"Foodie" Fridays in Austin ~ 10-19-12

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“Foodie” Fridays in Austin

Dories picks 10-19


We all know how much fun it is to go out for dinner.  How about going out for dinner on a “Cooking Date”?  We have a number of stores, supermarkets and schools here in Austin that have courses you can register for and spend an evening learning how to prepare a particular style of food!  It could be a theme like “Surf and Turf” or it could be cooking regional cuisine like “Authentic Argentine”.  Rest assured you’ll be in for an evening of fun, food and togetherness.


1.      SILVER WHISK COOKING SCHOOL     http://www.silverwhiskcooking.com
Silver Whisk, created by Chef Myrna Kallergis in 2010, is Austin’s premier and state of the art cooking school. Chef Myrna began her culinary career at the Art Institute of Houston and worked with top chefs like Sara Moulton and Ted Allen. She has taught a number of programs across Texas, been featured on the Food Network and has been named Iron Chef of Houston by CBS.  A sample of what you might register for at the Silver Whisk school:
* DATE NIGHT/SURF AND TURF… The couple that cooks together, stays together is what they believe at the Silver Whisk.  In this class you will be taught how to make the perfect meal for two that will add some spice to your life.  The menu you would cook might be Shrimp Bisque Shooter with Chive Foam…Pan-seared Cod with Miso-Wine Butter Sauce on Potato Puree…Guiness-Soy Sirloin with Shaved Asparagus Salad and Blackberry-Merlot Souflee (yumm!!) or how about:
* BETTER WITH BOURBON…In this class, you will be shown how to add a little sweetness to your food by adding a little bit of bourbon.  You’ll learn how to deglaze, braise and even bake with it.  It’s a southern comfort staple and in the fall could be your best friend.  A sample menu would be Bourbon Braised Acorn Squash Soup…Mixed Greens with shaved red onion, blue cheese, tomato, pecans & bourbon vinaigrette…Pan-seared Salmon with spicy orange bourbon glaze & garlic mashed potatoes and individual chocolate-bourbon pecan pies.  With colder weather moving in before we know it, how about some soup to warm you up?
* COMFORT SOUPS…You will learn the basics of making soup right from scratch; how to build and layer flavor in the stock, make your own soup add-ins and even brush up on being skilled on how to use a knife.  The menu: Simple Chicken and dumpling soup…Hearty Tuscan beef & red wine stew…Sausage, white bean and spinach soup and Herbed Green chili stew followed by Cinnamon Apple Crumble dessert made by the chef.

2.      CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL    http://www.centralmarket.com/Cooking-School.aspx/
There is always something new to learn when you take a course at Central Market’s cooking school; from brushing up on your knife skills to learning the latest cooking techniques.  These classes are taught by the cooking school staff, featured instructors and celebrity chefs from around the globe.  A sampling of what is offered at Central Market that might interest you is:
* AUTUMN IN TUSCANY…with Chef Sarah Fiorini, renowned cookbook author and owner of an organic family farm in Tuscany, she is also a sommelier and cooking instructor.  Chef Sarah will share her family traditions and what daily life is like at Fattoria Poggio Alloro, the family farm.  The evening’s menu could be: Insalatina Autumnale (Autumn spinach salad with pecorino, pomegranates & pine nuts)..Risotto con zucca Gialla e Zafferano (Autumn risotto with pumpkin & saffron)…Tacchino allo Zafferano (Golden saffron turkey breast)…Patate alla Poggio Alloro (potatoes poggio alloro)…Poggio Alloro Salad and Torta de Mele (Apple cake).
* AUTHENTIC ARGENTINE…with personal chef Carlos Crusco.  In this class, Chef Carlos will share his techniques for making special Argentinean dishes right from scratch.  And at the end of the night, you will be able to take home a jar of homemade Dulce de Leche.  The menu for the evening includes: Dulce de Membrillo con Queso (Creamy soft cheese with quince paste)…Humita Moderna (Grated corn, onions & basil oil on crostini)..Empanada Criolla con Chimichurri Argentino (Empanada with ground beef, olives, green onions, raisins & eggs & chimichurri sauce), followed by Alfajores de Maizena (cookies filled with Dulce de Leche, then rolled in toasted coconut).
* FALL BISTRO FLAVORS FROM BESS…with Justin Raiford, the director of culinary operations at Bess Bistro and Walton’s Fancy & Staple right here in Austin (and owned by our own Sandra Bullock).  In this class demonstration, you will explore a sophisticated harvest menu and get some great cooking tips from Chef Justin.  The menu might be: Farmers Cheese in a radicchio cup with pomegranate…Asparagus & truffle potage…Beef filet with red wine-porcini sauce, roasted butternut squash & charred rapini; followed by Baked apple stuffed with rhubarb on toasted panettone.

3.      WILLIAMS-SONOMA COOKING CLASSES                                                 http://williams-sonoma.com/customer-service/store-events.html
Each month at Williams-Sonoma there is a new list of classes available at your local store. You will learn about food from around the globe as well as close to your home.  These classes are taught by their very talented chefs and culinary experts.  Each class includes a cooking demonstration, plentiful samples of the dishes being featured and printed recipes for you to take with you when you leave.  ( You also receive a discount on store merchandise you purchase on the day of your class!) In addition to the cooking classes, Williams-Sonoma also offers complimentary technique classes each month.  A sampling of those classes is:
* START WITH SOUP…The perfect way to begin any fall or winter meal is with a delicious bowl of homemade soup.  These soups when made hearty enough could become the meal – just add some nice crusty bread.  Making soup from scratch is not as difficult as it sounds.  In this class, you’ll be shown some simple steps to take to prepare soup and once you master those basic steps, you will be able to prepare a variety of different soups perfect for any meal.
* HEARTY & HEALTHY VEGETARIAN DISHES…Winter squash, pumpkins and mushrooms can replace meat in recipes and still be healthy and delicious.  You will learn how to select, store and prepare produce that is seasonal for many vegetarian main dishes.  Some of these dishes could easily become family must-haves.
* FALL BAKING…You know it’s fall when the oven is on and your home is filled with the wonderful smell of home-baked desserts.   In this class, you’ll be shown how to prepare easy recipes that highlight cinnamon, apples, nutmeg and other fall favorites.  These dishes will be perfect for breakfast, snacks and dessert.

Whatever you decide, you’re sure to be in for a memorable evening filled with laughter and good food!! A word of note…the menus that are listed are, of course, subject to change when you check them out online.

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Good morning Dorie,

Cooking classes are always something I've thought to take, just never make the time...I have to make do with late night sessions on the cooking channel.  I have to say, some of these class (names) really catch your attention!

Oct 19, 2012 05:59 AM #8
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Good morning Dorie -

The cooking classes sounds like a neat evening out.  I'd be game on but not sure if the bride would be.... :)  She did a lot of cooking for her family while on vacation and I think she's about cooked out right now.  Okay as always after reading your Foodie Friday post I'm now officially starving....... :)

Oct 19, 2012 06:04 AM #9
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What a great idea to list these schools on your Foodie Friday reviews Dorie. They all sound like places we would enjoy a night out at!

Oct 19, 2012 06:09 AM #10
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Good morning again Dorie. What a terrific idea and wonderful local post full of great information. Nicely done my friend.

Oct 19, 2012 06:22 AM #11
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Dorie, You have made me so jealous that we don't have that here. I would sign up in a minute. I love cooking classes because you always learn something new and get to eat your creations.

Oct 19, 2012 06:24 AM #12
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Dorie- I just realized that I copied your menu board (hope you don't mind).  I took classes at Wms -Sonoma when we lived near Reston.  I loved them.  I've been looking for something similar here.  And, yes, I loved the discount you get when you take a class!  

Oct 19, 2012 09:00 AM #13
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Hi Dorie, I am so excited about visiting Austin-I love taking cooking lessons and then eating what you've cooked.  I did it here for my 50th birthday and had a great birthday party and when on vacation, I love to do the same, especially to get some tips on local cuisine.  Great post.

Oct 19, 2012 09:56 AM #14
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Hi Bobbie,

It's loads of fun!

Oct 19, 2012 11:06 AM #15
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Hi BLIZ,

Just another avenue for getting meals prepared..an option if your game!

Oct 19, 2012 11:07 AM #16
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Hi Anita,

There are so many fun places to eat here in Austin, places to cook..just about anything to do with eating!!!

Oct 19, 2012 11:19 AM #17
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Hi Lisa,

It is all about the "time" element..you just have to schedule it like an appointment!

Oct 19, 2012 11:20 AM #18
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Hi John,

Maybe it would be a spring thing for Debbie..can see how if she has been cooking alot......she'd want no part of it!!

Oct 19, 2012 11:21 AM #19
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Hi Larry & Sheila,

A change of pace.....something different to investigate!

Oct 19, 2012 11:22 AM #20
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Hi Sheila,

Thank you!!!

Oct 19, 2012 11:23 AM #21
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Hi Debbie,

It is fun and you learn something too!

Oct 19, 2012 11:23 AM #22
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Hi Kathy,

No problem! I like the menu board!! The classes are fun and woth giving a shot!

Oct 19, 2012 11:25 AM #23
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Hi Joanna,

I know you will love Austin..it's game week-end ..Texas plays Baylor tomorrow so Austin will be a full house!!

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That sounds like so much fun.  I love to cook and I'm always watching the food network to find new things to cook, but I'd LOVE a hands on class.

Oct 19, 2012 11:37 AM #25
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Hi Tammy,

It is fun and these classes have become very popular!

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I know Dorie, I know...but I just have so much fun with work!

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