A Note from De Gustibus Owner/CEO Sal Rizzo


Many of you have been wondering how De Gustibus Cooking School is doing and what our plans are moving forward. Normally at this time of year, we would be sharing the De Gustibus Fall chef/class lineup in our seasonal brochure. Due to COVID-19, we have had to rethink what types of classes to offer, where we host them, and how to experience them.

Nothing has been finalized yet, but we want to share some of the exciting projects in motion:

DG@Home Video Classes
We’re developing a new series of video/virtual classes that will feature the same caliber of celebrated chefs that have been teaching/cooking at De Gustibus for 40 years (this was supposed to be our big anniversary year… oh the irony).

We’re investing in high-end equipment that will allow us to broadcast top-quality video live from our state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. That means you can watch classes live and ask questions (via chat) as I moderate the event. Will this become the new normal? Time will tell.

Classes @ De Gustibus
Meantime, we will be optimizing the in-house classes when we know it is safe to reopen. Specifically: A food-service industry expert is helping us incorporate new health and safety protocols in the classroom and kitchen to abide by NYS rules and regulations. Classes here will be smaller than they used to be (no exact figure yet). Attendees will be seated together — based on party size — respecting social distancing. We’re also working on a new and streamlined reservation system.

Culinary Travel
In addition, we are curating new culinary travel programs for 2021 with Authentic Explorations, which is run by Managing Director Gary Portuesi (AKA my husband). We have a few remaining spots for trips to Sicily and Puglia. If you’d like to secure a spot or have questions about these trips, contact Gary at gary@authentic-explorations.com.

Health and safety are our primary concerns. But we encourage you to continue to support your local restaurants, bars, chefs, sommeliers, farmers, restaurateurs and kitchen staff. For more on how to help, follow us on Instagram and read this article on “How Top Chefs & Restaurants Are Helping to Feed Those Across NYC During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

We’ll take this moment to thank Emmy, Amaral, Arlene and the rest of the team for hanging in there with us throughout these uncertain times. Yes, they are all doing well.

Feel free to reach out to me at sal@degustibusnyc.com or 212-239-1652 if you have any questions.

Take care and stay safe,

Salvatore Rizzo
De Gustibus Cooking School by Miele
151 W 34th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001