Our Public Classes
If you’re looking for a fun date idea, a night away from the kids, or you want to learn something new, our cooking classes are definitely for you. Every few weeks, we hold a themed cooking class from pasta making to surf-and-turf to pub food—there’s something for everyone. Bring a bottle of wine or a six-pack, and come hungry because you’ll be cooking up a storm in our beautifully renovated kitchen. With our award-winning chef, you’ll learn new skills, recipes, and have the time of your life in a hands-on, family-style, eat-what-you-make class. Take a look at our upcoming class schedule located on our website and our Facebook page so you can call the store to reserve your spot.
Our Private Classes
Want to have a party, but don’t know what to do? We’ve got an idea. Call the store to set up a meeting with Chef Russell. Together you will create a unique menu full of exciting cooking techniques and delicious food to wow your guests with—but this time, they’re cooking! From grown-ups looking to wine and dine to companies looking for team building exercises, we’ll make sure everyone has fun. Just check out the different class styles we offer.
· The Pass and Class: The first half of the night, we’ll make sure everyone’s got a drink in their hand while we pass some appetizers, then everyone comes back into the kitchen to get a hands-on cooking demonstration (and even more delicious food).
· The Classic Class: You’ll meet with our chef prior to your event and pick 4-5 recipes. The day of, you and your guests will arrive and get cooking! Everyone gets to participate, everyone makes every recipe, and you all get to eat what you make.
· The Mystery Box “Chopped” Competition: You and your guests will arrive and break yourselves into teams. Then, surprise! We’ve got a secret mystery box of ingredients for you! You’ll be given 3 or 4 exotic, crazy, atypical, delicious ingredients that you have to use all of when you create your own appetizers, sides, and entrees. Not expert cooks? Don’t worry, each team will be assigned a chef-mentor that will answer questions, help solve problems, and make sure you have everything you need to make a memorable dish.
Come see why we’ve won Best of the Gold Coast for our cooking classes two years straight!
ALL CLASSES ARE BYOB
CALL THE STORE AT 203-256-1164 TO RESERVE A SPOT
Foods of Central Europe: Thursday, March 15th 7:00 PM $85.00
Chef has just returned from holiday visiting Prague, Vienna and Munich. In this class he will share some of his favorite recipes and even offer some beer pairings of his liking. Unless you’ve had waffles on a stick dipped in chocolate then you haven’t really had a waffle. These waffles are more like cookie dough and they are life changing. Tvsolst (check spelling) cooked over open fire. Venison goulash, speitzle with cabbage and ham
Take home dinner for a family of 4 (lunch time class, 12:00-1:30) Wednesday, March 21st $50.00
It may be lunch but chef will use any excuse to have a glass of wine and cooking after noon is certainly a reason. We’ll make dinner for your family tonight. Roasted fennel salad with mandarin oranges and citrus vinaigrette, hand made gnocchi with bolognaise, and we will finish with chocolate mousse.
Exotic and tasty meats (there are other red meats) Thursday, March 22nd 7:00 PM $95.00
Thanks to Lipitor we can now indulge in other red meats. We know we can’t eat red meat every day but there are some great lean choices with flavor. Buffalo, Venison, Kangaroo (the king of red lean meats) Elk, and Boar. We’ll match each with a sauce that can only improve their flavor.
Take home dinner for a family of 4 (lunch time class, 12:00-1:30) Wednesday, March 28th $50.00
No pressure meal of perfectly seared hanger steak with port wine shallot reduction, outrageous scalloped potatoes, grilled asparagus with lemon and parmesan, chocolate lave cake.
Great sauces are not just for pasta, Wednesday, April 4th 7:00 PM $85.00
A great sauce can be used for much more than pasta. Vodka sauce makes a great eggplant parmesan, marinara is used for steak pizzioli, and puttanesca makes for a great fish dish. In this class you will make each sauce but then finish with a twist.
Breakfast basics 101 (lunch time class, 12:00-1:30Thursday, April 5th $50.00
Learn the tricks to the perfect omelet (it’s slow cooking while whisking and then about the flip) , learn why sour cream makes for a tasty waffle and bananas foster is better than maple syrup. French toast is always baked and why brioche is king.
Hand made pasta making: Thursday, April 19th 7:00 PM $85.00
Learn what flours to use and not use. The eggs do make a difference and it’s all about the feel. We will start with gnocchi , move on to basic egg pasta, more advanced whole wheat and spinach pasta. How to make homemade pasta al dente and not gummy which is so often the case. You will be an advanced pasta maker before you know it.
Knife skills for beginners: Thursday, April 26th 7:00 PM $85.00
No wine at this class sorry to say but we will start early so we can have a glass at the end. In this class we will go through the different type of knives and their purposes along with sharpening and care. The difference between stamped and forged. You’ll learn the basics of chopping and onion, dicing your garlic, cubing potatoes, chiffonoding basil, the perfect small diced pepper with skin removed.
Dinner for two: Thursday, May 3rd 7:00 PM $85.00
In this date night class well make the perfect dinner for two. We’ll start with white bean bruschetta, roasted cauliflower with gorgonzola cream, pan seared duck breast with cherry reduction and finish with chocolate lava cake. All will leave happy from this culinary experience.
The whole of a chicken: Thursday, May 17th 7:00 PM $85.00
Let’s break down and use the whole bird. There’s a lot of flavor beyond the breast. A whole roasted chicken is a favorite go to meal. The thighs are delicious with beans and paprika. The excess skin can be roasted to crispy perfection and the leftovers make great stock. It can be marinated and baked or fried to perfection with gravy. (my favorite) Some people like the feet but we’ll skip those in this class
Dinner for two: Thursday, May 24th 7:00 PM $85.00
Impress your spouse or create this meal together. Tuna tartare with avocado and cilantro tequila drizzle, strip steak with frizzled onions and gorgonzola, roasted red potatoes with rosemary and garlic, mixed salad with peppers, tomatoes and sweet citrus vinaigrette, finishing with bananas foster