This class explores the traditional method of making pasta dough by hand. We begin with an explanation of the basics ingredients we will use throughout the evening and an introduction to the types of pasta we will make. First, we dive into making the dough – almost literally. You will make three different dough mixtures – all from scratch, all by hand and each using different ingredients. Next, you begin making a filled pasta, a cut pasta and a shaped pasta. To conclude the evening, you will have a chance to sample your pasta with three different sauces and enjoy a nice selection of red or white wine.
Are you a dumpling addict like us? If you are, then this course is for you because we will teach you how to make your own dumplings at home! We will cover the basics of ingredients you will need, how to make your own dough (we will show you 3-4 versions), how to make a variety of different shapes…and of course, different methods for cooking dumplings. We cover popular Chinese, Japanese and Korean styles…plus more! Be sure to bring along a container to take home some dough and some dumplings (because we always make too much).
Join us for this fun and instructive course on plant-based cooking techniques. Whether you are a long-time vegan or just want to include more healthy, plant-based meals into your diet, this course if for you! We will demonstrate valuable basics in techniques for cooking plant-based, how to convert current recipes and replace ingredients, stocking your pantry with key ingredients and nutritional advice. Plus, you will go away with your own recipe booklet to help get you started.
Pies are a part of virtually every food culture, whether sweet or savory. This course reveals different techniques in making pies from scratch. You will learn to make and use several types of pie dough…as well as developing your skill in making various types of fillings. We will cover techniques in making pot pies, fingerfood pies, deep dish fruit pies, quiche and more… Of course, you will not go home hungry as we will conclude the course with a healthy offering of…well, pies!
This class will cover 5-6 classic techniques in making soups, as well as discuss various garnishes and how to put together a soup. Some of the techniques we will cover will include classic broths and consommés, cream soups, grains & beans and chowders. This class combines demonstration and participation. Of course, you will have a chance to leisurely sample each of the soups we make during the course…along with a nice selection of wine or soft drinks during the evening.
We explore five different techniques in making bread at home. You will learn the basics of making a baguette, how to braid a Swiss zopf, making a flat bread like focaccia, making a bread without yeast and how to make bagels. This course is participatory and you will go home filled with new bread making skills and ideas…as well as a full stomach.
This class explores five distinct methods used in making traditional pasta sauces. We begin with a short introduction to the ingredients and techniques we will use throughout the evening. Then…we cook! We will carefully explain and demonstrate five methods of making a pasta sauce…and of course offer suggestions on which pasta is appropriate for each sauce. Everyone will have a chance to help out in making the sauces during the course – and at the conclusion of the evening, you will have a chance to leisurely sample each of the sauces as we serve the pasta dishes. Of course, we will also offer a nice selection of wine or soft drinks during the evening.
The interest in whisky is significant and growing…the choices are also significant and growing. But, it isn’t easy for beginners to enter into this intimidating and expensive world…This course attempts to remove those barriers. You will receive a very clear overview and explanation of the different whisky styles from Scotland, Ireland and the USA – then more detailed explanations (and samplings) of Scotland’s various styles. To end the evening, we will discuss matching whisky with food – and of course, serve you a nice selection of various foods. Be sure to let us know if you have any food restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Many people already know Italian wines from Piedmont and Tuscany are among the finest in the world. But, there is much, much more to Italian wines! This course will introduce you to other exciting wines from different Italian regions while including, of course, some of the more famous wines. We explore 8-10 wines during the evening and explore different grape varieties and regional regulations and characteristics. And…we’ll make sure you don’t go home hungry by finishing the class with a healthy portion of Italian-inspired food. Be sure to let us know if you have any food restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Learn about the basics of purchasing, storing and preparing various types of shellfish which are readily available in Switzerland. We concentrate on techniques of preparing and cooking these types of seafood in this course. We offer instruction in working with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, sepia, octopus and scallops. We will also cover techniques in cooking such as stewing, sautéeing, roasting and smoking. You will eat a lot in this class…so bring a hearty appetite! Like all of our courses, beverages are also included.
The mezze table consists of many components – mostly little foods which are served hot and cold. During this course, we explore these very special small bites of the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa by having everyone participate in the making of 8-10 items…which are happily consumed at the conclusion of the class along with a nice selection of red and white wine.
We prepare as a group the complete meal which consists of steaming couscous the correct way, making a vegetable stew, lamb tagine, b’stilla from chicken and preserved lemons, several appetizers and some little phyllo pies with homemade harissa. Most of the recipes are from my childhood days and based on what I was able to learn from my Moroccan mother.
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