Friday, February 20, 2009



People ask me all the time what is Carmela's Cucina? Well, let me tell you. Several years ago I began giving small group cooking classes. Later I was asked to teach at many of the area cooking schools and community education classes. And I do private classes.

I specialize in Italian cooking since that is my background and my parents and grandparents came from Calabria in Italy. I learned to cook from my grandmothers and mother. And our family owns an Italian restaurant in Des Moines, Tursi's Latin King. Years ago I owned a small catering company, Occasions Inc. To arrange for a cooking class go to my web site at and contact me and we can set up a class and select a menu.

About 6 years ago I began taking small groups to Italy in the fall of each year and plan to do so again. Each group is between 10-12 people. We stay in one beautiful Tuscan farm house villa for the week and take day trips to Sienna, Lucca, San Gimignano, Chianti, Graeve, Cinque Terre and Florence. Our driver picks us up in a 16 passenger mini bus every morning and safely returns us home at the end of the day after we have toured the area. The tour includes 2 cooking classes and many excellent meals and wine along the way. Your lodging, ground transportation, and the tour is fully escorted with both English and Italian speaking guides. Again go to my web site and click on the tour button to down load all of the information. Call me and we can discuss how we can make this dream a reality.

Carmela's Cucina is also a cookbook, that can be purchased through my web site at local book stores and cooking shops. It includes recipes from 3 generations of great Italian cooks, recipes from my cooking classes and culinary tours and from our family restaurant and great photos and stories about growing up in an Italian American family.

Carmela's Cucina also offers consulting and catering services and will come out and speak to your group or club and do a food demonstration if you would like.

I hope this gives you an idea of what I do and I hope that you will contact me for a book, cooking class or culinary tour in the near future.
Buon appetito,
Carmela Tursi Hobbins

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