A few months ago, I wrote up a story about Price Chopper Market Bistro's Cooking School. I would be remiss if I didn't cover a few of the other fantastic options for cooking classes in the Capital Region.
The first place I think of when it comes to cooking schools in the area would be Different Drummer's Kitchen Cooking School. They have been in the area for over 20 years and offer an extensive list of different classes.
They have a wine tasting and pairing class on Wednesday, September 17, featuring Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery and Fox Run Winery. The class will be taught by Patrick Mannato, a local executive chef with St. Peter’s Health System and an avid wine enthusiast. Details available here.
I haven't attended a class in a while, but hope to soon, and I'll be sure to take pictures and post a write up.
September Cooking Class list is located here: http://www.differentdrummerskitchen.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=4385
Price Chopper and Certified Angus Beef invited me to a demonstration in the new cooking school at Market Bistro by Price Chopper in Latham. It was my first experience with a class in the cooking school. The school itself has three counter-tops with grills on them to accommodate up to 15 students and a seating area for demonstrations with two monitors displaying the chef's actions that are harder to see. The kitchen itself is state of the art and completely functional for a variety of types of classes.
The class I attended was called 'Two Guys and a Grill' and was put on by the cooking school's own chef John and a guest from Certified Angus Beef, Chef Michael. Both chefs were incredibly knowledgeable, able to answer some tricky questions from my fellow bloggers as well as offering up some really helpful hints (always wait for the grill to get hot, don't use olive oil ahead of time, as it won't hold up to high temperatures, etc.) and then of course there was the amazing food they prepared.
Classes at the cooking school range from $20 to $55, which from what I've seen in the area is a great price. There is also something great about taking a class and having a list of ingredients and a map of where you can get them in the store. There is a picture of their June calendar below, and you can always go here: https://www.marketbistro.com/CookingSchool/Class/UpcomingClass to view their current classes. They also offer classes for particular groups (children's classes, Girls or Guys Night, etc). Let me know what your experience at their cooking school is like.
|Chef Michael and Chef John||Chef John flips some vegetables||Chef Michael checks the temperature of a steak|
|Chef Michael from Certified Angus Beef slices a steak||Handy guide to see where each cut comes from||Market Bistro's Chef John prepares a Chimichurri|
|Dishes being prepared||Cooking School Calendar for June|
The event paired 10 different Adirondack Winery wines with ten olive oils or vinegars from Gusto Della Vita as well as 4 cheeses from Adirondack Cheese Company.
The event was held at Adirondack Winery in Lake George. It was a great event with a small group, so everyone got to know each other. Keep a look out on Adirondack Winery's web page for future events.
|Olive oil and balsamic vinegar by Gusto Della Vita||Wine display at Adirondack Winery|
Today was the first 'Taste of Upstate NY' event in Saratoga Springs. There were over 20 wineries, breweries, and distilleries as well as 27 other food vendors.
Being their first year, there were a few kinks that will need to be worked out (cash only with no functioning ATM, long rope lines for no reason and a few timing issues) but overall, it was a successful event.
The wineries and vendors were there in full force with a large selection of wares. It is an event you should look out for next year.
Just got home from the Mazzone Food Tour. We visited all 6 Mazzone restaurants and had a small dish at each (and a dessert at the last stop). Our favorites were the edamame dumplings at Tala and the delmonico steak at Prime Bar and Grill.
The tour was put on by Mazzone Hospitality and the Giddyup Bus. They are already planning a second tour.