Greensboro Symphony Cooking Class


Last Spring, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra hosted a wonderful fundraiser on the top of a beautiful building in our Center City. Between many rounds of Name That Tune, emceed by the Canadian Host of CashCab!, they had a live auction. I was brave enough to subject myself – and a cooking class – to the bidding war. And, was lucky enough that my new friends, Rod and Linda Mortenson, were generous enough to win the bidding war (it was more like a modest battle).

After much anticipation, we get together this weekend with friends for an Italian themed dinner and participatory cooking class in the Mortenson’s beautiful home. Their kitchen was the perfect setting for fifteen friends to gather around the kitchen island and dive into pine nuts, capers, tomatoes, anchovies, lots of cheese, meats and greens from The Fresh Market. And, plenty of wine too!

The class was chaotic and loud, full of warmth (with snow falling outside) and spirit. It was a pleasure to to join the group and get to know so many new friendly folks. I’ll be borrowing photos this week – as I was talking and cooking (and probably sipping) too much to document the evening. Thanks to the Smith’s for sharing their photos.

I’ll share the recipes and a few photos this weekend!

PS: The Greensboro Symphony will host Name That Tune again this year on May 17, 2013 – stay tuned (literally) for details on tickets!

Off Mendenhall Greensboro Symphony Cooking Class Menu: 

  • Homemade Rosemary Foccacia
  • Crudites with Sundried Tomato and Olive Tapenade
  • Melon and Proscuitto
  • Parmesan Crisps
Salad Course:
  • Warm Italian Salad with Stuffed Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Homemade Pasta!
  • Seasonal Sauces: Winter Pesto Sauce, Wild Mushroom and White Wine Sauce, Spicy  Tomato and Sausage Sauce
  • Tiramisu!


  1. It was a spectacular evening. Cecilia pretty much hit it out of the park. Im sure it was one of the most special times we have had lately. Thanks Cecilia (and Linda and Rod) for making the evening one we will cherish and remember for a long time. The meal, friends, and wine was all wonderful. Anne and Jonathan

  2. Cecilia, the evening was magical and one of my all-time favorite dinners. You were inspired. You created such an incredible meal while teaching us with laughter, fun, and joy. Making the pasta was over the top fun! I will always savor this glorious experience and am already thinking about next time…….. Also want to thank your dear friend, Margaret Winslow, for her willing heart and hands. A toast to you, Cecelia! Linda and Rod Mortenson

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