An Italian Cooking Adventure and Herb Garden Planting

  • Saturday, April 23, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • BARN Kitchen Arts, Class Code KI042322BR
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  • $49 tuition + $45 materials fee
  • $38 tuition + $45 materials fee

    Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 pm.

Registration is closed

This event is for ages 21+

Italians love using fresh ingredients from the local markets and fresh herbs and spices to enhance the flavors of their simple but eloquent dishes. In this class we will talk about how to grow and use seven of the most common herbs typically found in Tuscan home kitchens; basil, oregano, fennel, Italian parsley, rosemary, thyme, and sage.  

From the seven herbs discussed and cooked with, participants will choose three and plant them during the class in a beautiful terracotta pot to be taken home, grown, and cooked with.

Cooking together and using the seven herbs, we’ll prepare, eat and discuss the following dishes:

Pesto in due modi

Pesto two ways (Basil & Parsley) 

Finocchio alla Salvia

Baked Fennel with Sage

Fagioli Cannellini Con Origano, Pomodoro e Aglio

Cannellini Beans with Oregano, Tomato and Garlic 

Arista alla Fiorentina

Roasted Pork Loin stuffed with Thyme, Rosemary & Garlic

A traditional Chianti wine will be served and a

Vinsanto del Chianti with the instructor’s homemade cantucci will provide final sweetness


  • Registration will close on Thursday, April 21 at 4:30 pm.
  • There is a $45 materials fee included in your tuition. $15 covers costs for the meal and $30 covers the cost of the herbs and terracotta pot that you will be taking home.
  • To comply with WA State Health Department guidelines, please wear closed-toe shoes to class.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor Bio:

Robert Ross is a landscape architect, garden designer, and committed home cook who has traveled to and worked in many places, absorbing local cultures, history, and terroir. A Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, he spent a few years in North Africa working on a project that afforded opportunities to travel and explore Europe, eventually leading to a passionate connection with central Italy, its people, food, and gardens. He shares a unique perspective that blends simple Tuscan cooking, renaissance gardens, and ornamental terra cotta.

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