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Loved throughout the world, Italian cuisine offers a great variety of tastes and ingredients.  Tracing its roots from the 4th century BC, the flavors and dishes of Italy have been influenced by rulers and conquerors, political upheaval and the discovery of the New World. Each region and even province has its own food specialties and wines. 

From pasta making to chocolate tasting and wine sampling, the Italian Cultural Center offers many events to celebrate Italy’s rich culinary landscape.

Buon Appetito!



Upcoming events

    • 26 Feb 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114
    • 1

    Carnevale is coming up!

    Join Romina Montanari, native Italian instructor and passionate cook, and make your own Frappe!

    These rectangles of sweet pastry dough fried and coated with powdered sugar are typical tasty Carnevale treats made throughout Italy and called by various names: chiacchieresfrappole, crostoli, bugie, cenci and many more depending on the region.

    The group will taste the fresh made Frappe with a glass of Prosecco.

    Don't forget to bring a tray and 2 flour sack towels (or light kitchen towels) and a large container with you as you will carry back home some frappe! 

    The event will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114. Free parking available. 


    Register now: our cooking classes are popular and fill quickly.

    As always, all events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative costs.

    Contact Tiziana, at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions.  

    WHEN: Sunday, Feb 26 2:00 – 4:30 PM
    WHERE: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114 (Free parking available) 
    PRICE: $35 (Member)$45 (Non-Member)


     

    • 11 Mar 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis MN 55403
    • 8

    Buon giorno! Join us for another fun class of this popular series.

    On Saturday, March 11, from 9:30 to 11:00 AM, Italian native Elisabetta Re will lead a small group in a casual conversation format. Participants will enjoy traditional Italian coffee, Italian breakfast staples – pane, burro e marmellata – along with some dolcetti.

    This is intended to be a very informal class aimed at Italian students of all proficiency levels. This class will offer the opportunity to practice the Italian phrases you know, learn new ones and improve your comprehension skills – all in a laid back atmosphere.

    This month’s conversation theme:  the International Women's Day celebrated on March 8th every year. Did you know that in Italy, to celebrate the day, men give yellow mimosas to women?

    Space is limited and spaces will fill quickly - Register now!

    Contact Tiziana, at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions.  

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.


    WHEN: March 11,  2017 9:30 – 11:00 AM
    WHERE: The Italian Cultural Center, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    PRICE: Member - $15 & Non-member - $20







    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114
    • 10

    Gnocchi – delicate Italian dumplings made from potatoes and traditionally served as a first course – are a versatile and delicious alternative to fresh pasta. Most Italian regions have their own version of these soft pillows of goodness.  

    To learn how to make traditional gnocchi, join our instructor, Modena native, Romina Montanari for a hands-on session.

    The class will be held at Mid-City Kitchen in St. Paul. Romina, will demonstrate and guide you through the process of making your very own gnocchi!  Each participant will sample gnocchi in a light sauce and enjoy a glass of wine in a fun atmosphere. Everyone will take home the gnocchi they just made.

    All ingredients are included, but please bring a large cookie sheet and two cloth kitchen light towels to carry your gnocchi home.

    The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  The location is easy to find, conveniently located near the Green line of the light rail. If you choose to drive, free parking is available.

    Register now! Our Make & Take events are very popular and we expect to sell out.


    Contact Tiziana, at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions.

    As always, all events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative costs.


    WHEN: Sunday, March 26th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

    WHERE: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114

    REGISTRATION: 
    Member - $45
    Non-member - $55



Past events

28 Jan 2017 EW17 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
15 Jan 2017 EW17 Make and Take: Pizza Casalinga - Homemade Style Pizza
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
11 Dec 2016 EF16 DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 11
10 Dec 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
05 Nov 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
01 Oct 2016 EF16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group
08 Sep 2016 Earthquake Fundraiser: CLOSED, Thank you for the overwhelming response!
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
12 Mar 2016 EW16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, March 12
13 Feb 2016 EW16 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, Feb 13
31 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT!! DOLCI series: Tortelli dolci ripieni (Italian sweet pockets) – Sunday, 1/31
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
06 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! DOLCI series: I biscotti di Natale (Italian Christmas Cookies) Sunday, December 6
05 Dec 2015 EF15 Colazione all’italiana – Casual conversation group - Saturday, December 5
03 Dec 2015 EF15 Make & Take Class: il VOV (Italian holiday drink) December 3
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
11 Oct 2015 CE15 - Piccoli Pizzaioli series: Panzerotti class for children
04 Oct 2015 EF15 NEW! Al mercato: in search of tasty Italian food at Whole Foods - Sunday, October 4th
27 Sep 2015 EF15 DOLCI series:SOLD OUT! Frittelle di mele (Italian Apple Fritters) - Sunday, 9/27
04 Jun 2015 SOLD OUT! - Taste the Regions: Piemonte (Piedmont)
20 May 2015 ENS15 NEW! Cena Sociale - An Evening at The Butcher Block Restaurant, Wednesday, May 20
18 Apr 2015 EN15 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-Saturday, April 18, 1-3
16 Apr 2015 Taste the Regions: Sardegna (Sardinia)
04 Apr 2015 DOLCI: La Cassata Siciliana - Saturday, April 4th
14 Mar 2015 CE15 SOLD OUT! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
07 Feb 2015 Sold Out! I piccoli pizzaioli – a pizza making class for children
01 Feb 2015 1 Open Spot! DOLCI – Italian treats for Carnevale! Sunday, Feb 1st
15 Jan 2015 Wine Tasting Event: Barolo v. Brunello – Thursday, January 15
10 Jan 2015 A midwesterner in Turin: good, clean and fair food for all
18 Oct 2014 EF14 Nine Quintessential Wines of Italy -2 spaces available!
27 Sep 2014 EF14 DOLCI - Tiramisu! Saturday, September 27
18 Jun 2014 EN14 Christopher Castellani-Boston Author Meet and Greet
29 May 2014 ENS14 - SPECIAL EVENT: Book Discussion -All This Talk of Love
10 May 2014 EN14 Make and Take --- Ravioli di ricotta e spinaci-NEW LOCATION!
25 Jan 2014 EW14 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
07 Dec 2013 EN13 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
21 Nov 2013 ENF13 Italian Wine Tour
11 Nov 2013 ENF13 Young Professionals----Meet and Greet!
17 Jun 2013 EN13 Festeggiamo Spring 2013
25 May 2013 EU13 Make and Take --- Tortelloni!
05 Jan 2013 Make and Take --- Tortellini!
06 Dec 2012 EN12F Festeggiamo Fall 2012
18 Jun 2012 EN12S Festeggiamo Spring 2012
17 May 2012 Benny The Chef Is Here!
20 Apr 2012 365 Days of A Women Exhibit Private Tour
21 Feb 2012 Cook With Carmela!!!
30 Nov 2011 Meet Carmela Tursi Hobbins - Author, Chef, Cooking Instructor
17 Mar 2011 Italian Wine Tasting
29 Jan 2011 Chocolate Tasting Classes by Chocolate BonaVita
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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