LA CENA È PRONTA
LA CENA È PRONTA
What: Dinner & An Opera: Shakshuka and La Traviata
When: Sunday, March 7, 3:30-5:30pm PST/6:30-8:30pm EST
Price: $20, buy one get one free when you invite a friend
When you purchase a single ticket on our website, you will be e-mailed a code for 100% off your next ticket. Share the code with a friend, or use it on behalf of a friend and invite them to join you.
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Menu: Shakshuka, Harissa-Roasted Vegetables, Chocolate Almond Situation
Opera: La Traviata
Join us as we guide you through one of our favorite meals: shakshuka. PLUS invite a friend for free when you sign up and spread the love.
Shakshuka is a very adaptable dish of eggs poached in a harissa-spiced tomato sauce. We’ll teach you how to make your very own harissa at home, which you’ll then use for your shakshuka and for a side of harissa-roasted veggies. And since a meal isn’t complete without a bit of chocolate, so we’ll end things with an unbelievably simple and delicious gluten-free dessert from one of our favorite cookbooks, Zahav: Chocolate Almond Situation.
How it works: We’ll send you the recipes with your list of ingredients one week before class (or: as soon as you sign up after that). Shop for your ingredients before class begins and be prepared to get chopping as soon as class starts! We’ll also send you the recommended cookware for these recipes - don’t worry, everything can be made with the most basic of kitchen set-ups.
In good LA CENA style, we’ll be pairing this meal with one of our favorite operas: La Traviata. We’ll share with you our favorite recording of this iconic piece as we cook together.
LA CENA È PRONTA is a project that explores the many ways food and music enrich our lives and reimagines how each are presented and consumed. We offer up the idea that when food and music are mindfully, sustainably, and lovingly made (and eaten), they are inherently good, nourishing, and valuable, regardless of whether or not they fit into commonly accepted standards for what makes "good food" or "good music."
LA CENA È PRONTA ("Dinner is ready*") began two years ago as a live recital series. Wishing to connect with audiences outside of the concert hall, singers Joshua Arky and Alexandra Rodrick and pianist Ines Irawati performed for an intimate group of guests while simultaneously cooking them a multi-course meal. The event was so surprising and exhilarating to audiences, that the LA CENA team reprised the event the following year.
Ever adapting and seeking innovation, LA CENA È PRONTA has recently extended its offerings to an online community of food and music lovers with a video series that features the same essence of culinary musical celebration that made the in-person events so exciting and one-of-a-kind, a virtual cookbook, private voice lessons, cooking classes, and more to come.
*"Dinner is ready" is not only one of our favorite phrases to hear on a daily basis, but also a line from one of our favorite operas: Verdi's La Traviata. A server enters a party scene to announce - "LA CENA È PRONTA!" and beckon people to the dining room. It's the character's one line in the entire opera, and the role is often played as a cameo appearance by a local celebrity.