March 13th Cooking Class: Unchartered Italian

$ 65.00

We are partnered with Christopher Kimball's Milk Street to bring you Milk Street curated classes and recipes.  This class is a demonstration-based iteration of Unchartered Italian.

Doors open at 6:15pm, class begins promptly at 6:30pm and runs until approximately 8:30pm. Port Plums 50 Water Street Suites 402 & 403, Newburyport, MA. (P) 978-462-7700

Class Description:

When you think Italian Food, the first image that springs to mind is probably a tall mound of spaghetti topped with tomato sauce and meatballs. Don get us wrong – we’re all for generous heaps of spaghetti – but there is so much more to Italian Food than the quintessential pasta dishes. In this demonstration-based class, you’ll venture north to Piedmont, where you’ll discover the magic of bagna cauda, a slather-on-everything dipping sauce. You’ll come to love a traditional peasant soup of polenta, leek and rosemary topped with crispy pancetta. You’ll learn what makes agrodolce (a sweet-sour treatment typically reserved for vegetables) also a perfect fit for pan-seared pork chips. Along the way, we’ll examine how lesser-known Italian dishes from the countryside achieve a balance of creamy and crunchy, bitter and rich, and umami and herbaceous to produce dishes that are simple to make and satisfying to eat.

Recipes Include:
Bagna Cauda with Charred Broccoli
Polenta Soup with Crispy Pancetta and Kale
Italian Sweet-and-Sour Pork Chops
Ricotta-Semolina Cheesecake

Please note: This is not a hands-on class. In this class you will watch and interact as the instructor prepares several dishes using a variety of strategies and techniques. You will sample from generous tasting portions of the demonstrated dishes. 

Food Allergies/Restrictions: Please notify us at least 7 days in advance of the class if any food allergies or restrictions in your party by emailing We will do our best to accommodate when possible. Most classes can be made gluten-free with advance notice.


What are my parking options getting to the event?

We are located in The Tannery Marketplace at 50 Water Street, Newburyport, inside Mill Building #4 which is on the Water Street side of the complex.

Parking lot and street parking is available. When attending a class or event with us, you may park in the 15 minute parking spaces in front of the store for an extended stay.  

Is this a demo or hands-on cooking class?

This is a demonstration-based class. 

Should I eat a snack before class?

We recommend eating something before the class. Generous tasting samples will be provided during the event. 

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Yes. All students must be 18+ years old. Students 14-17 years old are welcome to participate with an adult guardian or parent. Those under 21 will not be able to participate in the wine tasting portion of our event. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

By Phone: 978-462-7700

By Email:

Is my registration/ticket refundable or transferrable?

Yes. Tickets are refundable or transferable to another class up to seven days before an event. Tickets are transferable to another student for the same class at any time. Within seven days of the event, we do not offer refunds or class credits.