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Upcoming Cooking Classes

October 21st


Children's Cooking Class

Seasonal Gnocchi: Sweet potato dumplings with Sage Butter

There is no better way to dive into the fall! Young chefs will be able to appreciate all that is fall along with mastering the art of crafting Sweet Potato Gnocchi topped with ooey gooey warm Sage Butter.

Monday, October 21st

3:45 pm

$35 Per Participant

October 22nd


Adult Cooking Class

Dinner on the Mediterranean:
Visit Greece, Morocco, Turkey & More!

Let’s take a trip and have dinner on the Mediterranean tonight! This class will teach you how to create the perfect Mediterranean dinner encompassing different ingredients and traditional dishes from the surrounding countries. 

Tuesday, October 22nd

6:30 pm

$85 Per Participant 

Upcoming Cultural Events

October 22nd


Cultural Program 



7:00pm -9:00pm


Singer, percussionist, author & teacher, artist in residence at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City proudly presents her book

Sharing chants, rhythms, and sacred songs, accompanied by 12 audio tracks, Alessandra Belloni details how she uses these therapeutic musical practices to heal women and men and shows how these practices can be used for self-healing and transformation, including the use of the Tarantella for personal healing.

Light fare and refreshments will be provided. 

October 29th


Cultural Program

Movie Night - Featuring Big Night

7:00pm -9:00pm

With Beatrice Alecci, Program Director

As we conclude the Italian Heritage and Culture Month, we are proud to screen the movie Big Night starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub

Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and businessman Secondo (Stanley Tucci) are immigrant brothers from Italy who open their dream restaurant, Paradise, in New Jersey. However, Primo's authentic food is too unfamiliar for the local tastes, and the restaurant is struggling. When famous Italian-American bandleader Louis Prima is scheduled to appear at Paradise, the two brothers put all of their efforts into the important meal, which will likely decide the fate of their restaurant.

Refreshments and a light reception will follow. 

November 5th


Cultural Program

Celebrating Leonardo Da Vinci 500 Years After His Death (1452-1519)

7:00pm - 9:00pm

With Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka

What did Leonardo look like? Why did he leave so many paintings unfinished? Why did he write backwards? Why is his Mona Lisa so famous?

Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, architect, writer, inventor, draftsman, mechanical engineer, botanist, anatomist, geologist, zoologist, astronomer, cartographer, was engaged also in mechanics, hydraulics, aerodynamics, optics and study of atmospheric phenomena. In his notebooks he drew detailed designs for parachutes, helicopters, airplanes and other machines that were invented hundreds of years later. Creation of new art techniques - sfumato and aerial perspective-, in addition to blending science and art made his paintings Annunciation, Mona Lisa and The Last Supper among the most famous and influential paintings of the Renaissance.

Versatility of his interests and accomplishments are the best image of what we think under the term Renaissance ideal.

Refreshments and a light reception will follow.

November 19th


 Cultural Program

Italian Geniuses & Colorful Personalities

With Carla Gambescia

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a fun interactive evening  led by 

award-winning author and  cultural expert Carla Gambescia exploring Italian geniuses and some 

of Italy’s most colorful personalities through 

the ages. 

Through an engaging Q & A format, you will test your knowledge while discovering surprising fun facts and little known backstories. Even the most sophisticated Italophile will come away with new insights!!  

Carla’s book — La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, winner of the Silver Prize for Best Travel Book of the Year awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association — will be available for sale at a special Casa Belvedere Holiday price of $10 (retail price is 19.95), perfect for holiday gift-giving.

Refreshments and a light reception will follow. 


Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift of a Casa Belvedere experience to family and friends.

A cooking class, language class or any of our cultural programs make a great gift for anyone on your list. Don't forget to grab one for yourself and join them!!


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