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.


< July 2018 >
1Pizza, & Limoncello--SOLD OUT!
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pizza, & Limoncello--SOLD OUT!Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$80.00 per person/ BYOB: (doughs & sauces made from scratch) mini cheese & ham appetizers, Italian salad with balsamic dressing, hot sausage & mushroom pizza, gourmet white pizza with sun dried tomato pesto, chicken & feta, lemon Caprese cake with pistahio gelato and tiramisu.
Please bring 2 1/2 cups of 'cheap' vodka in a glass jar. We will start your limoncello and you can finish it at home the next day.
2French Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
French DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Mini mushroom appetizers, nectarine & peach salad with lavender syrup, pecans and blue cheese, asparagus a la Polonaise, chicken with brandy, apples, bacon, onions, & baguette slices, and a lemon almond souffle for dessert
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8 9Thai Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: Fried spring rolls with a spicy sauce, salmon with a pesto topping and a raspberry sauce, fried rice with pineapple, cashews and grapes, cold peanut noodle salad with napa cabbage, sweet bell peppers, carrots & cilantro plus a Thai ice cream sundae for dessert
10 11Asian Favorites
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Asian FavoritesTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Chicken lettuce wraps, mu shu pork with Mandarin pancakes, egg rolls with apricot sauce, tom yum shrimp soup, and beef banh mi sandwiches with herbs, pickled carrots and a spicy mayo
12Chinese Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chinese DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: egg drop soup, crab puffs with a ginger sauce, mango chicken with snow peas & red peppers in a sweet & spicy sauce, mu shu pork in Mandarin pancakes, and orange beef with broccoli
13Tapas of Madrid
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tapas of MadridTime: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$80.00 per person/ BYOB: cold tomato soup, croquettes, marinated olives, stuffed dates with chorizo, pork tenderloin with blue cheese sauce, melon & serrano ham, tortilla (omelet) topped with a piquillo pepper & olive relish, shrimp with romesco sauce and warm churros
14Date 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: shrimp cocktail with a spicy orange balsamic sauce, herb crusted grilled sirloin steak with a fresh tomato and herb salsa, cheesy pull apart bread, asparagus and blueberry pie with ice cream
15Tuscan 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: artichoke brushcetta, heirloom peach, tomato & burrata salad with a balsamic drizzle, chicken Milanese (sage butter sauce) cacio pepe fettucinne (black pepper & cheese) plus lemon zabaglione with fresh berries.
16Amalfi Coast Italian Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Amalfi Coast Italian DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Bruschetta topped with caponata, fish with a lemon caper beurre blanc sauce, green peas & pancetta risotto, Heirloom tomato, strawberry, mozzarella & pink peppercorn salad with a Balsamic drizzle and a hazelnut tart for limoncello!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Indian Dinner--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: chicken kebabs with mint sauce, home-made naan, lamb meatballs in a cashew curry, tomato date chutney, cucumber riata, lemon rice and pistachio phirni (pudding) for dessert
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BURNS WHITE TEAM BUILDINGTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
20Vangura's Kitchen Class (Irwin)Vangura's Kitchen Class (Irwin)SOLD OUT! 21Tapas & Paella--SOLD OUT!
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tapas & Paella--SOLD OUT!Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Marinated olives, roasted dates stuffed with chorizo, Manchego croquettes with quince sauce, fried cheese & tomato jam, Paella with shrimp, mussels, chorizo & chicken in a saffron rice and an orange flan for dessert
22Greek Dinner:
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Greek Dinner:Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Burritos with pickled onions & Tzaziki sauce, Mediterranean triangle appetizers in phyllo, baked chicken with orzo, Greek salad & baklava for dessert
23Homemade Pasta Class
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Homemade Pasta ClassTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: tart appetizer with tomatoes and mascarpone cheese, peach and tomato panzanella salad, fettuccine in a shrimp alfredo sauce, ricotta & broccolini ravioli in a butter pesto sauce, potato gnocchi with tomato butter sauce
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai & Vietnamese FavoritesTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$75.00 per person/BYOB: Chicken banh mi sandwiches with spicy mayo, pickled vegetables & herbs, corn fritters with a cucumber-peanut sauce, green mango salad, chicken pho with rice noodles, chilies, and herbs and a Thai spring roll with pork and a spicy dipping sauce
26PPG TEAM BUILDINGPPG TEAM BUILDING 27Private PartyPrivate Party 28Private PartyPrivate Party