Del Lago Resort & Casino is pleased to announce Chef Fabio Viviani will host two cooking classes: May 24 at his restaurant Portico by Fabio Viviani inside del Lago Resort & Casino, and May 25 at New York Kitchen, formerly known as the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua. During the cooking demonstrations, Viviani will share some of his favorite recipes from the award-winning Portico by Fabio Viviani menu while taking questions from the audience as he shares stories about his path to success. Viviani will also teach techniques, tips and tricks as he prepares the dishes for guests to enjoy. Tickets for both cooking classes go on sale today.
At 4:30 p.m. May 24, Viviani will teach a class in his del Lago Resort & Casino restaurant, Portico by Fabio Viviani. Guests will watch his dishes come to life during the class as he skillfully prepares his grandma’s meatballs, fresh pasta from scratch and chicken piccata. Seating is limited and tickets may be purchased for $50, which includes the cooking class, dinner and drinks. Tickets may be purchased on Open Table or by calling 315-946-1780. Guests must be 21 to attend the cooking class.
From 6 to 8 p.m. May 25, Viviani will teach a second class at the New York Kitchen inside the education theater, 800 S. Main St, Canandaigua. Viviani will teach guests how to prepare fresh homemade orecchiette with pesto sauce, Grandma’s meatballs with tomato sugo and ricotta fritters. During the class, Viviani will serve wine tastings and his freshly prepared dishes. Tickets may be purchased for $65 by visiting nykitchen.com or call 585-394-7070.
With an intense passion for food and farm-fresh ingredients, Viviani brings that same essence and spirit to Portico by Fabio Viviani. The del Lago Resort & Casino restaurant features a sophisticated take on Old World Italian-inspired foods and handmade pastas, as well as seafood, steaks and chops grilled over hardwood. Viviani found inspiration from the bountiful agriculture, cheese makers, wineries and breweries of the region to help develop his menu, focusing on local, seasonal farm-to-table ingredients. Portico by Fabio Viviani is the recipient of an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award for its outstanding service and quality of food.
Perhaps best known for his television debut on Bravo’s hit reality series “Top Chef” and earning the “Fan Favorite” title, Viviani’s on-screen appearances have propelled him to become one of the fastest-growing culinary names in the country. Viviani has appeared as a recurring guest on shows such as “Good Morning America,” “The Talk,” “The Chew” and “The Rachael Ray Show,” and is a recurring guest host on the Hallmark Channel series “Home and Family.” The successful restaurateur is also the owner of several well-known restaurants across the country in Los Angeles and Chicago, to name a few. He is also a New York Times best-selling cookbook author. Portico is Viviani’s only restaurant in New York state.
About del Lago Resort & Casino
Del Lago Resort & Casino is a $440 million casino, 205-room hotel and spa in Waterloo, New York. The mission behind del Lago Resort & Casino has been to act as a gateway to the Finger Lakes region, leveraging the natural beauty and unique offerings while enhancing tourism. Del Lago Resort & Casino features 1,956 slot machines and 99 gaming tables, including 14 poker tables; award-winning Portico by Fabio Viviani, a restaurant serving with a sophisticated take on Old World Italian-inspired foods and spirits; 4,200-square-foot food court; The Vine, a 2,400-person entertainment center, bar and restaurant; Farmers Market Buffet, featuring locally sourced comfort foods and Centrifico, a bar/lounge area in the center of the gaming floor. The hotel wing features The Sociale Café & Bar, serving “gastro spa” cuisine and beverages, Lavazza Italian coffee shop, serving homemade pastries and gelato and the 14,000-square-foot European-style Spa del Lago. For more information, visit delLagoResort.com.