As the Romans Do
Deepen your appreciation for creative cooking all'italiana during a unique and personalized experience in Italy and the U.S. Under the culinary direction of Julian Epstein and Diane Epstein you will enjoy authentic Roman and Italian cuisine.
The full experience includes shopping, immersing yourself in the art and pleasure of hands-on cooking techniques and learning something about Italian culture. Another less involving option includes simply having someone fulfill your desire to sit down to an unforgettable gourmet meal and cook for you, your family or whoever you would like to share good food with.
Chef Julian Epstein
The first culinary day you can experience the shopping component, where we'll explore local markets and visit a variety of different stores, just as one would do in Italy. Stops may include an artisan butchery, fish market, cheese store, bakery, and fruit and vegetable market. We will then head to your home or a select kitchen, where we will prepare the various dishes. This interactive cooking class is perfect for people who enjoy Italian cuisine, and want to learn more, as well as for those who are experienced in the kitchen. The program is tailor-made to suit your individual tastes, including Italian favorites you would like to add to your repertoire, or unique new menus.
Various bruschette including ricotta and dried tomato, and asparagus and olive pate'
Depending upon the season, specialties from a broad range of Italian regions may include an array of antipasti, such as bruschetta, mozzarella and prosciutto, eggplant caponata, pate' of porcini mushrooms drizzled with truffle oil, olive pate' with sweet tomatoes and basil, and mint-scented artichokes. For the first course you may choose from traditional Roman pastas such as bucatini all'amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, tonnarelli cacio e pepe, and dishes from other areas of Italy such as tagliatelle alla Bolognese, risotto with pumpkin, peas and sweet peppers, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and spicy sausage, trofie with Genovese pesto, or pappardelle with shrimp and radicchio.
Orecchiette with radicchio and roasted cherry tomatoes
Farfalle with eggplant and zucchine
Some ideas for the second course are: "saltimbocca" veal wrapped in prosciutto with fresh sage, "pollo alla Romana" chicken with red and yellow peppers and tomato sauce, or beef "straccetti" with arugula. A seasonal vegetable could accompany the meat dish, or a special salad, such as fennel with oranges and grapefruit topped with roasted pine nuts, or arugula, mushrooms and shaved Parmesan.
For dessert a few choices could be fruit compote with whipped ricotta and fresh berries, baked fresh figs with almonds and honey, or homemade tiramisù.
Baked fresh figs with almonds, honey and mint
Julian Epstein, creative director of the As the Romans Do Culinary Adventures grew up in Rome, Italy with his family from the age of six. In addition to being fluent in Italian, he is passionate about finding the best ingredients, cooking healthy, and having great conversation around the table. He began working with chefs in Italy as an adolescent while assisting the As the Romans Do Culinary Adventures in Rome. Julian was featured with his family, in connection with the book, As the Romans Do: An American Family's Italian Odyssey, on the Oprah Winfrey Show, filmed as he was cooking in his family's kitchen at the age of eleven. Julian graduated from Pace University in New York 2011 with a degree in International Management.
A customized program, created according to your desires can also be arranged, including lessons for every age, ongoing cooking courses and Italian conversation.
For some more photos of Julian's cooking, please visit his gallery of culinary photos.
For prices and to discuss how As the Romans Do Culinary Adventures can be tailored to your taste, please contact Julian Epstein at: Julian@AsTheRomansDo.com