Heat it up in August! Learn to Cook like a Chef!

Photograph by MISANTHROPE0854

So remember in the About Me, where I mentioned that you’d have no problem with this site as long as you’re able to boil water?  Well, maybe you took offense to that.  So, this month I’ve again scoured up a list of local businesses where you can improve your skills in the kitchen.  Maybe you’re already a good cook but you’re looking to learn new techniques, try new cuisines… I hope you find the below list helpful. The following are in Palm Beach county, both free and paid.

If you have a listing you’d like to have featured, please contact us at cookandmix@hotmail.com.  Enjoy!

BICE

313 Worth Ave, Palm Beach
(561) 835-1600
  • Moonlight in Venice
    5:30-8 p.m. August 17. $45
    For this “Tutti a Tavola” (everyone to the table) class, guests will receive one glass of wine, the collection of recipes and generous samples of everything being prepared. Featured wine will be available for purchase at a discounted rate after the first class.
    Beef Carpaccio, Pasta Fagiole, Seafood Risotto, Tiramisu

CAKES, ETC.

2800 N. Military Trail #111, West Palm Beach
(561) 615-4431
  • Basic Cake Decorating Class
    6:30-8:30p.m. August 18.
    Tuition is $40 plus supplies.
  • Cookie Blossom Class
    6:30-8:30p.m. August 19.
    Tuition is $25.

IN THE KITCHEN

Gallery Square North, 389 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta
561-747-7117

All demonstration courses $60 (regular $75). Hands-on workshops $120

  • Evening in Barcelona
    6:30-8:30pm. August 5.
    Sensational Small Plates including Tortilla de Patatas, Paella Cakes with Garlicky Shrimp, Beef Carpaccio, Seasonal Greens, Nutella Panna Cotta and more!
  • 7 Simple Ingredients
    6:30-8:30pm. August 12.
    Quick and Easy Gourmet Offerings featuring Goat Cheese Ravioli, Seared Sea Scallop with Escarole and Beans, Broiled Cornish Hen a la Nage, Pistachio Profiteroles. And more!
  • Hands-on Culinary Workshop
    10:00am-2:00pm. August 14
    Hands-on Workshop focussing on Hand-made Fresh Pasta and Quick Sauces.  We’ll also cover Fresh Pizza  Doughs and toppings.
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
    6:30-8:30pm. August 19
    Favorites including Tuscan Bean Crostini, Tri Colored Salad, Homemade Pasta with Mushroom Ragu, Chicken all Tuscana, Almond, Apricot Torte.
  • Thrill of the Grill
    6:30-8:30pm. August 27
    Experience the Thrill of the Grill with Grilled Moo Shoo Chicken Wraps, Grilled Veggies in Phyllo Purses, Grilled Lamb Chops and Pineapple Madagascar!

LEILA

120 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach
(561) 659-7373
  • Lebanese Cooking Class
    5:30-8 p.m. August 12. $45
    Guests will receive one glass of wine, the collection of recipes and generous samples of everything being prepared. The featured wine, Lebanese beer and pomegranate martinis will be available at a special price during the class.
    Baba Ghanouj: Fire roasted eggplant puree with garlic, lemon and cream of sesame
    Fatoush: A fusion of flavors – tomato, romaine, cucumber, onion and toasted pita
    Shrimp Kebab with Couscous: Flamed grilled shrimp marinated in a special sauce
    Baklawa: Filo layers filled with pistachios and sweetened with rose water and orange blossom syrup

PUBLIX APRON’S COOKING SCHOOL

Polo Club Shoppes, 5030 Champion Blvd, Suite D2, Boca Raton
561-994-4461 or 561-994-4883
  • Sushi 101
    6:00pm. August 7. $50
    Learn the ancient art of sushi from beginning to end, including proper rice cooking and ingredient selection. You will also learn the techniques required to roll some of the standards such as Veggie, California, and Basic Nigiri.
  • Pasta, Risotto, and Gnocchi
    6:00pm. August 19. $40
    Learn to make your own pasta and gnocchi, along with the secrets to creating creamy risotto. We’ll explore various shapes and flavors of these classic Italian staples. There will also be a variety of savory sauces to accompany the creations of the evening.
  • Thai One on One
    6:00pm. August 25. $35
    Discover the bright flavors and beautiful simplicity of Thai cuisine.
    Coconut Seafood Soup (Dtom Kah Taloh); Chiang May-Style Curry Noodles (Kao Soi); Udon Thani-Style Minced Chicken Salad (Lahb Gkal); Coconut Egg Custard (Sangkaya).

RISTORANTE SAPORI

99 Royal Palm Plaza, Boca Raton
(561) 367-9779
  • Beginner Cooking Classes
    11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $50

    Every other Saturday. Chef Marco Pindo offers these classes for three. Must call to arrange a spot. Classes are geared to beginners, and include pastas, quick sauces and basics on fish, vegetables and other food.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET

1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton
(561) 447-0000
  • Summer’s On!
    7-8 p.m. August 13. $5.

    Summer is almost over and it’s time to perfect your favorite seasonal dishes.  Join us tonight to add a few fresh dishes to your repertoire and sample our menu of Summer Corn Chowder, Summer Harvest Ratatouille, Linguine with Grilled Shrimp & Arugula-Parsley Pesto, and Berry Shortcakes.
  • Capital Grill Guest Chef: Carmine DiCandia
    1-2 p.m. August 14. Free.

    With nationally renowned dry aged steaks, fresh seafood, and an award winning wine list, the Capital Grille provides an experience of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine.  Join us as their Guest Chef Carmine DiCandia ignites your culinary imagination with samples of the following menu: Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Shallot Butter Sauce.
  • New Additions to the Fabulous World of Cheese
    1-2 p.m. August 14. $5.

    If you are a cheese lover, this class is for you.  Be the first to find out about the new arrivals in our cheese department, taste them, and learn their story.  Ten domestic artisanal cheeses new to our store will be served and discussed.
  • The Mystical World of Mushrooms
    7-8 p.m. August 23. $5.

    Mushrooms are low in calories, have no cholesterol and are virtually free of fat and sodium, plus they are so versatile!  But determining which varieties to use can be confusing! Chef Abigail will open up a world beyond button and portabellas discovering the traits and uses of Porcini, Chanterelle and Lobster, and not the kind that lives in the sea!
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