Exploring, Preserving and Celebrating the Culinary Arts
Class Schedule in Chronological Order
Classes are suitable for ages 16 and up.
KIDS CLASS ON TEACHER WORKDAY! GHOULISH GOURMET (kids ages 8 and up)
Friday October 24 from 9:30AM - 12:30PM. $ 45
Learn to create creepy Halloween Treats. Chicken “Fingers”, Ghouls Punch and Spooky Spider Cookies.
ANNOUNCING: FRIDAY MORNINGS WITH SOLEDAD LIENDO
Join popular teacher Soledad Liendo for weeknight dinner inspirations, encouragement and some dessert too. Born and raised in Argentina, Soledad graduated from the International Institute of Culinary Arts in Buenos Aires in 2007. Soledad has been seeling out classes at the Charlottesville Cooking School for the past 4 years. Soledad is a working mother of 3 children and strives to cook a healthy meal every night. Come learn her secrets!
SAVORY WEEKNIGHT QUICHES
Friday October 31 at 10AM – 1PM
Learn the shortcuts and techniques to make a French Quiche, the classic savory pie from France. You will learn to make a range of creative fillings and different types of crust.
Classic Quiche Lorraine with bacon
Vegetarian Spinach Quiche
Create your own Quiche
Simple salad with shallot vinaigrette
HOLIDAY DESSERTS CLASS
Friday November 14 from 10AM- 1PM
In this class you will learn to the techniques for making delicious classic desserts. Techniques covered will be: Pâte à Choux, Custard, Flambéing and working with Chocolate.
Pumpkin Flan with Caramel Sauce and toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Bananas Flambé with coconut ice cream and Chocolate Swirls
French Profiteroles with vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate sauce
SATISFYING WEEKNIGHT SOUPS AND STEWS
Friday December 5 from 10AM – 1PM
Learn the basic tricks of making satisfying comfort food on a weeknight.
Easy Basic Broth
Argentinean style Beef Stew
VEGETARIAN BREAKTHROUGH DINNERS
Friday December 12 at 10AM – 1PM
Learn how to buy, prepare and cook seasonal vegetables and make easy delicious meals!
Easy spiced Lentil Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash
Savory Apple & Blue Cheese Tarts
Cauliflower Steaks with a variety of sauces
KNIFE SKILLS with Martha Stafford
Wednesday October 29 at 5:30PM (duration 2,5 hours). $ 75
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.
ORIGINAL DISHES WITH ASIAN NOODLES with Ashley Brooks
Thursday October 30 at 5:30PM (duration 3 hours). $ 75
In this class you will learn how to use different types of Asian noodles to create wonderful meals at home.
Seared Beef Noodle Bowl with Shitake Mushrooms
Broccoli and Scallions Peanut Noodle Salad with sliced Chicken and julienned Vegetables
Stir fried Scallops and Vegetables over Soba Noodles with a Ginger Citrus sauce
NORTHERN ITALIAN INSPIRED DINNER PARTY with Ashley Brooks
Thursday November 13 at 5:30PM (duration 3,5 hours)
Take the stress out entertaining by learning to make this delicious winter menu that can be prepared entirely in advance. You will learn the techniques for making and stuffing fresh pasta, braising and poaching in wine and making crowd pleasing garlic mashed potatoes.
Kale salad with Parmesan, pine nuts, and cranberries
Butternut squash ravioli with Sage and Brown butter
Short ribs braised in red wine
Garlic mashed potatoes
Pears poached in port
INDIAN SNACKS AND APPETIZERS
Friday November 21 at 5:30PM (duration 3 hours). $ 75
Sudha was born and raised in the north Indian state of Rajisthan and moved to Charlottesville after she was married. With her sister-in-law she owned "The Taj - Indian Cuisine" restaurant in the mid 1980's. In this class you will make the following Indian appetizers and bread:
Samosas, vegetable filed turnovers
Chole (Spiced chickpeas)
Pakoras, vegetable fritters
Sweet and Hot Chutney
HOLIDAY PIES with Rachel Willis.
Saturday November 22 at 10AM (duration 3 hours). $ 75.
In this class Rachel will teach you the secrets and science behind a perfectly flaky tender pie crust, and will demonstrate a range of creative fillings. Rachel was the winner of the Apple Pie contest at the Vintage Virginia Apples Harvest Festival. For this class we ask that each participant bring a 9" glass pie plate. Rachel will teach you how to make a variety of pies using different combinations of filling, 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. 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.
Fresh Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie (with a cheddar crust for a twist)
HOLIDAY CELEBRATION DINNER with Ashley Brooks
Thursday December 4 at 5:30PM (duration 3,5 hours. $ 80
Learn new ways to prepare these classic menu items which will undoubtedly please your guests.
Roasted Carrot and Fennel Soup
Individual Beef Wellingtons
Haricot Verts with Shallots, Lemon Zest and Tarragon
Triple Potato and Leek Gratin with Gruyere
Chocolate Soufflé with Raspberry Coulis
FESTIVE HOLIDAY TRIFLE with Rachel Willis.
Saturday December 6 from 10AM- 2PM. $ 85
Layer upon sweet layer, trifles make a beautiful dessert for any occasion. Learn to make this layered dessert with lady fingers from scratch. For the filling you will learn to make white chocolate ganache and caramel sauce with roasted fall fruits.
Raspberry, White Chocolate and Almond Trifle
Autumn Trifle with Roasted Apples and Pears, and Pumpkin Caramel Sauce
Rachel Willis is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and has been cooking professionally for over 20 years. Rachel owns "Cakes by Rachel" and bakes wedding and other cakes for special occasions.
BEAUTIFUL CAKES FROM SCRATCH ****EACH PARTICIPANT WILL TAKE HOME A CAKE*****.
ANNUAL WEEKEND Workshop with Rachel Willis.
THIS WORKSHOP TAKES PLACES ONCE A YEAR. IT SOLD OUT QUICKLY IN PREVIOUS YEARS. DON'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR! SIGN UP TODAY!
Saturday January 17 from 10AM- 3PM and Sunday January 18 from 10AM-3PM. $ 195.00
Rachel Willis is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and has been cooking professionally for over 20 years. Rachel owns "Cakes by Rachel" and bakes wedding and other cakes for special occasions. On day 1 Rachel will teach you how to make perfect classic cake layers, frostings and fillings.
On day 2 you will learn how to fill and frost your cake and a variety of piping techniques for decorating. The class will cover vanilla butter and dark chocolate sour cream cake layers. Swiss meringue buttercream and variations like white chocolate mocha.
For filling your cake you will learn to make whipped cream based fillings and Swiss chocolate ganache. Rachel will teach the smooth icing technique, simple piped decorations and how to make paper cones to write personal frosting messages.
Classic Vanilla Butter Cake
Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Cake
Swiss meringue Buttercream with variations like White Chocolate Mocha,
Whipped Cream based filling and Swiss Chocolate Ganache fillings.
Each participant will take home one complete cake.
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.
Gift Certificates -- Perfect for Every Taste!
The Charlottesville Cooking School offers gift cards, the perfect gift for the food lover in your life. Give them a gift that is both fun and practical -- cooking lessons! To order click HERE