Nonna Chef to Cook at Le Creuset, Whole Foods

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Nonnas Gourmet Foods spicy marinara sauce
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  • Nonna's Gourmet Foods' spicy marinara sauce
I called Dan Maggipinto of Caffe Nonna for a completely different reason, but he was so full of news.

First of all, he'll be doing a big cooking event at Le Creuset in Hill Center Green Hills on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The menu wasn't set, and really, it's a demonstration, not a cooking class, using his Nonna's Gourmet Foods Marinara and Spicy Marinara and Chianti Jelly.

Attend the event free, and once you try the sauce, you can buy it. Maggipinto has been making and selling Nonna's Gourmet sauces from his grandmother's recipe for seven years. You may have seen them at Publix. The proceeds all go to a brain-cancer research foundation named for his late daughter Zoe Marie, benefiting St. Jude's Children's hospital. Maggipinto guesses he's raised around $25,000 so far.

Food Network Magazine will be featuring Maggipinto and his products later this year, he says, so buy before the stampede. The sauces are available on his website, nonnasgourmetfoods.com, and at Produce Place, Turnip Truck, and coming to Whole Foods (and possibly still a few jars at Publix). Nashville Cash and Carry has the whopping huge food-service size jars.

Maggipinto will also conduct a cooking class at Whole Foods on Oct. 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. It's called Fall Italian Feast with Cafe Nonna. The menu is exceptionally bountiful and varied and promises to be pretty unforgettable:

Baked Shrimp in Prosciutto with Spicy Marinara and Feta; Fall Vegetable Stew with Saffron Tomato Sauce, Three-Cheese Polenta, Spinach Arugula Salad with Wild Mushrooms & Pine Nuts; Mediterranean Spiced Fried Chicken Scalloppini and Apples in Puff Pastry with Maple Whipped Cream and Toasted Pecans.

The event is $65, and Italian wines will pair with the delightful dishes. Register online or call 440-5117.

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