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Chef Viviani returns to del Lago

9 July 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Del Lago Resort & Casino is pleased to announce Chef Fabio Viviani will host two cooking classes 12 and 13 August at the award-winning Portico by Fabio Viviani, his restaurant inside del Lago Resort & Casino. Viviani’s last three cooking classes were met with great excitement and sold out, leading the famed chef to plan another visit this summer. Additionally, Portico was recently recognized by Wine Spectator with the 2018 Award of Excellence for its exceptionally curated wine program.

Chef Fabio ViViani to host cooking classes
During the cooking demonstrations, Viviani will share some of his favorite recipes from the award-winning Portico by Fabio Viviani menu while taking questions from the audience as he shares stories about his path to success. Viviani will also teach techniques, tips and tricks as he prepares the dishes for guests to enjoy.

Viviani will teach the classes from 3-5 p.m. 12 and 13 August inside his restaurant. Guests will watch his dishes come to life as he skillfully prepares his beloved eggless gnocchi, and other popular Portico menu items. The Portico bar will open at 2 p.m., allowing guests to enjoy a drink or glass of wine from the award-winning program prior to the class. Seating is limited and quickly sells out each time Viviani comes to town. Tickets are $50 and include the cooking class, dinner and drinks during the class. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 315-946-1780. Guests must be 21 to attend the cooking class.

Perhaps best known for his television debut on Bravo’s hit reality series “Top Chef” and earning the Fan Favorite title, Viviani’s on-screen appearances have propelled him to become one of the fastest-growing culinary names in the country. He has appeared as a recurring guest on “Good Morning America,” “The Talk,” “The Chew” and “The Rachael Ray Show,” and is a recurring guest host on the Hallmark Channel series “Home and Family.” The successful restaurateur is the owner of several well-known restaurants across the country, including in Los Angeles and Chicago. He is a New York Times best-selling cookbook author. Portico is Viviani’s only restaurant in New York.

Portico earns Wine Spectator’s 2018 Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator's Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

The del Lago Resort & Casino restaurant features a sophisticated take on Old World Italian-inspired food and handmade pasta, as well as seafood, steak and chops grilled over hardwood. Viviani found inspiration from the region’s bountiful agriculture, cheese makers, wineries and breweries to help develop his menu, focusing on local, seasonal farm-to-table ingredients. Portico by Fabio Viviani is also an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award for its outstanding service and quality of food.

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