Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cooking Class at Sur La Table

As part of Todd's Christmas present, I had told him I was going to buy us a cooking class at Sur La Table. They offer cooking classes 4-5 nights/week but it seemed like whenever there was a night we were free or the menu was something Todd wanted to learn how to cook and eat, the class would already be full. Back in March, we finally found a class that worked and registered for it. I had kind of forgotten about it until I got the reminder email earlier in the week that our class was on Friday, May 20. It's amazing how fast time flies by!

Anyways, I was probably more excited than Todd about the class because I really don't know a ton about cooking and was hoping to actually learn something. The menu was Italian Trattoria Fare and sounded delicious.

The menu:

  • Arugula Salad with Fried Capers, Balsamic Vinigarette and Shaved Parmesean

  • Grilled Beef "Tagliata" with Rosemary and Lemons

  • Homemade Lasagna Verdi al Forno with Fresh Spinach Lasagna Noodles

  • Classic Panna Cotta with Strawberry Sauce

Sur La Table is a cooking store (like William Sonoma) that also offers cooking classes

The inside of the kitchen where we'd be doing all the cooking

Todd was ready to cook

The class was from 6:30-8:30 PM and the first half hour was the chef explaining all the recipes we were going to make and any special tips or hints we needed to know. We then split up and each went to a station where we would make one part of the meal. I guess I was kind of surprised by this because I thought we'd each be making the entire meal but realistically, that probably isn't possible to do in 2 hours. Todd was in charge of the grilled beef "tagliata" with rosemary and lemons and I was in charge of making the sauce for the lasagna.

After I chopped all the vegetables, I started cooking them on the stove

Then I added the ground beef, tomatoes, and wine and brought the sauce to a simmer

Todd did an excellent job grilling the meat

Once everyone was done cooking their portion of the meal, we were able to enjoy the salad and beef while the lasagna baked in the oven for 30 minutes. After we had some lasagna, we ended the meal with panna cotta covered in the most amazing fresh strawberry sauce ever. The night was so much fun and the food was phenomenal. We're thinking of taking another cooking class again this summer and learning to make something completely different.

Todd eating the arugula salad

Enjoying the beef

That looks like ketchup & chicken parmesan but it's really panna cotta with lots of strawberry sauce and lasagna covered in cheese


Lindsay said...

looks like fun! i've heard good things about their classes :)

BeckyJo606 said...

I've been reading your blog for awhile and somehow missed you are a Columbus blogger! My husband and I took a Sur La Table Cooking class at Easton not too long ago--we took the Wine Pairings class. I loved it!! :)

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