For years the course catalog would arrive in the mail and I would flip through thinking it would be fun to take this class but for whatever reason would never follow through. At some point I must have decided that getting out and meeting new people while learning something new wouldn't be such a bad thing. So in a moment of weakness, the next time the catalog made an appearance I signed up.
And oh I'm so glad I did! Despite the fact that I much prefer eating over cooking I've now taken every session since Fall 2008. Delicious food, fun people and a break in the weeknight routine make being an Easy Gourmet a win-win.
In the two hour class we prepare an entire three or four course meal using recipes developed by the instructor, a trained culinary professional. When the food is ready we sit down together and eat. Chef D. chooses the menu and provides all the ingredients (we pay a materials fee in addition to the class registration fee). The class is limited to ten people. For this session, eight of us are "regulars". Class is held in the high school Home Ec kitchen, not the most glamorous setting but that's part of the ambience.
|Does this take anybody back or what? Fortunately we don't get points for table scaping.|
|The salad and main course teams hard at work. Yes the classes are primarily women but we do have a couple of men who know their way around a kitchen.|
|A roasted vegetable medley of eggplant, peppers, kalamata olives, garlic and artichokes was tossed with ziti for the main course.|
|The spinach salad made with mandarin oranges, fresh mozzerella and dried cranberries was tossed with a dressingof orange juice concentrate, fresh lemons and white balsamic vinegar. Delicious!|
|Dinner is served!|
Dinner is barely over and I'm already looking forward to next week! Chef D. has a food budget and shops the sales so we never know the menu in advance. So far I've yet to be disappointed.