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Napa Valley College Announces Food & Wine Enthusiast Classes for Summer 2021

Napa Valley College will continue to offer its Food & Wine Enthusiast classes in-person this summer with limited enrollment. Classes will all take place at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, Belle Rhodes Teaching Kitchen in St. Helena and pre-registration is required and limited to two-person “pods” to limit the number of households participating.

Food & Wine Enthusiast classes include: At Home Bread Baking on Friday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 12 from 9 a.m.-noon.; Summertime Wines & Foods to Pair on Friday, June 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Filipino/Southeast Asian on Friday, June 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; “Chopped” with Pat Burke on Saturday, July 10 from noon to 3 p.m.; Bubbles & Brunch Vegetarian Style Pop-Up on Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to noon.; Knife Skills: Making the Cut on Saturday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Galettes Galore on Saturday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Food & Wine Enthusiast programs are taught by professionals including Pat Burke, Toni Chiappetta, Traci Dutton, Greg Miraglia, Savanna Petri, Elena Sirignano and Roline Casper. With a passion for live fire cooking, Pat Burke has competed professionally in – and won – BBQ competitions across the country. Toni Chiappetta first worked as a pastry chef at Table 29 and Bistro Don Giovanni before striking out on her own with Sweetie Pies Bakery in 1994. Traci Dutton is a beverage, food and hospitality expert; she works with the CIA while consulting, writing and running her own vintage cookery and libations store, Heirloom Variety, located in Calistoga. Greg Miraglia is a longtime educator and food/restaurant blogger who served as a cook for the Napa Valley Wine Train. Savanna Petri served as estate sous chef at Peju Province Winery, where she mastered the art of food and wine pairing; she worked at Elaine Bell Catering, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro and spent eight years in the US Air Force. Elena Sirignano has over 25 years in the industry as a chef, sommelier, culinary instructor, bean-to-bar chocolate maker, manager and specialty foods entrepreneur both on the East Coast and in the Napa Valley. Roline Casper is a Napa Valley Cooking School alumna, cookbook author and restaurateur.


Friday, June 11, 6-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 12, 9 a.m.-noon
At Home Bread Baking

Led by industry veteran bread baker, Toni Chiapetta, this two-part class will begin on a Friday evening, then finish on Saturday morning. You’ll review with Chef Toni the best ingredients to use and common bread terminology. You’ll gain understanding of how to make focaccia and the importance of flavor development from pre-ferments as used in numerous types of loaves.

Friday, June 18, 6-8 p.m.
Summertime Wines & Foods to Pair

In this class taught by Traci Dutton, you’ll learn about warm weather refreshers and easy ways to serve wines at backyard or beach parties. With the help of Sommelier Dutton, you’ll come up with the best times to pull out the oldest and best in your cellar. Starting with a little summer school on wine tasting, we’ll then riff on all the wonderful foods to pair with each.

Friday, June 25, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Filipino/Southeast Asian

Have fun with Filipino and Southeast Asian cuisine with this hands-on class. Learn to make sweet and savory dishes like Leche Flan, Pancit Canton noodles, Lumpia, and Sisig with Chef Roline Casper.

Saturday, July 10, noon-3 p.m.
“Chopped” with Pat Burke

Pat Burke returns to the kitchen and opens his basket of culinary tricks to show you multiple ways to prepare delectable lamb chops, pork chops and beef chops. This hands-on class will also feature wonderful sides that complement each unique chop. Bring your appetite as you’ll then enjoy a lunch while critiquing all of the winning meats.

Saturday, July 24, 10 a.m.-noon
Bubbles & Brunch Vegetarian Style Pop-Up

In this brunch demonstration, you’ll learn while watching Traci Dutton and Elene Sirignano prep, cook and serve a delicious, eye opening vegetarian meal without having to get up at the crack of dawn. Sweet and savory dishes plus bubbles and noontime cocktails will start your weekend off right. Plenty of coffee will be available!

Saturday, July 31, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Knife Skills: Making the Cut

In this essentials class with Savanna Petri, you’ll learn basic knife skills and fundamental cuts that will boost your kitchen confidence. With your cuts, you’ll make your very own salsa to enjoy with fresh tortilla chips. At the end of class, you’ll take home unused cuts to use in your own culinary creations!

Saturday, August 21, 9 a.m.-noon
Galettes Galore

Galettes make the perfect fall holiday dessert or holiday lunch entrée. Learn to make sweet and savory
galettes featuring a fool proof pastry recipe with Greg Miraglia. Everyone will make their own pastry and assemble a galette. While they are baking, you will enjoy a lunch featuring a savory galette and salad.

To register for Food & Wine Enthusiast and Community Education programs, visit

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