Past Events

Anne Willan to Food & Wine Weekend in Santa Barbara

julia1Anne Willan will be joining Santa Barbara’s top chefs, artisans and winemakers for a Food & Wine Weekend at Bacara from April 16th through 19th, 2015. Inspired by Julia Child’s lifelong passion for learning and love of eating well, this three-day culinary weekend will feature cooking classes, wine tastings and panel discussions. A portion of the proceeds benefits The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

For tickets or more information, please visit here, or call (855) 456-6800.

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3-14-15 Anne’s Very First Talk on “Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen”

LaVarenne_FrontCoverJoin Anne at Culinary Historians of Southern California for her first talk on her upcoming, Secrets from La Varenne Kitchen. Never before available outside the walls of the La Varenne Cooking School, Secrets contains the 50 basic recipes that every cook should know. Hear the history, learn the stories, and taste the dishes behind this indispensable resource.

14 March 2015, Mark Taper Auditorium, Downtown Central Library at 10:30AM
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles CA

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3-1-15 Anne Talks History and Food at Laguna Niguel Library

TheCookbookLibraryOn March 1st, Anne will present “The Cookbook Tree of Life”, at the Laguna Niguel Library in Orange County. She will speak on the origins and evolution of the modern cookbook. Spanning four centuries, from the spiced sauces of medieval times to the massive roasts and ragouts of Louis XIV’s court to the elegant eighteenth-century chilled desserts, Anne will describe how each cookbook reflects its time.

1 March 2015, Laguna Niguel Library at 2:00PM
30341 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677


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2-28-15 Sal Marino Joins La Varenne for Class

salvatore pomodoriOn February 28th, Salvatore Marino will bring his inimitable, contemporary Italian style cooking to La Varenne for a taste of Spring!

Sal has always cultivated more than just Italian dishes for his diners — he brings a life-long passion of craftsmanship and ingredients to the kitchens of Il Grano. As a second generation restaurateur, Marino grew up in and around the kitchen. After years of “unofficial training” in his father’s restaurant, he went to Italy and worked throughout the Italian peninsula in all kinds of local eateries, including the Michelin three-star Gualtiero Marchesi and the two-star Tornavento. In 1997, Sal opened Il Grano with the help of his brother, Mario and his sister Rosanna. Recently, this team opened La Bottega Marino, a lower-priced Italian deli restaurant right next door to Il Grano. Any night of the week you can find Sal cooking away in the adjoining kitchen.

Sal’s restaurants have received praise from such local publications as the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles magazine as well as national magazines like Bon Appetit, The Wine Spectator and Food & Wine. Recent accolades include #1 Italian Restaurant in LA on, Top 10 in the US on Opinionated About, and Top 99 Best Restaurants 2013 in LA Weekly.

To sign up  call 310.396.7464 or email


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