Ruffino embodies the fine Italian art of good giving—the zest for life and shared spirit is in every wine we produce. Embrace every moment—the Italian way. Join us at Aprons Cooking School for some chef-inspired dishes paired with great Ruffino Wines.
Learn all about this vineyard from Caterina Corvino Velez, brand ambassador for Ruffino Estates, as she shares her expertise with you.
This is a demonstration-style cooking class.
• Welcome aperitif - Ruffino Prosecco
• Ruffino Orvieto paired with Butterbean Tortellini with Smoky Andouille White Bean Broth
• Ruffino Pinot Grigio paired with Butternut Squash Risotto with Truffled Mushrooms, Pecorino, and Sage
• Ruffino Chianti Superiore paired with Braised Lamb and Eggplant with Saffron Potato Dumplings
• Ruffino Reserva Ducale paired with Layered Sicilian Cannoli with Pistachio Ricotta Cream and Candied Orange Peel
What to expect.
This class is for adults 18 years of age and older only. No children allowed unless otherwise specified.
Wine is provided at most evening classes, but you must be 21 years of age or older to drink alcoholic beverages. Drink responsibly.
This is a demonstration-style cooking class. Sit back, relax, and let our chefs do the cooking. Enjoy all of our delicious menu items and ask questions as we walk you through each recipe.
Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance of the class for a refund. Full payment for all classes is required at time of registration. Price includes recipes, demonstration, and samples of the food prepared. Wine is provided at most evening classes. You must be 21 years of age or older to drink alcoholic beverages. Drink responsibly. Publix may cancel classes not meeting enrollment standards, in which case any payment remitted will be refunded. Publix reserves the right to change recipes or substitute instructors for any reason.
Please be aware that our products, prepared items, and cooking school facilities may have had contact with the following food allergens: fish, eggs, milk, wheat, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts, sesame, and shellfish. Please do not attend Cooking School class(es) if you or your guests have, or have been exposed to, any communicable diseases including cold, flu, etc.
Caterina started her professional journey in her family owned Italian Fine Dining Restaurant. It was there that Caterina fell in love with wine, hospitality and the complete culinary experience.
At the Culinary Institute of America in San Francisco, Caterina earned a Certification from Associzione Italiana Sommelier. Following that, Caterina traveled to New York City, where she attended The New York Restaurant School and achieved a Certification from The Sommelier Society of America.
Coinciding, Caterina enhanced her hospitality background at The Patina Group’s elite Midtown Manhattan dining establishments as General Manager/Beverage Director, while gaining a Certification at NYU in Hospitality Management.
Caterina’s next step in the wine industry was a transition to a Director of Hotels and Corporate Accounts at Domaine Select, an Italian Wine Importer. Soon after, she proceeded to Constellation Brands where she held Sales Management positions throughout her 17-year tenure. Through Constellation, she recently attained her WSET Level 3 Certification
Currently, Caterina is the USA Director and Brand Ambassador for Ruffino Estates. She travels the country showcasing the unique Tuscan expressions and enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of wine through education and tasting experiences.