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I'm having fun exploring food events, so classes are next on the list of things to sample. I'm thinking I'll sign up for two different one-off classes at two different venues in the spring. I've just committed to doing an introduction to working with chocolate class. So the question is... what should the other class be?

I'm considering a number of options and am quite willing to take other peoples' opionions into consideration. Choose what you'd want me to cook for you, what you think would best expand my cooking skills, or leave me a comment on the subject - even if it's to tell me that classes are a waste of time. I've never done a cooking class. It'll be an adventure.

What cooking class should I take?

Cooking with a local celebrity chef
French food
Knife skills
Moroccan Food
Rustic Italian
Thai Food
Two Day Sauce Workshop

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Dec. 7th, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)
I want you to take a brunch class because I think it will be a good learning experience for you. (You can learn to make amazing waffles and pancakes and bacon and muffins and then invite me over for brunch. :P)

In other news, I didn't go to PP today as I threatened - I got Green Mango instead. Still wanna go after the talk tomorrow?
Dec. 7th, 2004 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'd be happy to go to PP tomorrow after the talk. C. will decide tomorrow if he's coming too.
Dec. 7th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
I always wish I could be more productive with a knife in the kitchen(and I'm not just being a wisea**). If I could only chop...and dice...*sighs*
Dec. 7th, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
I wanted to vote for several. Why is French cooking garnering no votes, I wonder?
Dec. 8th, 2004 06:57 am (UTC)
I'm not sure. Perhaps I ought to go to France to learn to cook French food? On the other hand, Italian is getting votes, and that'd be an even easier place for me to go learn to cook things just now. I am least likely to go to Thailand anytime soon, it's true.

That's not really an answer to your question but a commentary. If you'd been able to vote for several, which others would you have chosen?
Dec. 8th, 2004 09:42 am (UTC)
Brunch: Because I am a sucker for brunch; because it's a lovely social occasion which can be as formal or as casual as you like, and because there can be alcohol involved or not, and either way, no one will be offended. Brunch dishes are often a lovely mix of comfort and adventuresome food and I love to cook them. I think a class in that would be great fun and very relaxed.

Sauces: Because sauces can liven up anything from meat to veggies, making hated foods palatable. I think using sauces correctly makes you look very sophisticated. Also, if you learn to cook them correctly, you can control the ingredients properly and stop sauces from becoming calorie-fests.

Knife Skills: Not sure what it might entail, but it sounds useful.

In the end, I choose Thai food, because the harmony of flavours, textures, and spices is always pleasing to me, and I think a cooking class like that would be fun. And, yes, going to France is certainly more likely than Thailand, given your geographical location...although this did not enter into my voting decision. :-)

Anyway, my $.02.
Dec. 8th, 2004 03:33 am (UTC)
"Knife skills" is good because you can use the certificate to impress people by pretending you're a martial arts expert.
Dec. 8th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
I voted for sauces because sauce-making skills are so fundamental to so many different types of cooking - and the techniques often translate cross-genre. So to speak.

But to learn boring skills is not really the best reason to take a cooking class. Ideally, it should just be a totally fun experience, where you get to watch someone else make great food, that you get to eat at the end of two hours.
Dec. 8th, 2004 08:17 am (UTC)
This list was all hands-on workshops, but there are demonstration workshops available too, wherein other people do all the hard work for entertainment value. I hadn't seriously considered those, but depending on what they're demonstrating, you're right, that could be fun.

One advantage of the sauce workshop (and the brunch one) is that the venue is a five-minute walk from where I live. The sauce workshop might take 2 days, but it's extraordinarily convenient.
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