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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 - Winter Favorites January 24 - January 25, 2014
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 March 7 - March 8, 2014
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 - Lifestyle Wellness May 2 - May 3, 2014
This weekend retreat will give you tools to use as you incorporate health-based choices into your daily diet and lifestyle with wellness based choices. Learn about foods and techniques that are satisfying, nutritious. As you discover secrets to flavor-filled, low-fat recipes you will know how to incorporate healthy choices into your daily life. The menu is seasonally based and may include items such as Endive stuffed with Spicy Red Pepper Spread; Roasted Vegetable Soup with Garlic Croutons; Fish en Papillote with Sautéed Vegetables and Fruit Salsa; Chocolate ‘Mousse’ with Raspberry Coulis; or other flavor filled options.
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 27 - June 28
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 11 - 12, 2014
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 5 - 6, 2014
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 Roasted Vegetable Ravioli with Herbed Tomato Sauce; Sautéed Summer Greens with Caramelized Onions; Vegetable Strata with Salsa Verde and other delicious recipes.
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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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