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About Chef Diane Manteca


Diane has been a professional chef for thirty-three years, working in high end gourmet establishments, along with catering. She owned the Brickyard Café in Cambridge for 8 years, which was an eclectic and popular café style restaurant in the Fresh Pond area. Diane has co-authored a Zone cookbook on healthy eating and worked as a food consultant and developed recipes for a major specialty food company.

Chef Diane has also cooked for fund raising events, and cookbook signings for culinary celebrities.

Diane owned Sassy River Sauces, a specialty food company, selling at Farmer’s Markets and major food establishments. She is now a personal chef with clients in metro west and the Boston area.

Her teaching career spans 30 years, with Italian cooking as her specialty, along with Moroccan, African, Asian, Cuban French, and regional cooking from the United States. She travels to Italy often to learn regional Italian cooking and brings her knowledge back to teach her students.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 24, 2021 5:30 PM To 6:30 PM

Join us in reading L'Élégance du hérisson by Muriel Barbery for the library's book club en français!

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Seeking opportunities to speak French? Join us online for our popular members-only conversation gathering.

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Painting Workshop

Abstract Painting Workshop

with professional Swiss abstract artist Béatrice Dauge

Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:30 PM To 7:30 PM

Art lovers, join us for a creative and inspiring night! Our professional abstract artist, Béatrice Dauge will show you how to spontaneously create little abstract color drawings that you will be proud to put on your walls.

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