For the rest of this week we’re doing something a little different here at Fabulous Fare Sisters. We’ll be highlighting a local Chef today and sharing a few of his recipes over the next few days. Let me give you just a little background: My husband and I recently had the most wonderful experience…we were invited to join a group at Nunzio’s Restaurant in Collingswood, NJ where Chef Nunzio Patruno shares his passion for food during cooking classes. On this beautiful Saturday morning in June, Chef Nunzio brings us all along with him to the Collingswood Farmer’s Market to choose the fresh produce he uses for each class. On today’s menu: Famous Gnocchi of Italy in three different sauces….what a delight to spend the morning with such a charming and experienced chef! Join us on this wonderful adventure…
Let’s head over to the Collingswood Farmer’s Market…where Chef Nunzio knows all the vendors personally and shares many laughs and smiles as he makes his way through the Market. Here’s Nunzio says hello to Michael DiBartolo of Collingswood’s Di Bartolo Bakery…
Chef Nunzio inspects the vegetables and fruits along the way…choosing what he specifically needs for each day.
The bounty is beautiful and plentiful! Coming in from all over New Jersey – Jersey Fresh, of course!
Nunzio discusses produce with Ralph Formisano of Formisano Farms located in Buena, NJ…
and he gets some fresh veggies for our class from Kevin Flaim of Flaim Farms in Vineland, NJ.
Join us back inside Nunzio’s Restaurant for the cooking class…
Chef’s knowledge of the history of Gnocchi and the different sauces was priceless! Nunzio jokingly shares the tidbit that every region of Italy claims they’re the ‘creator’ of Gnocchi!
As Chef Nunzio demonstrated techniques and his passion for cooking, we all enjoyed a glass (or two!) of white wine or Chef’s homemade House Red Blend. Robust and Hearty!
The room was full of life and energy as Chef Nunzio engaged with the guests!
Fresh from the Market: Mouthwatering Roasted Italian Eggplants served alongside some delicious Roasted Zucchini & Squash Flatbread
Fresh from the Market: Savoy Cabbage with Sausage (Yum!)
Famous Gnocchi of Italy!
Ricotta Flan with Fresh from the Market Blackberries
Let’s all raise a glass to toast Chef Nunzio for generously sharing his love of Italian food with us!
And let’s thank his beautiful wife Maribel for her hospitality!
and we can’t forget Fedele, Chef Nunzio’s nephew – who shares Nunzio’s love of food! Fedele made the delicious Ricotta Flan for dessert…
…and a big thank you to Raul, our server who was quick on his feet and very friendly…
…and many thanks to all the great people back in the kitchen who support Chef Nunzio everyday. If you get a chance to visit Nunzio’s Restaurant you’ll be delighted. We’ll be sharing Chef Nunzio’s Famous Gnocchi of Italy recipes over the next few days – so come back and visit us!
I hope you enjoyed this adventure almost as much as we did! Have a wonderful day.