Former Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen will show off more than just his musical talent this weekend at the Smyrna Opera House. Turns out, his gifts also include cooking and wine pairings, too.

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 now 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 on March 23rd, beginning at 4 p.m., when he brings “A Night in Italy” to the Smyrna Opera House on 7 West South Street, Smyrna DE

The event, which pairs four dishes from Italy’s regions with matching wines, is no ordinary cooking class. Think of it as 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 recipes, Cullen frequently performs throughout the area in promotion of his three solo 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. You must be 21 to attend, and there are only a limited number of seats available.