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Dennis & Elaine O. Los Gatos, CA

 

Gourmet Weekend Cooking Retreats

 

No time for a three or five day learning vacation? Try the shorter weekend version. The focus is still on teaching you essential skills and techniques for everyday use. Your retreat begins Friday afternoon in the kitchen where we prepare our multi-course meal using recipes that incorporate a variety of cooking techniques. Saturday we prepare and enjoy a delicious brunch before your departure in the afternoon. Menus are planned based on seasonality and product availability and typically incorporate a style of food and theme such as Italian, Mediterranean, Regional American, etc. Price includes hands-on instruction, recipe handouts and meals prepared by the class served with wine/beverage. Accommodations are additional.  If you have any difficulty with the online system, please call to complete class registrations.



2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Early summer Harvest June 23- June 24, 2017

We’ll shake off the winter doldrums as we harvest tender, young vegetables and greens from the garden. Saturday we tour the Calistoga Farmers' Market and select more items for the menu. We use the pick of the garden and market to prepare our meal of items such as Garden Greens with Marinated Feta, Grilled Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Salsa Verde; Cauliflower 'Rice' with Spring Vegetables and Kale; Toasted Almond cookies with Fruit Sorbet and other delicious recipes.


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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Summer Grill July 21- 22, 2017

Summertime is a highpoint for outdoor entertaining. Taking full advantage of the season’s bounty and your grill can be a great reward. You will learn how to maximize flavor and tenderness using marinades and rubs. You will also learn about sauces and salsas to serve that will add a unique flair to your summertime dishes. We will make dishes like Grilled Corn, Peppers and Arugula Salad; Grilled Achiote Chicken with Salsa Verde; Grilled Vegetable Mélange; Grilled Fruits and many other recipes that will become your summertime favorites


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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Summer Bounty September 8 - 9, 2017

We will celebrate the bounty of the garden and savor the rich, vibrant flavors of summer in this 2-day session. The menu will include the abundance of peppers, squash and tomatoes in recipes such as Grilled Flat Bread with Tomatoes and herbs; Grilled Ratatouille; Plum Glazed Pork with Caramelized Onions and Chutney; Vegetable Frittata with Salsa Verde and other delicious recipes.


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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Flavors of Fall Harvest October 6 - 7

Cuisine for this weekend retreat will incorporate foods we all crave as weather turns cooler. The menu will include updated recipes to make some favorite hearty soups and slow-cooked dishes that fill the kitchen with soul-warming aromas. The recipes we prepare may include Penne with Aged Vermont Cheddar; Braised Shanks; Herbed Potato Gratin; Roasted Root Vegetables; Spiced Winter Fruit Crisp; Vegetable Strata; Herbed Buttermilk Biscuits and much more.


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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Holiday Specialties November 3 -4

Your Gourmet Weekend Retreat begins Friday afternoon in the kitchen where we prepare our multi-course meal using recipes that incorporate a variety of cooking techniques. Saturday you will prepare and enjoy a delicious lunch before your departure in the afternoon.


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