Friday, March 25, 2005

to do: learn to properly roast

last night I finally redeemed a gift certificate to the new school of cooking in culver city for a class on roasting. the school, in a little storefront across the street from Beacon, is a cheerful space - brightly painted, immaculately clean, well stocked. the classes are small - around 15 people, almost entirely women and mostly in their 20s and 30s.

we took a class on roasting and prepared a tri tip with rosemary and heirloom potatoes, ahi with a herb crust, pork with sherry, chicken, stuffed mushrooms with an herb butter, and really great green beans with a lemon zest. there were a few other dishes I can't recall right now, but all came out pretty good.

the class consists of about 20 min of lecture to explain technique, ingredients and the menu, about 1-2 hours of cooking and at the end of the class, wine is opened and everyone gathers around a large table to eat what we've prepared.

cooking class was one of those things I always wanted to do in ny and never got around to. LA seems to have an abundance of good classes (and fresh produce year round) - sur la table, new school of cooking, the california school of culinary arts and many of the local colleges.

my only regret is not bringing my camera with me to record the feast for all posterity.

1 Comments:

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Sounds great! I've always wanted to sign up for cooking classes but never did so either -- time to motivate. Nice that it wasn't one of those classes that are basically demonstrations instead. Did you get to wear chef's whites and clogs?

 

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