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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.
2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Flavors of Fall Harvest October 3 - October 4
The flavors of fall combine end of summer favorites with the beginning of hearty winter fare. We will savor the last of the summer garden and celebrate the rich, earthy flavors of fall. Our menu will incorporate the flavors of both seasons in recipes such as Mixed Fall Greens with Grilled Figs, Braised Short Ribs with Wine Reduction Sauce; Oven-roasted Root Vegetables; Roasted Butternut Squash Soup; Vegetable Strata with Tomatillo Salsa and other favorite fall recipes.
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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Favorites for the Holidays November 7 - November 8, 2014
We all like to prepare special dishes to enjoy with our family and friends for the holidays. We’ll feast on dishes such as Smoked Salmon Roulade; Citrus-Fennel Salad; Brined Pork Loin with Polenta Stuffing; Sauteed Greens; Warm Chocolate Soufflé and many more recipes you will want to add to your holiday menu.
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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Winter Favorites January 23 - January 24, 2015
Recipes for this weekend retreat will incorporate slow-cooking dishes that fill the kitchen with soul-warming aromas. The dishes we prepare may include Penne with Aged Vermont Cheddar; Wine Braised Beef; Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Roasted Root Vegetables; Spiced Winter Fruit Crisp; Vegetable Strata; Herbed Buttermilk Biscuits and much more.
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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Italian Cuisine February 20 - February 21, 2015
We’ll spend the weekend preparing meals using some favorite Italian recipes. The dishes we make will be typical of simple Italian cooking - exceptional flavor from fresh seasonal ingredients. The menu may include dishes such as Herbed Focaccia; Minestrone Genovese; Chicken Involtini; Crostata with Spiced Fig Preserves; Muxhroom Leek Strata and more.
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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Latin Grill May 1 - May 2, 2015
Come and explore the flavors of Latin cuisine incorporating bountiful spring produce with outdoor grilling. We will prepare some updated favorites and also introduce you to some new products and flavors. Our menu will include recipes such as Shrimp Quesadillas with Fruit & Chipotle Salsa; Grilled Vegetable & Goat Cheese Chile Rellenos; Grilled Achiote Chicken with Salsa Verde; and Grilled Plantains & Pineapple with Cajeta & Crema.
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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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Early Garden Harvest June 26 - June 27
We’ll shake off the winter doldrums as we harvest tender, young vegetables and greens from the garden. We use the pick of the garden and market to prepare our meal of items such as Brushcetta with Marinated Feta and Arugula, Grilled Asparagus with Olive Relish; Grilled Lemon-Thyme Chicken; Creamy Risotto with Spring Vegetables; Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp and other delicious recipes.
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2-day Gourmet Weekend Retreat - Summer Grill July 10 - 11, 2015
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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