We focus our attention in this course to…well, red wine of course. We begin the course by exploring your senses and sensitivities with some fun and unique exercises. Next, we will teach you how to apply a systematic structure to wine tasting while exploring a nice selection of red wines. Finally, you will discover the main factors in matching wine with food…and have an immediate opportunity to apply your new skills while tasting a variety of foods with the wines you explored. Be sure to let us know if you have any food restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Potatoes are the most consumed vegetable in the world, and they provide most of the world’s nourishment. In Switzerland the potato plays a key role in defining traditional recipes and is integral in the development of new traditions. This class takes a closer look at potato varieties in Switzerland, and offers valuable purchasing, storage and cooking tips. You will have a chance to participate in preparing a complete meal featuring…well…potatoes! Of course, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy a nice selection of matching wines throughout the evening. This class is only available from September – February.
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.
Pumpkins play a major role in defining the flavor of fall. Each variety of winter squash has its own flavor, sweetness, color, and texture. This class takes a closer look at pumpkin varieties available in Switzerland as we explore the nuances of cooking with pumpkins. You will learn how to purchase and store pumpkins, and have a chance to participate in preparing a complete pumpkin-inspired menu – which of course you will enjoy at the conclusion of the course with a nice selection of matching wine. This class is only available from October – December.
The cuisine of Sicily takes its flavors from the sea, land and mountains. Its unique mixture of tastes is also the product of an overlapping of the different cultures that, over thousands of years, have made Sicily a crossroads between the culinary traditions of the Western and Arab worlds. And behind it all is local produce of exceptional quality – foods that give life to a cuisine that can be simple or complex, rustic or refined. This course will take a close look at the main ingredients used in the Sicilian kitchen while preparing, as a group, some classic dishes based on seasonal products such as: Arancini, Panelle, Caponata, Parmigiana di melanzane, Couscous alla trapanese, Pasta alla Norma, Ricotta e miele di timo, Granita and more… We will also include within this feast some wonderful samplings of fine Sicilian wines!
The vineyards of Switzerland have a remarkably wide range of very good wines and local specialties – many of which are one of a kind. These rich traditions are often disappointingly overlooked and not well publicized. This class will reveal the characteristics which make Swiss wines an exciting discovery for wine enthusiasts. You will learn the key factors which contribute to quality production and the development of unique qualities, discover how to interpret various Swiss labels, and be introduced to the key grape varieties and wine producing regions. At the conclusion of the class, you will enjoy a nice sampling of regional Swiss foods combined with various Swiss wines. Be sure to let us know if you have any food restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
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.
We prepare as a group the complete meal which consisting of dishes from various regions of Turkey, the Balkans and even Northern Africa. We will cover basic appetizers, soups, pies and some sweets. And like the Ottoman sultans…be prepared to enjoy a feast fit for royalty!
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.
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).
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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