Canceled>>Springtime in Florence (Online)

  • Sunday, June 06, 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Class time is PACIFIC TIME, Class Code KI060621AG+
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    Registration will close on Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00am.

Our apologies, this class has been canceled.

Let BARN “Zoom” you to Italy! Is there anything more romantic than springtime in Tuscany? BARN is inviting you to spend a lovely morning cooking with our friends Sharon and Alessandro Gargani from their home in Florence. Sharon and Alessandro will teach you how to prepare the delicious, Pesce spada agli agrumi, semi di finocchio e olive (*Swordfish with citrus, fennel seed and black olive sauce) and for dessert, Crostata di Limone (lemon tart). *Note: any firm fish can be substituted; Halibut, or Chilean sea bass, for example.

Have a friend or family member join you in your kitchen. Cooking together is fun!

The class will include recipes, procedures, cooking tips and techniques as well as information about the history of these dishes. The class is taught in English, but some Italian will be spoken as well.


  • Class start time is for PACIFIC time.
  • Registration will close on Thursday, June 3rd at 11:00am. Refunds for cancellations will not be accepted after this date.
  • A shopping and equipment list needed to participate in this class will be in your registration confirmation email.
  • This class will be taught online via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  • A Zoom link, prep work, and recipes will be sent two days prior to start to the email you registered with. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
  • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given. 
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Instructor Bios:

Alessandro Gargani was born into the restaurant business. Like so many Italians, Alessandro grew up with a love of food and tradition. Alessandro started his professional career in the mess hall of the Italian Air Force and then worked in his family's trattoria. He moved to NYC in 2002 where he was executive chef at the award winning Mezzogiorno, an Italian restaurant located in Manhattan’s Soho district. In 2010, Alesssandro returned home to open Cucina del Garga in his hometown of Florence.

Sharon Gargani is an accomplished restaurateur, artist and cookbook author. Originally from Canada, she spent much of her childhood in Winnipeg. As a young woman with a sense of adventure, Sharon traveled to Europe, eventually meeting a young handsome artist named Giuliano Gargani.  

In 1979, Giuliano Gargani and Sharon Oddson-Gargani opened Trattoria Garga, a Florentine eatery. Trattoria Garga has been mentioned in articles in Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Bon Appetit, The New York Times among many others. Recipes from the restaurant have also been featured on The Food Network’s television program, Rachel Ray’s 30-Minute Meals, Diners-Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri and in cookbooks such as Williams Sonoma-Florence. A full collection of recipes from both the trattoria and from Sharon’s cooking school can be found in her book “Once Upon a Tuscan Table – Tales and Recipes from Trattoria Garga” published by Camino Books in 2006.

The international clientele included, among others, Donna Karan, Tom Ford, Oliver Stone, Mel Brooks, Zubin Metha, Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Sting, The Eagles, The Steve Matthew’s Band the King, and Queen of Belgium and the Queen of Denmark.

Sharon has continued teaching traditional Italian cooking and preserving the family tradition.
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