Cooking Classes


Join a Secolari Cooking Class

WE are excited to announce that our first cooking class is coming March 14. Please come to the store for details and to sign up.

Cooking Class March-April2020
Learn how to make Croatian Dishes with Chef Alba in this cooking class at Mary’s Land Farm.

About this Event

Sat, March 14, 2020

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Although Croatia may be small in size, it stretches across three climatic regions: Alpine, Continental, and the Mediterranean where culinary traditions have been molded by its previous conquerors such as the Italians, French, Austro-Hungarians, and Ottomans. Croatia’s gastronomy is rich and varied depending on its region. In Croatia, food is the star of any social event.

In this class we will be making Croatian Soparmik (Kale and Onion pie), Swiss Chard and Potato Dalmata, and Ćevapćići (Beef Kofta) Recipes included.

Alba Carbonaro Johnson is a cooking instructor, personal chef, cookbook author, food blogger, editor and recipe tester. Chef Alba runs culinary expeditions to Umbria/Tuscany. In 2021, she will conduct culinary expeditions to Normandy France and Morocco. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and International Association of Culinary Professionals.

She was born in Naples, Italy and raised in Tunisia, North Africa. Chef Alba has old and new-world understanding of gastronomy using only the freshest locally available ingredients combined with simple techniques which she shares in her cooking classes. Alba has taught cooking classes in many community colleges in the Washington Metro area and privately. Currently she is teaching at Whole Foods, Annapolis. She will be rejoining Secolari at Mary’s Land Farm in March 2020. You will have an opportunity to cook next to a talented chef and make new friends. Discover the recipe, the technique, and the culture behind the preparation of captivating dishes of Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Visit Chef Alba online at:

Cooking Class March-April20202
Using meats and produce from Mary’s Land Farm, learn how to cook samosas and kebabs with Chef Ravi.

About this Event

Wed, March 18, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

Enjoy the bounty of Mary’s Land farm raised meats and produce. We will learn how to make Chicken samosa topped with a flavorful burst of peach and cumin chutney. Next we create a delicious Lamb Kebob Kofta served with spiced kale, saffron rice, and a refreshing lime, mustard seed and curry leaf flavored slaw. And and extra treat: a delectable Semolina and Saffron Pudding with Pistachio! Treat your friends to this meal bursting with wonderful flavors you can replicate back at home. Recipes included.

Chef Ravi has cooked all over the world in the past 28 years. He has cooked for Middle Eastern royalty and has successfully conducted international Indian food promotions in Sri Lanka & Portugal. He has won many awards for culinary excellence at Salon Culinaire in Dubai (U.A.E). Chef Ravi is returning to Secolari to share his passion for cooking.

When it comes to Indian food, the consensus is unanimous; Chef Ravi prepares first class Indian cuisine. His cuisine extends to Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, and other cuisines.

Chef Ravi’s knowledge and enthusiasm for spices makes any cooking class magical. Together you will create delicious, flavorful, and fascinating dishes. Idea for anyone who yearns for truly authentic, delicious, and exceptional food that awakens the sense of taste.

His website is