• Taste and identify herbs and spices, and their food combinations
• How to make vinaigrettes and blanching vegetables
• Technique for sautéing and how to make a pan sauce.
For dinner we will have:
Sautéed Chicken Cutlets with a Pan Sauce
Salad with a vinaigrette
Fruit with fresh whipped cream
Session 2 - Sunday May 19 at 5PM (duration 4 to 4 1/2 hours)
In this class we will cover the following skills:
• Proper techniques for roasting vegetables
• Proper techniques for roasting meat
• Identifying and cooking dry beans
• How to choose, buy, store and prepare fish
• Baking a simple cake.
Students will cook and eat:
Roasted Local and Seasonal Vegetables
Roasted Fish Steaks
Comments by customers who have participated in this series previously:
The class actually exceeded my expectations. I was a little doubtful going into the class that I would be able to pickup everything that was listed in the class announcement in such a short period of time, but after completing the class I feel confident in everything that was presented.
Soledad did an excellent job presenting the information through lecture, demonstration and coaching us during the hands on portions of the class. She is a natural at teaching in a very informal, non-threatening way. Her education, experiences and passion for cooking were very evident.
SUMMER PICNIC with Soledad Liendo
Friday May 24 at 5:30 PM (duration 3 hours)
Learn what it takes to make summer dishes ahead of time so you can bring them along to a summer picnic or a 4th of July potluck.
Crab and shrimp stuffed tomatoes
Grilled chicken rolls with pancetta and goat cheese
Custard pie with mixed berries
GRILLING WITH FISH with Soledad Liendo
Friday May 31 at 6PM (duration 3 hours). $75
In this class Soledad Liendo will teach you the proper grilling techniques to make a delicious salmon steak as well as a whole fish, along with some tasty side dishes.
Whole Fish (either trout or red snapper)
Grilled Salmon Steaks with ginger, lemon and basil sauce
Arugula and Pear Salad with Raspberry Dressing
Mousse with Strawberry sauce
SUMMER DINNER PARTY with Soledad Liendo
Saturday June 1 at 6PM (duration 3 hours). $ 75
In this class our Argentinean instructor Soledad Liendo will teach how to make and grill brochettes (skewers) along with an appetizer, side dish and dessert that can be made before your guests arrive.
Feta cheese and herb stuffed mushrooms
Grilled sirloin brochettes with white wine sauce
Avocado and tomato salad with lime and cilantro dressing
Tropical fruit mousse
SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS
Rising 3rd - 5th graders Monday July 15 - Friday July 19 from 9:30AM - 12:30PM. $ 285
Rising 6th - 8th graders Monday July 22 - Friday July 26 from 9:30AM - 12:30PM. $ 285
In this camp kids will be cooking easy-to-do-at-home menus with local fresh ingredients. The camp is designed to encourage independence and to nurture interest in cooking. Kids will learn a variety of basic baking and cooking techniques such as knife skills, measuring, menu planning, table setting, kitchen sanitation and safety. Kids will also learn about cooking and eating well by understanding what is grown and available locally at this time of year. They will prepare snack and lunch and eat it during camp. At the end of each day kids will bring home the recipes.
Day 1 - Baking Class. Kids will make Apple bars, Strawberry Short Cakes and Blueberry Muffins. For lunch they will eat their baked goods as well as savory snacks.
Day 2 - Quiche and pies. Kids will learn to make sweet and savory pies and have them for lunch.
Day 3 - Knife Skills. Kids will learn the different methods of cutting fruits and vegetables, as well as how to slice, dice and mince. A meal will be prepared and served at the end of class.
Day 4 - Tapas. Kids will learn how to make a variety of these Spanish finger snacks.
Day 5 - Grilling. Kids make and grill Kebabs, Summer Fruit and Vegetables, and make accompanying side dishes.
PERFECT SUMMER PIES with Rachel Willis.
Saturday July 27 at 10AM (duration 3 hours)
In this class Rachel will share her secrets to absolutely perfect crust. Last year she was the winner of the Apple Pie contest at the Vintage Virginia Apples Harvest Festival. For this unique class we ask that each participant bring a 9" glass pie plate and 4-6 cups of their favorite fruit to share. Rachel will teach you how to make a variety of pies using different combinations of fruit, crusts styles, thickeners, sweeteners, and seasoning. After the pies are baked, you will try each one and take home the rest of your own creation. You will also leave with dough to make another pie at home to reinforce what you have learned. Rachel Willis is the owner of Cakes By Rachel and a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute with over 20 years of cooking experience.
CULINARY BOOTCAMP FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS (ages 15 and up)
3 PART SERIES on Monday, Tue, Wed August 5-7 from 5-8PM (duration 3 hours each lesson). $ 195
So you want to learn how to really cook? Here’s your chance. In this course, you will become well-versed in the fundamentals of cooking. Your assignments will include hands-on training in knife skills, roasting, sautéing, steaming.
Lesson 1 Monday August 5 at 5PM (duration 3 hours)
In this class we will cover the importance of knife skills (slicing, dicing, julienning, chopping, mincing), stocking the pantry, taste and identify spices, how to make a vinaigrettes and simple salad and how to cook the perfect al-dente pasta with accompanying sauces.
Lesson 2 Tuesday August 6 at 5 PM (duration 3 hours)
In this class students will learn how to supreme a chicken breast, the proper technique for sautéing and how to make a pan sauce. We will also cover blanching and refreshing vegetables, and fresh herbs and their food combinations. For dinner students will make:
Sautéed Chicken Cutlets with a pan sauce
Quinoa Salad with Blanched Seasonal Vegetables and Herbs
Lesson 3 Wednesday August 7 at 5PM (duration 3 hours)
Students will learn the proper techniques for grilling and roasting fish and vegetables, how to make marinades and rubs for vegetables and fish, and how to bake a simple cake. Students will cook and eat:
Grilled Fish Steak with a marinade
Grilled and Roasted Local and Seasonal Vegetables
Simple Peach Cake
KNIFE SKILLS with Martha Stafford
Thursday August 8 at 5:30PM (duration 2,5 hours). $ 65
FAVORITE SUMMER SOUPS with Martha Stafford
Wednesday August 14 at 5:30PM (duration 3 hours). $ 75
Owner and chef Martha Stafford will teach you how to incorporate delicious fresh ingredients into your summer soups.
Chilled Cucumber Soup
Zucchini and Green Pepper Soup
BASIC VEGETARIAN COOKING SKILLS with Martha Stafford.
3 PART DAY SERIES on Tuesday September 3, 10 and 17 at 10AM $ 195
Tuesday September 3 at 10AM - Lesson 1 (duration 3 hours)
In this session your will learn how to stock a pantry with the secret ingredients to delicious food and choose essential equipment. You will also learn basic knife skills (knife grip, slicing, dicing, julienning, chopping, mincing), how to make a vinaigrette, wash and store lettuce.
Fall Vegetable Stew
Whole Wheat Couscous
Simple Salad with Herbs and Vinaigrette
Tuesday September 10 at 10AM - Lesson 2 (duration 3 hours)
In this session you will learn all about stir frying with seasonal vegetables and tofu or tempeh, as well as (pressure) cooking grains and how to make homemade pudding.
Seasonal Vegetable Stir-fry
Short Grain Brown Rice
Fresh Vanilla Pudding
Tuesday September 17 at 10AM - Lesson 3 (duration 3 hours)
In this session you will use learn all about dried beans, steaming on the stove and in the oven, as well as how to pressure cook beans. You will make:
White Bean Gazpacho Steamed Vegetables with Peanut Sauce
Fennel Steamed in Parchment
Black-eyed Peas Virginia Style Dal
KNIFE SKILLS with Martha Stafford
Tuesday September 24 at 10AM (duration 2,5 hours). $ 65
You will learn how to choose, sharpen and store a high quality chef's knife. We will cover the following skills: knife grips, slicing, dicing, julienning, chopping, mincing, chiffonade. Local seasonal vegetables will be used and a light fresh meal prepared.
HEALING YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO FOOD
5 sessions on Thursday Sep 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 from 6-8pm. $ 275
The Charlottesville Cooking School is proud to offer this very special series for anyone who is interested in improving their relationship to food. Whether you are trying to improve your eating habits, lose weight, cook more or simply reduce the tension that grows every night as dinner time approaches this series has something for you. Our goal is to provide you with a wide variety of tools and skills, encouragement, and a personalized plan to help you create a nurturing, positive relationship to food.
In each session we will offer education and experiences to:
Raise awareness of how emotions and thoughts may affect your behavior and choices related to food and eating.
Create a personal eating plan designed to support healthy blood sugars, fewer cravings, and positive mood.
Prepare simple nourishing meals and snacks
This class is being taught in collaboration with Susan E. Del Gobbo, Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, Charlottesville Nutrition; Mimi Steele, Licensed Professional Counselor; and Martha Stafford owner of The Charlottesville Cooking School.
Gift Certificates -- Perfect for Every Taste!
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Terms and conditions:
Classes are non-refundable. If you cannot attend a class for which you
have registered, you must call at least 48 hours prior to the class in
order to receive a class credit. 24 hour cancellations or no-shows will
be billed in full.This applies to gift certificates as well. You may
send someone in your place if you cannot make it to class.