De Gustibus Cooking School: Chef Justin Smillie & Chef Joel Hough

This was my first time at a DeGustibus Cooking School Chef Demo and I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be one of the most fun and interactive food experiences I’ve ever had! I made sure to sign in for the class at 10am on the dot so that I would be one of the first people called into the room. I chose a seat in the front row right in the middle so that I would have a great view of the chefs and all of the yummy dishes they were preparing. Over the next two hours, we got to sit back and enjoy six beautiful courses with wine pairings while learning about how each dish was prepared. Chefs Joel Hough and Justin Smillie were hilarious! They made the whole experience so much fun. I really loved the interactive format that allowed us diners to ask the chefs questions at any time. We also received packets with the recipes and were able to take notes during the demos. I definitely picked up some great tips from these two fantastic chefs! Can’t wait for my next DeGustibus class. :)

De Gustibus Cooking School: 151 West 34th Street, 8th Floor (between 7th Avenue and Broadway)
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria: 53 Great Jones Street (between Bowery and Lafayette)
Il Buco: 47 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette) 


Banfi Brut Metodo Tradizionale Classico


Crostino: Raw Fava Bean Pesto & House Cured Pancetta 


Chefs at work


Crudo: Hay Roasted Bonito, Shaved Radish & Colatura Ponzu




Castello Montauto Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012


Sformato: Claw Hammer Egg, Chanterelles & English Peas 


Grilling the spring garlic


Fregola Sarda, Asparagus, Charred Spring Garlic, Brown Butter & Soft Herbs


Chefs at work


Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2010


Confit Lamb Ribs, Market Greens & Roasted Lemon


These two get more and more hilarious with each dish! 


Demonstrating how to use the ice shaver


Rhubarb Granita, Battenkill Cream, Strawberries & Chamomile


The awesome Il Buco and Il Buco AV team! 

De Gustibus Cooking School: Chef Justin Smillie & Chef Joel Hough

Il Buco (Private Dining)

My fiance’s wonderful family threw us a beautiful party at Il Buco, where we had the pleasure of dining downstairs in the private wine cellar. It was intimate and cozy — and totally made us feel like we weren’t in New York City anymore! Pretty incredible. While sipping on aromatic Italian wines, we enjoyed a four course meal, which included a variety of family-style appetizers: burrata with roasted & shaved beets, pan-fried prawns (yes, the heads were still on!), and Tuscan black kale salad with garlic-anchovy-lemon vinaigrette. For the pasta course, I went with the Mezze Maniche (housemade pasta, heritage pork sausage, broccoli di cicco, and pecorino romano). It was excellent! I decided to go light for my third course with the grilled swordfish — one of the juiciest, most flavorful piece of swordfish that I have ever eaten! I am totally coming back to Il Buco just to order this dish. An enormous thank you to my future in-laws for hosting such a festive and joyful celebration, and to our amazing family and friends for joining us!

Il Buco: 47 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette) 


Burrata, roasted and shaved beets, horseradish, and upland cress


Tuscan black kale, garlic-anchovy-lemon vinaigrette, parmigiano reggiano, and croutons 


Pan-fried Hawaiian King Prawns


Mezze Maniche: housemade pasta, heritage pork sausage, broccoli di cicco, and pecorino romano 


Grilled swordfish steak, fingerling potatoes, artichokes, and preserved lemon salmoriglio


Cast iron roasted pork blade steak, cara cara oranges, shaved fennel, hazelnuts, and radishes


Assorted desserts


Intimate private lunch in the Il Buco wine cellar

Il Buco (Private Dining)