Tuesday, March 28, 2017

03/28 CHEF GINA STIPO, AT THE ITALIAN TABLE, TUSCAN EASTER, KIKA ROCHA, FAST, EASY AND FUN VACATION IDEAS

CHEF GINA STIPO - EXECUTIVE CHEF/OWNER OF AT THE ITALIAN TABLE - A TUSCAN EASTER 


A TUSCAN EASTER TABLE 
Italian Chef & Restaurateur, Gina Sipo, Shares Her Secrets to Authentic Tuscan Cuisine with Recipes from her Renowned Cooking School

Easter is a time for family celebrations and rejoicing in the re-birth that springtime signifies. Join Italian-American chef, Gina Sipo, of Louisville’s At The Italian Table, a communal dining destination that feels like you’ve been invited to someone’s home for a meal in the Tuscan countryside. Booked weeks in advance, once you taste Gina’s recipes, you’ll want to incorporate them into your family’s Easter traditions.

ABOUT At the Italian Table – Cook, Dine, Wine

In the true style of an Italian osteria,  At the Italian Table in the Crescent Hill neighborhood offers authentic regional cuisine from Italy.  The two communal tables that seat 10 each make for a fun evening with great synergy, conversation and laughter.  The menu changes each day and is based on what is in season and fresh.  Chef Gina Stipo chooses and prepares the five-course meal for you, which includes an antipasto, fresh pasta or risotto, a meat and vegetable, salad course, and dessert.front window

Dinners are Wednesday-Saturday at 7 p.m.  by reservation only.

When you arrive, you are welcomed with an aperitivo to get the evening started and when everyone has arrived they are seated at either of the two refectory tables brought from Tuscany.  Due to Chef Stipo’s many years living in Italy, all the decor, furniture and tableware has been imported from Italy and makes for a warm and cozy home atmosphere.dining room after

Whether you’ve been to Italy and long to recreate the beauty and style of your dining experience there, or you dream of Italy and would love to eat like an Italian for an evening, or you are searching for an interesting way to enjoy a meal out, At the Italian Table on Frankfort Ave is Tutto Italiano! – everything Italian.

On Tuesdays, cooking classes are held which feature 3 courses of a typical seasonal Italian meal, including making fresh pasta.  Following the demonstration class, we will enjoy the dishes we’ve created together at the communal table.  Classes are $75 per person and payment is taken at the time of the reservation.

MORE ABOUT CHEF GINA STIPO
Chef Gina Stipo is an Italian American chef who lived and worked in Italy for over 13 years, cooking, teaching and immersing herself in Italian cuisine and wines in the countryside of Tuscany. As the owner of Ecco La Cucina, which means “here’s the kitchen”, she taught cooking classes and conducted culinary tours and wine education for international visitors to the Siena area. Gina loves to share her passion for regional Italian food and wine and also writes a blog about food and her experiences in Italy under the title “At the Italian Table”.

Chef Gina relocated back to the US in 2013 and chose Louisville because she loves the community spirit, the beauty of the neighborhoods, and the locally owned businesses and restaurants. She longed to bring the Italian style of dining and living to Louisville and has seen that realized with At the Italian Table at 2359 Frankfort Avenue.in the kitchen

In addition to her work in Italy, Gina led workshops on Italian cuisine and taught classes at culinary schools, universities and private homes throughout the US.  She has been the guest chef at several restaurants and private clubs, featuring four and five course meals that evoke the Italian table and holds both demonstration and hands-on classes. Together with her sister and partner, Mary Potter, Ecco La Cucina still conducts weeklong culinary tours to Italy that immerse visitors into the food, wine, history and culture of Italian regions each spring and fall.

Growing up in an Italian-American family on the east coast, Gina was immersed in the southern Italian dishes that reflected the family heritage. Working in the family garden, she developed a strong respect for ingredients, while several years as a child in Verona, Italy, strengthened her love for the country and instilled a desire to learn more about the regional differences that make up the country of Italy. Gina’s cuisine focuses on the simplicity and seasonality of the Italian table. Living in Italy fulltime for many years gave her the opportunity to travel around Italy, working with both professional chefs and home cooks to learn the regional differences and traditions that comprise the world-renowned cuisine of Italy.IMG_5698

Her specialty is fresh pasta and dinner At the Italian Table frequently includes the light, delicate pasta indicative of northern Italian cuisine.making pasta. Gina’s classical training was received at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City. She authored the cookbook “Ecco La Cucina” in 2012, a collection of traditional recipes from the Siena area, available for purchase in the store At the Italian Table. For more information about Chef Gina Stipo or her culinary vacations and cooking classes, visit the website: www.EccoLaCucina.com.

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LIFESTYLE EXPERT KIKA ROCHA PROVIDES FAST, EASY AND FUN VACATION IDEAS FOR THE OVERWORKED      

NOT USING YOUR PAID TIME OFF?

Lifestyle Expert Kika Rocha Provides Fast, Easy and Fun Vacation Ideas for the Overworked!      

According to a study by Project: Time Off, more than half (55%) of employees are leaving their vacation days unused. Those not taking advantage of their PTO cite returning to a mountain of work and the lack of money for a vacation.

Enter lifestyle expert Kika Rocha. Kika is on a mission to teach people that it’s about working to live, not living to work!

According to Kika, three to four days off can be just enough time to relax and refresh.  In fact, she considers herself one of the newest breeds of traveler: “The Seekender”.  Seekenders regularly take advantage of weekends to travel and enjoy new experiences.

During her interview, Kika will help even your most overworked viewers find getaway opportunities and provide tips for maximizing every travel dollar.

ABOUT KIKA ROCHA:
Kika Rocha is a fashion and beauty television personality, entrepreneur and founder of Tips de Kika. For more than ten years, she was the Fashion and Beauty Director of People En Español. Kika holds a Master’s Degree in publishing from New York University, is a lawyer from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and is fluent in four languages. Kika is also a longstanding member of Hampton by Hilton’s Ultimate Seekender Team, a group of travel-savvy explorers who celebrate the weekend by venturing out into the world.

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