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 5 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.


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2 3Private PartyPrivate Party 4 5 6Moroccan Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Moroccan DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: Beef shisk kebabs with a yogurt-mint sauce, B'stilla (sweet chicken & nut phyllo pie), orange, date & endive salad with a lemon-cardamom dressing, sweet chicken tagine with apricots & caramelized walnuts, minty date couscous and Moroccon coconut macaroons, mint tea & coffee
7Tapas Only
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tapas OnlyTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: beef empanadas with quince sauce, chicken croquettes, plums wrapped with serrano ham, crostini with flank steak, goat cheese and fig & onion jam, tapas rolls with serrano and preserves, baguette slices with romesco & shrimp, roasted cauliflower with garlic, raisins, capers and fried bread crumbs, marinated cheese & olives and mini churros with chocolate nutella sauce
8Korean Favorites
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Korean FavoritesTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
75.00 per person/BYOB: Korean spicy popcorn chicken appetizer, beef bulgogi, kimchi, sticky rice, Korean dumplings and bimimbap
9Thai Dinner:
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thai Dinner:Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$70.00 per person/BYOB: shrimp coconut curry with pineapple, Thai steak salad with peanut dressing, chicken dumplings lime-cilantro sauce,
stir-fried rice noodles with chicken & broccolini, and coconut flan with Thai banana sauce
10Homemade Pasta--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Homemade Pasta--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$70.00 per person/BYOB: zucchini rollatini with marinara, ravioli stuffed with broccolini & ricotta then topped with a butter pistachio sauce, farfalle in a fresh corn, shrimp and tomato sauce, and fettuccine with vodka sauce plus a peach panzanella salad
11BAYER TEAM BUILDINGBAYER TEAM BUILDING 12 13Private PartyPrivate Party 14 15Date Night Dining
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Date Night DiningTime: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$150.00 per couple/BYOB: chilled peach soup with goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes with pine nuts, mint & feta, roasted corn on the cob with a habenero butter, herb roasted potatoes, grilled porterhouse pork chops with a tamarind-pineapple BBQ sauce, and lemon meringue tarts for dessert
16Private PartyPrivate Party 17Tex-Mex Favorites
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tex-Mex FavoritesTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$70.00 per person/BYOB: huervos ranchero burritos, queso fundido with chips, fish tacos with chipotle sauce, beef enchiladas and jalapeno poppers empanadas with a lemon dipping sauce
18CLOSEDCLOSED 19Tuscan Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuscan DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: pesto zucchini fritters Caprese style, herb rubbed roasted Tuscan Cornish hens, peas, snap peas & snow peas with pancetta, cantaloupe & strawberry salad with burrata and prosciutto, and brownies doused with Frangelico, and topped with nutella & chopped hazelnuts and ice cream
20CLOSEDCLOSED 21THE KITCHEN by Vangura ClassTHE KITCHEN by Vangura Classsee link above calendar 22Fun with Fusion Foods!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fun with Fusion Foods!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: pork banh mi nachos,
Thai pork tacos with a peanut sauce, Kung Poa chicken tenders, cheeseburger eggrolls, and jalapeno cream cheese empanadas
23Private PartyPrivate Party 24Chinese Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chinese DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$70.00 per person/BYOB: pork pot stickers, Chinese pizza, sweet and sour pork with fruit and veggies, mu shu chicken with Mandarin pancakes, and beef sates with peanut sauce