, burn the wine from last night, and be active safely outdoor. Never played pickleball? Please, bring a paddle with you and we will provide all the balls. Joe and I played several tournaments together and he is a certified pickleball instructor by PPR. Most of all we will all play. You need to come with active sports clothing's and tennis or running shoes. You will have to sign a generic release before the class. Safety is still a priority. During COVID we take every precaution. Equipment will be sanitized and social distancing protocol followed. This is going to be an outdoor event and we are going to play if it doesn't rain otherwise we will reschedule it. Maximum 16 players . The cost is $ 15.00 per participant and needs to be prepaid at the time of signing up. You can use Paypal, cash or check. If you want to pay via Paypal, let me know and I will give you my email address ( Valerio) Sorry, no refunds in case if cancellation, but if we can find a substitute, you will have a credit for another class. PLEASE, DO NOT BE A NOT SHOW otherwise will not be able to attend another pickleball event. If you already signed up with another group, do not sign up again. We will see you the outdoor tennis courts by the Eire Community Center See you on the court, Valerio and Joe

Live streaming cooking class # 16

Online event

$16.00

Join me for this super fun and interactive live cooking class and cooking together. Let's forget about the virus for a bit and get our wine glass and the bottle ready for the live show. YOU ALSO WILL BE ABLE TO BOOK YOUR ONE ON ONE , FAMILY OR FRIENDS PRIVATE COOKING CLASS WITH ME ( email me at [masked]). I am giving you, in the recipe, the quantities for you to buy so we can cook together step by step. If you don't want to cook that night, just seat, relax and enjoy the class. This is how it is going to work: Pay online on my website www.lvitaly.com AT THE MOMENT OF SIGNING UP I will email you the recipe with detailed measurements ( upon payment) and 3 hours before the class starts, I will email you the access link to www.zoom.com for the live streaming class. Please, connect 30 - 45 min or so before the class starts. Get the ingredients out , cutting boards, knives, pots, pans, spices, etc.. in advance so we don't wait for you while you looking for them. Due to the changing Corona status, I have been asked about " what if I have my neighbors in my house for the class?" These are now the new class fees. Individual participant $ 16.00 Household ( family) $ 20.00 ( 1 flat fee) Friends together in one house $ 35.00 (1 flat fee) If you join the streaming without payment ( a friend forwarded the link), you will be removed from the live class immediately. For payments, go to my website www.lvitaly.com , click on check out with Paypal or on the cc logo at the bottom of every page. Enter the total amount ([masked]) on the item price ( no $ symbol), if you have a paypal account just send the total for the class to [masked] or if YOU DON'T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, click on pay with debit or credit card, enter your info. If you pay with a company name, please, tell me who you are. There is not credit or refund in case of cancellation. The class fee you pay it is not transferable to another class. BE READY, IN THE NEXT CLASS I WILL "GO INSIDE" A LOT OF KITCHENS AND SEE WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND HOW YOU ARE DOING IT. Menu Padellata di Mare alla Napoletana Mix seafood mussels, shrimps, fresh fish of the day ( Alaskan Cod, or Halibut, or Rock fish, or Mahi Mahi.....) Napolitan style over grilled country bread Sinceramente and appassionatamente Valerio Castellano

We are back together. A celebration of Italian food and world wines

It is time to reopen our social interactions, let's get together in a safe and fun way. We will be seating MOST LIKELY INSIDE ( MAX 10 PEOPLE) at least 3-5 feet away from each other except couples and I will wear a nice colorful mask and gloves for your safety. Isn't that romantic? I will provide hand sanitizers, paper towels in the bathroom, together with a bottle of alcohol to spray after each visit and bla, bla, bla.......Trust me I am PARANOID about this. You would have to be without any symptom whatsoever since 2 weeks. Measure your temperature before arriving. Wash your hands as soon as you arrive. So, let's enjoy this fun and delicious evening featuring unknown wines from different part of the world ,paired with a great traditional Tuscan style dinner. The pours for the tasting (4 DIFFERENT WINES) will be generous enough for the dinner and the wines I have chosen, are not easy to find . THIS IS NOT AN EVERYDAY COMMERCIAL WINES EVENING!!!!!! I will provide everything, from FOOD, WINE, WINE GLASSES, tables, chairs, flatware, plates, table linens,………..bla,bla…… The cost is $ 62.00 per person including everything and PREPAYMENT IS REQUIRED at moment of signing. NEW POLICY : please, don't rsvp and not pay , you will be removed from the list . NO EXCEPTIONS!! ( If you are removed, you can always pay and get back in) For payments, go to my website www.lvitaly.com and click on Paypal or on the cc logo at the bottom of every page. Enter 62 on the item price ( no $ symbol) if you have a paypal account just send the $ 62.00 to [masked] or if YOU DON'T HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT, click on pay with debit or credit card, enter your info. The event will be at my home in Lafayette and I will email the address later to the attendees. Due to the Corona situation and the limited seating, there is no refund or credit in case you want to cancel. By attending, you agree to hold harmless and release all host / venues from any liability. Please behave in a responsible/appropriate manner while attending the wine tasting. Wine menu not in order of tasting Romain Duvernay Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2017 France Moonset Knights Valley Zinfandel 2016 Sonoma County USA Casar de Burbia Bierzo Mencía 2014 Spain Barbanera Super Tuscan Ser Passo Toscana IGT 2016 Italia Dinner menu Little chef surprise Malfatti al forno spinach and ricotta dumplings baked with Fontina, Parmigiano, crispy butter sage Rostinciana Toscana pork baby back ribs with Tuscan herbs, roasted potatoes, gojuchang and agave sauce Dark Belgian chocolate mousse, chipotle essence, whipped cream IF THE DINNER IS FULL ( ONLY 10 PEOPLE) WITH A WAITING LIST, I WILL DO A BACK TO BACK THE DAY AFTER SATURDAY. WORKING DOUBLE FOR THE SAME OR LESS AMOUNT OF MONEY. ISN'T THAT LOVELY?......... Baci, Valerio

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