Cristian Borchi

Chef Cristian Borchi, making a return visit to Napa from his home in Tuscany, will be offering private dinners and hands-on cooking classes during his visit. 

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Chef Cristian Borchi from Tuscany will be visiting Napa Valley in January,  exploring the idea of opening a restaurant. Borchi, the chef and owner of two Tuscan restaurants, Locanda L'Antica Porta di Levante restaurant in Vicchio, and of Passaquai in Borgo San Lorenzo, is a regular guest on Italian culinary programs. 

Known to many Northern California residents as the chef instructor for “Let’s Go Cook Italian” culinary adventures in Tuscany, he sold out a series of dinners and cooking classes on his last visit in 2016. 

During his visit, he will be preparing a four-course dinner at the Kitchen Collective 1650 Soscol Ave., Napa on Jan. 17, 7-9 p.m. The cost is $75 per person (bring your own bottle). Seating is available for 30 on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a place, call the Kitchen Collective at 707-690-9381.

Borchi will also lead two cooking classes that are open to the public on Friday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon. Students will prepare a four-course Tuscan peasant lunch (antipasti, primi piatti (pasta), secondi piatti (entree) and dolce (dessert)), and they eat it for lunch. The cost is $160 per person; bring your own bottle. The classes are for a maximum of 12 people. To reserve a place in a class, call Diane De Filipi at  (707) 966-9220 or e-mail diane@letsgocookitalian.com

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Chef Borchi is also offering customized cooking classes followed by lunch or dinner in private homes or local business locations. Groups can range from two to 12 people. The class is two hours long, followed by the dining experience. Classes or private dinners can be scheduled for Jan. 18-21 or Feb. 1-4. The pricing for these private experiences will be based on the number of guests, and the menu selected, but Borchi said his goal is to keep them affordable.

Borchi said he has become a fan of the Super Bowl, and is offering -- "hoping" -- to be a private chef at a Super Bowl party.

For available dates and times readers should contact De Filipi at  (707) 966-9220 or diane@letsgocookitalian.com.

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