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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and
romance is in the air!

This Valentine's day, skip the crowded restaurants and treat your date to a truly special evening with a romantic dinner for two prepared by Chef Dawn in the comfortable, intimate setting of your own home. Or invite over a few friends for a Couples in the Kitchen hands-on cooking class, a couples dinner party, or even a singles reception or dinner.

Valentine's Day (Saturday, February 14th) and many other evenings that week are still available. Book your event today before dates fill up!

A NEW DAWN can help you stick to those
New Year's Resolutions!

  • Healthy weekly or bi-monthly meal service that sticks to YOUR specific diet; paleo, low-carb, gluten-free, low-fat, low-calorie, low-sodium, heart healthy, etc. . .
  • Healthy cooking demos for your company’s health and wellness group, your gym or yoga studio, or healthy eating club
  • Healthy recipe development featuring your company’s products
  • In-home cooking classes to finally learn to cook this year!

Check out these healthy and delicious recipes from a recent cooking demo for Cloverhill Bakery's health and wellness group:

Chef Dawn lived and worked in Italy in the small town of Colle Val d'Elsa in the region of Tuscany. She spent several months working at the rustic Slowfood restaurant, Officina della Cucina Popolare, learning the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Following her stage at Officina, she traveled and tasted her way around Italy with stops in many regions including Umbria, Veneto, Piedmont, and Lazio. She is eager to share all that she learned about authentic Italian cooking with you by introducing three new Italian dinner party menus:

Rustic Tuscany

Antipasto della casa
assorted cured meats, cheeses, crostini, and fantasia della chef

Pici cacio e pepe
Tuscany's most loved dish!
Hand-rolled thick spaghetti pasta with a simple sauce of pecorino and black pepper

Hand-rolled meatballs of beef, pork, and veal (ground in-house) with pecorino, garlic, and parsley, simmered in pomodoro sauce.

Three seasonal side dishes

Cantuccini con vin santo
Crunchy twice-baked almond-orange cookies with “holy wine” (a fortified dessert wine)

Refined Tuscany

Sformatino di pecorino
pecorino cheese custard with sliced pears, lavender honey, and fennel pollen

Gnocchi di patate con zafferano e pecorino
Potato-semolina dumplings with a creamy saffron-pecorino sauce

Tagliata con rucola e parmigiano
Aged strip steak with arugula and shaved parmigiano.

Three seasonal side dishes

Crema bruciata al caffé
Espresso-infused baked custard with a crisp burnt sugar crust and dark chocolate-coated coffee beans.

Regional Italian

Ribollita (Tuscany)
Hearty peasant-style vegetable, bean, and bread stew

Risotto con funghi e tartufo bianco (Piedmont)
creamy Arborio risotto with seasonal mushrooms and white truffle

Ossobuco (Lombardy)
Veal shanks braised with tomato, wine, and aromatics until fork tender, lemon-herb gremolata

Tiramisu (Veneto)
Espresso-dipped savoiardi, zabaglione custard, cocoa

"Last night was just fabulous! Thank you so much - you and your sister - for helping make such a wonderful birthday celebration for Amie. She thought it was just so great and so did I. The food was beautiful in presentation and just yummy - meaning delicious. And you two were so easy in the home, so careful and clean and fun to be around. We hope you enjoyed the experience. You know we did. So thanks again, so much."
   - Jeffrey (Evanston, IL; in-home dinner for two)

A NEW DAWN personal chef service offers monthly, bi-monthly, or weekly meal service, dinner parties and special celebrations, and private cooking classes and hands-on cooking parties, all in the comfort of your own home.

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