The Refined Cook Culinary Series
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Note: We will do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and to ensure the freshest produce possible. Classes are BYOB, include all materials, 1-2 complimentary bottles of wine carefully selected by wine consultant, Jeff, to pair with dishes and complimentary appetizer.
Taste of Asia
Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. Classes are often inspired by cuisines from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan and China. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world.
Asia 1: Fresh Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls, Organic Chicken Mango Coconut Curry, Organic Salad Greens with a Soy and Sesame dressing, Steamed Organic Brown Rice, Banana Fritters (Gluten Free) : $95
Sept. 17 Sun, Oct. 19 Th
Asia 2: Thai Organic Chicken and Shrimp Lemongrass Coconut Soup, Chinese Five-Spice Pan-fried All Natural Pork tenderloin Medallions, Sautéed Shanghai petite bok choy, Steamed Organic brown rice, Pandan and Coconut Jelly (Gluten Free) : $95
Sept. 22 Nov. 11 Sat
Around the world
Vive La France! : In Spring 2016, Marlene did a month-long immersion in the South of France working on an organic farm, performing in a concert and cycling through the Dordogne region. This menu commemorates the first anniversary of this trip, inspired by French meals over the years. We will finish with a take on a Parisian icon, Crêpe Nutella, except the nutella here is home-made (gianduja).
Creamy Asparagus soup with Smoked Salmon and crème fraîche, Pan fried scallops in a Pernod cream sauce, Sautéed Organic Beets, carrots and Beet greens, Banana and Hazelnut Chocolate Crêpe (a la Nutella) (Gluten Free): $95
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This is an eclectic menu that combines flavors and ingredients from Asia, South America and Europe. We’ll start with a nutrient-dense power greens soup with the probiotic qualities of miso that’s bound to give your health a jump start while preparing Quinoa salad that Marlene and Jeff first had in Cuzco, Peru. Jeff will share a restaurant secret in making this perfectly cooked cod loin, and we will prepare a compound butter that’s good on anything and everything to accompany the broccoli side dish. Finally, well cap it with a guilt-free, delicious dessert that will knock your socks out.
Mixed Organic Greens Soup with Miso, Pistachio-encrusted Cod Loin, Sage butter Broccoli, Peruvian Quinoa Salad, Coconut Panna Cotta with Organic Berries (Gluten Free): $95
Oct. 21, Sat
Vegetarian & VEGAN (Gluten-Free)
Vegetarian: You’re not going to miss meat with this luxuriously decadent vegetarian fare. In this class, we’ll learn about soffritto and mirepoix that puts the “classic” in our Tomato Soup and a French sauce that transforms this lasagna into “food for the gods”. Finish off with a no-dairy luscious dessert that’s super easy to make! This class is gluten free as we will use gluten-free lasagna noodles from Italy.
Cauliflower fritters, Classic Tomato Soup, Roasted (or Grilled) Vegetables with Spinach Lasagna, Coconut Panna Cotta with Organic Berries (Gluten Free): $95
VeganAsian : Healthy Asian cuisine just got healthier! We’ve designed this cooking class to have all the authentic flavors of Asia without sacrificing the Umami that usually comes from fish sauce. You’ll learn about unusual ingredients like agar agar, roll fresh spring rolls, make your own peanut sauce from scratch, have a soup course that can be a meal on its own with typical Asian garnishes and make a ridiculously easy guilt-free dessert. Would you believe it’s gluten-free too?
Fresh spring rolls with peanut sauce, Squash soup with scallions, Sautéed Shanghai petite bok choy with sesame and Pandan and Coconut Jelly (Gluten Free): $95
Oct. 27 Fri