Class Schedules/Menus


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…SOLD OUT!  But, I can put you on a cancellation list)

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 accommodated
  • 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 to be placed on a waiting list…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 December (arrow forward on the calendar) and I am currently working on January through February 2019.


< May 2018 >
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai & Vietnamese--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person?BYOB: Vietnamese fisherman's soup (shrimp, tomatoes & pineapple), lemongrass pork bahn mi sandwich, green mango salad, Thai corn fritters with a peanut-cucumber sauce, and chicken Pad Thai
11Private PartyPrivate Party 12Pizza & Limoncello--SOLD OUT!
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pizza & Limoncello--SOLD OUT!Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: mini meat lovers calzones, antipasto salad, margarita pizza, gorganzola, fig, & prosciutto pizza topped with arugula, homemade cannoli, and tiramisu
Please bring 2 1/2 cups vodka in a glass jar and we will start the limoncello and you will finish it at home the next day.
13 14Homemade Pasta Class--SOLD OUT
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Homemade Pasta Class--SOLD OUTTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: fettuccine bolognese, cheese ravioli topped with lemon sauce containing peas and asparagus, potato gnocchi with mushrooms and hazelnuts, plus Italian salad with frico chips (Parmesan crisps)
15Southern Italian Dinner--SOLD OUT
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southern Italian Dinner--SOLD OUTTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: Caprese salad, fettuccine with fresh tomato sauce, grilled corn & shrimp, grilled chicken with artichoke caponata, foccacia and chocolate Caprese cake for dessert
16Cajun-Creole Dinner--SOLD OUT
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cajun-Creole Dinner--SOLD OUTTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese & bacon jam, pork poor boys, cajun nachos, and jambalaya with chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage plus banana Foster for dessert
17Thai 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: shrimp, avocado & mango fresh spring rolls, mussels in a basil coconut sauce, green curry with beef & mushrooms, pork drunken noodles, and larb chicken salad
18Date Night Dining--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Date Night Dining--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$160.00 per couple/BYOB: brie baked with a sweet onion jam & accompanied by baguette slices, mixed green salad with Parmesan crisps,porterhouse pork chops with balsamic roasted grapes & topped with pistachios, asparagus souffle and lemon creme brulee for dessert
19The KITCHEN by Vangura ClassThe KITCHEN by Vangura ClassSee link above calendar for info and menu selections.
20Tuscan Dinner--SOLD OUT!
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuscan Dinner--SOLD OUT!Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: pici apapetizer with arrabbiata sauce (hand rolled semolina pasta in a spicy red sauce), cheese souffle over mixed greens, peas Florence style, pull apart cheesy garlic bread, sirloin steak with a balsamic sauce and chocolate brownies sundaes with hazelnut gelato
21Chinese Dinner--PRIVATE PARTY
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chinese Dinner--PRIVATE PARTYTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: sizzling rice shrimp soup, pork pot stickers with a chili sauce
chicken lettuce wraps, sweet & sour pineapple chicken with broccoli and Mandarin beef with red peppers & snow peas over rice
22Greek Dinner: CANCELLED
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Greek Dinner: CANCELLEDTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: lemon chicken soup, Mediterranean triangles (appetizers in phyllo), moussaka, Greek salad and Kataifi nut rolls in shredded phyllo dough (baklava filling in a different type of dough)
27Private PartyPrivate Party 28Private PartyPrivate Party 29Indian Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Indian DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: beef samosas with mint sauce, naan, mango chutney, cucumber riata, chermoula rubbed chicken over couscous salad and kheer for dessert
30Southern Dinner: SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southern Dinner: SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: hush puppies & tomato jam, Nashville "HOT" chicken, mac n' cheese, buttermilk biscuits, braised greens and key lime pie for dessert
31Private PartyPrivate Party