Class Schedules/Menus

JOIN OUR  ANNUAL CULINARY EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY! April 27-May 5, 2019….details above the calendar below.

To view the class calendar scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Class Policies:

  • Please call 412-362-0679 to register for class.
  • You can pay by debit card over the phone (note: we do NOT accept American Express nor Discover).
  • Alternatively, you can pay by check, mail to 5404 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.  We need to receive your check within 5 days of your phone registration.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early as class will start promptly on time!  We  have a large parking lot adjacent to out building at the intersection of Penn and Aiken.
  • Just like cultural/sporting events there is NO REFUND once you have registered for a class.  You may, however, send someone in your place.   If you give us 72 hours advance notice you may switch to another class. ABSOLUTELY NO CONSIDERATION FOR ‘NO SHOWS.
  • Gift Certificates are not refundable.  You may give them to another person if you do not want to come to class.
  • In case a class is canceled due to insufficient registration or inclement weather you may switch to another available class or receive a full refund.  Classes with less than 6 people will be canceled.
  • We reserve the right to make menu changes .
  • Please inform us of dietary restrictions/allergies when you register.  We will try and make some adjustments to accommodate your needs.
  • We would be happy to plan a class for people with special dietary needs (gluten free, vegetarian, lactose free, vegan, paleo etc). However, you would need to guarantee a minimum of 6 people for your class.
  • Children ages 8-12 can also attend class with a parent.  Half price for the child. Young adults 13 and up can attend an adult class on their own at full price.
  • PRIVATE PARTY means that particular date is already booked.
  • For information on classes at The Kitchen By Vangura click here

CULINARY EXCURSION TO TUSCANY (April 27-May 5, 2019… only 2  spots available)

If you like a quiet and relaxing vacation where you will learn to cook authentic Italian foods in a luxurious villa on a 30 acre estate in the “Heart of Tuscany” than this is the trip for you!

Join us at the villa Torre del Tartufo built in the 1700’s in the heart of Tuscany (Arezzo-Cortona-Florence-Siena region)

  • hands on cooking classes with no more that 14 people (NO experience necessary…just the love of food!)
  • four late afternoon hands-on classes taught by an English speaking Italian chef in the kitchen of the villa
  • additional cooking classes can be added if requested
  • dietary restrictions and vegans will be accomodated
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are prepared and served at the villa (meals on your own when sightseeing)
  • organic foods used in classes….some of which are grown in their organic garden on the estate
  • meals serve outside, weather permitting
  • dinner meals served with wine and a wonderful selection of after dinner drinks
  • mornings are free for sightseeing on your own (car rental available at Florence airport)
  • a full day guided culinary excursion to include a winery, olive oil tasting, cheese tasting and of course time for shopping!
  • participants receive a cookbook of authentic recipes
  • Torre del Tartufo villa is complete with ensuite bedrooms, pool, hot tub, sauna, massage area, mountain bikes, free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a communal lounge with computer, kitchenette and TV.
  • flight, insurance, meals out of the villa, and car rental are additional

Please call Dorothy for more information or to register for our annual trip….412-362-0679


  • When you put your cursor on a particular class the menu, time and price will appear.  Then, call 412-362-0679 for registration and payment. 
  • The complete schedule is listed through October (arrow forward on the calendar) and I am currently working on November through February 2019.


< January 2018 >
  1 2 3Homemade Pasta Class--SOLD OUT
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Homemade Pasta Class--SOLD OUTTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00/BYOB: lasagna soup with hot sausage
antipasto salad, cannelloni made with crepes in a red & bechamel sauce, fettuccine with a Meyer lemon & ricotta sauce and potato gnocchi in a red sauce
4French Dinner--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
French Dinner--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00/BYOB: Roasted red pepper soup with Sambuca, basil crusted lamb chops with a lemon vinaigrette, French style gnocchi, charred green beans with herbs, frisee salad with bacon and poached egg and cherries jubilee for dessert
5Private PartyPrivate Party 6Date Night Dining--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Date Night Dining--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$160.00 per couple/BYOB: Antipasto platter with cheese, Italian meats, olives, crostini and a pear mostarda, Italian beef Wellington, green beans with Parmesan and garlic crumbs, Caesar salad with homemade croutons and limoncello panna cotta with a blueberry wine sauce
7Private PartyPrivate Party 8 9 10Asian Appetizers
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Asian AppetizersTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: Thai chicken dumplings with a lime cilantro sauce, Thai fried spring rolls with a plum sauce, Vietnamese orange ribs, Chinese Kung Poa chicken tenders, Vietnamese beef Banh mi sandwich, and Korean bulgogi pizza
11Mexican Dinner--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mexican Dinner--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: chipotle butternuts squash soup with pepitas, beef flautas with avocado cream, Chicken chimichangas, black bean, corn & tomato salad, and churros with hot chocolate for dessert
12Private PartyPrivate Party 13Private PartyPrivate Party
14Private PartyPrivate Party 15Thai & Vietnamese--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai & Vietnamese--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person /BYOB: corn fritters with a cucumber sauce, chicken sates with peanut sauce and lemongrass salad with shrimp. Vietnamese shrimp soup, pork banh mi sandwich
16Thai Dinner--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai Dinner--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: chicken coconut soup, beef sates over mango salad, Pad Thai and, seafood curry
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Greek Dinner:--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: lamb meatballs in pita pockets with tzatziki sauce, spanikopetia, Greek panzanella salad with vegetables, olives, croutons, and feta, pastitsio (Greek lasagna with ground beef), and baklava for dessert
19The KITCHEN by Vangura ClassThe KITCHEN by Vangura Classsee link above calendar 20
21CLOSEDCLOSED 22CLOSEDCLOSED 23Amalfi Coast Italian Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Amalfi Coast Italian DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: Homemade pizza from Naples wedding soup, Sicilian orange salad, pasta with swordfish, mint & tomatoes plus an Italian lemon cake (GF) for dessert
24Tuscan Dinner--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuscan Dinner--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Tuscan bean soup, pici (hand-rolled spaghetti) with broccoli, pancetta & EVOO, parmesan flan over asparagus, braised short ribs with homemade focaccia and Lemon Caprese cake for dessert
25Tapas Only
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tapas OnlyTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/ BYOB: mixed olives & cheese with baguette slices, shrimp fritters with a piquillo pepper & marcona almond sauce, sauteed mushrooms & herbs, baked Spanish onions topped with Cabrales blue cheese, almonds & a balsamic drizzle, mussels & chorizo, and orange flan for dessert
26CLOSEDCLOSED 27Private PartyPrivate Party
28Private PartyPrivate Party 29CLOSEDCLOSED 30Brunch "Italian Style"
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brunch "Italian Style"Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Bellini cocktail, Italian sausage popovers with syrup, fresh fruit, pancetta-potato -spinach frittata with fresh burst cherry sauce, green side salad, homemade foccacia, kahlua tiramisu parfaits and limoncello