Virtual Demo with Francesca: Eggplant Parmigiana & Risotto Balls

In this virtual demo*, Francesca Giarraffa takes your tastebuds on a trip to the Italy as she shows you how to make three Italian dishes: Sicilian-style eggplant parmigiana (Parmigiana di Melanzane alla Siciliana) with homemade tomato sauce (Sugo di Pomodoro), risotto balls with green peas and mozzarella cheese (Arancine di Riso), and a mascarpone and coffee semi-frozen dessert (Semifreddo al Mascarpone e Caffe).

This demo will be recorded and sent out after class; feel free to sit back and relax and enjoy the show!

Francesca emigrated to the United States in 1984 from her home in Naples, Italy, and settled in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Francesca learned to cook the traditional way from her grandmother, mother, and Aunt Francesca who owned and operated a restaurant in Milan. She spent many of her teenage summers working side by side with her aunt in her restaurant kitchen. Francesca is well versed in the regional specialties of Milan and Naples and her repertoire also includes Sicilian dishes from her travels to Sicily to visit her father's family.

Francesca continued her culinary education in Ann Arbor restaurants and began her own catering business. Twenty years ago she began teaching Italian cooking at her home, and at Washtenaw Community College and Ann Arbor Rec & Ed., a branch of Ann Arbor Public schools. She also leads group culinary tours to Italy.

Interested in an immersive Italian experience? Join Zingerman's Food Tours for a trip to Tuscany this fall, October 3-12th. Go behind the scenes and visit traditional small producers of some of the region’s finest foods—from the massive wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano, to the beautiful, small bottles of real balsamic vinegar, from Chianti Classico wines and artisanal olive oil to the melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto crudo. You'll also get to enjoy Tuscan cooking lessons in a 15th-century villa in the rolling hills outside of Florence!

*Please note that this is not a virtual hands-on class but a demonstration held over Zoom—this means that you’ll be watching as the guest chef prepares dishes. Unlike our hands-on classes, this is not an interactive experience, and thus, we do not encourage attempting to bake or cook along with the program. Recipes will be sent in an email with your class confirmation.


Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Virtual $20.00 136 spots left