Cooking School

Monet's Flavor Palate
Date: Monday, September 21 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Enter the beautiful and delicious world of Claude Monet. Not only did he love the spectacular vistas and colors of the glorious gardens at his home in Giverny, but he was also inspired by fine food. He entertained guests in his charming Provencal yellow and blue dining room with the following dishes presented for us by Peter Fontaine: Welsh Rarebit, Charlotte Lyses Stuffed White Onions, Chicken with Crayfish Butter, Cream of Turnip Soup and Apricot Charlotte for dessert. Bon Apetit!

Asian Fusion
Date: Wednesday, September 30 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Chef Krupa Patel beautifully, and deliciously, blends varied global flavors just for you. This is a sophisticated menu to impress your guests! Just imagine serving flavorful Korean Beef Tacos (Mini Tacos with Marinated Beef, Carrots, Radish and Scallions) and then proceed to Asian Cabbage Rolls and Singapore Mei Fun (Ground Beef stuffed Cabbage, Curried Noodles). For dessert, Asian Pear Upside Down Cake with Caramel Sauce and Salted Nuts.

Lifesavers!
Date: Monday, October 5 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Chef and cookbook author, Kathy Brennen, highly recommends you add the following incredibly versatile condiments to your repertoire. Prepared ahead, they are refrigerated gold! Learn to make Ginger-Scallion Sauce (doctor up your storebought rotisserie chicken) and Swiss Chard Pesto to toss with pasta or liven up a grilled cheese sandwich. More lifesavers on the menu: Chimichurri Sauce, Soy and Sesame Dressing, Asian Peanut Sauce and Carrot Ginger Dressing. Kathy will showcase these with Poached Chicken, Roasted Shrimp, Rice Vermicelli, Steamed Broccoli and a Mixed Salad.

Sunday Dinner at "Michela's"
Date: Monday, October 12 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Michele Uy is channeling her Italian roots for this class. Pour a glass of wine and replicate this dinner menu for family and friends on a chilly autumn day. Learn to prepare White Bean Crostini Appetizers, Baby Romaine Salad with Shaved Fennel, Parmesan and Honey-Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pasta with Traditional Sunday Tomato Sauce ("Gravy"), and Beef Braciole (Prosciutto, Cheese and Herb stuffed Braised Beef Rolls). For dessert, Orange-Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti and Affogato (Espresso meets Gelato)! Thank you, Michela!

Vibrant NYC: A Food Shopping Excursion!
Date: Wednesday, October 21 | Time: Depart 7:30 a.m. Return 8:30 p.m. | Cost: $160 per person
Spend a fun-filled day in Manhattan! We will take care of the transportation, itinerary and an expert guide. A luxury coach will whisk you from the store parking lot to visit the finest international food markets, anywhere! You will be informed about the fascinating areas these gourmet food emporiums call home and have a leisurely experience shopping for the best artisanal fare in one of the most spectacular cities of the world. First Stop: Le District In lower Manhattan you will find a revitalized neighborhood near the Freedom Towers in the financial district. Hence, Le District, which delivers authentic French inspired food where service and quality are paramount. You will enjoy perusing culinary- specific stations, restaurants and a fresh grocery curated by talented chefs. Shop, eat and play! Second Stop: Eataly Eataly is a high-end Italian food marketplace where customers are active participants in an innovative food and beverage experience. Shop, taste and enjoy the best of Italian food products, local produce and artisanal breads, cheeses, meats, fish and pastas. Various eateries are interspersed among all the stellar purveyors. The pizza is amazing, as is the bakery with incredible rustic breads and spectacular desserts. This is 50,000 square feet of delicious, Italian fun! Third Stop: Chelsea Market/Highline Park Next to the world famous Highline Park, where the remnants of elevated freight train tracks have been lovingly and beautifully given a new lease on life, is the Chelsea Market. The Highline Park itself showcases a joyful urban landscape along the Hudson River. Weather permitting, we will stroll the Highline after exploring the Chelsea Market. Our visit to the immense ground floor of what was once the National Biscuit Company factory, begun in the 1890's, will include food stores and restaurants housed in the setting of a post-industrial theme park. Shop at Amy's Breads, Eleni's Cookies, Los Tacos #1, Sarabeth's and the Lobster Place, just to name a few! Bring a cooler to store your perishable purchases and your appetite for some tastings along the way! Join in the fun! Please contact Amalia (302) 239-7066 with any questions about this day trip escape to NYC! Reserve your spot by Sunday, September 20! There will be no refunds or cancellations.

Harvest Soup & Salad Fare
Date: Monday, October 26 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Get ready for a beautiful array of Autumnal flavors and colors with Chef Sara Gilespie! On the menu is her wonderful Chicken and Dumplings Soup, perfect for a cool day, and her Short Rib Barley Mushroom Soup, which will be a hearty treat, as well. Harvest Salad with Three Different Apples and Pomegranate Dressing is not to be missed, nor a bright Citrus Soy Kale Salad with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. A perfect ending will be a decadent Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie!

Exotic Indian Adventure
Date: Wednesday, October 28 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Journey to India! Aromatic spices, complex flavors, and vibrant colors will dazzle your senses. Step into Chef Krupa Patel's world of delicious Indian fare right at The Kitchen Sink! She will teach you how to make Onion Pakora (Chickpea and Onion Fritters, with Sweet and Minty Sauce). Also enjoy a divine Salmon Curry (Yogurt Cilantro Curry, Baked Salmon and Basmati Rice). End with sublime Gajar Halwa (Spiced Carrot Pudding).

Do-Ahead Holiday Brunch
Date: Monday, November 2 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Invite your family and friends for this heartwarming holiday menu for brunch time or serve as a "breakfast for dinner." Wear your holiday sweater, or your comfiest pjs, to enjoy this meal from Chef Michele Uy. Start with Prosecco and Pear Cocktails (Partridge in a Pear Tree!). Enjoy Chorizo Sausage- Hash Brown Casserole, Maple Roasted Bacon and Sundried Tomato and Chive Biscuits. Your dessert will be a spectacular French Toast Banana Bread Pudding with Spiced Maple Syrup and delectable Apple Cinnamon Buns.

Harvest Market Kitchen Table
Date: Wednesday, November 4 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
How do you make food that is "Nourishing, Sustainable and Delicious?" Chef Megan Bushnell of Harvest Market Kitchen will show us how to prepare a locally sourced organic feast that is suited to all kinds of dietary needs - perfect timing for your holiday guests. The menu includes: Organic Orange Snaps served with Cheese, Autumnal Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Mapled Pecans, Apple and Bacon Smothered Pork Chops, Garlic Cauliflower Mash, Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Nom Nom Chocolate Truffles.

Holiday Cheers!
Date: Monday, November 9 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Hockessin's own wine expert, Michael Steinberger, is going to provide a most enjoyable and educational evening. This class, focused on great holiday wines for a normal person's budget, is a wonderful compliment to all your new recipes from this season's classes. It's close to Thanksgiving, so rather than a predictable Beaujolais Nouveau, come and experience a fantastic Beaujolais. Also, discover a lovely sparkling wine and reds and whites, paired with country pate, cheeses and charcuteries. This is a perfect time of year to try a tawny port - perfect for gift giving, too. Cheers!