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Good cooking is built on a foundation of proper technique and an understanding of some basic principles. Each of the four segments focuses on specific skills and types of food to highlight different cooking methods. The goal of our entire Culinary Techniques Program is to give participants confidence in the kitchen.

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Techniques of International Cooking (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Five part, hands-on series showcasing world flavors
Tuesday, 09/12/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$299
These hands-on classes build on the techniques established in our popular Culinary Skills series by showcasing five unique styles of ethnic cooking. Each of the segments focuses on a different region of the world and highlights specific ingredients and cooking methods. The goal of our entire program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes. Classes begin at 6:30pm and last approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Series Cost: $299.

Part I: Terrific Thai (Tuesday, September 12th)
Thai food is one of the world's most highly regarded cuisines but is still intimidating to some in the West. We'll demystify it by showcasing the ingredients and techniques used in some of our favorite Thai recipes. You'll see the exquisite contrast in taste and texture that results from blending hot, sweet, sour and salty components.Menu: Thai Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Beef, Sweet and Spicy Chili Dipping Sauce and Thai Cucumber Salad; Spicy Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Rice; Traditional Shrimp Pad Thai

Part II: Flavors of the Mexican Kitchen (Tuesday, September 26th)
Many of the dishes served in local Mexican restaurants do not accurately reflect the food of our neighbors to the south. True Mexican cooking uses a variety of meat, seafood, beans and vegetables flavored with rich moles and fresh sauces. With the variety of ingredients readily available today there's no reason why you can't put these dishes together at home. Menu: Poached and Marinated Shrimp Ceviche with Tortilla Chips; Creamy Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup with Roasted Chilies and Cilantro; Homemade Chorizo Tacos with Queso Fresco, Pico de Gallo and Lime Crema

Part III: Food of Spain (Tuesday, October 10th)
As a gateway between Europe and Africa, Spain has been fought over many times in history. This history has had a lasting impact on the country and nowhere is this more evident than in the food. At its best, Spanish food is a mix of local ingredients fused with recipes and techniques from other areas. The result is food that is vibrant, colorful and incredibly delicious. Menu: Mixed Green Salad with Marcona Almonds, Manchego Cheese and Sherry Dressing;Shrimp a la Plancha with Garlic, Chilies, Fresh Herbs, Orange Aioli and Fried Bread; Seared Pork Tenderloin with Scallions, Apples, Potatoes and Cider Pan Sauce

Part IV: Flavors of France (Tuesday, October 24th)
France is considered by most the birthplace of modern cooking and the food combines exceptional ingredients and classic techniques to produce exceptional dishes. We'll focus on some great recipes that feature fruity olive oil, fresh seafood, great bread and other tasty ingredients. These are the kind of recipes that are great for all occasions, from casual to elegant. Menu: Traditional Mixed Green Salad with Roquefort Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Apple and Red Wine Vinaigrette; Normandy Style Stewed Mussels with Bacon Lardons, Apple-Brandy, Cider, Cream and Baguette; Sauteed Chicken a la Provencal with Roasted Garlic, Tomato, Olives and Capers

Part V: Food of Italy (Tuesday, November 7th)
There is no question that Italians have a passion for good cooking. When you start with incredible ingredients - aged cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar - it's much easier to make simple dishes taste sublime. The ingredients and techniques vary by region but they share common elements. We'll make dishes that are representative of the country as a whole using authentic ingredients and tried-and-true preparations. Menu: Cherry Tomato and Mint Bruschetta with Balsamic and Whipped Fresh Ricotta Cheese; Tomato Braised Sweet Italian Sausage with Red Peppers, Onions and Baked Polenta Cake; Spaghetti alla Gricia (Spaghetti with Garlic, Onions, Guanciale and Pecorino)
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*Sold Out* Terrific Thai (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Techniques of International Cooking
Tuesday, 09/12/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
Thai food is one of the world's most highly regarded cuisines but is still intimidating to some in the West. We'll demystify it by showcasing the ingredients and techniques used in some of our favorite Thai recipes. You'll see the exquisite contrast in taste and texture that results from blending hot, sweet, sour and salty components.

Menu: Thai Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Beef, Sweet and Spicy Chili Dipping Sauce and Thai Cucumber Salad; Spicy Coconut Curry with Chickpeas and Rice; Traditional Shrimp Pad Thai

About the classes: These hands-on classes build on the techniques established in our popular Culinary Skills series by showcasing five unique styles of ethnic cooking. Each of the segments focuses on a different region of the world and highlights specific ingredients and cooking methods.
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Culinary Skills Series (Hands-on)   6;30pm
Five part series of hands-on classes for home cooks
Monday, 09/18/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$285
Good cooking is built on a foundation of proper technique and an understanding of some basic principles. Each of the five hands-on segments focuses on a specific category of food and highlights different cooking methods. The goal of our entire skills program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes. Classes begin at 6:30pm and last approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Series Cost: $295.

Part 1: Knife Skills (Monday, September 26th)
Even accomplished cooks can benefit from learning proper knife skills. That's why we begin this series of classes with a session on how to properly use and care for your knives. Our goal in this hands-on class is to make you more efficient at prepping the ingredients needed for all different types of recipes. We focus on chopping and slicing an array of vegetables including garlic, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes and more. In addition, we'll show you how to break down a whole chicken into the common cuts. Practice makes perfect - so you'll get to practice these techniques under the supervision of the instructor. Knives are provided for the class.

Part 2: Stocks, Soups and Vinaigrettes (Monday, October 2nd)
In the second part of our series of culinary techniques we cover stocks, soups and vinaigrettes. We've all had pleasure of eating a good bowl of soup and while it's not difficult to prepare it does require proper technique to achieve the right texture and flavor. As for stocks, they are the backbone of so many great dishes you can make. We'll start with those and then teach you how to turn them into rich vegetable and meat soups. We will also cover how to make a classic vinaigrette and how to turn it in to countless variations. Menu: Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pecorino Croutons; Soup au Pistou (French Vegetable Soup with Herb Pistou) Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Almonds, Manchego Cheese, Chorizo and Sherry-Orange Vinaigrette

Part 3: Braising, Steaming and Poaching (Monday, October 16th)
Part three of our series focuses on three techniques of cooking with liquid. This method of cooking covered in this can produce some of the most satisfying dishes a home cook can make as well as some of the lightest. First, we'll show you the proper way to use braising to make tough cuts of meat tender. We'll then poach fish to perfection and serve it with nice sauce. Last but not least, we'll steam fish for a healthy main course. By varying the ingredients you'll have a wide variety of dishes at the tip of your fingers. Menu: White Wine Braised Pork Shoulder with Fennel, Onions and Mashed Potatoes; Beer Poached Shrimp with Cajun Spices and Mustard-Lime Aioli; Steamed Fish with Spicy Ginger Lime Vinaigrette and Jasmine Rice

Part 4: Sauteing and Pan Sauces (Monday, October 30th)
Part four of our culinary series focuses on one of the most important techniques in the cook's repertoire, sauteing. Sauteing is a classic technique of cooking tender cuts of meat and poultry quickly and at high heat to intensify the flavor. We'll then show you how to use that same pan to build flavorful sauces by adding aromatic ingredients, wine and stock. You'll be cooking like a chef in no time. Menu: Sauteed Steak Medallions with Mushrooms and Red Wine Pan Sauce; Sauteed Salmon with Citrus Beurre Blanc; Sauteed Chicken with a White Wine, Cherry Tomato, Golden Raisin and Pine Nut Pan Sauce

Part 5: Grilling and Sauces (Monday, November 13th)
The last part of our culinary skills series focuses on the essential techniques for grilling, with a special focus on grill sauces. We'll cover what types of meat and seafood work best on the grill, how to use marinades and spice rubs to enhance flavor. From there you'll grill a variety of proteins and make sauces that pair perfectly. Menu: BBQ Rubbed Shrimp with Grilled Romesco Sauce; Marinated and Seared Chicken with Fragrant Salsa Chimichurri; Challah Pain Perdue with Pan Roasted Apples and Salted Toffee Sauce
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Knife Skills (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Essential skills for home cooks
Monday, 09/18/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$50
Even accomplished cooks can benefit from learning proper knife skills. That's why we begin this series of classes with a session on how to properly use and care for your knives. Our goal in this hands-on class is to make you more efficient at prepping the ingredients needed for all different types of recipes. We focus on chopping and slicing an array of vegetables including garlic, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes and more. In addition, we'll show you how to break down a whole chicken into the common cuts. Practice makes perfect - so you'll get to practice these techniques under the supervision of the instructor. Knives are provided for the class.

About the classes: Good cooking is built on a foundation of proper technique and an understanding of some basic principles. Each of the five hands-on segments focuses on a specific category of food and highlights different cooking methods. The goal of our entire skills program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes.
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Flavors of the Mexican Kitchen (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Techniques of International Cooking
Tuesday, 09/26/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
Many of the dishes served in local Mexican restaurants do not accurately reflect the food of our neighbors to the south. True Mexican cooking uses a variety of meat, seafood, beans and vegetables flavored with rich moles and fresh sauces. With the variety of ingredients readily available today there's no reason why you can't put these dishes together at home.

Menu: Poached and Marinated Shrimp Ceviche with Tortilla Chips; Creamy Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup with Roasted Chilies and Cilantro; Carne Asada Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa Verde, Lime Crema and Queso Fresco

About the classes: These hands-on classes build on the techniques established in our popular Culinary Skills series by showcasing five unique styles of ethnic cooking. Each of the segments focuses on a different region of the world and highlights specific ingredients and cooking methods.
         to Shopping Basket

Stocks, Soups and Vinaigrettes (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Essential skills for home cooks
Monday, 10/02/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
In the second part of our series of culinary techniques we cover stocks, soups and vinaigrettes. We've all had pleasure of eating a good bowl of soup and while it's not difficult to prepare it does require proper technique to achieve the right texture and flavor. As for stocks, they are the backbone of so many great dishes you can make. We'll start with those and then teach you how to turn them into rich vegetable and meat soups. We will also cover how to make a classic vinaigrette and how to turn it in to countless variations. Menu: Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pecorino Croutons; Soup au Pistou (French Vegetable Soup with Herb Pistou) Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Almonds, Manchego Cheese, Chorizo and Sherry-Orange Vinaigrette

About the classes: Good cooking is built on a foundation of proper technique and an understanding of some basic principles. Each of the five hands-on segments focuses on a specific category of food and highlights different cooking methods. The goal of our entire skills program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes.
         to Shopping Basket

Food of Spain (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Techniques of International Cooking
Tuesday, 10/10/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
As a gateway between Europe and Africa, Spain has been fought over many times in history. This history has had a lasting impact on the country and nowhere is this more evident than in the food. At its best, Spanish food is a mix of local ingredients fused with recipes and techniques from other areas. The result is food that is vibrant, colorful and incredibly delicious.

Menu: Mixed Green Salad with Marcona Almonds, Manchego Cheese and Sherry Dressing; Shrimp a la Plancha with Garlic, Chilies, Fresh Herbs, Orange Aioli and Fried Bread; Seared Pork Tenderloin with Scallions, Apples, Potatoes and Cider Pan Sauce

About the classes: These hands-on classes build on the techniques established in our popular Culinary Skills series by showcasing five unique styles of ethnic cooking. Each of the segments focuses on a different region of the world and highlights specific ingredients and cooking methods.
         to Shopping Basket

Braising, Steaming and Poaching (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Essential skills for home cooks
Monday, 10/16/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
Part three of our series focuses on three techniques of cooking with liquid. This method of cooking covered in this can produce some of the most satisfying dishes a home cook can make as well as some of the lightest. First, we'll show you the proper way to use braising to make tough cuts of meat tender. We'll then poach fish to perfection and serve it with nice sauce. Last but not least, we'll steam fish for a healthy main course. By varying the ingredients you'll have a wide variety of dishes at the tip of your fingers. Menu: White Wine Braised Pork Shoulder with Fennel, Onions and Mashed Potatoes; Beer Poached Shrimp with Cajun Spices and Mustard-Lime Aioli; Steamed Fish with Spicy Ginger Lime Vinaigrette and Jasmine Rice

About the classes: Good cooking is built on a foundation of proper technique and an understanding of some basic principles. Each of the five hands-on segments focuses on a specific category of food and highlights different cooking methods. The goal of our entire skills program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes.
         to Shopping Basket

Flavors of France (Hands-on)   6;30pm
Techniques of International Cooking
Tuesday, 10/24/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
France is considered by most the birthplace of modern cooking and the food combines exceptional ingredients and classic techniques to produce exceptional dishes. We'll focus on some great recipes that feature fruity olive oil, fresh seafood, great bread and other tasty ingredients. These are the kind of recipes that are great for all occasions, from casual to elegant.

Menu: Traditional Mixed Green Salad with Roquefort Cheese, Toasted Walnuts, Apple and Red Wine Vinaigrette; Normandy Style Stewed Mussels with Bacon Lardons, Apple-Brandy, Cider, Cream and Baguette; Sauteed Chicken a la Provencal with Roasted Garlic, Tomato, Olives and Capers

About the classes: These hands-on classes build on the techniques established in our popular Culinary Skills series by showcasing five unique styles of ethnic cooking. Each of the segments focuses on a different region of the world and highlights specific ingredients and cooking methods.
         to Shopping Basket

Sauteing and Pan Sauces (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Essential skills for home cooks
Monday, 10/30/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
Part four of our culinary series focuses on one of the most important techniques in the cook's repertoire, sauteing. Sauteing is a classic technique of cooking tender cuts of meat and poultry quickly and at high heat to intensify the flavor. We'll then show you how to use that same pan to build flavorful sauces by adding aromatic ingredients, wine and stock. You'll be cooking like a chef in no time.

Menu: Sauteed Steak Medallions with Mushrooms and Red Wine Pan Sauce; Sauteed Salmon with Citrus Beurre Blanc; Sauteed Chicken with a White Wine, Cherry Tomato, Golden Raisin and Pine Nut Pan Sauce

About the classes: Good cooking is built on a foundation of proper technique and an understanding of some basic principles. Each of the five hands-on segments focuses on a specific category of food and highlights different cooking methods. The goal of our entire skills program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes.
         to Shopping Basket

Food of Italy (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Techniques of International Cooking
Tuesday, 11/07/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
There is no question that Italians have a passion for good cooking. When you start with incredible ingredients - aged cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar - it's much easier to make simple dishes taste sublime. The ingredients and techniques vary by region but they share common elements. We'll make dishes that are representative of the country as a whole using authentic ingredients and tried-and-true preparations.

Menu: Cherry Tomato and Mint Bruschetta with Balsamic and Whipped Fresh Ricotta Cheese; Tomato Braised Sweet Italian Sausage with Red Peppers, Onions and Baked Polenta Cake; Spaghetti alla Gricia (Spaghetti with Garlic, Onions, Guanciale and Pecorino)

About the classes: These hands-on classes build on the techniques established in our popular Culinary Skills series by showcasing five unique styles of ethnic cooking. Each of the segments focuses on a different region of the world and highlights specific ingredients and cooking methods.
         to Shopping Basket

Grilling, Rubs and Marinades (Hands-on)   6:30pm
Essential skills for home cooks
Monday, 11/13/17
Instructor: Dan Gallo
$65
The last part of our culinary skills series focuses on the essential techniques for grilling, with a special focus on grill sauces. We'll cover what types of meat and seafood work best on the grill, how to use marinades and spice rubs to enhance flavor. From there you'll grill a variety of proteins and make sauces that pair perfectly. Menu: BBQ Rubbed Shrimp with Grilled Romesco Sauce; Marinated and Seared Chicken with Fragrant Salsa Chimichurri; Challah Pain Perdue with Pan Roasted Apples and Salted Toffee Sauce

About the classes: Good cooking is built on a foundation of proper technique and an understanding of some basic principles. Each of the five hands-on segments focuses on a specific category of food and highlights different cooking methods. The goal of our entire skills program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes.
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