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Class Schedule Fall/Winter 2014/2015

September/October

FESTIVE THAI DINNER MADE EASY

Friday, September 26     7 PM     $75

Thai cuisine is one of the worlds most sumptuous. Wow your family and friends with this exotic menu: Lemon Grass, Chicken and Coconut Soup, Popular Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Shrimp and Peanuts), Velvet Thai Curry with Colorful Oriental Vegetables, Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Homemade Mango Sorbet Wreathed in Tropical Fruits and Kiwi Sauce and Frosty beer and wine. Explore Thai ingredients, techniques, shopping hints, and Washington’s top Thai restaurants. Participation.

 

COUPLES: WINE AND DINE IN ROME TONIGHT

Saturday, October 4        6 PM    $170/couple

Bring along your favorite partner – friend, colleague, spouse, or parent – for a great evening of cooking and fun together. Our Roman holiday became an amazing adventure in enchanting new foods and sights: open air markets, speedy Vespas, unctuous rose flavored gelato at Piazza Navonna and earthy pastas at friendly trattorias. Savor these authentic and easy to master Roman specialties tonight for a memorable cucina romana dinner: Heavenly Garlic Soup with Parmigiano Croutons, Pasta Aglio e Olio with Semolina Pasta, Saltimbocca alla Romano (Pan Seared Chicken Scallopini with Prosciutto and Sage), Seasonal Vegetables Sauté, Amazing Amaretto Gelato and Flaming Amaretto. All toasted with Vino Italiano. Participation.

 


OCTOBERFEST BEER LOVERS DREAM DINNER 

Friday, October 10      7 PM    $85

Back by popular demand! Celebrate Octoberfest and enjoy a great evening of cooking and fun together. Great beers have all the complexity and excitement of fine wines. We’ll taste and cook with a variety of American microbrews and classic European styles creating a multi-course dinner: Awesome Crispy Beer Batter Shrimp and Colorful Veggies, Dortmunder Pulled Beef with Best-Ever Barbeque Sauce, Rainbow Confetti Coleslaw and To Die For Chocolate Silk Stout Pie with Chantilly Cream and Chocolate Espresso Beans. A fun filled evening. Class always fills fast. Early registration advised. Especially popular with our young professionals and men. Participation.

 


COUPLES: SURF AND TURF IN ITALY DINNER

Friday, October 17          7 PM        $170/couple

By popular demand! Bring along your favorite partner – friend, colleague, spouse, or parent. Celebrate Autumn in Italy with these quick and easy Italian specialties: Garlic Crusted Shrimp Brochettes, Grilled or Broiled Rib Eye Steak Florentine with Rosemary, Caramelized Roasted Multicolored Vegetables with Balsamic Glaze, Arugula Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts and Parmigiano Curls, Vanilla Ice Cream with Warm Espresso Chocolate Sauce. All toasted with Italian wines. Participation.


SPANISH TAPAS HORS D’OEUVRES PARTY I

Sunday, October 19          1 PM      $85

Students say this is one of their favorite classes! Introduce your friends to the unique tastes of Spanish hors d'oeuvres popularized by Jaleo and Las Tapas Restaurants. Learn an array of authentic dishes from the famous tapas bars of Spain: Savor Grilled Shrimp, Chorizo in Cognac, Miniature Empanadas, Spicy Spanish Olives, Tiny Meatballs in Saffron Sauce and more. You’ll taste a variety of fine Sherries and beers, the perfect tapas compliment with our Tapas Buffet. Great for buffets, cocktail parties, pot luck parties and casual dinners. Participation.


FABULOUS FAST & FRESH FISH AND SAUCES

Friday, October 24     7 PM      $85 

Fish is more popular than ever with its exquisite taste, quick prep and health benefits. Enjoying fish twice a week is a healthy choice. You will learn everything you need to know about how to judge the freshness of fish and how to tell when fish is perfectly cooked.  Students learn four easy fish cooking techniques and delectable interchangeable sauces:  Salmon Baked in Parchment with Ginger Lime Beurre Blanc Sauce, Mediterranean Seafood Ragout with Potatoes, Garlic and Fresh Herbs, Elegant Poached Salmon with French Tarragon Sauce Vincent, Crispy Panko Crusted Fillets with Surprise Sauce and more. Discover the best seafood markets and creative menu suggestions. Participation.

 

 

November

COUPLES: WINE AND DINE IN ITALY TONIGHT

Saturday, November 1       6 PM      $170/couple

Bring along your favorite partner – friend, colleague, spouse, or parent – for a great evening of cooking and fun together. Thrill your family and friends with this fabuloso wine pairing Italian dinner menu. Have fun preparing authentic quick and easy Italian specialties: Elegant Mediterranean Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Pepper Cream, Pasta Puttanesca with Olives, Garlic, Tomatoes and Capers, Pan Seared Chicken Marsala Scaloppini with a Mushroom Medley, Seasonal Vegetables, and To Die For Amaretto Almond Cake. Participation.


MEXICAN FIESTA DINNER MADE EASY

Friday, November 7    7 PM    $75

Bring in the mariachi band and celebrate with our festive feed-a-crowd feast. Menu perfect for everyday and party time dinners: Frosted Pink Margaritas, Best-Ever Guacamole with Blue Corn Tortillas, Sizzling Fajitas, Caramelized Rainbow Peppers and Portabellas, Fire Grilled Tortillas and To-Die-For Mexican Kahlua Chocolate Cake. Olay! Participation.

 


EVERYDAY COOKING TECHNIQUES FRENCH BISTRO DINNER

Friday, November 14   7 PM      $85

Have fun preparing a full-course French dinner while learning lifetime skills of planning, shopping, using knives and equipment and pretty presentation:  Sunset Soup Provencal with Fun Painted Designs, Velvet Chicken Supremes in Three Mustards Sauce Flambé in Cognac, Orzo, Mystery Autumn Vegetables, and Stunning Fanned Red Wine Poached Pears with Cinnamon Ice Cream. Yummy! Perfect for novice and intermediate cooks. Participation.


PARTY HORS D’OEUVRES FOR HOLIDAYS

Sunday, November 16       1 PM      $85

Entertain with our super collection of prepare-ahead hot and cold treats: Award-Winning Hot Pepper Jelly Cheesecake, Skewered Caribbean Meatballs with Sweet Sour Apricot Dip, Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple in Peanut Sauce, Spicy Candied Pecans, Sesame Crisps with Arugula Bean Dip, Artichoke Parmigiano Gratin with Blue Tortilla Chips and more. Your friends will think your party was catered! Learn pretty platter presentations, garnishing tips, easy shopping hints and much more. Perfect to bring to potlucks too. Participation.


LUSCIOUS AND LIGHT THAILAND DINNER

Friday, November 21    7 PM      $85

By popular demand! A great evening of cooking and fun together. Students rave about our exotic but easy Thai dinners. Thrill your family and friends with this casual, all easily prepare-ahead fun feast: Colorful Rice Paper Garden Rolls with Sweet Hot Garlic Sauce, Famous Weeping Tiger Grilled Beef with Chili Dipping Sauce, Authentic Stir Fried Thai Rice, Decadent Ginger Ice Cream, and Frosty Beer and Wine. Explore Thai ingredients, techniques, shopping hints, and Washington’s top Thai restaurants. Participation.

 


 

December

COUPLES: ELEGANT & EASY CELEBRATION DINNER

Saturday, December 6    6 PM   $170/couple

By popular demand! Bring along your favorite partner-friend, colleague, spouse, or parent for a great evening of cooking and fun together. 'Tis the season to celebrate! You're guaranteed rave reviews with this smash hit: Kir Royale (Champagne and Cassis Aperitif), Steak Au Poivre with Peppercorn and Cognac Sauce, Surprise Garlic Potatoes, Winter Salad of Greens, Mushrooms, Walnuts and Sherry Dressing, and Famous Peanut Butter Pie. Participation.

EVERYDAY FRENCH COOKING TECHNIQUES DINNER

Friday December 12        7 PM     $85

Have fun preparing a full-course dinner while learning lifetime skills of planning, shopping, using knives and equipment and presentation: Melt-In-Your-Mouth Gruyere Cheese Soufflé, Scaloppini of Salmon with Hazelnuts and Buerre Blanc Sauce, Lemon Zest Rice Pilaf, and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse with Crème Chantilly Swirls and Chocolate Espresso Beans. All toasted with wine. Perfect for novice and intermediate cooks. Participation.


WARMING WINTER SOUPS

Sunday, December 14     1 PM   $75

Soup for supper is a light, healthy alternative for chilly winters. Warm up the crowd with these delicious do-aheads: French Country Carrot, Elegant Maryland Crab with Sweet Red Pepper and Sherry, Velvety Leek and Potato and Chunky Italian Minestrone with Pasta and more. Miniature Cheddar Corn Muffins, attractive garnishes, creative variations and an all-purpose chicken stock included. Participation.

 

EVERYDAY COOKING TECHNIQUES QUICK ITALIAN DINNER

Friday, December 19      7 PM    $75

Everyone loves Italian especially when it’s quick, easy and yummy! Have fun preparing a full-course Italian dinner while learning lifetime skills of planning, shopping, using knives and equipment: Warm Garlic Bread with Rosemary and Prosciutto, Broiled Jumbo Shrimp Glazed in Garlic Butter, Melt-in-you-Mouth Chicken Parmigiano in Speedy and Versatile Homemade Marinara Sauce with Pasta, and Unique Amaretto Ice Cream with Flaming Amaretto. All toasted with Italian wine. Participation.

 


January

THAI DINNER RESTAURANT FAVORITES MADE EASY

Friday, January 2   7 PM   $85

Students rave about our Thailand dinners. Learn how easy it is to make your favorite restaurant dishes at home with our exotic quick and easy feast:  Grilled or Broiled Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Sweet and Sour Cucumber Salad, Velvet Coconut Curry with Chicken and Colorful Oriental Vegetables, Jasmine Scented Rice from Thailand, Ginger Ice Cream with Coconut Cookies and Frosty Beer and Wine. Explore Thai ingredients, techniques, shopping hints, and Washington’s top Thai restaurants. Perfect for everyday and dinner parties. Participation.


COUPLES: BEER LOVERS DREAM DINNER

Saturday, January 10      6 PM      $170/couple

Back by popular demand! Bring along your favorite partner – friend, colleague, spouse or parent for a great evening of cooking and fun together. Great beers have all the complexity and excitement of fine wines. We’ll taste and cook with a variety of American microbrews and classic European styles creating a multi-course dinner:  Awesome Crispy Beer Batter Shrimp and Colorful Veggies, Dortmunder Pulled Beef with Best-Ever Barbeque Sauce, Rainbow Confetti Coleslaw and To Die For Chocolate Silk Stout Pie with Chantilly Cream and Chocolate Espresso Beans. A fun filled evening. Class always fills fast. Early registration advised. Especially popular with our young professionals and men. Participation.


SPANISH TAPAS HORS D’OEUVRES PARTY II

Friday, January 16      7 PM      $85

Students say this is one of their favorite classes! Introduce your friends to the unique tastes of Spanish hors d'oeuvres, appetizers and small plates popularized locally by Jaleo and Las Tapas Restaurants. Savor an array of fun prepare-ahead dishes from the famous Tapas bars of Spain: Chicken in Garlic Saffron Sauce, Chorizo with Roasted Red Peppers, Shrimp in Red Sauce, Melt-In-Your-Mouth Potato Tortilla, Jumbo Shrimp Glazed with Garlic Aioli and more. Taste a variety of fine Sherries and frosted Beers, the perfect Tapas complements. No prerequisite. Participation.


FAST AND FESTIVE ITALIAN DINNER

Friday, January 23      7PM      $75

  Here’s our most popular Italian dinner class. Everyone loves Italian, especially when it’s quick and easy. Dine in Italy with these sumptuous dishes. Serve one or two for a week night dinner or all five for a memorable dinner party: Glazed Jumbo Shrimp with Orange Rosemary Sauce, Linguini in Pistachio Mascarpone Sauce, Luscious Velvet Lemon Chicken Piccata with Capers, Vegetable Sauté of Rapini and Garlic, and Decadent Ice Cream Tartuffo with Warm Chocolate Sauce. Participation.


PIZZA! PIZZA! PIZZA!

Friday, January 30   7 PM   $75


Everybody raves about our homemade pizzas. Savor our Homemade Tomato Sauce Pizza, thick or thin crusted with luscious toppings. Discover the easy pan method or simulate an Italian brick oven. Make your own yeasty dough in class to take home for two pizzas. Pizzas include: Caramelized Onion, Sausage and Rosemary; Neapolitan from Naples; and much more. Includes time saving hints and fun pizza party ideas. Perfect for the whole family, including vegetarians. Please bring a medium bowl and a wooden spoon, if available, and a cute Italian accent. Participation.

 

 

February

MARGARITAVILLE PARTYTIME DINNER

Saturday, February 7      6 PM   $85

Back by popular demand! Celebrate the spirit of Jimmy Buffet’s fun loving Margaritaville with lip smacking Florida specialties and lively music: Fun Pink Margaritas, Warm Garlic Bubble Bread, Real Coconut Shrimp Dipped in Apricot Horseradish Sauce, Succulent Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Caramelized Roasted Sweet Potato, refreshing Toasted Coconut Snowball Key Lime Ice Cream with easy homemade lime ice cream and more. Optional: Dress like a beach bum in flip-flops, or be a flowered shirt/dress tourist. This is a popular class for private parties for birthdays, team building and other occasions! Participation.


 

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER PARTY

Friday, February 13   7 PM   $180/couple or


Saturday, February 14   6 PM (Note time) $180/couple or


Sunday, February 15   5 PM (Note time) $180/couple

Treat your valentine to a romantic and memorable candlelight dinner cooking class. The dinner party includes a greeting with wine and light hors d'oeuvres, a full participation style class, a candlelight sit down dinner, and a souvenir recipe booklet. Mystery Menu. Hurry! Classes fill fast! Makes a perfect holiday gift certificate. Participation.

CANCELLATIONS: In order to receive a refund or credit for another class, students must give at least 10 full days notice of cancellation. You may send a friend in your place.  Absolutely no exceptions.