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Cooking Demonstrations

Every hour throughout the weekend, between 12 noon and 3:30 pm, a different chef is featured “live” on our La Cucina Galbani® Cooking Stage, located on the Fisher Terrace — the rooftop of the Fisher Pavilion. Every year we line up some great chefs and (post-pandemic) they usually hand out samples of their wonderful dishes. Come for the food, stay for the fun!

Sponsored by Galbani Cheese and presented by Isernio’s Sausage and Merlino Foods. Additional tour support provided by the Mediterranean Inn. Our MC will be Martin Nigrelle.

Chefs from 2012

Chefs of 2023

Below is our 2023 line up of chefs.

Demonstration Schedule for Saturday 23rd September, 2023

12:00 noonDana BjurstromTutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzerias
1:00pmBrad InserraPrivate Chef
2:00pmLinsey CorbinOberto Charcuterie
3:00pmLinsey CorbinIsernio

Demonstration Schedule for Sunday 24th September, 2023

12:00 noonFrankieTheFitFoodieIsernio
1:00pmDana BjurstromTutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzerias
2:00pmRonald HoldenForking Seattle
3:00pmGiampaolo FalchettiCrudo & Cotto

Previous Participants

Over the years we have had demos from chef’s representing such local restaurants as: Café Juanita, Tulio, il Fornaio, Il Terrazzo Carmine, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Serafina, Assaggio, and Mondello Ristorante. Some of their recipes can be found in our online Recipe Collection.

Nonna Romana’s Ricotta Cheesecake, from Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Zucchini Fritters, from Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Sicilian Stuffed Artichokes, from Rossella’s Cooking with Nonna

Chicken Scarpariello

Rigatoni with Sausage Sauce

Pasta Fazool

Sausage & Peppers

“Sunday Sauce” – Ragu Napolitano with Italian Sausage and Pasta

Margherita’s Orecchiette with Rapini & Hot Sausage Recipe

Giampaolo Falchetti from Basilico Ristorante (Olympia, WA)

Rick Ragan from Montalcino Ristorante Italiano (Issaquah, WA)

Il Chiaroscuro — Great Italian Aperitivo’s at Festa Italiana (Seattle)

Limonata Martini — Great Italian Aperitivo’s at Festa Italiana (Seattle)

Brad Inserra — Celebrity Chef at Festa Italiana (Seattle)

Marzia Caputo — Celebrity Chef at Festa Italiana (Seattle)