Foods of Love: A Valentine’s Lecture, Cooking Demo and Tasting

Foods of Love

A Valentine’s Lecture, Cooking Demonstration, and Tasting

With Chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry and Sage and

Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide

New Canaan Library

February 12, 2015

10:00-11:30 am

$25 per person

Registration is required for this event online at

Strawberry risotto by Chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry & Sage.
Strawberry risotto by Chef Silvia Baldini of Strawberry & Sage.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Foods of Love, a culinary event centered on foods known to get us in the mood for love.

Join us to learn about everyday aphrodisiacs including strawberries, honey, figs, artichokes, chili peppers, edible flowers, chocolate and coffee, and how to incorporate them into an irresistible Valentine’s Day menu.

Chef Silvia Baldini will teach guests how to prepare a three-course, restaurant-quality, Valentine’s Day menu inspired by these foods of love. Analiese Paik will inform guests about the importance of sourcing high-quality, sustainable ingredients and highlight local resources including retailers, farms, and artisan food producers.

Shearwater coffee The morning culminates with a tasting of all three menu items and networking. Our special guest, Ed Freedman of Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, will demonstrate how to brew the perfect cup of espresso roast coffee and provide guests with tastings of three different roasts.

Each guest will receive Chef Silvia’s recipes to prepare at home and sourcing guidance for each ingredient from Analiese Paik.

Tasting Menu:
Artichokes, Honey and Figs with Hot Chili Bruschetta
Strawberry Risotto
Artisan Chocolate, Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters Espresso, and Vanilla Ice Cream Affogato

chef silviaSilvia Baldini always dreamed of being a chef, even during her successful career as an art director. After 17 years in advertising she realized her dream by returning to school, graduating from the Cornell and French Institute and ultimately receiving a Grand Cuisine Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London. After working as a chef at prestigious Michelin star restaurants throughout Europe, Silvia returned to the East Coast and established her creative food group, Strawberry and Sage. Silvia has been featured in Saveur, the James Beard Blog, and has appeared on national TV cooking shows. Among her many clients are Bank of America, Royal Scottish Society, and Vista Caballo as well as private individuals, celebrities, food photographers and cookbook authors.

Analiese Paik, Founder & Editor of the FAirfield Green Food Guide, has joined Natural Awakenings-Fairfield County as Food Editor.Analiese Paik is founder and editor of the award-winning website Following a successful career in marketing management, she attended the Institute of Culinary Education and studied wine at the International Wine Center. Analiese has served as a judge for the Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s Product Awards Competition for the last four years. She was featured in Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine as a “foodie who makes a difference” in recognition of both her current work and many years as a PTA volunteer advocating for better school food. She has been featured as a green food advocate and expert in Fairfield Magazine, Fairfield County Life, Stamford Advocate, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, and Westport Magazine, among others. Analiese was a regular monthly guest on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut show for two years where she covered local and sustainable foods.

Join us for a fantastic morning of culinary education!

New Canaan Library’s mission is to enrich the town’s intellectual and cultural life by providing free and convenient access to information, fostering lifelong learning and encouraging the exchange of ideas.

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