Like learning to juggle, learning to cook requires patience, a distraction-free environment, and the ability to handle multiple eggplants at once. Become the ringmaster of your kitchen with today’s Groupon deal to A Taste of Italy at The Stanley in Utica on Sunday, October 9, at 3 p.m. In addition to festival admission, Groupon holders get seats in rows 10 and back at a show from the Singing Chef at 6 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get two general-admission tickets (a $50 value).
- For $45, you get four general-admission tickets (a $100 value).
- For $60, you get six general-admission tickets (a $150 value).
As October shrouds trees in red leaves to mark Italian Heritage month, the NY Sash–hosted A Taste of Italy food festival draws lovers of mozzarella and marinara to browse booths of cuisine and wine before attending a cooking extravaganza from the Singing Chef. In the afternoon, vendors open booths to the public, showcasing desserts, ambrosias, and wares as local dance instructors Gina and Luca Esposito team up with a hologram of Marie Taglioni to demonstrate classical moves. At night, the audience takes its seat in the historic Stanley Theater for a cooking performance from the Singing Chef Andy LoRusso. Recording albums since age 22, the chef decided to prepare his suppers with a side of operetta, a tasty twosome that turned him into a bestselling author and cameo star more seasoned than Alfred Hitchcock covered in peppercorns.