Cape Gazette

Paul Cullen to present A Night in Italy Dec. 14

At Bellmoor Inn in Rehoboth Beach
Dec 11, 2013
Photo by: Elizabeth Ferguson

When Paul Cullen was growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., he loved watching his grandmother, Elsie Tagliaferro, whip up a delicious meal with Italian flair. “She was a farm-to-table chef long before it was cool,” says Cullen, who lives in the Millsboro area.

His grandmother sparked a passion for fresh Italian cuisine that Cullen loves to share with others. He’ll do just that Saturday, Dec. 14, beginning at 6 p.m., when he brings A Night in Italy to the Bellmoor Inn & Spa, 6 Christian St. in Rehoboth Beach.

The event, which pairs four dishes from Italy’s regions with matching wines, is no ordinary cooking class, more of a tasting and a show. Cullen, the former bassist for the rock group Bad Company, is a talented guitarist. Between courses, he’ll play music so guests can experience both the taste and the sounds of the Mediterranean.

“These demonstrations blend together my passions: great food, cool music and jazzy wines,” says Cullen, a professional musician for more than 30 years. “It really makes for a fun night out - for me and the class.”

In addition to leading the popular cooking classes, which often feature an Old World approach to making gnocchi and pasta, Cullen frequently performs throughout the area and has released three CDs.

“All,” he says, “pair well with wine and fine food!”

The cost is $55, which includes a tasting of everything Cullen makes and wine. Guests must be 21, and there are a limited number of seats available. To purchase tickets, visit, email or call or text 302-228-9775. The evening is sponsored by Outlet Liquors and Touch of Italy, Lewes and Rehoboth.

Cullen has played at more than 1,200 performances, including events featuring Michael David Winery, St. Supery Vineyards, B.R. Cohn Winery and PortoVino, which imports Italian wines. In 2011, he was PortoVino’s Mid Atlantic eno-envoy.

His cooking classes feature his family’s Old World approach set to music. This year, Cullen cofounded Eating Rehoboth, a walking tour for foodies. He and his partners recently launched Eating Lewes.

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