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Instructors at Appetito

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Darin Wisniewski

Chef Darin is the heart and soul of the kitchen at Glorioso’s Italian Market. His many years of immersive experience in Italian food and culture has made him an expert at creating delicious, quality food with amazing consistency.

His unique perspective and techniques, combined with excellent execution, have earned numerous awards over the years. His recipes and menus are often innovative, providing a modern and creative treatment of classic Italian cuisine. You want to cook Glorioso style? You learn from Darin.

Katie Simpson

A graduate of the world-class Culinary Institute of America, Chef Katie has spent most of her career developing recipes as well as product development. Her experience includes crafting and facilitating training sessions as well as creating innovative recipes for large corporate baking companies. When living in New York, she would spend her time in Little Italy, tasting, learning, and taking notes, learning as much as possible about the cuisine and applying that knowledge to create amazing pastries and cakes.

Baking is her specialty, and she provides Appetito with wonderful classes that range from traditional Italian cookies to mastering the different forms of polenta to making fresh pasta to perfection. Food is her life, and she loves sharing it with everyone.

Brendan Fleming

Chef Brendan began cooking in a professional kitchen at 16 years of age. He graduated from Culinary School in 2007 and has gone on to lead professional culinary teams in a variety of fine dining settings. An experienced cook and chef, he has logged thousands of hours over the years working to understand the fundamentals of cooking and entertaining. He began teaching cooking classes in 2011 and loves to engage students in their own love of food and table. His experience at Sur La Table—one of America’s largest cooking schools—has provided him with excellent teaching skills and a passion for helping you become a pro in your own kitchen.

Melissa Brookens, Bakery Manager

Melissa has over 10 years of experience in the culinary arts, in baking. She is responsible for transforming our bakery over the last several years by launching countless bakery items that have become fast customer favorites. Her innovation and creativity can be found in the wide range of pastries, cakes, pies, tortes, focaccia, gelato, and Italian cookies we have available. She is the instructor behind our famous cannoli, tiramisu, and other Italian pastry classes.

Emily West, Cheese Manager

Emily has been a Cheese Monger for four years and an instructor for two. Coming from a catering background with 10 years of culinary experience, Emily fostered a love of all things food related through creativity and a desire to learn. She has grown relationships with several cheese makers throughout Wisconsin with her enthusiasm and knowledge of their products. She has brought in new and exciting cheeses that have become mainstays in our cheese department. She holds educational events at Appetito featuring some of the most highly awarded cheesemakers in the business, as well as industry leaders to produce some of the most creative events you can find in Milwaukee. She teaches cheese board making classes, cheese making demos, cheese & wine tastings, and beer pairing events.

Carrie Van Kempen, Beverage Manager

An experienced professional with a passion for Italian wine, amaro, and craft beer, Carrie has revolutionized our wine and beverage department. She is a certified Italian wine consultant, and Carrie’s events are some of the most fun and informative classes you can take at Appetito. Guided amaro tastings, Italian craft cocktails classes, quarterly seasonal Italian wine events, and cheese & beer pairings are just a few of the excellent events that Carrie conducts for us.