Chef Daniele Catalani traveled to the United States from his Tuscan homeland at the age of 20. By the time he was 23, he'd already made his mark on the DC culinary scene, earning a spot as the exclusive chef of Galileo Restaurant and doing battle with clanging robot cooks on the Food Network show Iron Chef America. Though he spends most of his time overseeing the kitchen at Toscana Café, his Washington Post–lauded eatery, he also shares his craft by teaching aspiring cooks how to create Italian-inspired meals and pair them with wine.
Though his family hails from Italy, Chef Alfio Celia takes his cues from the French when it comes to the art of cooking. After learning the basics among French chefs, Chef Alfio sharpened his knives at various restaurants around DC before establishing a culinary consulting firm, Bella Companies. There, the chef learned how to help businesses thrive from the inside out by working with hotels, restaurants, and caf?s to develop menus, provide start-up management assistance, and train new staff members. When he?s not advising clients on the finer points of the food-service industry, Chef Alfio can be found in the Bella Companies kitchen, where he helps at-home chefs thrive with his cooking classes. These sessions are open to home chefs of all experience levels. Chef Alfio provides his students with insider culinary tips, such as how whip up a large brunch feast capable of feeding the 25 or more out-of-state relatives who decided to "just drop by" your place for the weekend.
Armed with an expansive library of recipes and party-planning prowess, Entree Metropolitan's event specialists work closely with clients to bring soirees to fruition. Menus culled from family secrets and palm readings of famous chefs offer caribbean jerk chicken strips and hors d'oeuvres such as flaky crescent twists, beef roulades, and roasted yam sticks. Entree Metropolitan rounds out its service with floral arrangements and décor including crystalware, flatware, table coverings, and napkins.
I Wish Lessons’ professionally guided classes convene in various venues throughout Chicago, Boston, DC, and Detroit, uniting and educating like-minded learners in vibrant social settings. The company’s hundreds of teachers have educated countless learners while introducing them to new friends and planning private events, including birthday parties and baby showers. Classes broach a multitude of engaging, lighthearted subjects, such as beer and bacon pairing, scotch tasting, cupcake decorating, and sushi rolling.
In order to make a home-cooked meal with fresh ingredients, you could travel to a farm, pick some produce, then combine all the ingredients and hope for the best. Or you could just hire a personal chef from PlateDate, a business with a roster of professionals who prepare meals in the comfort of your own home.
Clients simply go online to select a date and build a menu, then they sit back and wait for their chef to arrive. Using their own fresh, ingredients and the homeowner's cookware, the chef will whip up a meal that may include gourmet dishes such as pan-seared sea scallops, roast pork tenderloin, or ricotta-and-spinach gnocchi. The result: a professionally-prepared dinner for friends, family members, or neighbors who smelled the aromas and let themselves in through the kitchen window.
A native Washingtonian and graduate of L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Oliver Friendly founded the company three years ago by offering in-home cooking lessons. If you opt for the personal cooking lessons, the knowledgeable Friendly will show up at your kitchen bearing all the essentials (tools, local produce, and meat) and know-how necessary to whip up a wonderful meal.