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Hands-on adult classes
Join Chef Laurie for a fun and educational pie making class. Take the challenge out of pie crust with a little knowledge, a few handling instructions and quality ingredients. Learn the key to making tender, flaky and flavorful pie crust that is also simple to roll out. Each student will make a 6-inch Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie or Brandied Apple Pie that you will bake and take home. We’ll also taste Marionberry Pie, and Chef Laurie will demonstrate galettes, hand pies and turnovers. We’ll have time to discuss fruit varieties and troubleshoot your pie problems. For every season, pie is the answer. Vegetarian with dairy; no 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.
Grass-fed beef is a wonderful and flavorful alternative to mass-produced beef from grain-fed cattle; but it can be tricky to cook due to its leanness. Join Chef Darin as he demonstrates several cooking, marinating and tenderizing methods. Get ready to kick off your summer with one of the best burgers ever — Grass-fed Burgers with Balsamic Red Onions, Beecher’s Flagship Cheese, Spicy Aioli and Pickles. You’ll also enjoy Sesame, Soy and Ale-marinated Sirloin Skewers with Ginger and Plum Vinaigrette and Baby Lettuce Salad; and Dry-rubbed Rib-eye with Cilantro-lime Butter and Grilled Summer Vegetables. With meat, dairy and eggs.
Join chef, dairymaid and cheese maker Jackie Freeman for a fast-paced evening of hands-on cheese making. In a small group setting, we’ll work together to create Buttermilk Cheese, Queso Blanco, Ricotta and Fresh Mozzarella. Jackie will discuss the basic principles of cheese making, including equipment use and care, ingredients and supplies. We will taste our work in class and discuss more recipes to try at home. Vegetarian with dairy; no eggs or gluten.
One of the hardest skills to master in cooking is the ability to truly taste food, to know what is missing or out of balance and how to adjust it. In this hands-on class, Becky will guide you through the process chefs use to arrive at a completed dish. Taste the food at each step and learn how to balance acidity, sweetness, salt, spice and bitter notes. You’ll prepare Guacamole with Tortilla Chips; North African Carrot Salad; Warm Radicchio Salad with Salsa Verde, White Beans and Smoked Sea Salt; and Sweet Potato Soup with Chile and Lemongrass. Vegetarian; no dairy or eggs.
Practice knife-handling hands-on and learn how to cut safely and efficiently in this skill-building workshop with Chef Seppo. For the most useful practice, bring your own familiar chef knife (or use ours if you don’t have one). He’ll review knife selection, introduce honing and sharpening and teach you several different knife techniques. You’ll sharpen your skills while preparing ingredients for Lemon Cilantro Chicken Soup and Lemon Cilantro Vegetable Soup, which Seppo will demonstrate in class. Vegetarian with optional poultry; no dairy or eggs. Adults only.
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.
Chef Darin will shine a light on some non-traditional savory ingredients to explore exciting combinations for delectable desserts. Create savory desserts with refined flavors and perfectly balanced acidity and sweetness. You’ll help prepare Thai Basil and Lemongrass Crème Brûlée; Grilled Poundcake with Port Reduction, Poached Rhubarb and Sweet Crème Fraiche; and Lemon Curd Cake with Rosemary Ice Cream and Berries. Vegetarian with dairy and eggs.