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Richard LaMarita

Richard LaMarita is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education and has been a Chef Instructor since 1986. He has worked in many popular restaurants in NYC, including Tabla. He has been practicing and studying Ayurveda for 30 years. He holds a Master’s Degree from Maharishi Vedic University and has worked with accomplished Ayurvedic masters such as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dr. B.D. TriGuna. He has led seminars on Ayurveda, Diet and Nutrition, Cooking, Yoga, and Meditation throughout the US, in Europe, and in Asia. Presently, he works as a private chef, and is a Chef Instructor at NGI.

July 2018

Root to Tip: Whole Vegetable Cooking

Without realizing it, many of us are throwing away the tops of our produce simply because we don’t know what to do with them, or maybe even didn’t know we could eat them. Did you know that they are often full of minerals and phytochemicals, not to mention rich in flavor? Get more bang from your buck at the market by learning how to incorporate those nutritious leaves, stems, and roots into your meals. Join our NGI chef in using the…

Richard LaMarita

Tuesday, July 17

6:30pm — 9:30pm

Hands-On, Lecture

Pickling and Fermenting Foods at Home

Many people are curious but often hesitant to try the art of fermentation at home. Fermenting food is a fantastic way to increase a healthy gut, preserve food, and excite your palate with new flavors. In this class you will learn how to make vibrantly preserved lemons, effervescent kombucha, and savory miso from beginning to end among other techniques. This class is suitable for beginners who are just starting to dive into at-home pickling and fermenting. Students will make a variety of…

Richard LaMarita

Sunday, July 22

10:30am — 1:30pm

Demonstration, Hands-On

Naturally Entertaining: Hors d’Oeuvres

Are you looking for crowd pleasing hors d’oeuvres or want to entertain like a pro with ease? We’ve got you covered! Not only will this class show you how to make eye pleasing appetizers, but you will master the timing and flow of any home gathering no matter the size. Learn how to prepare ahead and get fun tips on enjoying your own party,  and never let them see you sweat. *Each class is built upon techniques, with multiple recipes…

Richard LaMarita

Friday, July 27

6:30pm — 9:30pm


October 2018

Exploring Long Island’s North Fork

Long Island’s Suffolk County is the largest agricultural producer in New York State. A major part of this is due to the bountiful North Fork: surrounded by water on three sides, blessed with a temperate micro-climate, rich in agriculture and seafood, and home to Long Island’s wine country. Join us in spending an unforgettable day touring and tasting the bounty of this remarkable region with Chef Rich LaMarita. On this tour you will visit Garden of Eve Organic Farm, Macari Vineyards,…

Richard LaMarita

Saturday, October 6

8:00am — 7:00pm

Market Tour

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