Alba's Cooking Classes


Columbia Mall,  to register go to http://www.secolarievoo.com/cooking-classes/


Exquisite Trattoria Style Food – March 1, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Learn the time honored secrets of making fine trattoria style food just as it has been made for centuries. We will be making recipes that are as exquisite in flavor as they are simple in technique. Join us in making, Warm Tomato and Mozzarella Crostini, Broccoli and Sausage Lasagna, and Stuffed Ricotta Zucchini in Tomato Sauce. 

French Cooking with an Italian Accent! – March 21, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
French cooking is one of the most popular cuisines in the world because of its taste and sophistication, while Italian food is loved and renowned around the world for its simplistic flavors and techniques.  In this class, we will enjoy a fusion of recipes such as Salade avec Crostini de Chevre Chaud,  Chicken al L’oignon and Pancetta, and Asparagus avec Fromage Blanc et Gorganzola. 

Favorites of the Sicilian Region – April 5, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Sicily offers a style of cuisine unique to the Italian kitchen. Influenced by the Greeks, Moors and French, the Sicilian table is evocative with fragrant spices, aromatic herbs and a rustic cooking style that expresses the best of Mediterranean cuisine. Join us in preparing Antipasto Siciliano con Bruschetta Grigliata all’olio , Spaghetti Cacio Pepe with Crispy Speck,  and Cauliflower alla Carbonara. 

La Cucina del Chianti – April 18, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Chianti cuisine is all about simplicity and genuineness, intimately tied to the land and the seasons. The ingredients are always fresh, go perfectly with a glass of Chianti and their flavors are enhanced by a drizzle of olive oil. We will make and savor Crostini Con Pesto di Arugula Mozzarella e Prosciutto, Chianti Drunken Spaghetti, and Sausage al Vino Rosso. 

Chef Alba’s Exotic Food of Maghreb - May 9, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
The Maghreb is an area of the Mediterranean where Chef Alba was raised in.    Maghrebian food is one of the most sensual in the world; it seeks out our senses of smell, sight, and taste. In the class, we will enjoy fragrant, colorful and evocative flavors of dishes such as Croque Monsieur Bruschetta, Cashew and Zataar Spice Crusted Shrimp, and Vanilla Scented and Hazelnut Couscous.

Charismatic dishes from the Mediterranean - June 6, 2017, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
From Greece to Morocco, from Provence to Sicily, From Turkey to Spain: Mediterranean colors are the soul of a festive kitchen. Join us as we prepare and enjoy fresh flavors and aromas of dishes such as Strawberries with Chevre Cheese and Basil Caprese, Pasta with fresh Lemons and Herbs, Zucchini Wrapped Shrimp with Aromatic Herb Dressing.

Recipes from the Azure Aegean Sea - June 20, 2017, 6:15-:30pm
The Aegean Sea set between the modern day Turkey and Greece has a coast with spectacular scenery and setting. It is a natural paradise with verdant springs, hot summers, sunny autumns, an cozy winters with light rainfall. Let's honor these Aegean with techniques and foods of ancient cultures with recipes such as Grape Leaves Stuffed with Lentils and Rice, Bulgur Pilaf with Eggplant and Zucchini, Potato Salad with Tahini, Adana Beef Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce and Simmered Apricots with Walnuts.


Colorful Feast of Mezze for a “HOT” summer – July 5, 2017, 6:15-8:45 pm
Mezze, a style of dining in the Mediterranean and Middle East, resembles Spanish tapas and other small plates meant to stimulate the appetite. Unlike those appetizers, mezze oten make up an entire meal, combining both cold and hot dishes. A truly social event, mezze dining encourages conversation and lingering at the table.  Come an feast with us an enjoy;
Cold Strawberry Soup, Baked Artichoke Hearts with Chevre, Spicy Carrot in Cumin Feta Olive Salad,  Hummus with Harissa, Gratin of Mussels and Tomatoes, Salmon in Orange Sauce.

Southern French Foods with a Spanish Accent – July 18, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
For a nature and sea lover, discover the exceptional views from France's Cote d'Azur to Spain's magificent contrasting landscapes along the Catalan coast. For a nature and sea lover, discover the exceptional views from France's Cote d'Azur to Spain's magnificent contrasting landscapes along the Catalan coast. Let's prepare French and Spanish inspired dishes such as Tapenade and Chevre Stuffed Tomato, Saffron Rice with Mussels an Vegetables, and Aïoli with Young Vegetables.

Chef Alba’s Favorite Italian Summer Dishes - August 8, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
During a hot summer, cooking easy and fresh recipes are preferable to not keep us so busy in the kitchen. These are some of Chef Alba’s summer favorites that will be simple to make, so  enjoy creating; Eggplant in Carozza, Spaghettoni al Pesto di Broccoli Pecorino and Almonds, and Shrimp Asparagus Salad with Fresh Herb Dressing.

Fragrant Lemons Dishes From Amalfi - August 22, 6:30-8:30pm
Cheerful as the people on the Amalfi coast, the bright yellow lemons sparkle when the golden sun arises.  These lemons evoke charm and color of its land. An excellent fruit rich in vitamin C and essential oils is ideal for the preparation of sunny an lemony dishes such as Vermouth and Lemon Olive Salad, Crostini with Fresh Ricotta and Lemon, Seasonal Fish Skewered with Caramelized Lemon and Bay Leaves, Orzo Pasta with Fresh Lemon and Herbs.    


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Exquisite Trattoria Style Food – March 3, 2017
Learn the time honored secrets of making fine trattoria style food just as it has been made for centuries. We will be making recipes that are as exquisite in flavor as they are simple in technique. Join us in making, Warm Tomato and Mozzarella Crostini, Broccoli and Sausage Lasagna, and Stuffed Ricotta Zucchini in Tomato Sauce.


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Easy Freshly Made Pasta, March 18, 2017 – 12-2:30pm
Making pasta at home is a time-honored family tradition in Italy. Although not yet a grandmother, Chef Alba will lead us through making traditional  and regional Italian pasta from scratch;   Gnudi with Olio and Sage from Tuscany, Passatelli in Brodo from Emilia Romagna, and Pici all’aglione from Umbria. 
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French Cooking with an Italian Accent! – March 24, 2017
French cooking is one of the most popular cuisines in the world because of its taste and sophistication, while Italian food is loved and renowned around the world for its simplistic flavors and techniques.  In this class, we will enjoy a fusion of recipes such as Salade avec Crostini de Chevre Chaud,  Chicken al L’oignon and Pancetta, and Asparagus avec Fromage Blanc et Gorganzola.

Favorites of the Sicilian Region – April 7, 2017
Sicily offers a style of cuisine unique to the Italian kitchen. Influenced by the Greeks, Moors and French, the Sicilian table is evocative with fragrant spices, aromatic herbs and a rustic cooking style that expresses the best of Mediterranean cuisine. Join us in preparing Antipasto Siciliano con Bruschetta Grigliata all’olio , Spaghetti Cacio Pepe with Crispy Speck,  and Cauliflower alla Carbonara.

La Cucina del ChiantiApril 21, 2017
Chianti cuisine is all about simplicity and genuineness, intimately tied to the land and the seasons. The ingredients are always fresh, go perfectly with a glass of Chianti and their flavors are enhanced by a drizzle of olive oil. We will make and savor Crostini Con Pesto di Arugula Mozzarella e Prosciutto, Chianti Drunken Spaghetti, and Sausage al Vino Rosso.




Celebrate Cinco de Mayo – May 5, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862. Plan a Cinco de Mayo fiesta with us as we make favorite delicious Mexican foods such as, Fresh Seasonal Salsa, Grilled Tilapia and Avocado Tacos, Hipster Black Beans, and Onion Cilantro Lime Rice. And to end on a sweet note, Flan. 

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Charismatic  Dishes from the Mediterranean – June 9, 2017
From Greece to Morocco, from Provence to Sicily, from Turkey to Spain: Mediterranean colors are the soul of a festive kitchen. Join us, as we prepare and enjoy fresh flavors and aromas of dishes such as Strawberries with Chèvre Cheese and Basil, Pasta with Fresh Lemon and Herbs, Zucchini Wrapped Shrimp with Aromatic herb dressing. 

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Summer Teen Camps:

Healthful Cooking for Young Chefs with Chef Alba
July 10th-14th, 10:30AM-2:30PM Daily
Chef Alba Johnson
Alba is a cooking instructor and personal chef specializing in southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Her recipes are rustic, simple and vibrant in taste.

(Ages: 9-12)
Calling all aspiring chefs!
In this fun, five-day series, Chef Alba will coach the kids in working in teams and  learning, Monday: the foundation of kitchen and knife safety, proper food handling, and hygiene, measuring,  and making healthful snacks, Tuesday: healthful breakfast food, Wednesday: healthful lunches, Thursday: healthy substitution for
favorite foods, and Friday: The  mystery box team challenge.
Before we say goodbye, young chefs will have a chance to show off their new cooking skills. We eat what we cook. Recipes supplied.
Cost: $295. Click here to register online.
Note: Students are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes
REFUND POLICY: A full refund can be issued if requested AT LEAST 48-HOURS prior to class. Under no circumstances will a transfer of funds or refund be issued without 48-hours’ notice; no exceptions. However, we will accept a name transfer if you would like to fill your slot for the class with a friend, family member or colleague.


Cooking  Skills for Teens Chefs with Chef Alba
July 24th-28th, 10:30AM-3:30PM Daily
Chef Alba Johnson
Alba is a cooking instructor and personal chef specializing in southern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Her recipes are rustic, simple and vibrant in taste.

(Ages: 13-16)
Calling all aspiring chefs!
In this fun, five-day series, Chef Alba will coach teens in practicing essential skills and master the fundamentals of cooking. Young chefs will love working alongside classmates learning new techniques! Monday: Refresher knife skills & sauce basics, Tuesday: Grill, sauté, braise & roast, Wednesday: Perfect pasta made from scratch, Thursday: Bake shop, Friday: The ultimate mystery box team challenge.
Before we say goodbye, teen chefs will have a chance to show off their new cooking skills. We eat what we cook. Recipes supplied.
Cost: $355. Click here to register online.(Prerequisite: must already have experience with knife skills and some cooking knowledge, or have attended a class/camp with Chef Alba).
Note: Students are required to wear long pants and closed-toe shoes
REFUND POLICY: A full refund can be issued if requested AT LEAST 48-HOURS prior to class. Under no circumstances will a transfer of funds or refund be issued without 48-hours’ notice; no exceptions. However, we will accept a name transfer if you would like to fill your slot for the class with a friend, family member or colleague.

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Dates: June 26-28 or July 31-Aug. 4

Cooking Skills for Teen Chefs – 9:30-2:30pm M-Th, 9:30-2pm F
In this fun, five-day series, Chef Alba will coach teens in practicing essential kitchen skills and master the fundamentals of cooking. Young chefs will love working alongside classmates learning, (Day 1) Refresher Knife Skills & Sauce Basics (Day 2) Grill, Sauté, Braise and Roast (Day 3) Perfect Pasta made from scratch (Day 4) Bake Shop, (Day 5) The Ultimate Mystery Box Team Challenge Before we say goodbye, teen chefs will have a chance to show off all their new cooking skills.
Prerequisite: Teens must already have experience with knife skill and some cooking knowledge, or have attended a class with Chef Alba.




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To schedule a private cooking party at your home or Secolari, please contact me directly.

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