Gelato 101 at the Faema Culinary Academy

In addition to our in-house curriculum, the FCA is host to a series of guest Chef forums and courses.

Last May we were excited to have renowned Italian Chef Matteo Casone from Bologna in house for a special two day gelato course.

Chef Matteo brought techniques and experience from his gelateria “La Macelleria,” which was awarded one of the 100 top food experience of Queensland, Australia for two consecutive years.

During the instructional class, Chef Matteo provided a hands on experience taking students through the essential points of gelato making.

Focusing on fruit, nut, and cream based gelati, this culinary class revolved around high end techniques that combine tradition of the past with the technology of the future.

We are very excited to have Chef Matteo back on May 7th and 8th at the FCA. We invite all food operators, chefs, and caterers to the May 7th session as we explore both classic and innovative frozen desserts with the goal of expanding and enhancing your menu.

The May 8th session is focused for pastry chefs and gelato makers, with a deep dive into the process of a creating and establishing your own unique gelatieri style.

Tickets are moving quickly so be sure to book your spot on the event calendar asap!

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Pizza Night at the Faema Culinary Academy

On April 17th the FCA is proud to present our next course in our pizzamaking series. The Pizza Napoletana course will be taking place from 6:30-9:30pm next week.

To learn a little bit more about a typical night at the FCA, lets flash back to a chilly March evening, we at the Faema Culinary Academy were excited to have a relaxed evening cooking pizza napoletana near a warm roaring fire. Our guests enjoyed welcome cocktails of Aperol Spritz and an endless apertivo (assorted meats, cheeses, breads, and condiments.)

Our chef took time to go through their personal connection to pizza, as well as some more technical aspects of yeast fermentation, gluten bonds, and tomato acidity.

After a brief history lesson, students were then invited to get hands on running through dough making, sauce blending, and stretching techniques.

The pizza party really gets in full swing when we break out seasonal ingredients and invite our students to create their own pizzas in our 900 degree oven!

Afterword all students are invited to sit down and taste each other’s creations, the evening is capped off with traditional desserts and a take home kit to help you relive the evening! These parties are perfect idea for date night, family outings, and get-togethers with friends. Larger groups can be booked in advance to accommodate parties and corporate functions. The FCA is a great team-building environment and our state of the art facility is available for rental as well.

Keep an eye on our 2019 course calendar and book in advance to take full advantage of this amazing cooking school experience.

These parties are perfect idea for date night, family outings, and get-togethers with friends. Larger groups can be booked in advance to accommodate parties and corporate functions. The FCA is a great team-building environment and our state of the art facility is available for rental as well.

Up next is our April 17th Pizza Napoletana Class, be sure to book now as spots are quickly filling up!

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The ABCs of Coffee with Academia Trucillo

Roasted in Salerno, Italy, and certified by the Italian National Espresso Institute, Café Trucillo has taken espresso coffee beans to new heights. Trucillo coffee beans are selected with utmost care, and the Italian roast coffee is crafted from a careful selection of top-quality Robustas and Arabicas.  

The two day course featured a comprehensive look at the art of espresso, covering such topics as ethical bean cultivation, optimal growing climates, and the techniques behind perfect extraction.

On top of technical demonstrations, students were invited to have their own hands on experience with resident baristas, learning the subtleties and  and focus behind latte art. 

Be sure to check out the next instalment of the FCA's guest series, the ABC's of Espresso being hosted as a 3 hour evening consumer course on February 6th, and a 6 hour daytime professional series course on February 8th.

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Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

Food Lovers are always tough to shop for! Chances are they already have that perfect potato peeler you just picked out. They own the cutest little home countertop mixer, have eaten at 90% of the top 100 restaurants in Toronto, and in general already have every amazing gift idea you come-up with.

What we at Faema can almost guarantee they do not have is free reign over a 900 degree, handmade, Neapolitan oven. The FCA offers a fun, interactive and hands on learning experience with our Pizza Napoletana Classes. A three-hour evening course provides cocktails, technical knowledge and hands on experience making dough, dressing pizzas, and getting the chance to cook in the traditions of Napoli.

Gift certificates for the Faema Culinary Academy are just a click away making this the perfect last minute holiday gift for the food lover on your list! Be sure to check out our other pizza courses, as well as pasta, gelato, and barista courses and book your spot for the New Year.

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ICCO Christmas Party

Toronto – Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario members gathered at Faema Canada's showroom in Toronto for their annual Christmas party on Dec. 12.


An evening of prosecco, pasta, pizza and other culinary delights informally highlighted the rich history of family companies such as Olivieri Foods, Faema and Pizza Nova.

The Chamber's executive director, Corrado Paina, introduced Alain Locqueneux, general manager of Olivieri Foods, a company specializing in retail pasta products that has been in operation since 1957. Locqueneux spoke of the company's long history and commitment to quality. 

Faema Canada's Di Donato family, who provided the party's venue, were celebrating 60 successful years since founder Mike Di Donato started the business. Di Donato addressed the audience of about 100, recalling his start in the business and stressing the importance of family. 

The ICCO, which has operated since 1961, develops connections between its Italian commercial partners and local companies and investors, and promote the values of the Italian culture. The organization holds educational and networking events several times a year in the Toronto area, including Centitalia in November.

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