About La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita is the dream child of me, Laura Wilson, an avid cook and foodie. I started in the kitchen, watching my mother make delicious and fabulous meals almost every night. For her, there was no line between baking and cooking; she did it all and she did it well. I knew this as the only way to entertain and cook, never using a cake mix until I was married when my husband asked for a Duncan Hines chocolate cake. (Yes, we are still married after that shock.) Growing up, I did all the typical rural Indiana things like 4-H and FHA for years.
My cooking and baking skills have certainly evolved since those days! Yet I believe they laid a solid foundation for me. I have attended cooking classes in the States and in Europe, won several baking competitions, and learned much along the way. I have cooked with Patricia Wells, Rick Bayless, and recently returned from Paris, where I passed Level I and II Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. I will finish Level III Patisserie December 2013.
La Dolce Vita, or The Sweet Life, is located in darling Roanoke at 112 North Main Street. I founded La Dolce Vita on the premise of European elegance combined with American spirit. But it all began with food. All of the items on the menus are made-to-order, prepared with absolutely NO preservatives, and only the finest ingredients.
La Dolce Vita Offers...
Culinary Classes - I also offer a wide variety of cooking and baking classes, often bringing in guest chefs. These are either demonstration or hands-on classes.
Savory of the Month - Once on my mailing list, you will receive notices of these classes and the widely received Savory of the Month. This is an online or phone order for a small selection of savories, changing monthly that are in tune to the seasons. Orders are kept open for a week to ten days, then they are prepared and you are notified when they are finished. Delivery is option for a nominal charge.
Catering and Parties. Private parties may be thrown in my sweet little shop, and catering is also available. I have been the chef for intimate parties in many clients’ homes. I was also the chef at the wellness retreat, The Globally Inspired Life, held in North Carolina.
Private Parties and Celebrations - My new shop is big enough to host your birthday gathering, a rehearsal dinner, or a baby shower! It is beautiful and restful. Plan your next elegant event with me and be assured that all will be taken care of perfectly.
I want you to experience an elegant, healthy, delicious life every day, not just when you go out or on special occasions. So if you are too busy to cook, let me do it for you. If you would like to expand your personal repertoire, attend some classes from the wide variety I offer. Are you crazy busy? Try the Savories of the Month. If you are throwing a party and need help, La Dolce Vita can cater all or part of it. If you would like to explore other countries and cultures that greatly influence us daily, come with me on the Culinary Tours. Let me share The Sweet Life with you!