Lessons in Cooking: Part 3
Cooking classes to take around Fairfield County.
OK! So let’s be serious here. I am never going to join the Culinary Institute of America. Not because I don’t want to, but because it’s too expensive for someone like me, who has no interest in opening a restaurant or anything like that. I just like to eat great food, and cook great food as often as I can.
So, I have discovered my second best alternative. One of the most fun things I get to do in Fairfield County is attending cooking classes taught by area chefs. To me, that is the best way to learn from really talented chefs all the while getting an opportunity to get into their minds and understand why they cook the way they do.
One of my most favorite places to enjoy this experience is at Clarke Kitchens in SONO. Awesome chefs are invited to teach simple as well as complex recipes. I love the elegant setting of this location with intimate class sizes. Marco and his team will make sure your wine glass is always full and you have the best time eating, learning and mingling.
When I want to learn the secrets of fine dining, I check out the cooking class schedule offered by Chef Brian Lewis at Elm in New Canaan. Just being in Chef Brian’s state of the art kitchen is a treat in itself. I feel mesmerized as he demonstrates interesting cooking techniques with the surprisingly underlying theme of, "anyone can do it."
To learn delicious French style cooking in a hands-on cooking class, I am always sure to check Chef Emily Roy’s class schedule in Wilton and Westport Continuing Ed programs. Chef Emily has inspired me to throw elegant and fun tasting menu parties, creating romantic meals for two and oh! just experimenting with things like lobster cooked four ways!
Last but not the least are the really exciting cooking classes by Lynn Manheim of Aux Delices. Classes are held in their kitchens in Stamford in a very casual setting. Lynn is a very talented and humble person. Her joy for cooking was the first thing I noticed. Class menus change based on seasons, which always keeps things exciting and relevant. Check out the extensive selection of class topics!