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Elegant Later Summer Entertaining with Fresh, Seasonal Foods

Let’s get cooking! New Canaan Library is pleased to host a special culinary event on Thursday, September 4, from 6 – 7:30 PM. Chef Silvia Baldini, founder of Strawberry and Sage, will demonstrate how to transform locally-grown, seasonal vegetables into elegant, healthy dishes for home entertaining. Analiese Paik, founder of Fairfield Green Food Guide, will give participants the inside track on resources for buying local and organic food and ingredients.

Join these experts for a class that will both educate and inspire, with cooking demonstrations, recipes, education and tastings. The class covers:
• Vegetable crudite- focus on knife skills and tips for elegant displays
• Vegetable tarts – learn one crust to use with five different fillings
• Vegetable and fruit soups – learn one base to create 10 delicious soups

Silvia Baldini always dreamed of being a chef, even during her successful career as an art director. After 17 years in advertising she realized her dream by returning to school, graduating from the Cornell and French Institute and ultimately receiving a Grand Cuisine Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London. After working as a chef at prestigious Michelin star restaurants throughout Europe, Silvia returned to the East Coast and established her creative food group, Strawberry and Sage. Silvia has been featured in Saveur, the James Beard Blog, and has appeared on national TV cooking shows. Among her many clients are Bank of America, Royal Scottish Society, and Vista Caballo as well as private individuals, celebrities, food photographers and cookbook authors.

Analiese Paik is founder and editor of the award-winning website and the food editor of Natural Awakenings, Fairfield County. Following a successful career in marketing management, she attended the Institute of Culinary Education and studied wine at the International Wine Center. Analiese has served as a judge for the Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s Product Awards Competition for the last four years. Analiese was featured in Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine as a “foodie who makes a difference” in recognition of both her current work and many years as a PTA volunteer advocating better school food. She has been featured as a green food advocate and expert in Fairfield Magazine, Fairfield County Life, Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and Westport Magazine, among others. Analiese was a regular monthly guest on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut show for two years where she covered local and sustainable foods.

Join us for a fantastic evening of culinary education.

The cost of the event is $25 to cover ingredients and registration is required for this event.
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