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.


< September 2018 >
2 3 4 5 6 7 8Date Night (Italian)
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Date Night (Italian)Time: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: All pizza dough is made by hand and in the Neapolitan style.
mini calzone appetizers, white garlic sauce pizza with spinach, artichokes & red peppers, meat lovers' pizza with red sauce, antipasto salad and lemon Caprese cake with pistachio ice cream and limoncello!
Please bring 2 1/2 cups vodka in a glass container. We will start the limoncello and you will finish it at home the next day.
9Tapas & Paella
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tapas & PaellaTime: 2:00 pm - 5:00 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
10 11Thai Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: tom yum shrimp soup, corn fritters with a cucumber-peanut sauce, pork pad Thai, lemongrass salad with napa cabbage, peanuts, coconut, and herbs, and red chicken curry with root vegetables
12Southern Italian Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southern Italian DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: olive tapanade bruschetta, Sicilian meatloaf with a fresh cherry tomato compote, risotto with mushrooms, provolone & pancetta and chocolate hazelnut cannoli (homemade shells) for dessert
13Tuscan Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuscan DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: pizza appetizer with pears, prosciutto & arugula, Pici (hand rolled semolina spaghetti) with hot sausage, swiss chard & peppadew sauce, panzanella tomato, bread & plum salad, chicken saltimbocca and a chocolate hazelnut tart with gelato
14 15
16Pizza, Pastries & Limoncello
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pizza, Pastries & LimoncelloTime: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: (dough made from scratch) pizza rolls with provolone & prosciutto, Italian salad with balsamic dressing, pesto pizza with cheese, artichokes, roasted red peppers and topped with fresh arugula, meat lovers pizza with red sauce, chocolate mousse and a lemon Caprese torte Please bring 2 1/2 cups 'cheap' vodka in a glass jar. We will start your limoncello and you can finish it at home the next day.
17Greek Dinner:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Greek Dinner:Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: lemon orzo soup, Greek pizza, pastitsio (lasagna with ground beef and a bechemal sauce, panzanella salad and chocolate baklava
18Homemade Pasta Class
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Homemade Pasta ClassTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: artichoke bruschetta, Italian herb salad with frico chips, farfalle in a salmon alfredo sauce, ricotta gnocchi in a sage butter sauce and Alla Familia bolognese sauce over fettuccine
19Mexican Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mexican DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: puffy pork tacos, creamy tortilla soup, chocolate chicken mole, Mexican rice, and sopapilla cheese pie for dessert
20French Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
French DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: French onion soup, tomato orange salad, provencal beef stew over homemade pappardella and a Normande pear tart for dessert
21Date Night Dining
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Date Night DiningTime: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: tomato raspberry salad, pork tenderloin wrapped in prosciutto with a fruit & basil sauce, salt and vinegar potatoes, roasted broccoli with brown butter sauce and a lemon souffle for dessert
23Asian Favorites
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Asian FavoritesTime: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Chicken lettuce wraps, mu shu pork with Mandarin pancakes, Thai spring rolls with a spicy sauce, and beef banh mi sandwiches with herbs, pickled carrots and a spicy mayo
24Chinese Dinner
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chinese DinnerTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: sizzling rice shrimp soup, mu shu pork in Mandarin pancakes, walnut shrimp stir fry with red peppers & snow peas and beef and broccoli
25Polish Favorites
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Polish FavoritesTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: Variety of perogies, haluski, stuffed cabbage rolls and chrustiki (fried dough) for dessert
26Thai & Vietnamese Favorites
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thai & Vietnamese FavoritesTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/ BYOB: fisherman's soup. bang bang shrimp, pad see ew with chicken, panang pork curry with pineapple and a variety of vegetables over jasmine rice
27Korean Dinner:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Korean Dinner:Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person: Scallion pancakes with dipping sauce, Korean dumplings, bimimbap with beef and fried egg plus bulgogi sliders with kimchi aioli
28Tapas of Madrid
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tapas of MadridTime: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$80.00 per person/BYOB: marinated olives, shrimp fritters with a piquillo pepper & marcona almond sauce, shredded pork in phyllo dough topped with a red pepper and balsamic drizzle, tomato soup garnished with hard boiled eggs and pancetta, frizzled peppers with sea salt, stuffed mushrooms with Serrano ham, Spanish meatballs in sauce, homemade bread & orange flans for dessert
29The KITCHEN by Vangura ClassThe KITCHEN by Vangura Classsee link above calendar
30Tex-Mex Favorites
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tex-Mex FavoritesTime: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$80.00 per person/ BYOB: black bean dip with chips, shrimp skewers with chimmichurri sauce, a loaded burrito bowl with chicken and a chipotle cream dressing plus sopapilla cheesecake pie for dessert