With more than 17 years of kitchen experience, ranging from Ledoyen in Paris to Le Bernadin in New York City to the Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale, Michael Dei Maggi comes to our school from his exciting new home, the legendary Gage Hotel in the Big Bend region of Texas. Attracting connoisseurs to the tiny town of Marathon since the 1930s, the now-expanded and luxurious property features a destination restaurant, cleverly called 12 Gage, that Dei Maggi calls his own. Not at all a stranger to Texas taste buds, the chef spent several years in Houston, at esteemed addresses like Bistro Moderne, Bice and Max’s Wine Dive before helming his own place, the Rockwood Room. Other stops on Dei Maggi’s culinary adventure include New London CT, Austin and Napa Valley. At the Gage, he draws inspiration from the bold flavors of West Texas as well as from ingredients almost as dramatic as the scenery outside his kitchen window.
TASTE OF THE GAGE
MESSINA HOF WINERY DINNER
Fischer & Wieser Culinary Adventure Cooking School © 2016 Fredericksburg, Texas
The first word in this foundational Texas winery's name refers to the city in Sicily - the island from which Paul Bonarrigo and his ancestors hailed. (The "Hof" is the family home of Paul's wife Merrill, in Germany.) Working side by side since 1977, the couple built Messina Hof into one of the first Texas wineries to attract, or deserve, international attention and acclaim. Join the younger generation, Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, for a delicious and entertaining evening of food, wine and fun, celebrating the family's Sicilian traditions just in time for the important feast of St. Joseph.