Let Alimentum's Paulette Licitra Teach You Italian Cooking in Her Cucina Paradiso


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Paulette Licitra
  • Paulette Licitra
You may know Paulette Licitra as the editor-in-chief of Alimentum, the semiannual literary journal about all things food-related that many of us Bitesters look forward to like the coming of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes. She is also a published food columnist and a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Lucky for us, Paulette has started to share her culinary expertise with her fellow Nashvilians in the form of Italian cooking classes being taught out of her home kitchen.

Small classes allow for a festive atmosphere with lots of hands-on learning followed by eating and toasting. The menus are varied, but Paulette publishes them in advance so you can pick what interests you. She even has a plan for quick culinary jaunts to Morocco and Spain this semester, just in case you somehow get tired of Italian food.

Each class is $40. Classes fill quickly — it'sfirst come, first reserved. Contact her by email emailpaulette5@gmail.com to sign up.

You can also follow Paulette on Facebook for the latest updates. Here's a listing of the planned menus for the remaining classes:

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. — Fresh Pasta 2

Fresh Lemon-Black Pepper Pappardelle in Artichoke Sauce

Agnolotti (Half-Moons) filled with shiitake & cremini mushrooms in a gorgonzola cream sauce

Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, 12:30 p.m. — Verdure — Italian Vegetables

Baby Artichokes alla Romana

Crunchy Baked Zucchini

Spinach w/ pine nuts & currants

Potato Croquettes

Asparagus & Frittatina Salad

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m. — Gnocchi 3 Ways

Potato Gnocchi w/butter-tarragon sauce & fried sage

Ricotta Gnocchi w/tomato-herb sauce

Semolina Gnocchi baked w/creamy gorgonzola cheese

Saturday, Nov. 13, 12:30 p.m. — A Taste of Morocco

Tagines are the clay conical pots…we’ll cook with two of them.

Chicken Tagine w/apricots, green olives & saffron

Vegetable Tagine w/squash, tomatoes, potatoes, chickpeas, and cilantro

Spinach w/Charmoula Sauce

Savory Couscous

Moroccan Tea

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m. — Italian Seafood

Cioppino-Italian Seafood Stew

Shrimp Francese-Delicate Lemon-Egg Dish

Baby Scallop Risotto

Saturday, Nov. 20, 12:30 p.m. — Spanish Tapas & a Great Easy Paella

Tortilla Espagnola — Classic Potato & Egg tapa

Quail Egg w/Spanish Ham

Spinach & Beef Empanadillas (little pastry pies)

Paella w/shrimp, chorizo, and chicken

Wednesday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. — Baked Pasta Dishes

Elegant All-White Pasta Torta

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Cannelloni w/Swiss Chard-Walnut filling

Saturday, Dec. 4, 12:30 p.m. — Focaccia Party

Fresh Focaccia w/Rosemary, Caramelized Onions & Black Olives

We’ll make the dough. We’ll bake the Focaccia.

Plus some tasty toppings:

Sundried-Tomato Tapenade

Olive-Caper Tapenade

Roasted garlic spread

Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, 6:30 p.m. — Great Italian Desserts

Fresh-Made Cannoli — we’ll make the shells & the filling!

Pinoli-Almond Cake w/ Orange Glaze

Mini-Molten Chocolate Cakes (the inside oozes chocolate)


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