La Diva Cucina

La Diva Cucina Event planning & Corporate Culinary Team Building programs, Event Production

La Diva Cucina is an extension of my business with posts and information about my team building programs, recipe, foods, gardening and anything that tickles my fancy.

01/02/2024
OH YES WE DID(The boys went back to E.Lecler to get the 25-day aged steak, grilled in the fireplace! OMG!)
12/29/2023

OH YES WE DID

(The boys went back to E.Lecler to get the 25-day aged steak, grilled in the fireplace! OMG!)

Charlie shucking flat oysters from Brittany (Bretagne) They were delicious!
12/29/2023

Charlie shucking flat oysters from Brittany (Bretagne) They were delicious!

Did someone say “rosé?”
12/27/2023

Did someone say “rosé?”

When the days are short, Happy Hour starts early! Trying a rose oil infused lemonade with Hendricks, it’s mighty tasty!!...
12/22/2023

When the days are short, Happy Hour starts early!

Trying a rose oil infused lemonade with Hendricks, it’s mighty tasty!!

Happy Holidays from La Diva Cucina The Full Pike and LDC Events Inc.!!
12/12/2023

Happy Holidays from La Diva Cucina The Full Pike and LDC Events Inc.!!

…and that was 2023! Happiest of holidays to all our partners in the business from myself and Laura Lafata aka La Diva Cucina (!) 🎄🕎 ✨❤️

I’m not going to aplologize I just love  these beans! I mean, I crave them now, I never used to! Changed my dinner plans...
11/22/2023

I’m not going to aplologize I just love these beans! I mean, I crave them now, I never used to!

Changed my dinner plans because I didn’t feel like salmon. Made these with garlic, fresh tomatoes, rosemary, a cheese heel and Rancho Gordo mayocoba beans and doused with Istrian olive oil.

The local Publix offered Italian sausage with kale and squash, so I grilled them up! This dinner was sooo good. It just goes to show, you’re always going to win when you start with quality ingredients.

THAT’S A WRAP!!!! La Diva Cucina is closed for business (fo’ real this time!!!)Thank you to all who I've worked with, wh...
11/18/2023

THAT’S A WRAP!!!!
La Diva Cucina is closed for business (fo’ real this time!!!)
Thank you to all who I've worked with, who worked with me and for me, YOU ARE MY FAMLY. Especially to Natasha Torres, my right hand and BRAIN who has worked with me since the beginning!!!

And Natasha IS literally on MY RIGHT in the photo and Jazmin on my left, both holding my hands, they have done so much for me and I couldn’t have done it without them.

Thanks to my husband Felix Pike of The Full Pike and the crew of Virtual Events, LLC. who made my last event so successful and professional.

I’m a little verklempt but super excited about what’s coming next.
Oh, and if you need anything events, we are still working as The Full Pike production services for LDC Events Inc. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

Deevs prepping for the filming of the cooking class for tennis star Leylah Fernandez’s fans and nonprofit foundation!Wha...
11/18/2023

Deevs prepping for the filming of the cooking class for tennis star Leylah Fernandez’s fans and nonprofit foundation!
What a great time we had!

Virtual Events, LLC. The Full Pike La Diva Cucina

MY LAST La Diva Cucina event went off without a hitch!!!I “tried” to stop taking gigs back at the end of March, but when...
11/18/2023

MY LAST La Diva Cucina event went off without a hitch!!!

I “tried” to stop taking gigs back at the end of March, but when up-and-coming tennis star Leylah Fernandez's Foundation called me, I couldn’t say no!

The Canadian tennis star is just coming off a spectacular victory only days ago beating the Italian team in the Billie Jean Cup! It was the first time Canada won the event! What a coup for Leylah, La Diva Cucinaa, The Full Pikee and Virtual Events, LLC.s, LLC.

We just completed a two-day film shoot for her non-profit foundation The Leylah Annie & Family Foundation where we did a taped cooking class for 12 of her biggest fans. They also contributed for Thanksgiving and charities, with gifts for the attendees.

Leylah was wonderful and gracious on-camera, the fans were adoring and my production crew professional and amazing! They made us all look fantastic!

While I’ll still take on a few events on a case by case basis, I am selling all of my event equipment to focus on MY NEW BUSINESS VENTURE, so please stay tuned!

What a high to end on!!! Thank you to everyone who made it happen!

Top photo L to R: La Diva Cucina team: Natasha Torres, Felix Pike, Leylah Fernandez and Jazmin!

Bottom left: Felix Pike as Producer, Voice of God, and DJ

Bottom right: Jeronimo of Virtual Events as Assistant Director

I ❤️ fried chicken! This time I changed up my panko-breaded chicken breast by dousing it with za’atar mixed with Istrian...
11/12/2023

I ❤️ fried chicken! This time I changed up my panko-breaded chicken breast by dousing it with za’atar mixed with Istrian olive oil. I love to eat each bite with a fresh, juicy piece of tomato, so good! Steamed baby broccoli completes the meal.

Mmmmm…kapusta is comfort in a bowl. Every time I cook this dish, I honor the recipes of my Polish Aunties by making it. ...
11/06/2023

Mmmmm…kapusta is comfort in a bowl. Every time I cook this dish, I honor the recipes of my Polish Aunties by making it. My Aunt Barbara, and great Aunts Irene and Alice made it for every holiday, and now I make my version. Pork and cabbage have been simmered until tender, then I add potatoes and kielbasa at the end. It’s so good with a hearty piece of thick-cut rye bread slathered with salted butter. Mmmmm.

Bean o’ the day! Rancho Gordo alubia blanca beans with chunks of line-caught tuna in oil, fresh baby spinach chiffonade,...
10/26/2023

Bean o’ the day! Rancho Gordo alubia blanca beans with chunks of line-caught tuna in oil, fresh baby spinach chiffonade, blistered grape tomatoes, Italian parsley, lemon juice and zest, Istrian extra virgin olive oil.

Lamb and vegetable couscous with merguez! Such a comforting autumn dish that’s so delicious with the warm, earthy spices...
10/25/2023

Lamb and vegetable couscous with merguez! Such a comforting autumn dish that’s so delicious with the warm, earthy spices of allspice, cumin, ginger and ras el hanout.

Love cocktail hour on a Saturday! I like to make dips with leftovers. Since I was making guacamole and margaritas, I dec...
10/21/2023

Love cocktail hour on a Saturday! I like to make dips with leftovers. Since I was making guacamole and margaritas, I decided to use the leftover stewed pork and beans to make a quick dip. I shredded the pork and processed it with a little chicken broth and salsa to help it along. Blended until smooth, mixed in a few pickled jalapeños and topped with cheese. Nuked til’ warm and melted! Mmmmm. This will help carry me until dinner.

Another FIVE STAR review for La Diva Cucina of LDC Events! This one came from Robert Goubeaux, I planned their 10th wedd...
10/18/2023

Another FIVE STAR review for La Diva Cucina of LDC Events! This one came from Robert Goubeaux, I planned their 10th wedding anniversary party on the Lady Venetian Yacht!

"Hello everyone. We can't express how wonderful and stress free Laura LDC Events Inc. and Felix The Full Pike made our 10 year anniversary celebration the event of a lifetime. Our guest couldn't stop saying how incredible the celebration was. We are sooooo happy and still can't believe how fabulous and flawless our special night was. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. CONTACT THEM IF YOU WANT A FABULOUS AND STRESS FREE EVENT. YOU WONT BE SORRY.”

I love these shots of my clients on their 10th anniversary on the Lady Venetian yacht! Various beautifully composed and ...
10/16/2023

I love these shots of my clients on their 10th anniversary on the Lady Venetian yacht! Various beautifully composed and candid shots by will give the couple memories for years to come.🌈❤️👬

Vegetarian lunch with Middle Eastern delights! Labneh slathered with za’atar and Istrian olive oil, blistered grape toma...
10/01/2023

Vegetarian lunch with Middle Eastern delights! Labneh slathered with za’atar and Istrian olive oil, blistered grape tomatoes, roasted cauliflower, Rancho Gordo chick peas cooked with salt, cucumber and fresh pita bread! Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

I just love these Mexican heirloom ayocote morado beans from Rancho Gordo! They are so meaty and delicious! I wasn’t goi...
09/25/2023

I just love these Mexican heirloom ayocote morado beans from Rancho Gordo! They are so meaty and delicious! I wasn’t going to post this when I made it, but as I’m eating it, it’s too good not to share.

I had Serrano chilies, tomatoes and cilantro left over from an event, so used that up with onions, garlic, potatoes and a couple of links of fresh chorizo (out of the casing.) Used the bean broth too.

I seasoned with the cumin, ground coriander, Rancho Gordo Mexican red chili powder and heck, let’s give that canela a try! I’m glad I did, the subtle flavor was really unique and my husband asked “what’s different, it’s really good!” We both loved it and ate with some crusty baguette.

Hint: I broke the canela stick in half and put into a tea strainer. Easy to pick out of the pot when done, no bits in the stew.

Let’s talk about SAVORY WAFFLES!!! Mmmmmm. I’ve started to make them with leftover white rice. I put it in the iron firs...
09/24/2023

Let’s talk about SAVORY WAFFLES!!! Mmmmmm. I’ve started to make them with leftover white rice. I put it in the iron first, then add my cheese. This allows the rice to get extra crispy and caramelizes the cheese. The added crunch of the rice is akin to socarrat in paella, the crunchy rice from the bottom of the pan. It adds a wonderful contrasting texture to the waffle.
This morning, I also added cooked, crumbled chorizo and fresh spinach, garlic salt and Penzeys Outrage spice blend to the batter. Just add butter at serving and you’re good to go for hours! Try it!

All the mini frittatas rose to the occasion today! Fabulous!
09/10/2023

All the mini frittatas rose to the occasion today! Fabulous!

Ooooh this is the last of the season’s peaches and I still don’t feel I’ve eaten enough!! A deliciously quick Dutch baby...
09/10/2023

Ooooh this is the last of the season’s peaches and I still don’t feel I’ve eaten enough!! A deliciously quick Dutch baby pancake with fresh peaches, almond extract and sliced almonds. Really divine!

Super quick and delicious lunch with Puglia lentils simply seasoned with salt, fruity, green Istrian extra-virgin olive ...
09/06/2023

Super quick and delicious lunch with Puglia lentils simply seasoned with salt, fruity, green Istrian extra-virgin olive oil and fresh baby spinach. If I’m flavoring my legumes or beans with olive oil, I will always dress with a very good quality extra virgin oil and season while they are still hot. This allows the flavors to soak in and keeps the dish simple with the focus on the legumes and beans.

I was going for a Spanish flavor profile when making this quick bean stew with Ayocote Morado beans.I used onions, carro...
09/03/2023

I was going for a Spanish flavor profile when making this quick bean stew with Ayocote Morado beans.

I used onions, carrots, fresh Colombian chorizo, jalapeno, smoked paprika, fire-roasted tomatoes, grape tomatoes, chopped bacon, garlic, potatoes and a bay leaf. Now that I think about it, I should have tossed in some of the RG canela to boot!

I love the combination and heartiness of the large, meaty beans with potatoes! With the beans already cooked, this came together in under an hour.

Growing up, I had many Sunday dinners in the basement of my Sicilian great-grandma Rose’s house in Detroit. Sunday sauce...
08/30/2023

Growing up, I had many Sunday dinners in the basement of my Sicilian great-grandma Rose’s house in Detroit. Sunday sauce with spaghetti or mostaccioli, Italian sausage, Italian bread, and fresh green salad was always on the menu.

Grandma’s salad was deliciously dressed with plenty of olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, and was always chock-full of chickpeas! But we never called them that, we all knew them as “ceci beans,” (chech-chee) as they are called in Italian. My siblings and I always called them "chee-chee beans,” which was fun to say.

And so as I sit having my lunch salad adorned with salted, flavorful Rancho Gordo chickpeas, I can’t help but think of my Grandma Rose and her influence on my cooking to this day. (and how much better these taste than those canned chickpeas!)

A summer favorite, Thai red curry steak salad! Marinated steak in red curry paste, fish sauce, lemongrass, makrut lime l...
08/22/2023

A summer favorite, Thai red curry steak salad! Marinated steak in red curry paste, fish sauce, lemongrass, makrut lime leaf, coconut milk, fish sauce and garlic. Served over greens with crunchy veggies like carrots, red peppers, snap peas, cucumber and red onion. Made a lime cilantro dressing and garnished with roasted peanuts. Perfect summer dinner!

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