Join Chef Jenna Arcidiacono, famed owner of Amore Trattoria Italiana, as she teaches local comedian Adam Degi some of her favorite cooking techniques!
Join this funny duo and cook along! Ingredients are listed below.
Pasta with Vodka
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
- 1/3 cup vodka
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup half and half
- 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- 16 oz. penne pasta
- Fresh black pepper, to taste
Paper Plane Cocktail
- 3/4 ounce bourbon
- 3/4 ounce Aperol
- 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino
- 3/4 ounce lemon juice
Jenna Arcidiacono’s first job at age 14 was slinging chili dogs and root beer floats at Cook’s Drive-In in Kentwood, Michigan. Slowly, she began realizing that cooking was more than just a way to pay for her stirrup pants, music cassettes and perms. She soon moved to East Lansing where she received her BFA at MSU while working in restaurants near campus. Wanting to live in a big city after graduation, she moved to San Francisco where she fell in love with the city and a handsome Italian who was visiting from Milan. After living in Italy for 3 years and spending time in the kitchen with her new mother in law, her passion for Italian Casalinga cuisine grew stronger. Jenna worked for small businesses, corporations and also tried few of her own small entrepreneurial ideas. She finally realized it was time to take the leap and open Amore Trattoria Italiana in 2010. Her dream was to bring back the mom & pop feel by using locally sourced products and meeting her guests in the dining room much like dinner at home. Her and Maurizio are proud to continue winning multiple awards during their 11 years of business. She continues to learn by hosting culinary trips all over Italy twice a year with Onward Travel. She may also be slightly obsessed with comedy.
Adam Degi isn’t just another straight white male comedian. He’s bald, and he beats cancer. He was part of The Best Of The Midwest Competition at Gilda’s Laughfest in 2019. His Debut Album “His Name Is My Name Too” was released in 2017 and is available on iTunes and SiriusXM. Adam performed at the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival in 2016. In 2014 he was in the Semi-Finals of the Comedy 10K as well as being featured on the cover of Revue Magazine. He won the Funniest Person in Grand Rapids competition in just his 2nd year of comedy and he’s the founder of the annual Degi Draft.