Italian Dinner with Delicious Tiramisu

Type
Italian
Duration
3 hours
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ABOUT THE ACTIVITY

Everyone loves to eat Italian food, but learning how to cook it from scratch is just as much fun! Who better to teach you and your friends the ins and outs of pasta than Chef Rudy Donalson, who has over 15 years of restaurant experience in the North End, Boston’s Italian district. In this fun-filled Selfup cooking class, located in the heart of downtown Boston, you’ll make a multicourse meal with Chef Rudy featuring Italian favorites like

  • Traditional Italian salad, served in a crispy, salty Parmesan cheese basket
  • Hand-shaped bulbs of fresh, chewy mozzarella cheese, stretched to perfection
  • Homemade pasta - including favorites like ravioli, tortellini, and fettuccine - all with delicious fillings and sauces so everyone is sure to make something they’ll love
  • A delectable tiramisu (the real star of the show!) you’ll create as you layer delicate ladyfinger cookies, soaked in dark espresso, with a sweet and creamy mascarpone cheese mixture. 

The classic Italian dessert will end an unforgettable night filled with laughter, smiles, and good food. You’ll leave full to bursting with great memories and the skills to make tiramisu at home whenever you’d like - use your new powers wisely!



 
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labelText|Salad, 4 types of pasta and dessert!
 
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Team Building Activity
 
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Daily9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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  • Cancellations made within 7 days before the event will be fully refunded.
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Amazing Team Building Experience
My team of coworkers attended a team building event at SelfUp and had the most amazing time! Our instructor, Joe, was an absolute pleasure and was extremely patient and fun to work with. Everyone in our group had the best time and the inclusion of beer, wine and appetizers was an added plus. Would definitely recommend this class to any team looking for a unique team building experience that everyone ... more will love!
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A great time had by all!
My team of 15 had a fantastic time at SelfUp learning how to make pasta and tiramisu. I have heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone and it was a great team building/bonding workshop that really helped get us all closer. We really appreciated and enjoyed the beer and wine that was included. We took full advantage of that. I will definitely be recommending SelfUp to other teams in the future!
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What a great evening
Our team of 15 held our holiday celebration at Self up and everyone loved it. Chef Rudy was fun and patient with our rowdy crowd. Oceana took pictures all night with one of our phones and she got some great ones! Two floury thumbs up!
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Perfect for team building and great food!
Our group of 25 had an amazing experience doing the Italian dinner. The chef was engaging, talented, and patient with our large group. The food was delicious! We'd love to do it again.
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A superb night of team bonding and good food!
My team of 11 had a fantastic experience with SelfUp's Italian dinner. The chefs who worked with us were talented teachers, and even more valuably, they set a perfect tone for the event -- casual and fun while still learning lots! I'd love to come back sometime.
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An amazing and fun evening
We did the Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale with Rudy for our Holliday office party. Rudy and Oceana really made us feel welcome and took time to show us the ropes, or in this case the dough. It was so much fun and will definitely do this again.
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We had a blast!
We did this for our company holiday party this year as we are a small team, and it was great! Rudy was awesome, made the experience fun and interesting - and was very accommodating. It is a fun experience and something different
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Lots of Fun
I had my team in from all over the country and we wanted a fun experience that would let us relax with each other. The cooking class was fantastic! We learned a little, they made sure we couldn't mess things up too much so we had a delicious dinner, and we got to laugh together. I was worried we would be starving while we cooked but they met us with drinks and some light cheese and crackers. I was ... more worried about food issues but they were very accommodating. Highly recommend for a non-cheesy, low pressure group activity!
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Highly Engaging Team Building Event!
Our group had an amazing time at the Italian cuisine event. Eggs were dropped, laughs were had by all! As an administrative professional, I also appreciate how accommodating Self Up was with booking a last-minute event for a large group. Many other places in Boston were booked, but Self Up took us on without question, making our global team's experience in Boston one to remember! Highly recommend.
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Loved by everyone
We had a group of 35 and chose the Italian dinner. Each and every person there loved the experience - it is very unlikely to plan an event that pleases everyone, but this did just that! Thank you Chef Joe and Chef Rudy for being the perfect mix of professional and fun! The food was delicious and it was a perfect team building event . I have only 2 minor suggestions- Every Italian meal requires bread ... more on the table, and 2-it would have been ideal if we could bring the recipes home with us. Hard to top perfect but these small tokens would put it over the top! The venue was bright and clean with plenty of space to chat, mingle, and cook:) Kudos to you all.
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Amazing Team Building Experience
We had a fantastic team building experience cooking the Italian dinner with Rudy! The entire staff was welcoming and such fun throughout the whole evening. Rudy (our chef) was top notch! We made a delicious Italian dinner with homemade ravioli, tortellini and tiramisu! We had a blast and will go back for another team building event in the future.
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Awesome Team Building Experience
Our team of 15 was looking to go out and do something together and we're so happy that we found the Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale cooking class through Selfup! The entire experience , from start to finish, was fantastic! When we originally got there, we were warmly greeted and there was a variety of wine and some cheese for us to enjoy while things were being organized. Then, we jumped into ... more making pasta - 3 different varieties - and the team had so much fun working together rolling out the dough. The excitement kept building as we moved to forming & filling the pasta, putting together a salad, and making fresh mozzarella. Once we sat down for dinner, everything was delicious - and the pasta just kept coming. Just when we thought we couldn't eat any more, we capped off the evening with tiramisu...and it was one of, if not the best, tiramisu that we've ever had. This was truly a wonderful experience for team - and you won't be disappointed with what you create!
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If you want to have an excellent employee engagement experience, this is the place!We picked the full Italian experience: Pasta making, mozzarella, parmigiano basket and tiramisu. Chef Rudy was an excellent host and a very professional chef.I am looking forward to come again. We had a blast!
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HR Team Building
We had a wonderful time cooking up some wonderful pasta and then enjoying a nice meal together. We made several different types of pasta along with a mushroom sauce and a tiramisu. We are a fairly new team and this was a great opportunity to have some social time together, bond and have fun! Thank you for the great experience, we very much enjoyed it!
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Awesome Bachelorette Party
We had a great time making the Italian dinner at Self up. It was the primary event for a bachelorette activity. We got there at 6 and they were organized and ready to go. There were 16 of us (anything 8 or more is a private party), so we had an area to ourselves. They provided a sufficient amount of alcohol for us and allowed us to put up decorations to celebrate the bride. The experience was perfect ... more because you didn’t feel like you were working the whole time. The chef joked around with us and made it all about having fun. The food was spaced out so you didn’t eat everything at the very end. It was nice to have some cheese and crackers to start off with. We had a bar nearby to go to at 9:30, so the chef made sure we stayed on track with timing. It was a perfect evening!
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Great team Activity
Had an amazing evening with Rudy and the others. Definitely an amazing price for the experience - unlimited hors d'oeuvres, wine/beer, and a very engaging activity! We made two kinds of pasta, tiramisu and bananas foster (typically you would make mozzarella as well but our team was ~1 hour late, which they were very flexible about!). Great music and company as well - highly recommend!
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Awesome Actvity!
I hosted an event with Rudy and the folks at Self-Up for team building event for my international HR team. What a gift Rudy is! 1. the food was amazing 2. we laughed so so much 3. It was just the right amount of time (3 hours) 4. we bonded which is totally what we wanted. For days after we are still talking about it. We had so much left over food we enjoyed it in the office the next day. I am so very ... more thankful I found Rudy and the team and I would definitely do this again. Recommending it to all my colleagues for when their teams come into town. It's unique, fun and quite an experience!
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What a great night!
We had a group of 15 participate in this team building event. Everyone had a great time. The food was delicious and Rudy made the whole evening very enjoyable. I highly recommend taking a class!
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Awesome Team Building Event
We were warmly welcomed by Chef Joe and his assistant, Oluciana. As soon as we walked in they made us feel at home, explaining all the great food we'd be making and walking us through the evening before we got started. Tons of wine, beer, and soft drinks to have throughout the night. Chef Joe made everyone feel very comfortable in the kitchen, making sure everyone participated. There were leftovers ... more that we could all take home. We were a small, private class of 7, which felt like the perfect size. I highly recommend this as an event to go to with a group of friends , family, or work colleagues. And request Chef Joe!
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Great Team Building Activity!
I scheduled this class for a small team of 9 executives visiting the Boston area from around the country. The scheduling process was easy and I found Greg, the person who I scheduled with responsive and helpful. Initially, the date I wanted was not available, but when there was a cancellation, Greg followed up to help me get the event booked. Although I did not attend the cooking class, my team had ... more rave reviews for Chef Celio, the quality of the food and how fun it was to prepare the pasta and the entire meal. This event helped to bond my team, which is exactly what we were looking for. I highly recommend this class!
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This cooking class was so much fun!! Apparently we had a larger than normal group, about 30 people, but Chef Celio handled the event perfectly. In addition to the delicious food “we made”, he was entertaining and totally genuine. Would definitely want to attend one of his events again.
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Awesome time!
Chef Celio was informative, funny, and engaging. I was here for a team building exercise with 5 other colleagues and we all had a blast. I went into this unenthusiastic and going through the motions but left, laughing, FULL, educated in cooking and pasta making, and glad that I went and had a great night! I highly recommend this for any size group even if cooking is not your thing. It will be when ... more your done! We made mozzarella balls, gnocchi, tortelloni, ravioli, spaghetti, and tiramisu.Good job Celio!
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Chef Celio gave my colleagues and me a terrific cooking class experience making 3 types of pasta, bocacino and tiramisu. I would highly recommend taking a class there. It was a great vibe with delicious homemade food. Grazie!
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We went to Selfup for a group work outing and I couldn't have had a better time. Chef Celio was extremely nice, welcoming and an amazing teacher. He made something that seem complicated fun and easy to do. I really enjoy this and would highly recommend.
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What an amazing experience tonight with Celio!
There were 7 of us there for a team building work event and we had a blast! Absolutely loved Celio's authentic Italian cooking and expertise! He was phenomenal and we will definitely be back!
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Fantastic afternoon spent with Chef Celio in the South End on Dec 7th! We arrived early and he was so gracious and welcoming to our group of 8. He taught us how to make Parmesan cheese salad bowls as he was still prepping, which were so incredibly delicious and easy to replicate at home. We then made fresh pasta dough in different colors for tortellini, ravioli, and fettuccini. Chef Celio was funny ... more and engaging; we really enjoyed getting to know him! We finished the afternoon with a quick lesson on tiramisu, which went great with the wine that Greg and Chef Celio provided. We made so much food together that we couldn't finish it there and were able to bring home. Absolutely wonderful lesson by a wonderful chef. Would 100% recommend!
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My Team came here for our first team-building event and we couldn't have been happier with our experience!! Chef Celio was incredibly friendly, the facility was impressive, and as a bonus the food was delicious!!! We started with wine and put together an amazing salad as an appetizer. For the entrée we made 5 different types of pasta, including a GF option for a food allergy on our team. We enjoyed ... more eating our dinner and then went on to make dessert- Tiramisu! We were still eating leftovers for a couple of days after and raving about our experience - I would recommend for other corporate team-buildings or for a personal event. Thanks again, Chef Celio!
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Just had a work related team building event at Self Up (about 20 people). Cello (the chef) did a wonderful job entertaining and engaging the entire group. I have done numerous team building events in the past and this was one of the best. The event provided all of us a significant amount of time to bond in a collaborative environment. Nothing brings a team together like cooking. Especially when they ... more are hungry!Thanks again Self Up!!
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We had a team building exercise with Chef Celio Pereira at Self Up. Chef Celio is amazing. We spent 3 hours learning about and making Italian salad, several from scratch pasta dishes and tiramisu. Chef and his team did an outstanding job walking us through the basics and helping us learn the ins and outs of Italian cooking. Chef Celio is an excellent teacher and a master chef. It was a great evening. ... more Highly recommended.
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So much fun!Went with my work colleagues to self-up after a work event. Never been good at cooking myself so I wasn't too sure what to expect. Chef Celio and his crew created a wonderful and fun atmosphere for beginners like me and some 'expert' cooks. We were able to eat the pasta we made ourselves and it was as good as any I ever had in an Italian restaurant.This cooking class is highly recommended.
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I initially needed a team building exercise and my colleagues and I thought a cooking class would be a lot of fun. We were a large group of 13 and after calling and emailing several Boston area establishments that offer cooking classes, I began to realize that putting together a relatively large party for a cooking class within a rather small window of time would be harder than I thought.I then accidentally ... more stumbled upon Selfup and I read some amazing reviews on the classes that Selfup offers. I shot them an email and was immediately replied to by the wonderful Greg! He was super hospitable and cognizant of our deadline and he was always there with an immediate response for any questions I had. When working with a large group with differing schedules, problems are bound to arise. I had first under-booked and later on also requested to shift our agreed time to earlier in the evening as our team met up sooner than anticipated. The time shift request was on the same day by the way.Greg and his team not only came to the rescue by scheduling our extra guests the day before but began arranging our cooking stations and all the other prep work THE DAY OF. Long story short, I was all over the place and Greg accommodated us every step of the way which is very unusual in this day and age.We all opted for the Italian cooking class recommended by Greg as he felt this class would be best given our criteria. OK, on to the class!!! They booked a lovely location in the South End with plenty of parking, large enough accommodate our group but still intimate which was amazing. Greg was there to meet and greet us and made sure everything was A-OK before he left. (He had another engagement to attend to, I don't know how the man does it!)We then met the amazing Chef Celio and his wonderful assistants! Don't forget, I mentioned "team building exercise" which may come across as stale. This class was anything but stale.Chef Celio is an amazing chef with an incredible resume and wealth of knowledge. The class was super dynamic, easy to follow but most importantly fun!!! Chef Celio had a little Frank Sinatra and other Italian classics in the background to set the mood as he explained what we would be cooking and how. He gave us the histories behind the pastas, all the whys and hows. This cat is too cool for school.We made a plethora of pastas ranging from tortelloni, truffle ravioli, ricotta gnocchi and fettucine and we incorporated a number of different pastas, squid ink pasta, spinach pasta and beet pasta. A one point we combined all three to make our ravioli and this was one of the most beautiful pastas I've ever seen! Chef Celio and his crew were there every step of the way to show us that beautiful and delicious pasta made fresh and from scratch is much easier than you would think! We than started to make fresh made mozzarella for a salad which was a blast and Chef Celio showed us a VERY nifty and delicious trick to make a parmesan cup to act as our salad bowls. (I'm not going to spoil it, JUST GO and see for yourselves.)We sat down to eat our delicious salads while the pastas were finishing up and in true Italian fashion, we were served our pastas family style and we all bonded over a lot of laughs and delicious food. The finale was a homemade Tiramisu which....well, we had as leftovers at work today; it was so good. I realize this is a long review but I'm big on giving credit where credit is due and this was the highlight of the year for me and my team. A big thank you to Chef Celio, his team and Greg for putting together such a wonderful experience. Time to go and make some pasta at home. We'll see how that goes.
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5 STARS ALL THE WAY! Celio is amazing and his assistants are just as great! This was an event booked by my job for us all to get together and cook. The overall atmosphere was relaxed and fun - throughly enjoyed the 4 pasta dishes we made and the tiramisu dessert! Chef made the learning experience smooth and comfortable; whether you cook all the time or never it's a experience you'll love - I without ... more a doubt would recommend this!
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I took the Italian Brunch class with Celio Pereira, which focused on salad, homemade mozzarella, pasta, and tiramisu. I've always been too intimidated to attempt mozzarella or pasta from scratch, but Celio made it SO simple. Even though the class was large (~20 people), he gave each person individual attention and had us all working together by the end. I still can't believe how incredible everything ... more turned out. With a combination of demonstration and practice, followed by plenty of time for tasting (my personal favorite), I really understood how all of the steps came together to form the restaurant-quality finished product. And I *really* mean restaurant quality. It was to DIE for - it would make anyone's Italian grandmother proud. After just a few short hours, I feel fully equipped to tackle my own Italian brunch, start to finish. Celio's bubbliness and attention to his students is really an experience you cannot miss. Plus --- this makes a great date!
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Such a fun experience!! We did Chef Celio's Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale cooking class with, where we made four kinds of pasta dishes, fresh burrata salad and tiramisu - all from scratch! :) Chef Celio has 32 years experience in Italian cuisine and made the class super interactive and fun! The class was a total of about 12-15 people, a great size to meet some new people and interact. There ... more were also some appetizers and drinks available for us to enjoy while we prepared the food! After about two hours of cooking, everyone sat down at a communal table and enjoyed the delicious dinner together! These classes are also great for team building/group activity and very reasonably priced for 3 hour cooking class + full dinner! Can't wait to try their dumpling and chocolate making classes!
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I've never taken a cooking class before and was blown away over how fun this was and how easy it was to follow along. The Italian cooking class was about ten people which was the perfect size. It was also located right in the North End which was not only convenient but felt very authentic. Chef Celio was a great teacher and made ever step simple and fun. He was the head chef at Mamma Maria in the ... more North End for 17 years and if you know anything about Italian in the North End, you know just exactly how impressive that is. We started the night with plenty of wine (an unexpected but awesome treat) and then we made fresh mozzarella to put on a salad. As an added bonus, because we had some extra time, we even got to make a parmesan cup to put the salad in (and I'm always a fan of incorporating more cheese into a meal). For the pasta we made ricotta gnocchi, truffle ravioli, truffle tortelloni, and fettucine -- some regular pasta and some squid ink pasta. It was really cool to learn how to make multiple types of pasta and everyone had a hand in making each dish. Turns out making pasta is pretty easy! I'll definitely start doing it at home now. After a couple hours of cooking, the class sat down together to eat and it was amazing how a bunch of strangers came together to cook something so delicious. By the end, I truly feel like I made some new friends. To finish, we all had a blast making homemade tiramisu. Definitely recommend for a birthday, anniversary, work event, or just a girl's night out. It's probably one of the most affordable cooking classes I've found and we made so much food!
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I've always been wary of cooking classes because 70% of the time, I can't eat what we cook being a vegetarian. However, I found the Vegetarian Italian cooking class on the SelfUp website and was so excited to try it! Our class was in the South End (lots of parking available) and we were anxious to make some homemade Italian food. There were drinks (wine!) and small apps when we got there and then ... more we got started with the class. The instructor, Celio, made the pasta dough (you have to make a lot for a class of 15), but he showed us how to make it. The first pasta we made was a tortelloni (a larger tortellini) with a homemade ricotta filling. We got to roll and stuff them, which was cool! Then we put them to the side and got started on the next one which was linguini. Next we made a ricotta based gnocchi (found I like this much better than potato based ones). Finally, we did the beet spaghetti. Once we prepared all the pastas, we made our own individual tiramisu. This was our favorite part! We let them sit for an hour while we prepared homemade mozzarella from cheese curds to make a salad. Finally, we sat down for dinner (with our salads that we prepared) while Chef Celio put the pasta dishes together. The first dish was the tortelloni with a puttanesca sauce (SO GOOD!). The second was the ricotta based gnocchi with a brown butter sage sauce (I literally could not stop eating this). Next up was fettuccine alfredo, which was Josh's favorite. Our whole group was so full after these that we didn't cook the beet spaghetti and instead got to take bags of it home. We finished off the evening with our tiramisu. The whole night was SO much fun. We think it's a great date night activity, but also great for team building. Loved every second and we didn't want it to end. AND we left full! Could not have been better. Thank you SelfUp and Chef Celio!
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Had the BEST time Saturday w/ Chef Celio and his staff and others. Would recommend it highly! Learned and ate a "lot". Good food and friends. Thank you also to the generous host 47 Design in Peabody, lovely place. Again HIGHLY recommended
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It was a relaxed lesson learning played this is the best way with wonderful people just got to thank chef Celio and his team
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I have known many chef's in my life time, but chef Celio is by far one of the best chef's I know. He is absolutely amazing. He's skills are off that charts when it comes to cooking. Extremely professional and an absolutely great friend.
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