Booking ~ Cooking Demos & Lectures

Whether you are a member of a book club or run a cooking school, Mark is always interested in sharing his knowledge of the Italian cuisine’s ease and simplicity.

Cooking Demos and Classes: Mark has cooked and led classes for private parties, book clubs, cookware shops and schools. A professional kitchen is not a requirement, so demonstrations and participation may be held in a private home as well as in the most well-equipped demo/”hands-on” class facility.

His family-style, “bring your family to the table and change a life one meal at a time” approach, paired with fresh in-season ingredients & true home recipes learned from Nonna, will entertain as well as educate.

Lectures: When a kitchen isn’t available, Mark will gladly be a guest speaker for book clubs, libraries and social organizations. Reading from his book “Beyond the Pasta,” utilizing a slide show & videos clips of Nonna with her family, plus a fun Q&A session, Mark takes his audience along with him into the very soul of Italy ~ gathering around the kitchen table!

Contact Mark for bookings and more details.

Past Cooking Demos & Classes:

Cooks of Crocus Hill, Stillwater, MN
The Cook’s Warehouse, Atlanta, GA (In all 4 city-wide locations)
The Cooking School at Cavallo Point, Sausalito, CA
Birmingham Bake & Cook Company, Birmingham, AL
The Chef’s Gallery, Stillwater, MN
The Newcomer’s Club, San Ramon, CA
The F20 Group, Houston, TX
R.E.D. Book Club, Birmingham, AL
The Illumine Book Club, Moundville, AL

Past Lecture Series:

The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
The Italian-American Heritage Foundation, San Jose, CA
Selma-Dallas County Public Library, Selma, AL
Johnsburg Public Library, Johnsburg, IL
The Lavender Library, Sacramento, CA
The Learning Club, Winona, MN
The Sojourner’s Club, Montogmery, AL
The Book Shelf, Winona, MN

"Beyond the Pasta" is owned and operated by Mark Leslie. Unless otherwise specified all content, writing, recipes and photography is original and held in copyright through the Library of Congress. It may not be used without the express written consent of Mark Leslie.