Ideas for Future Workshops

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I’ve been having some great conversations. Some of you have said that you need to get out more, others want to learn more skills in the kitchen, some said they want to eat healthier, some just like the social aspect of these workshops, and others just LOVE to cook. I hear you! That’s why I started this school. These are your workshops, so tell me more of what you’d like experience; That’s what makes this a boutique cooking school. (Look at it like fantasy football.) Below are ideas some of you had mentioned. Next to each item, I’ve expanded on what we could do.

sauces – reduction sauces, mixes (like taco and spaghetti), and salad dressings
5 ingredients or less (for the busy person) – I’ll show you 5 meals you can make fast
meat dishes – a lesson on braising (one of the easiest and best tasting ways to cook)
gluten-free dishes – pizza, bread sticks, biscuits

I also had some ideas:

– field trips (to local farms, CSAs or farm stands). I visited a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) this year and it was an amazing experience. These are farmers who grow produce for 25-50 families.
– having a guest speaker come here
– children’s cooking workshop
– cheese making (mozzarella, ricotta, and butter)
– salads
– all about herbs
– handmade chocolate (for Valentine’s of course!)

Leave us a comment if you have any more ideas. I’d love to hear from you!

Fantastic First Workshop

Today was our first workshop, Gourmet Flavored Salts and Extract Making. We had 9 people and it was the perfect afternoon.

We started out with a nice lunch of roasted butternut squash soup and gluten-free cauliflower parmesan biscuits. I talked briefly on how these were a sampling of future workshops. After lunch we dove into gourmet flavored salt making and finished it off with making the orange extract.

I divided participants into 2 teams, talked about what we’d be doing, gave them ideas on what they might use their new products for, gave them baskets with all their ingredients, a sheet of guidelines for each exercise and then walked the room to support them.

Our workshop was very interactive. Each team ended up with some great products. They all had some competitive fun and teased each other just a little bit.

A big thank you to my husband, Eric who took the photos of this workshop.

Our workshop was 3 hours and ended right on time. It was the perfect afternoon! I finished the night off squeezing all those naked lemons and oranges we peeled!

A big thank you to all those who came!