Monday, May 16, 2011

hug Italy Night with Massimo Bruno

We were really excited to have teamed up with local chef, Massimo Bruno last Thursday to bring our readers an Italian Supper Club Night, hug Italy. I met Massimo last year when my husband surprised me with a personal chef to cook me dinner as my 30th birthday gift. Massimo was such a wonderful and charismatic personality, that we hit it off instantly. He cooked some of the most delicious, yet simple Italian food for me that I knew we had to get together and do an event with him.  

We hosted 35 of our readers at Massimo's Kitchen Loft for an interactive cooking demo, followed by a seven-course family style dinner. The menu included fresh, warm focaccia bread that Massimo had just pulled out the oven, artisanal salami, fresh figs, homemade pasta, fish, veal and dessert. All served up with a couple bottles of OPEN wine that paired up with our meal perfectly. Here are a couple snaps of what we got up to that night...

Cherry tomatoes, salt and arugula cooks down for our cavatelli pasta
Salumi and figs
Grilled zucchini

Massimo and his lovely team of chefs
We watch Massimo make pasta while sipping on OPEN wine
The group jumps in and starts making pasta
We settle in for our family-style dinner with new friends
Missed our hug Italy night? You can still sign-up for one of Massimo Bruno's Supper Clubs for you and a group of friends. He runs them monthly. You can also hire him to be your personal chef in your own home for a dinner party. 
More pictures! More food! See the full hug Italy album online on our Facebook Fan Page.

Thanks to everyone who came out -- xoxo Lisa + Wendy


  1. this was an awesome night! thanks again ladies!

  2. Looks so goooood! So sad I missed it :( Hopefully next time!

  3. Salami and Figs? :P I love em both but never seen them on the same plate. More the merrier I say anyway! :) looks sooooo goos Girls, Thanks for sharing!