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Learn how to prepare sushi or get new ideas for celebrating the 4th of July

KNOXVILLE – Avanti Savoia, Knoxville’s very own gourmet food importing business, is offering another set of cooking classes at their kitchen, La Cucina. Featuring a wide range of cuisines and traditions, the classes always focus on efficient professional cooking techniques that will make any cook’s life easier – and more fun.

You can choose between learning how to prepare sushi or how to prepare a fabulous and fun meal for the 4th of July,

During the traditional two-hour long technique-oriented class, you will receive samples of all food prepared over the course of the evening. You’ll also receive the printed recipes and surprise tastings of other Avanti Savoia products! Also, due to popular demand, Avanti Savoia is now offering a new series of classes on popular French Techniques. Learn culinary skills that will give you the confidence to whip up truly outstanding meals at home.

The classes are taught by Chef Joseph Lowery with other guest chefs and instructors announced along the way. Chef Joseph is an author, chef, and cooking teacher and has taught cooking classes since 1972 in Canada, Mexico, and the USA. He is currently the Chef Consultant with Avanti Savoia Imports.

Tuesday, 18 June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
La Cucina’s most popular sushi class revisited, taught by our resident sushi expert, Chef Karen Crumley, a 2008 graduate of the Culinary Institute of University of Tennessee. Chef Karen has worked her way up the through the ranks in area restaurants and was trained at Nama Sushi Bar in the specialized skills required to prepare California/Japanese style sushi as well as the use of Japanese knives. In this class with limited enrollment, students will receive detailed instruction and will have the opportunity to create their own maki, temaki, spicy tuna rolls, California rolls and other personal creations. Cost: $60 (Hands on class with limiting seating) What to bring with you: BYOW (wine)

Tuesday, 25 June, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fast, Fabulous and Fun Food for the Fourth
Do you need some new ideas for celebrating Independence Day? La Cucina has the answer with quick and easy cold party food ideas from three creative cooks. Avanti Savoia Chefs Joseph Lowery and Karen Crumley will be joined by Cake Artist Supreme; Regina Long for a collective effort to make your party food pop and sparkle for the Fourth.

Menu A display of small stuffed vegetables: (Snow Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Potatoes and Endive). The French call it Legumes Farcis; your guests will call it beautiful and delicious.
Red, White and Blue Verrine (Watermelon, Jicama and Blueberries drizzled with Lemon/Lime Vinaigrette (Verrines are composed with a variety of foods layered in a clear serving container).
Rice Paper Wraps filled with Shrimp and Aromatic Vegetables
Regina’s Lady Liberty Cake
Cost: $50 (Demonstration Class with Some Hands-On Participation)
What to bring with you: BYOW (wine)

The menus may change due to availability of certain ingredients.

Space is limited. Please visit or call 865-922-9916 to reserve a spot.

Avanti Savoia is located in Halls across from the YMCA at 7610 Maynardville Pike, Knoxville, TN, 37938.

Published June 11, 2013

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