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Long Lunch: Italian Polpette (Meatballs)

Friday, May 6, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


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When traveling the world, sometimes the best meals are found in the streets – from food trucks, carts and stalls. Chef Mark Haskell will take you on a tour of the back alleys and busy streets of faraway countries.

It’s pretty hard to not fall in love with Italian food, especially one of its most well known staples – polpette, or as they are commonly called, “meatballs”.  The term “polpetta” probably derives from the Latin term pulpa, meaning meat without bone. While many may think that the the meatball was born in Italy, there are theories that it originated in Persia as kofta from the Persian word “koofteh” meaning “pounded meat”.

Many countries have their version of the polpette which makes it a wonderful dish for bringing together people from different cultures and tastes. In this workshop, join other food lovers to learn more about this ubiquitous dish and how it connects people. Eat, drink and be merry!


Italian polpette
Braised spring field greens
Grilled caponata eggplant
Brioche buns

Chef Mark Haskell’s career has taken him to kitchens in Europe, Asia, South America and the US. A native of the South Carolina Lowcountry, he has an affection for Southern cooking and gardening, and he applies his international flair to these traditions. He was knighted a Chevalier to the Confrérie de Vin de Saint Vincent for his work promoting organic and biodynamic food in the Côtes du Rhône region of France.

As this class is in-person, we require all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This class requires at least 6 participants. Registrants will be informed if the minimum is not met.

If you need assistance registering, please check out these step-by-step instructions, video tutorial or call (202) 549-4172 for assistance.


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Friday, May 6, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
$55 per person, includes wine or beer
Event Categories:
Mark Haskell
Cooking Class Type:
Participation Class
Skill Level:
Advanced Beginner


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