Cooking School

Spring Forward
Date: Tuesday, March 24 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Chase away the wintertime blues and, with Daylight Savings Time, 'Spring Forward' into the glorious pink, yellow, and purple florals that say, "Spring is here!" Chef Instructor Sara Gillespie ushers in the freshness of Springtime in this class, and will teach us how to serve the perfect Spring meal that leaves the gloominess of winter behind. This menu includes: Steamed Artichokes with Drawn Butter; Beet Salad with Mint, Dill, and Lemon Zest (Dressed with a Lemon Vinaigrette); Cream of Asparagus Soup; Roasted Split Game Hen; Spring Vegetable Risotto; and Lemon Pound Cake with Raspberry Glaze. Everyone will love this vibrant, colorful Springtime supper!

'Mad Men' and the Sexy Sixties
Date: Tuesday, March 31 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Be cool! Get groovy! Join us for this 'totally rad' class as Chef Michele Uy highlights the sexiness of the 1960's, and the 'far out' American cuisine that fueled the lives and times portrayed in the hit show "Mad Men," and many of us in real life! Groove like Mad Men's Don, Peggy, Roger, and Joan with these favorite retro, '60's dinner party dishes: Clams Casino; Wedge Salad (with Bleu Cheese Dressing, Topped with Real Bacon Bits); Beef Bourguignon; Asparagus Wrapped in Puff Pastry; and Chocolate-Glazed Bundt Cake. Be there or be square!

Prep Ahead Meals
Date: Wednesday, April 1 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Have you heard the one about how you can serve a flavorful, satisfying, healthy dinner without messing up your kitchen? Is this an April Fool's joke? No! It's true! Personal Chef Bianca Russano is an expert in preparing meals ahead of time for use by her clients some days later, and she will teach us her indispensable Prep Ahead kitchen secrets on organization and planning, storage, freezing, and defrosting, without sacrificing flavor. The menu includes a Tossed Spring Green Salad with Fresh Vinaigrette; Stuffed Peppers; Chicken Enchiladas; and Chocolate Chip and Toffee Cookies. Voila! Almost like magic, the all-too-hurried dinner hour becomes time for family togetherness!

Foodie Fiesta
Date: Monday, April 13 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Calling all Foodies! Cinqo de Mayo will soon be here, so dust off your maracas and get ready to celebrate - gourmand style! In this class, renowned Executive Chef Peter Fontaine will show us the versatility and ingenuity of the cuisine of our southern neighbor, Mexico, and how to prepare these fabulous foods to satisfy even the most discerning palate. This menu includes: Authentic Mexican Tacos; Chicken Enchiladas Con Mole Rojo; Chiliquiles; and Chef Peter's "Simple and Not-So-Simple Salsas." Learn from Chef Peter why these Mexican dishes should be in every cook's repertoire! Ole!

"The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Date: Tuesday, April 14 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Sometimes when two very different cultures collide, the result is magical! In celebration of the hit movie, "The Hundred-Foot Journey," join us as Chef Krupa Patel weaves together the elegance of French cuisine with the bold flavors found in Indian cooking. Chef Krupa takes us on our own 'hundred-foot journey' with a meal to savor, including Sev Puri (Seasoned Potatoes with Pomegranate Seeds and Tamarind and Mint Chutney), Tandoori Chicken Pasta (Chicken with a moderately spicy Tomato Cream Sauce with paprika smokiness, served on Cavatappi Pasta), and Gulab Jamun (Sponge Cake Dumplings steeped in aromatic Rose Syrup.) Harmony of flavors at its best!

Family-Friendly Far East
Date: Tuesday, April 21 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Who needs take-out?? Not us! Chef and award-winning Author, Kathy Brennan, returns to our kitchen to show us how to make a weeknight family dinner of Asian cuisine that is simple and scrumptious! From her celebrated cookbook, "Keepers," Chef Kathy will teach us how to make Shrimp Wonton Soup (with Dumplings from Scratch, and Shrimp, Water Chestnuts, Ginger, and Scallions); Miso Lime Chicken Lettuce Wraps (with Romaine Lettuce, Carrots, and Avocado); Nikujaga (Japanese-style 'Meat and Potatoes' with Ground Beef, Russet Potatoes, Onion, Carrots, Ginger, White Wine, and Soy Sauce); and a Vibrant Asian Slaw (of Sesame Seed Dressed Red Cabbage, Carrots, Radishes, and Scallions). Whether you use chopsticks or flatware, this is a fun, delicious family meal!

A Taste of Spain
Date: Wednesday, April 22 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Entertain your friends and family Spanish-style with enticing small plates, or tapas, made from authentic Spanish recipes. In this class, Personal Chef Bianca Russano shares her favorite tapas selection that she learned to make while studying in the Andalusian region of Spain. This class includes these tapas: Empanadas (Pastry Pillows Filled with Seasoned Ground Beef); Gazpacho Andaluz (the Signature Cold Soup from the Region); Tortilla Espagnola (Savory Potato and Egg Omelet); and Gambas Al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Shrimp served with bread to soak up the sauce.) Andalucia is the birthplace of flamenco, bullfighting, and gazpacho, so come to this class for a genuine taste of Spain!

Southern Comfort
Date: Tuesday, April 28 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Hi Y'all! Come on over, sugar, for a culinary stroll among the magnolias and Spanish moss, and join us for this evening of Southern Comfort food. Chef Michele Uy brings sweet and sassy, down-home cooking to our kitchen. The menu includes Pimento Cheese Spread; Spiced Pecans; Fried Green Tomatoes; Corn and Sweet Pepper Succotash; Spicy-Sweet Bourbon-Glazed Pulled Pork with Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits; and Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing. Y'all will be mighty pleased with this sultry and soothing Southern Comfort food!

Best Friend Brunch
Date: Thursday, April 30 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Join Chef Instructor Sara Gillespie in this class and learn a new way to say, "Thanks for all you do!" to your best friend (...maybe bring your BFF to the class with you!) In this class, you will learn how the novice cook - or the pro - can serve an upscale brunch that rivals the best Sunday afternoon restaurants. Sara will demonstrate how to make and serve this Best Friend Brunch, which includes Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, Almond Slices (Dressed with a Freshly-made Strawberry Vinaigrette); Spring Asparagus Quiche; Sweet Potato and Beet Hash Browns; Applewood-Smoked Bacon; Berries Tossed with Fresh Mint; and Blueberry Scones right from the oven. Nothing says, "Thank you!" like a meal prepared with love!

Mid-Atlantic Mid-Day Meal
Date: Tuesday, May 5 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Wondering what to do for Mother's Day this year? Thrill your mother (and everyone else, too!) with wonderful Mid-Atlantic Mid-Day brunch dishes region that are sure to delight every palate, and show Mom how important she is to you! Chef Michele Uy combines the best and most beautiful ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region for this masterpiece class, which includes: Baltimore-Style Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce; Shirred Local Eggs in Ramekin; Savory Country Ham and Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese Scones; and Jersey Cannoli-Stuffed French Toast with Berry Syrup. This class by Chef Michele will warm Mom's heart (and tummy)!

Latin Fusion
Date: Wednesday, May 6 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Global cuisine is more than a trend! Fusion dishes, blending herbs and spices grown in one region with foods traditionally used in other regional cuisine, are found on restaurant menus everywhere. This Latin Fusion class is a perfect example of why fusion cuisine is so popular. Chef Krupa Patel teaches us how to blend Latin flavors from all over the world with familiar foods that we all know and love. The menu includes a Baked Polenta (with Garlic Basil Pesto); Aji Chicken (with Peruvian Aji Amarillo Sauce, and Fried Rice); and Avocado Lime Cake Drizzled with Cayenne Chocolate Ganache. Kitchen-friendly, yet exotic and delicious!

'Downton Abbey' High Tea
Date: Tuesday, May 12 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Sample the luxury of the British upper class, and learn about the art of a proper High Tea. Chef Michele Uy brings us a wee bit of 'Downton Abbey' with a High Tea menu that teaches us how to keep our guests from feeling peckish before the after-sunset supper gong is rung. In addition to English tea, the menu includes: Finger Sandwich selections of Cucumber, Homemade Chicken Salad, and Watercress; a Stilton Cheese and Fig Tart; Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons; Orange-Glazed Tea Cake (with Strawberry Champagne Jam); and Lemon Blossom Scones (with Devonshire Double Cream. Jolly good!

Paleo Bad Ass Brunch
Date: Wednesday, May 13 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Learn how to party the Paleo way in this Bad Ass Brunch cooking class! Diane "V" Capaldi, the PaleoBOSS Lady, is excited to bring this popular edition of her "Paleo Perfect Party" e-cook book series from the West Coast! V personifies the power of good nutrition and provides an example for anyone searching for the secrets to good health. Proving that the kitchen can be sexy, V demystifies the Paleo lifestyle and offers a luscious brunch menu, just in time for warm weather entertaining (and beyond). V shows us how to make Infused Mason Jar Waters; Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon; Paleo Perfect Chicken Salad over Mixed Spring Greens; Berry Mint Medley; and Avocado Chocolate Pudding. All of this yummy food without dairy, sugar, gluten or grains!

Savory Spring Offerings
Date: Monday, May 18 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Make the most of the natural bounty of Springtime. Executive Chef Peter Fontaine brings his talents once again to our kitchen with this class showcasing gourmet springtime delights. The cold of winter will be a distant memory as Chef Peter teaches us how to make these luscious, savory dishes: Spring Onion Soup; Leek and Morel Mushroom Tart (with Spring Greens); Slow-Cooked Lamb Shoulder (with Ramps and Chanterelle Mushrooms); and Strawberry-Rhubarb Tart (with Fresh Whipped Cream). Chef Peter transforms the best that springtime offers into a learning and dining experience not to be missed!

Think Outside the Plate
Date: Tuesday, May 19 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Are you looking for a new twist on what to serve your family for dinner? Chef and author, Kathy Brennan helps us to "think outside the plate" with this fresh take on family favorite weeknight dishes. Featuring dishes from Chef Kathy's "Keepers" cookbook, Chef Kathy includes this class includes: Pizza Salad (Pizza Crust Topped with Artichoke Hearts, Tuna or Prosciutto, Feta Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Capers, and Assorted Spring Greens); Asian Pork Sliders with Magic Miso-Mayo (Sliced Marinated Pork Tenderloin Brushed with Hoisin Sauce, with Miso Mayonnaise and Lime, Sriracha Sauce, on a Potato Roll); 'Toast for Dinner' (Topped with yummy combinations, such as Chorizo and Aioli); and Skillet Lasagna (made with Sweet or Hot Italian Sausage, Yellow Onion, Garlic, Oregano, Tomatoes, Basil, and oodles of Marscapone Cheese and Fresh Mozzarella). Some wonderful new answers to the age-old question, “Hey, Mom or Dad, what's for dinner?”

Comfort Food Goes Gluten-Free
Date: Wednesday, May 27 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Meal-planning for diners with food sensitivities is now a common challenge for many of today's home cooks. In this class, Sara Gillespie shows us how to feed our hungry diners with food that sticks to their ribs and delights the senses, and it's all gluten-free! The menu for this class includes a Roasted Early Spring Vegetable Soup; 'Not Your Mama's' Ultimate Meatloaf; Luxury Smashed Potatoes (to handle the scrumptious gravy); Crispy Roasted Brussel Sprouts; and a Blueberry Crisp (Dressed with locally-made Dairy Ice Cream). A Springtime meal of classic comfort food, updated with Sara Gillespie's gluten-free flair!

Treasures of the Pacific Isles
Date: Monday, June 1 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Searching for a piece of paradise? Come to this class and indulge in the treasures of the Polynesian islands of the Pacific Ocean. Imagine the South Pacific trade winds softly blowing and the flickering flames of the beach torches as Executive Chef Peter Fontaine teaches us how to prepare Polynesian dishes that will please every appetite. The menu includes Island Grilled Fish Salad; Polynesian Chicken with Pulao (rice pilaf and vegetable melange); Poi (Traditional Hawaiian Dish made from Taro); Tuna Poke (Hawaiian Tuna Tartare); and Kulolo (Hawaiian Pudding made with Taro, Brown Sugar, and Coconut Milk). This class provides the perfect menu for your next Polynesian patio or beach party!

The Mediterranean Connection
Date: Tuesday, June 2 | Time: 6-8 p.m. | Cost: $65
Venture into the heady richness found in the aromatic flavor palate of the sun-filled countries located near the Mediterranean Sea. Chef Krupa Patel connects together the rich and time-tested cuisines from different Mediterranean countries to form delectable fusion dishes that you can create as well! Learn how to make these selections while savoring each bite: Baba Ghanoush (from Roasted Eggplant, Garlic, Flat Parsley, alongside Baked Naan); Falafel (in the form of Chick Pea Fritters with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Cabbage Slaw, Feta Cheese with a Pita Pocket); and Berry Baklava (from Raspberry, Honey, Walnuts, and Phyllo Pastry). A sampling of the Ottoman Empire, right here in Hockessin!​