Your kitchen is one of the greatest places to express yourself
creatively. Unfortunately we are so busy with so many things we've
begun to lose one of the most satisfying work/play opportunities
we have and consequently the heart of our homes. Cooking, preparing
meals, feeding those we cherish can be an act of love and generosity,
and a chance for us to relax, to focus our minds. It's a bit like
yoga in that way. The pressures of life can recede, and we can
reclaim our sanity, but not if we are enslaved to a cookbook or
to the same old repertoire of recipes.
That is why at epicurean we work on the techniques,
and we touch and taste every step of the way. Cooking is literally
hands-on, so we make sure everyone gets a chance to poke and prod,
stir and fold, so that a sensory memory can be established. Understanding
the techniques that underlie a recipe frees the cook from the
recipe, allows the cook to experiment, and also to prevent or
rectify a disaster! In some cases, participants may be encouraged
to bring their own recipes in for discussion and experimentation.
We also talk about organization and maximizing the little time
we have to prepare wonderful meals. Despite the current cooking
show contest craze, great food does not race the clock!
Above all, cooking is a labor of love, and if it isn't fun, it
isn't worth doing. We like to encourage a social and collegial
atmosphere; a bunch of friends getting together to have fun and
discover new skills guided by a professional with expertise, training,
Who Takes Cooking Classes?
Just about anyone who loves food!
- Couples who like to cook and entertain together.
- Groups of individuals and couples who
like to dine together.
- Families who want to participate together.
- Newlyweds who are learning together.
- Moms who need new ideas and want a good
excuse to socialize.
- Parents and children who want to learn
- "Making Cookies with Mom", "Pizza with
Pappa", "Fancy Food with the Folks."
- Children age 9-19.
- Birthday parties for up to 8.
- Ongoing classes on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly
basis, up to 4 participants.