The Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta (italian Cultural Institute Jakarta) is on a mission to teach Jakartans the cooking and lifestyle of their homeland. With their upcoming Cucina in Italia cooking class series, in four lessons they will take you from zero to Roman hero in the kitchen. Each class will cover a different Italian dish, from antipasto right through to dessert.
As a taster of what to expect in the upcoming course, the IIC held a free introductory lesson guided live by the nonna of one of the teacher’s via Skype in Italy. With Nonna Dina’s instruction and support from her granddaughter Cecilia Bevilacqua (in person), we kneaded, rolled and sliced our way through eggs, potato and flour, to create our very own hand-made gnocchi. We also learnt how to make a simple classic in the Italian pantry – tomato-basil sugo. Finally at the end of the class we were able to savour the fruits of our hard labour – super tasty!
Unfortunately Nonna Dina won’t be teaching the future courses, which will take place in September and October, but she will be present live via Skype to provide tips and answer any questions. Don’t fret though, you will be in good hands with Cecilia and her husband Alessandro Garbellini of the italian Cultural Institute jakarta. Both are very charismatic and passionate about Italian cooking. During the classes Cecilia and Alessandro will be organising special Skype guests to connect you with food authorities and bloggers in Italy. Together they will transport you to Italy for a few hours – sharing recipes, letting you in on Italian lifestyle and cooking secrets, and helping take your cooking prowess to the next level.
The dishes taught in the classes have also been carefully selected so that they will be both easy and affordable for you to recreate at home. It’s a win-win for everyone – especially whoever will be sampling your fare!
To start cooking like an Italian, register your spot in Cucina in Italia, e-mail: [email protected] One lesson is Rp. 150,000, while the whole series is Rp. 500,000. Don’t doddle, there are only 10 spots available per session!
Istitituo Italiano di Cultura Jakarta, Jl. Hos Cokroaminoto no. 117, Menteng, Central Jakarta, p. 62-21/392-7531.