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One-day Wine Country Classes

wine country cooking classesGet away from the crowds in the wineries and join us for a cooking class. The class begins in the afternoon and lasts about 5 hours. Classes are a combined format of demonstration and hands-on unless otherwise indicated.

The class fee is $175 per person - students receive hands-on instruction, printed recipe handouts and enjoy a delicious meal served with wine/beverage. Accommodations are additional and are availabe at CasaLana or other nearby lodging properties.

 

Private 1-day Session - Brooks December 22, 2014

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1-day Wine Country Class - Heart Healthy Soups & Stews February 7, 2015

This class will give you some great new recipes for flavorful and heart-healthy soups to warm you in the winter months. A rich soup usually starts with a really good, flavorful stock or broth. In this session we focus on the basic techniques of making stocks such as Vegetable, Chicken or Fish Stock . Then we will use the stock to prepare soul-warming soups. Our menu will include dishes like Brown Vegetable or Brown Chicken Stock; White Bean, Kale and Roasted Garlic Soup; Wild Mushroom Soup with Fried Sage or Roasted Vegetable Stew. We’ll accompany the soup with Herbed Polenta and finish off with Fruit Crisp .Join us and add some great new flavors to your winter meals.


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1-day Wine Country Class - Mediterranean Cuisine March 28, 2015

The diversity of the Mediterranean region results in a dazzling assortment of foods and flavors. We will experience the deep, earthy flavors of robust dishes from Mediterranean regions of Italy, Spain, France or Greece. Our seasonally based menu will include items like Spicy Hummus, Lemon Chicken with Oregano Sauce, Caponata, Gianduja Brownies and much more.


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1-day Wine Country Class - Celebrating Spring Flavors May 9

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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1-day Wine Country Class - Support for Lifestyle Diet Choices June 20, 2015

Choosing an alternate diet to support your health and well-being can feel overwhelming. You may think you can’t dine out or enjoy having friends over for meals. Not true! A first step in supporting your choice is to understand how to make your alternate diet work in the real world. This class will address choosing a gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian diet. You will learn food, products and recipes that you can incorporate into your daily life. Chances are when you serve them to your friends and family, they will find them delicious and won’t recognize them as a ‘special diet’. Our menu will include dishes such as Spicy Kale Chips; Roasted Asparagus Soup; Caesar Salad (can be vegan) with ‘Parmesan’ GF Croutons; Vegetable Lasagna with Pesto; Sautéed Berries on GF Short Cake and other great recipes.


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1-day Wine Country Class - Celebration of Summer Flavors August 22, 2014

We will celebrate the bounty of the garden and savor the rich, vibrant flavors of summer using fresh, flavor-filled ingredients from the garden and market. You will also learn about techniques to capture the essence of summer’s harvest year-round by preserving fruits and vegetables at their peak of flavor. Our menu will incorporate the abundance of peppers, squash and tomatoes in recipes such as Herbed Tomato Garlic Bruschetta; Garden Greens with Marinated Feta and Roasted Peppers; Grilled Achiote Chicken with Salsa Verde; Roasted Tomatoes and Chile Peppers and Mixed Fruit Galette with Homemade Sorbet or other delicious recipes.


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1-day Wine Country Class - Preserving Flavors September 19, 2015

As the warm days of summer give way to the brisk mornings of fall we start to consider how to keep the bright flavors of our harvest available in the coming months. We don’t want to let go of the taste of garden fresh tomatoes, sweet apples or figs. Now is the time to get out the canning jars and make sure we have summer’s flavor packed into them for the winter months. In this class you will learn about the steps to making preserves, jams, fruit butters, chutney and more. We will do some quick vegetable pickles and talk about how to make home made fermented slaws. Recipes include Herbed Tomato Sauce; Pickled Onions; Spiced Fig Preserves and more.


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