Cooking School

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook ~ SOLD OUT
Date: Wednesday, September 14 | Time: 6-8 pm | Cost: $75
This very special class launches the fall cooking school season! The above cookbook by renowned author Frances Mayes contains wonderful recipes and photos from her life and home in Cortona, Italy. This evening her personal friend and acclaimed chef Robin White opens the cookbook to make Crostini with Roasted Tomatoes and Chicken with Artichokes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Chickpeas. Also, Robin will make a secret, unpublished, delectable and easy pasta recipe, directly from the author just for you. Dessert is a lovely Wine Cake made with Vin Santo. Tuscan wine will be poured as Robin tells you of her visit to Cortona and everyone will receive a copy of the cookbook signed by Frances Mayes. In the meantime, read Under the Tuscan Sun and watch the movie if you haven't already. Then come over for this authentic Tuscan dinner and welcome Chef Robin White back to The Kitchen Sink!

Autumn Fling
Date: Monday, September 26 | Time: 6-8 pm | Cost: $65
Let's get carried away with all the best fall flavor notes under the direction of our talented chef, Bianca Russano. Master the following recipes and be prepared for cooler days ahead: Butternut Squash with Ginger, Pork Tenderloin with Homemade Applesauce, Green Beans with Cranberries, Nuts and Blue Cheese and (Spicy) Cheddar and Pumpkin Orzo. Pecan Bars will provide a sweet finish. Celebrate the crisp, fall days with this delicious dinner.

Brooklyn Food Shopping Tour
Date: Wednesday, October 5 | Time: 7 am | Cost: $160
We will head out by 7:30 am sharp from the store parking lot after morning coffee and pastries served at The Back Burner To Go at 7 am. Put on your walking shoes and we are off to the very popular Brooklyn aboard a comfortable luxury coach. A licensed, professional tour guide will meet us on arrival to Brooklyn. Stops include Atlantic Avenue, home of Damascus Bakery and Sahadi's for Mediterranean spices, fruits and nuts, breads and prepared foods - baklava anyone? We will also visit the lovely Carroll Gardens, an Italian enclave, where Esposito's and Sons awaits. Here you will peruse this tiny butcher shop in business since 1922. They offer pork, beef and lamb, sausages of all kinds and baseball-sized rice balls. Grab a bite for lunch from one of the many food purveyors at DeKalb Market Hall. Local fare and "Brooklyn attitude" provide lots of fun! We will also explore Williamsburg with visits to Savino's Quality Pasta and Napoli Bakery. No trip to Brooklyn would be complete without ducking into the Original Jr's Cheesecakes! Get ready and pack your coolers for a culinary adventure!

Southwestern Brunch for Dinner
Date: Monday, October 10 | Time: 6-8 pm | Cost: $65
Chilly, fall weekends with family and friends are extra festive with hearty and flavorful recipes from the beautiful southwest. Our talented and expert chef, Peter Fontaine, presents this delicious menu for you! Open your palette with fruity and refreshing Prickly Pear Margaritas or Mexican Beer served with the best Guacamole and Tortilla Chips ever! Continue with Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burritos, JalapeƱo Cornbread and dessert with Dulce de Leche.

South African Excursion ~ SOLD OUT
Date: Wednesday, October 19 | Time: 6-8 pm | Cost: $65
An exciting and delicious culinary experience awaits you this autumn evening. The Back Burner To Go's own Riana Prins hails from beautiful South Africa and is a wonderful chef and restauranteur. Her tantalizing recipes and interesting stories will transport you to this far-away land. The following dishes will be served with South African wine: flavorful Curry Pumpkin Soup and Boboti (a versatile beef dish that can be made as a casserole or in spring rolls) with Yellow Rice and accompaniments. For dessert a luscious Malva Pudding (cake-like pudding with infused syrup), which is a favorite of Chef Riana.

NYC: Lunch and a Matinee of Waitress, the musical! ~ SOLD OUT
Date: Wednesday, October 26 | Time: 7:30 am | Cost: $300
A new and exciting trip to NYC! We will board our luxury coach at 8 am sharp after grabbing coffee and pastries at The Back Burner To Go starting at 7:30 am. We will enjoy lunch at the iconic Carmine's Restaurant. A wonderful family style array of appetizers, pasta and choice of two entrees, as well as their world-famous Tiramasu for dessert. All is included, along with coffee and tea. Lunch will be from 11:30 am - 1 pm. We will next stroll over to our matinee performance of the funny, inspiring and surprisingly poignant musical "Waitress." It is described as an irresistible "slice of life" (hint: think pies!)! Sara Bareilles provided the original score. Our orchestra/front mezzanine seats will give us a great view of the musical based on the popular movie. After the show, let's head over to the Little Pie Company for a chance to purchase a delectable pie for those left back at home. And we'll have a slice of pie on the bus for the ride back to Delaware. Broadway fun!

Spanish Wine Tour
Date: Wednesday, November 2 | Time: 6-8 pm | Cost: $65
Please join us for a wonderful exploration of wine from Spain, where quality meets value as you stock your cellar for the the upcoming holiday season, gift-giving or your personal enjoyment. Taste and compare a comprehensive variety of Spanish wine under the tutelage of our resident wine expert, James Beard award-winning, and always delightful, Michael Steinberger. And, of course, Spanish wine pairs perfectly-well with Manchego cheese, Piquillo peppers, olives, Jamon Iberico, Marcona almonds, and more nibbles to enhance your tasting experience.

New Orleans Family Dinner ~ SOLD OUT
Date: Monday, November 7 | Time: 6-8 pm | Cost: $65
"Laissez les bon temps rouler" with Chef Megan Bushnell of Harvest Market Kitchen and her mother, Pam, as they show you how to cook a New Orleans Family Dinner. Megan's family moved from Louisiana to Delaware when she was 5 years old, but the smells and tastes from her mother's kitchen kept their culinary heritage alive. "First you make a roux...and then you add the trinity" are the opening words of many New Orleans recipes. Come snack on Pig Candy and learn how to cook Louisiana comfort food like Shrimp Etouffee, French Market Salad and Bananas Foster. Ya'll don't want to miss this one!

Build your Holiday Dream House ~ SOLD OUT
Date: Wednesday, November 16 | Time: 6-8 pm | Cost: $50
For many years Emily Espaillat has been teaching Gingerbread House Workshops in her home and church in both Princeton, NJ and Austin, TX. We are so lucky to have her come to Hockessin and bring out our inner-child and architect! This class for adults will provide all your construction materials: homemade walls and roofs, icing and lots and lots of candy for decorations. Recipes for the above will be demonstrated and all kinds of building types shared. Your gingerbread house will be a custom creation, worthy of gift-giving or festive display. Of course, immediate consumption is allowed as well. But you probably won't want to ever demolish it! Wine will be served and take home decorator tips provided. Come join us very casually dressed for messy fun!