Date Night: Summer in Italy Cooking Class at Sur La Table


We enjoyed a taste of summer in Italy at our local Sur La Table with a cooking class!


Friday night classes are ‘Date Night’, you’re encouraged to bring a date and bring along some wine if you would like to sip along with your class.


You know the quote from Julia Childs. . .


“I enjoy cooking with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food…” ;)


You work in groups of 4 in the class with hands-on classes limited to 16 students. This is my fun and beautiful friend, Ginny, who had been to a cooking class at Sur La Table before and invited us along for a double date to our Summer in Italy cooking class.


Our Summer in Italy Menu:

House Smoked Burrata with Olive Oil and Summer Herbs – Pea, Prosciutto and Parmesan Risotto – Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Shrimp, Goat Cheese and Burst Cherry Tomatoes – Peach and Blackberry Crostata


I took theses photos with my iPhone so the quality and lighting is not the best and has nothing to do with the wine I sipped at our 2 hour class. . . *hiccup* ;)


All the ingredients are supplied and organized, mise en place. . .


Here are our Pea, Prosciutto and Parmesan Risotto ingredients.

Zucchini Noodles

I’ve made the Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Shrimp, Goat Cheese and Burst Cherry Tomatoes several times since our summer night in Italy! It’s super easy, healthy, flavorful and fun to make with a spiralizer!


I have a hand-held spiralizer that works like a pencil sharpener for zucchini noodles, but I think I might have to break down and buy a top-rated Paderno with multiple blades for more spiralizing fun.


Zucchini Noodles with Grilled Shrimp, Goat Cheese and Burst Cherry Tomatoes, recipe Sur La Table

Zucchini noodles or ‘zoodles’ replace the pasta with tender and flavorful strands of zucchini for a healthy and low carb alternative.


1/4 cup pitted roughly chopped Castelvetrano olives (I omitted)

1 teaspoon chopped rosemary

1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

 2 yellow squash, spiralized (I used zucchini only)

2 zucchini squash, spiralized

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese


Combine olives, herbs, vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil, toss to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

To prepare shrimp: Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. In bowl, toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper until well coated. Grill shrimp, turning once until center is opaque, 1-2 minutes per side.


In large saute pan over medium-high heat, add remaining oil and heat until simmering. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add zucchini noodles and tomatoes to the pan, season with salt and pepper. Saute until noodles are just noodles and tomatoes have burst, about 5 minutes. Add vinegar, herbs and olives, stirring to combine. Transfer zucchini and tomatoes to serving platter, top with grilled shrimp and crumbled goat cheese. Serve immediately. Makes 4 Servings.


My Notes: I added tomatoes to pan first so they’re at the bursting point, then added zucchini noodles since I want them to retain some texture, just heated through without becoming too watery. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, substitute fresh grated Parmesan.


In addition to enjoying a generous taste of every dish, you receive a coupon good for 10% off in-store purchases the day of class and 10% off a future class if you sign up within a week. There are lots of fall goodies and temptations in store at Sur La Table now including fall leaf spring-loaded pie crust cutters for Blue Ribbon Apple Pie or Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie.

Fall Goodies Sur la Table

We had a great time and looking forward to doing another date night there again in September, maybe for Autumn in Paris or Modern Tuscan Cooking: Roasted Tomato and Olive Crostini – Grilled Steak with Rosemary and Garlic – Creamy Polenta with Pecorino and Wild Mushrooms – Spiced Apple Crostata!

Summer in Italy Cooking Class Sur La Table

If you receive emails from Sur La Table, you’ll even be notified if classes go on sale. You can find a cooking class schedule at your local Sur La Table, here.


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  35 comments for “Date Night: Summer in Italy Cooking Class at Sur La Table

  1. August 31, 2016 at 7:29 am

    That looks like so much fun!!! I didn’t even know they have one of those in my town. I’m so excited to check it out now :)

  2. Michelle
    August 31, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Oh how lucky you are! Wish I could attend! Love to cook! Love the recipes you share! Have fun!

  3. Ellen Stillabower
    August 31, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Yummy!!!! Did some spiralizing myself and love it..sooo, I bought one for my Kitchen Aid stand mixer…your pictures are beautiful…and the food looks scrumptious. I love all those ingredients..I’m not sure if we have a La Sur here..but will find out…thanks for sharing. We have a company called Wine and Canvas with the same premise….these date things are so fun and can be used for any celebration… 🍷🍤🍽❤️

  4. August 31, 2016 at 8:08 am

    What a fun thing to do together!! Everything you made looks & sounds SO YUMMY!! I’m impressed that you even remembered to take some photos while there.
    I must follow your link to see if my store has classes….thanks for the info, Mary!

  5. August 31, 2016 at 8:46 am

    What a fun date night, Mary, and such a delicious menu to prepare! Your friend, Ginny, is a doll, and how nice that she invited you and your hubby to join her. Years ago, I worked very part-time at SLT, and certainly loved it. The store that I worked at, unfortunately didn’t have an area for classes. However, the one in Dallas, does. I recently bought the veggetti that you have, and I thank you for sharing the yummy recipe, which I’ll try soon.

  6. August 31, 2016 at 8:52 am

    how much fun Mary! I was signed up to take a pasta class with my son but the chef cancelled boo hoo, I will have to check out our Sur la Table, that looks like a great time! I have a Paderno spiralizer, it’s very dusty :) it is easy to use…it is big though… I would love to cook with the mise en place done for me, heaven! The dish looks beautiful!

  7. August 31, 2016 at 9:18 am

    What a fun night! Just as I was thinking, “I wish I could get the recipe for the zucchini noodles”, there it was!!!! Now I need a spiralizer!!! Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Karen
    August 31, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Mmmmmmmmm! The food looks divine! The class seems like a lot of fun. The closest one to me is still about an hour away:( Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog.

  9. August 31, 2016 at 9:51 am

    That looks so delish!!!! Wish we had Sur La Table in our neck of the woods. I have visited the store in another town and could have bought it out lock stock and barrel. So much fun!

  10. Linda
    August 31, 2016 at 10:10 am

    My girls and I made a dish similar to this during our Mother’s Day weekend getaway at out cottage. It was delicious😍

  11. Carol Brooks
    August 31, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Looks like fun! Nice to see David cooking!!

  12. August 31, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Lovely! My dear friend took me to one of their Portland, OR classes for mozzarella making! So much fun and love the store…I guess it’s time to revisit it and pick up a spiralizer! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. August 31, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Mary, I have taken two cooking classes at Sur la Table and I loved both. I need to get in on the autumn in Paris one for sure! I found both classes to be so much fun and I think I have seen in my emails that they have some on-line classes, also! Beautiful food!! Pam @ Everyday Living

  14. August 31, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Fun and delicious all in one! Lucky you!

    Now I am hungry… “/

  15. Sherlie Magaret
    August 31, 2016 at 11:18 am

    What a fun thing to do! The food looks yummy. You have inspired me to use my Kitchen Aide attachment.

  16. August 31, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Great post, Mary. I just added that spiralizer to my Amazon shopping cart. I have always wondered about those things, but you’ve sold me. Everything here looks delicious!

  17. August 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Looks like a great evening. Your Sur La Table must be a big store. That kitchen is awesome! I’m going to get a spiralizer to put in the chef’s Christmas stocking. Recipe looks delish, Mary.
    PS Your iPhone photos look as sharp as your others. What is your secret?

  18. Anne Dease
    August 31, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    so yummy….and after a summer of indulging in icecream treats, this seems both healthy and calorie wise ( fingers crossed). XXX

  19. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 31, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Oh wow, what a fabulous experience.

  20. August 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Oh my! I would love to do a cooking class like that! That looks like so much fun as well as YUM! We do not have anything like that in my neck of the woods! The pictures make your time look so inviting. Thanks for sharing. Saving the recipe! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  21. August 31, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I love those little owl baking molds!

  22. August 31, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Looks like great fun and thanks for the great recipe. Your photos are top notch.

  23. Paula
    August 31, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    My oh my what a fun fun date night for y’all !!! and the dish looks so tasty. That store looks like a great place to shop , of course we do not have one here in northern Indiana :( I still ask why was I born here in this state? hehe.
    p.s have a safe & fun Labor Day weekend, we are heading to Ky. to see the “Ark”

  24. August 31, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    So much fun….I miss my cooking schools…

  25. August 31, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Zoodles!!! That looks like a blast Mary! A real fun way to spend an evening, and thanks for the glimpse into the store, they carry fun items:@)

  26. August 31, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I love Sur La Table. A dangerous place. The woodland owl baking mold is calling my name! Ha! Fun post filled with some of my favorite things … food! ;)

  27. Patricia
    August 31, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    That recipe is perfect for all those zucchini friends are gifting me from their gardens! I have taken several Sur la table classes and I always have a great time and learn something too. My twenty-something daughter often has been my date and we have a great time enjoying their classes. Ans of course those coupons are super tempting!

  28. August 31, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Always such a fun way to spend some time!

  29. August 31, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for your insight on these classes. I have been considering a few of them and your recommendation makes me want to enroll right now. Your post is great.

  30. September 1, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Oh darn I thought that was going to be you in that picture!! Looks like a fun thing to do. I’m at least 200 miles from a Sur La Table. Love to go through their store on-line or in person!

  31. September 1, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Mary, This looks like a great event complete with hubbies and wine! Our closest Sur La Table shops are a bit of a trip so I would have to Uber it home after the wine but this recipe looks delicious and the kitchen set up is great so it might be worth it! I have the little mini hand spiralizer and it’s great for adding a bit of carrots to a salad. Linda

  32. Julie H from Michigan
    September 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Looks like so much fun! I just checked out the classes at the closest Sur La Table. I think I will try one of the classes. Thanks so much for sharing the idea!

  33. September 7, 2016 at 10:04 am

    That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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