Italian Inspiration

As our thoughts maybe turn to holidays... maybe closer to home, the English Riviera, or further afield to the sun-drenched Mediterranean or simply lazing away the days at home. Our theme for July is for all things Italian. With its vibrant cities, lush countryside and clear blue sky and sea, the food of Italy is reflected in the ever-changing landscape. Orchards of lemon, luscious olive groves, row upon row of grape vines standing to attention like a regiment of soldiers. The produce is so fresh and colourful, the food full of life. Italians are so passionate about their food that the hustle and bustle of the day stops for the midday meal. There will be laughter and raised argumentative voices and many simple courses hungrily devoured.

Join us for a ‘hands on’ day creating an Italian Extravaganza. From tempting plates of Antipasti, perfect pasta with vibrant fresh sauces, beautiful bread, sensational salads to decadent desserts. Come and share our passion for all things Italian.

Sample Menu
    Welcome to the Spinney School of Fine Food.
    Sit back and relax with your morning refreshments as we go through our feast of Italian flavours which we will be creating today with our exciting menu of:-
    Tiny Parmesan and Rosemary Shortbreads with Tomatoes and Dolcelatte
    Herbed Artichoke Filo Canapés with Lemon Mayonnaise
    A selection of Crostini
    Arancini with Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade
    Sundried Tomato, Blue Cheese and Walnut Stuffed Mushrooms
    Parma Ham, Fig and Goats Cheese Canapes
    ~ ~ ~
    Home-made Pasta
    Butternut Squash and Marjoram Ravioli with Dolcelatte Sauce Ravioli
    Mini Focaccia Dough Balls, Pesto Garlic Bread
    Wild Mushroom Risotto
    Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Marsala Sauce
    Parmesan Mash, Stir Fried Spinach with Garlic
    ~ ~ ~
    Frangipan Tart with Amaretto Nectarines, served with
    Espresso Ice Cream
    Coffee and Homemade Truffles
Date Saturday 20 August 2016
Time 10:00 - 16:30
Price £130
Max Persons 6
Places Required
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  • What a wonderful day! Excellent food, top notch tuition and good company. I'm definitely coming back to another course!

    Virginia Turner

  • If Cookery Schools gained Michelin Stars - 'The Spinney deserves one already'

    Ian Ramsden

  • Success! Never made an edible loaf before in my life. Thank you Ali - A miracle worker! Loved my day, can't recommend you enough!

    Charlotte Mawhood

  • Delicious Food! An Amazing Experience! Thank you so much! The fantastic wine we drank was just the icing on the cake of an already fantastic meal! I'm definitely going to persuade my husband to come along to one your days!

    Alison Jenner

  • Great Food - Great Wine - Great Company. What could be better?!

    John Lightwood

  • Wonderful - Fab - Great! Thank you so much for our fantastic day away from the office! See you next year!

    Secretaries at Biomedical Sciences – University of

  • Ali, What can I say?! I had such an amazing day! Thank you so very much I loved every minute of it! I wish cooking was always this relaxing! See you soon!

    Teresa Lees