• Francesca's Restaurants Offering Holiday Hostess Classes

     
    POSTED September 24, 2014
     
Francesca’s Restaurants launched “Season’s Greetings in September,” an incentive for guests to book holiday parties in the month of September. Planners who are quick on the draw will receive two exclusive, complimentary tickets to the first-ever holiday hostess class series hosted by corporate executive chef Massimo Salatino, beverage director Lisa Mango and events director Robyn Jones at select locations. 
 
Held in November, each class features tips on pairing wines for the holidays, planning a holiday menu, cooking for large groups and entertaining like an expert in your home. The experience will last an hour and a half. Hosts in-training will offer appetizers and wine while Francesca’s entertaining experts offer tips and tricks to host the perfect holiday party. 
 
The classes will be hosted at the following locations and dates from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Francesca’s Famiglia
100 E Station St, Barrington, IL 60010
Tuesday, November 4
 
Francesca’s Vicinato
12960 S La Grange Rd, Palos Park, IL 60464
Thursday, November 6
 
Francesca’s By the River
200 S 2nd St, St Charles, IL 60174
Tuesday, November 11
 
Francesca’s on Taylor
1400 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
Thursday, November 13

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