Rustic Italian: Fabulous Food with Mel Townsend

What to Bring

  • Notebook and Pen

What to Wear

  • Sensible cooking clothes and fully closed shoes are essential. No thongs, open-toed shoes, sandals or high heels.

Rustic Italian: Fabulous Food with Mel Townsend

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • This class runs from 11am until 2pm and includes a delicious lunch.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to make gnocchi
  • Learn the secrets of rustic Italian food

What You Get

  • Recipe booklet
  • A delicious meal of your creations with Mel at the end of the class
  • The loan of an apron for the duration of the class
  • Cooking tips and tricks from the instruction chef


Learn the art of easy and delicious handmade gnocchi! A wonderful hands-on session. We will learn how to make gnocchi from scratch and end with delectable vanilla berry pannacotta for dessert!  Rustic Italian food is very seasonal in its approach, so we will add details about other dishes closer to the date.  Look forward to making and enjoying:

Potato and porcini gnocchi with truffled porcini cream sauce, with a flash of famous roast capsicum puree
Beef carpaccio
Double vanilla and berry pannacotta and double vanilla gelato

We are delighted to have Mel Townsend joining us for this special class. Zimbabwean-born chef Mel owns Vanilla Zulu Culinary Adventures in Brisbane. She runs entertaining and fun cooking classes and team building events for both serious ‘foodies’ and newbies to learn how to go wild with food.

Come along on your own and make some new friends, or make a group get-together.  Our classes are great fun in a friendly atmosphere in our beautiful historic building. 

* Please note, our classes require a minimum of six participants to operate, you will be eligible for a refund or re-schedule if a class does not go ahead. 


Dear students,

You may have noticed an across-the-board increase in our booking prices. This is because the booking fee, which was previously charged separately, is now included in the class price. Please note that bookings made in-store will be charged the original price (no fee included).

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Feb 2017

I loved the menu we learnt to cook & will make it for my family. The beef gazpacho was a yummy surprise. Lots of great tips given throughout the class.