Friday, January 15, 2010

Loretta Paganini to teach cooking at the Jacaranda

Loretta Paganini
Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 10 am A Tuscan Dinner Party

Menu: Grilled Tuna & Cannelini Bean Crostini, Fennel & Pecorino Salad, Tomato-Basil Soup, Pici Pasta with Meat Sauce, Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Sauce, Green Bean & Tomato Salad, Pear Almond Tart

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 10 am Sizzling Seafood

Menu: Scallop Saltimbocca with Prosciutto & Sage over Potato Pancakes, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Caesar Salad with Grilled Shrimp, Grouper wrapped in Banana Leaves, Spicy Clam Chowder with Garlic Crostini and Lemon Sorbet

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 10 am Caribbean Island Flavors

Menu: Virgin Pineapple-Mint Mojito, Jamaican Shrimp & Corn Fritters with Spicy Creole Tomato Sauce, Conch Chowder with Homemade Hot Pepper Sauce, Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Salad, Jerked Chicken Barbacoa, Coconut Rice Pilaf, Spice Cake with Banana Ice Cream

Thursday, Jan.28, 2010 10 am A Taste of Mediterranean

Menu: Roasted Red Pepper Tahini Dip on Freshly-Made Pita Bread, Greek Salad with Tomatoes, Feta Cheese & Kalamata Olives with Herb Vinaigrette, the best Eggplant Moussaka, Grilled Marinated Grouper on Lemon-Herb Risotto, Fig & Almond Cake with Orange Syrup & Greek Yogurt Cream

Friday, Jan. 29, 2010 10 am A Night in Key West

Menu: Artichoke Bruschetta, Crab & Corn Bisque with Homemade Crackers, Baby Greens with Walnuts & Strawberry Vinaigrette, Boursin-Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Vegetable Ratatouille & Key Lime Tart

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 10 am The Italian Grill

Menu: Grilled Red Pepper, Eggplant & Zucchini Salad, Grilled Portobello & Flank Steak Wraps with Balsamic Dipping Sauce, Grilled Pizza Caprese with Mozzarella, Tomatoes & Basil, Barbeque Shrimp Spiedini over Pasta al Pesto, "Pollo alla Diavola" a delicious marinated Grilled Chicken, Grilled Plum & Peaches over Polenta Cake with Gelato

Reserve a copy of "Passion for Cooking" at 440-729-1110

Island foodies and cooking connoiseuers get your forks outand your appetites revved up. Renowned chef and cooking instructor Loretta Paganini will be teaching cooking classes at the Jacaranda Restaurant on Sanibel for the 13th Annual Tropical Cooking Extravaganza in Florida.

The popular chef will be joined by Tim McCoy to teach a week long series of classes.The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday, Jan. 25-30, 2010.

Cost is $525 for six class series, or $95 per class.

For reservations call LPSC at 888-748-4063

The Jacaranda Restaurant is located at 1223 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. For more information, call 472-1771 or email

Meet Loretta Paganini

Loretta Paganini was born in Bologna, Italy.

She learned her culinary skills in the family "Pasticceria" from her mother, a renowned chef and television personality in Italy. In addition, Loretta studied at several cooking schools in Italy. Loretta has been certified by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and maintains membership in the IACP and the American Culinary Federation.

In 1989 she opened The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking (LPSC) in Chesterland, Ohio and brought culinary education to hundreds of recreational students. A culinary retail shop and bookstore are also located at the cooking school. In 2002 she opened a new cooking school at Fisher Foods in North Canton. Due to increased demand for qualified foodservice employees, Loretta Paganini introduced ICASI, the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute. In September 2002, ICASI received approval from the State Board of Proprietary Schools as being the first and only privately owned "professional culinary school" in Ohio. In 2004, Loretta purchased twelve and a half acres in Chesterland, Ohio and built on the site a 12,000 square foot culinary center with five professional kitchens, library, lecture hall, commissary kitchen and caf. In the fall of 2005, the school opened with one hundred students and a staff of thirty including fifteen chefs' instructors from all over the world. In the winter of 2007 the schools upscale restaurant "Sapore" (Tastes) opened its doors.

In 2000 Loretta established a European Center in Chiavari, Italy, which is situated on the Italian Riviera near Portofino and the "Cinque Terre". This purchase enables her to expand affiliations with some of the top European Culinary schools.

Loretta has had extensive television experience, most notably as the host of TLC the Discovery Channel "Simply Gourmet Show" a series of cooking shows, she started as a regular host chef on "The Morning Exchange" show a very successful daily show in Cleveland WEWS Tv and as co-producer and guest on WVIZ Channel 25 program "P is for Pasta", "E is for entertaining" and "H is for Health" and "P is for party" and recently as a guest on the PBS special C is for Cleveland Originals. Starting in January 2007 she became the regular weekly guest chef on WKYC Studio 3, "Good Company Show" and her recipes have been featured weekly by the Plain Dealer "" taste. Radio experiences include "Cleveland Cuisine"; "Memories from Italy" WJCU 88.7 FM and "La Cucina Italiana" weekly Italian Cooking radio show WJCU 88.7. She has her own video, "Pasta Pronto" and her first cookbook, "Bologna Mia" was published in August, 2000 and her second cookbook "Cooking Thyme" was published in 2007 and her new cookbook "A passion for Cooking" will be due in the spring. Since 1989 Loretta Paganini has been offering several successful Gastronomic tours of Italy and France.

(Anne W. Bellew, Ella Nayor and press reports contributed to this story.)

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