THE ITALIAN GARDEN PROJECT, November 9th, 2013. By Mary Menniti. View original here.

Ali Walter Prepping

In October, The Italian Garden Project was invited to La Scuola di Eataly to celebrate the beauty and bounty of the Italian American vegetable garden during a Meatless Monday cooking demonstration and dinner. Using garden-fresh produce provided by our Italian American gardening friends, Chef Alicia Walter delighted the dinner guests with an amazing array of vegetable-based dishes, two of which are shared below. (see end of post)  La Scuola resides in Manhattan's mega Italian marketplace, Eataly.

It's clear from the moment you walk in the door that this is not going to be your ordinary trip to the supermarket. 

The perfect marriage of grand architecture and clean, modern design sets the stage for a unique and exhilarating experience.

Eataly offers seven restaurants, each adjacent to the market area that provides its fresh ingredients, such as handmade pasta at La Pizza & La Pasta.

Le Verdure features vegetables from the abundant produce market.

The highest quality cheeses and salumi are sold in the market and served in La Piazza.

In La Scuola, Chef Alicia was busy all afternoon transforming the vegetables into culinary masterpieces.

That evening, she wow-ed the Meatless Monday audience with her creativity and skill...preparing original, imaginative dishes and several delectable traditional ones such as fried stuffed olives, and farrotto with wild mushrooms and truffle butter. We can't wait to team up again in the spring to share more old school gardening wisdom and unforgettable food and recipes.