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Paris is a beautiful city full of wide boulevards with allées of gardens, shops, street markets and elegant restaurants — lovely anytime of year, but especially in spring. Join Chef Erin for an inspired French menu that sparks the imagination and has you dining in Paris along the Champs-Elysées. The menu, with wine pairings, includes Panisse (Chickpea Cakes) with Onion Marmalade; Flétan Grillé aux Salade de Asperges et Fenouil (Slow-roasted Halibut with Asparagus and Fennel Salad); Gratin Forestier (Potato and Mushroom Gratin); and Mousse au Citron (Lemon Mousse). With seafood, dairy and eggs; no gluten.
Join in for this fast-paced, fun class as we prepare Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings). We’ll make three festively colored dumpling wrappers from scratch: Jade Green, Imperial Yellow and Happy Red. Then we’ll prepare light and tasty vegetarian fillings using ingredients such as edamame, mushrooms, tofu, vegetables and herbs and season them with brown miso, five spices, toasted buckwheat flour and more. Christina will show you easy techniques to wrap and cook the dumplings, then we will enjoy our Jiaozi with Soy Vinegar Dipping Sauce with optional herbs and chilies. Vegetarian; no dairy or eggs.
Although the word “empanada” is Spanish, these stuffed pastries can be found all over Europe, Latin America and even Southeast Asia and are compatible with a wide variety of fillings. Maria will demonstrate how to make a gluten-free empanada dough, and then we will gather together to learn how to successfully fill, fold and assemble our empanadas. We’ll have chicken and vegetarian filling options. Dessert will make an appearance too with Traditional Banana Empanadas. With dairy and eggs; meat optional; no gluten.
Travel to Paris for the evening and learn to make the elusive French Macaron. Chef Laurie will walk you through each step, sharing the secrets of making perfectly adorable macarons with crisp shells, tender interiors and flavorful fillings. To start, you’ll learn the traditional macronage technique to create the macaron meringue. Then Laurie will demonstrate how to make buttercream fillings and ganache, how to infuse flavors and how to handle these beauties. You will leave class with Vanilla Bean Macarons, Chocolate Macarons, Raspberry Macarons and Coffee Macarons. C’est si bon! Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.
Japan has its own traditions of serving small plates of savory foods, from kobachi in small bowls, to tsumami, finger foods you might find at a Japanese pub. Kanako will prepare several different examples to expand your understanding of Japanese food. You’ll sample Cucumber and Sea Vegetable Sunomono with Vinaigrette; Yakitori (Grilled Chicken Skewers); Spinach Shiraae (Salad with Tofu and Miso Dressing); Simmered Hijiki and Mixed Vegetables; and Tofu with Ankake, a traditional thick sauce. With poultry; no dairy or eggs.
Come explore one of Chef Lynne’s favorite cuisines — Korean food. She’ll show you how to prepare some unforgettable dishes including Bibimbap, bowl food at its finest, with rice, seared tuna, sautéed mushrooms, kimchi and poached egg. You’ll love her incredibly crisp Korean Fried Chicken with Sticky Sweet & Spicy Sauce; Kalbi Short Ribs; and Homemade Melona (insanely popular frozen melon sorbet on a stick). You’ll also get a little Kimchi 101 and samplings of perfectly complementary beers. With meat, seafood and eggs; no dairy.
Mezze, or small bites, vary all over Morocco, but always showcase the local flavors and ingredients. They can be served on their own or as a first course before the main dinner centerpiece. Marcia, who immersed herself in the culture and cuisine of Morroco for two years, will demonstrate some of her favorite mezze, including Spicy Shrimp with Coriander; Roasted Peppers with Feta and Capers; Smoky Harissa Yogurt Dip with Spring Vegetables; and Moroccan Chickpea Spread. With seafood and dairy; no eggs.
Celebrate the turning of the season with a nod to the earliest local ingredients, heralding a new year of culinary delights. We’ll start with a selection of local cheeses with Rhubarb-Thyme Jam and Handmade Breadsticks; then enjoy Morels on Brioche Toast Points with Brandy and Thyme; Roasted Halibut with Radicchio-Prosciutto Sauce, Peas and Artichokes; and Cornmeal-crusted Apple Tarts with Rosemary-scented Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce. With meat, seafood, dairy and eggs.
Yary will share the secrets to making one of the classic dishes of Spain, where she once lived. She’ll recount her culinary experiences there as she demonstrates three kinds of Paella, a beloved rice-based dish made even more delicious with additions of meat, seafood and vegetables. She will make something for everyone: Paella Mixta with Pork and Chicken; Paella de Mariscos (Seafood Paella); and Paella with Spring Vegetables. You’ll also taste a light dessert to complement the paella — Fresh Oranges with Spiced Red Wine Syrup. With meat, poultry and seafood; no dairy, eggs or gluten.
In this lively workshop, Iole will show you how to create fresh pasta, a staple of Italian home-cooked meals. With a batch of pasta dough, expert guidance and a little practice, you’ll become skilled at making and filling Cheese Ravioli to serve with Brown Butter Sage Sauce; and Tortellini with Fresh Tomato Sauce. Iole will also demonstrate how to make other shapes such as Farfalle (bow ties) with Spicy Tomato Sauce, and flat noodles such as tagliolini, fettuccine and pappardelle. Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.
Join Paola for a tribute to the new season at an Italian table. The menu is a breath of fresh air and naturally gluten-free. You’ll love an easily adaptable Risotto Primavera with Crispy Prosciutto; Insalata di Gamberi e Avocado (a refreshing salad with avocado, shrimp and parsley); Asparagi alla Piemontese with butter, Parmigiano and egg; and Ricciarelli di Siena (Soft Almond Cookies from Tuscany). With meat, seafood, dairy and eggs; no gluten.
After a recent trip to Southern Italy where she shared kitchens with Italian cooks in small seaside villages, Iole was inspired to bring back some regional specialties to share with you. She will demonstrate four dishes — all quick, easy and sure to become standards in your recipe file, including Penne Puttanesca with Capers and Olives; Pasta with Pistachio Pesto and Cream from Sicily; Pasta with Broccolini and Sugar Plum Tomatoes from the Basilicata region; and Rigatoni with Italian Sausage. With meat, dairy and eggs.
Spice mixes are an easy way to add depth and complexity to simple dishes and reduce prep time. When you blend them yourself, you can balance flavors to your liking and save money, too. You’ll make four spice mixes to take home, and Denise will demonstrate one dish with each mix: Baharat-spiced Roasted Chicken and Vegetables; Grilled 5-Spice Shrimp Skewers with Sweet Chili Lime Dressing; Moroccan Vegetable Tagine; and Chai Tapioca Pudding with Cherry Sauce. You’ll also get tips and improvisational ideas to try at home. With poultry, seafood and dairy; no eggs.
Maki sushi is “rolled sushi” with narrow strips of different ingredients layered on a bed of vinegared rice and spread on a sheet of toasted nori (seaweed). Come learn the most effective technique for successful sushi and practice with expert help. A wide variety of colorful, refreshing ingredients are used to make sushi rolls, from avocado to spinach to tofu, and you can get creative at home with other ingredients. Seppo will show you how to make perfect sushi rice, prepare beautiful rolls and serve your creations with elegance. Vegetarian; no dairy or eggs.
Do you look forward to tamales from the farmers market or food truck but wish you knew how to make them at home? Learn how to prepare them yourself in this informative hands-on class. Devra will teach you an easy method for this festive, versatile dish, along with a repertoire of homemade salsas to liven up your meal. We’ll make tamales with two different fillings — Black Beans or Roasted Vegetable — and we’ll top them with Pico de Gallo, Roasted Tomato Salsa, Peach Salsa and Roasted Serrano Hot Sauce. Vegetarian; no dairy or eggs.
If you love Thai food but have been hesitant to prepare it yourself, Pranee can help demystify Thai ingredients and cooking techniques for the home cook. She’ll give step-by-step instructions and tips as she demonstrates an enticing Thai menu including Phanang Neau (Phanang Curry with Beef and Shredded Lime Leaf); Phad Kee Meo Mu (Stir-fried Rice Noodles with Pork, Broccoli and Homemade Sweet Soy Sauce); Phad Kratiem Goong Tua Lantao (Stir-fried Garlic Prawns and Snow Peas); and Kao Neow Mamuang (Sticky Black and White Rice with Mango). With meat, seafood and optional eggs; no dairy.
Sureyya will take us on a virtual journey to coastal Turkey, sharing stories along the way. Peek into small kitchens and village cafes to find easy traditional recipes that speak of Turkish tradition and history, but are practical for today. She’ll prepare one of her hometown specialties, Portakalli Salata (a salad of Lentils, Arugula, Olives and Oranges) along with Firinda Mücver (Baked Zucchini and Potato Fritters with Mint and Garlic Sauce); Basmati Pilaf with Artichokes, Peas, Carrot and Fresh Dill; and Hungarian Stuffed Pears with Ginger, Walnuts and Chocolate. Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.
In India, many families enjoy a uniquely simple but satisfying leisurely lunch on Sundays — the only day of the week when schools are closed. Archana will share some of the recipes typical for this anticipated meal in her childhood home, including Aloo Parantha (Savory Griddle Bread Stuffed with Potatoes and Peas) accompanied by Smoky Chana Daal (Yellow Split Peas) and a side of roasted cumin-flavored Raita (Yogurt Dip). The sweet ending to this decadent meal was usually Kheer (Creamy Rice Pudding) followed by a reviving cup of Chai Tea. Vegetarian with dairy; no eggs.