Here is a sneak peek at our fall line up of classes!
 Registration begins August 16th at 6:30 a.m.
 

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  • Wednesday, September 6th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Meet Me At The Chef's Table

    Join Josie for a night of inspired seasonal cooking. Learn how chefs select and prepare dishes and menus based on the best products available. Explore all the creative elements that come together to create a memorable “trust me” meal. Josie will discuss tips and tricks to make your next dinner party a success!

    Note: This menu is not recommended for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions

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  • Friday, September 8th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    What to Drink with What You Eat: Local Food with Niagara Wine

    What happens when a sommelier and a few of her wine-and food-loving friends take a day off in Niagara? Road trip wines! Take a detour from the familiar and discover some of the hidden gems from the Niagara Region paired with seasonal late summer fare. Wineries such as Kacaba, Hidden Bench, Five Rows, KEW, and Domaine Queylus are on the list to be visited. Tonight Christie Pollard is going to share with you all of her road trip finds and feature a chef’s menu, decided upon when the wines are in hand, so you can enjoy the perfect pairing.

    Note: This menu is not recommended for anyone with dietary restrictions.

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  • Monday, September 11th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Cuban Food

    Picture yourself sitting in the heart of Old Havana and enjoying a traditional Cuban meal. Tonight, Carmen Barquero will help you do just that! The evening will begin with a wonderful Cuban cocktail and classic Cubano sandwich, followed by saffron rice and pollo fritto a la criolla (fried chicken creole).  To end the evening, Carmen will serve a dulce de leche cheesecake.

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  • Tuesday, September 12th - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

    Day Class - What to Drink with What You Eat?: Spanish Tapas

    Join sommelier Christie Pollard for a tapas style pairing class featuring the wine and food of Spain. The menu includes fingerling patatas bravas with smoked paprika aioli, shrimp with romesco, manchego and chorizo dates with serrano ham. A selection of Spanish wine will be served, including Cava, Rosado, and Rioja.

     

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  • Wednesday, September 13th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Cooking with Cast Iron

    Indoor or outdoor, cooking with cast iron is a great way to turn out some tasty dishes. Tonight, Troy Spicer will be passing on his knowledge and showing you how to cook Irish soda bread to enjoy with potato sausage soup. Next up is a pan seared beef Denver steak with whisky mustard cream, pan roasted tomatoes and crispy fingerling potatoes. Finally, Troy will demonstrate how even dessert can come out of that trusty cast iron skillet by serving up a caramel apple cobbler with ice cream. Take home a 10-1/4″ cast iron pan (valued at $42.99) and get cooking!

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  • Thursday, September 14th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Harvest Table

    Tonight, experience a true field-to-fork cooking demonstration where Chef Chad Stewart will be utilizing seasonal harvest ingredients from local farms to create a show stopping menu.  Dishes will include roasted heirloom tomato salad, wild mushroom risotto, slow cooked Jerusalem artichokes with chorizo sausage. Sous vide local chicken confit and chef’s recipe sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

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  • Monday, September 18th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    How To Cook For The Week

    Although most of us want to relax and enjoy a lazy Sunday, it really is the best time to get yourself set up for the week to come. Emily Richards will prepare five weeknight meals and show you how to get ahead. Recipes will include:

    Citrus chicken with cauliflower couscous

    Beef and mushroom kofta burgers and greens

    Apple radish chicken salad

    Beef farro soup

    Hearty veggie sauce with spiralized zucchini and carrot noodles

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  • Wednesday, September 20th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Plate Like A Pro

    Have you ever been served a meal and then felt badly about digging in and ruining the masterpiece that was set in front of you? Tonight, chef Josie Pontarelli will teach you the tips and tricks to plating like a pro so you can bring the art home. The menu will include a chef’s choice amuse bouche, a duo of carrot and Jerusalem artichoke soup and a duck salad using duck breast and duck confit. Finally, Josie will make a wonderful plum ice cream sandwich with ginger cookie.

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  • Monday, September 25th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Middle Eastern

    Daphna Rabinovitch is here to share her love of Middle Eastern cooking. The evening will begin just as it would in many homes in the Eastern Mediterranean with a variety of appetizers including squash hummus, Israeli fattoush salad and zucchini tabbouleh. Next, you will be served a flavourful Israeli couscous with chicken. Last but certainly not least is a sweet treat called malabwi.

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  • Tuesday, September 26th - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Day Class - Grain Bowls

    Get ready to be bowled over by grains! Daphna Rabinovitch is here to show you how to make a variety of grains the star of the show. She will begin with a vegetarian grain bowl with tofu, eggplant and basmati rice. Next up is a garlicky romaine, chicken and wild rice bowl, followed by a Latin inspired quinoa bowl with fresh chimichurri sauce.

     

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  • Wednesday, September 27th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Fantastic Fermenting

    Come explore the trendy topic of fermenting with chef Josie Pontarelli. This class will discuss the interesting fermentation process using a variety of ingredients.  We will explore the healthy benefits found in introducing more fermented foods into your diet.  Menu will include sparkling kombucha tea, panzanella salad with a fermented tomato vinaigrette and sourdough bread, kimchi on a sausage and will finish with an overnight kefir coffee cake.

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  • Monday, October 2nd - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Vegetarian Fall Cooking with Nettie

    Vegetarian cooking has come a long way since the days of dull salads. Join Chef and author of Nourish, Nettie Cronish for an evening that will give you an arsenal of veggie recipes that are sure to please. She will begin by demonstrating a versatile vegetable stock which will then be used in an apricot lentil soup with aromatic masala spices. Next, enjoy a shiitake mushroom and roasted tamari almond dip along with organic tofu “Neatballs” with ground flax, fresh sage, parmesan and garlic served on pasta or tucked in a pita. Finally, nosh on ancho chile cranberry brownies before heading home with a full stomach.

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  • Tuesday, October 3rd - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    All About Tomatoes

    It’s that tomato time of year! Jill will start the evening off by introducing you to a sampling of different tomatoes. She will then serve a tomato strawberry salad on organic greens, followed by a delicious Italian papa alla Pomodoro. Next is roasted white fish with sauce Vierge. Now it’s time to get adventurous with a wonderful moist tomato soup cake with rich cream cheese icing.

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  • Wednesday, October 4th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Pass the Pie Please!

    We welcome pie master Vicci Coughlin back to the kitchen for an evening of savory and sweet treats. To start the evening, you will be taught how to make the perfect pastry to use for all your pie or tart needs. Vicci will then show you how to make a wonderful and homey turkey pot pie served with a simple side salad. We will then move into classic pies with a twist, whiskey pumpkin pie and maple walnut pie. Each guest will receive an Emile Henry pie dish valued at $54.99.

     

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  • Thursday, October 5th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    What to Drink with What You Eat: Cider

    Ontario is the heartland for apples destined for cider. The past few years have seen an explosion in the craft cider industry with a wide range of styles from sparkling to iced, off-dry to tart, dry and funky. Join us for an evening of local craft cider paired with a menu that features shaved brussel sprout & smoked trout salad with pecorino and cider vinaigrette, wild mushroom spaetzle with smoked turkey sausage, onion soup gratinée with cider, buckwheat crepes with ham spinach and cheese and apple cider fritters.

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  • Friday, October 6th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Oktoberfest

    It’s a wunderbar time of year to celebrate Oktoberfest! Tonight, chef Chad Stewart will prepare a hearty German inspired meal to enjoy alongside some great beer. To start, you will enjoy an heirloom pumpkin bisque followed by crispy pork belly, bacon roasted brussel sprouts and beer braised cabbage. Finally, indulge in crispy duck fat spaetzle with fresh herbs and aged cheddar cheese.

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  • Wednesday, October 11th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Cooking with Cast Iron

    Indoor or outdoor, cooking with cast iron is a great way to turn out some tasty dishes. Tonight, Troy Spicer will be passing on his knowledge and showing you how to cook Irish soda bread to enjoy with potato sausage soup. Next up is a pan seared beef Denver steak with whisky mustard cream, pan roasted tomatoes and crispy fingerling potatoes. Finally, Troy will demonstrate how even dessert can come out of that trusty cast iron skillet by serving up a caramel apple cobbler with ice cream. Take home a 10-1/4″ cast iron pan (valued at $42.99) and get cooking!

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  • Thursday, October 12th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Mad About Mushrooms

    Join Jill in this class as she works with some of her favourite specialty mushrooms including shiitake, maitake, king oyster, shimeji, and porcini. Dishes to be demonstrated and enjoyed include sausage, spinach and fontina stuffed mushroom caps, mushroom soup with truffle oil, and wild mushroom and chicken lasagna served with a side salad. Dessert is creamy French goat cheese with roasted walnuts and truffle honey.

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  • Monday, October 16th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Quick & Easy Meals

    Dinner will never be the same again. Not once Daphna Rabinovich arms you with a few choice easy but delicious meals that include some shortcuts. Tonight’s menu includes:

    • Fish sauteed with sun-dried tomatoes, capers and garlic
    • Chicken piccata
    • Zucchini lentil soup
    • Farro with roasted vegetables
    • Finish the evening with a quick and easy dessert

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  • Tuesday, October 17th - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Day Class - High Tea

    Imagine yourself in London’s Savoy Hotel while being treated to the best of high tea. Today, Daphna Rabinovitch teaches you how to prepare a wonderful and truly British staple. To begin, you will taste impossibly flaky, moist scones. Next is an arugula salad with avocado, orange and mint, followed by morning glory muffins. Finally, enjoy a delicious roasted fruit Tuile cup.

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  • Wednesday, October 18th- 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Know Your Cuts Of Pork

    Tonight, chef Troy Spicer takes over the kitchen to show you how to prepare and present pork so it is the star of the show. He will begin the night with a pork charcuterie board including pork rillettes, crostini, chutney and mustards. Next up will be a mouth-watering and fall-inspired pan seared frenched centre cut loin chop with spicy cranberry citrus sauce, roasted golden beets and creamy kale risotto. You will then be served a lovely chocolate bread pudding to end the evening.

     

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  • Thursday, October 19th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Riedel Tasting Event

    Join us for a wine lover’s evening guided by Wayne Bentley of Riedel and Tod Warner of Esprit Du Vin.

    Learn and experience the benefits of having the proper glass for your favourite wines.

    You will compare a flight of 4 wines in a set of varietaly specific glasses and taste the difference the right stemware makes. Best of all you get to take home the set of 4 tasting glasses (valued at $60 ) which includes an aromatic white, oaked white, Burgundy, and Bordeaux stemless glass.

    We will be joined by Sommelier Christie Pollard who will prepare a menu to pair with each wine.

    • Caesar salad fresh rolls with prosciutto
    • Wild mushroom and truffle pizza with Fontina cheese
    • Smoked Duck and fall fruit salad with greens chevre and a pomegranate vinaigrette
    • Pasta Bolognese with Parmigiano Reggiano

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  • Monday, October 23rd- 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Hands-on Pizza Making

    Sometimes nothing is better than pulling a homemade pizza straight out of the oven. Join chef Carmen Barquero as you learn how to make an easy tomato sauce and a fast pizza dough to be used for a traditional Margherita pizza. Next, Carmen will show you how to make an alternative crust using cauliflower topped with roasted veggies and goat cheese. You will then enjoy a seasonal caramelized butternut squash pizza with crispy kale, fontina cheese with a pomegranate salsa. Lastly, Carmen will show you how to make a simply delicious whole wheat autumn apple pizza.

     

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  • Tuesday, October 24th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Italian Cooking with Emily

    Tonight, chef Emily Richards is in the kitchen to share her love of Italian food. To begin, Emily will serve a duck ragout with tagliatelle, followed by a savoury polenta cake with fresh tomato. Next is a lovely tiramisu trifle, as well as a crunchy, chewey brutta ma buoni.

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  • Wednesday, October 25th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Cooking with Cast Iron

    Indoor or outdoor, cooking with cast iron is a great way to turn out some tasty dishes. Tonight, Troy Spicer will be passing on his knowledge and showing you how to cook Irish soda bread to enjoy with potato sausage soup. Next up is a pan seared beef Denver steak with whisky mustard cream, pan roasted tomatoes and crispy fingerling potatoes. Finally, Troy will demonstrate how even dessert can come out of that trusty cast iron skillet by serving up a caramel apple cobbler with ice cream. Take home a 10-1/4″ cast iron pan (valued at $42.99) and get cooking!

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  • Thursday, October 26th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    What to Drink with What You Eat?: At The Local Pub

    Food and Beer Pairing class

    The local craft beer scene is booming with small breweries popping up in and around the Forest City. Join us for an evening sampling beer and food with a menu that includes pub favourites like Vietnamese Bahn Mi chicken tacos, kale Caesar salad, wild mushroom truffle pizza, grilled Cubano sandwich and chocolate stout pudding with pretzels and marshmallow.

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  • Monday October 30th - 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Day Class - Classic Italian

    Today, treat yourself to the lunch of all lunches with chef Ran Ai, who is here to share the wonder that is Italian food. Begin the morning off with a ricotta, pesto and chili crostini followed by a baby green salad with gorgonzola, pear and honey. Next, learn how to perfect the art of risotto and enjoy it with salty prosciutto, wild mushrooms and wonderful saffron. For dessert, enjoy the Italian classic, affogato.

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  • Thursday November 2nd - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    What to Drink with What You Eat: At The Portuguese Table

    Join sommelier Christie Pollard for a quick hop across the pond to beautiful Portugal for an evening of sensational food and wine. Each course will be paired with the perfect Portuguese partner that brings out the best in both.

    Start with night with a comforting Portuguese bread and garlic soup with herbs topped with a poached egg, followed by lula frita (calamari with lemon aioli). Next up is classic peri peri chicken skewers served with cucumber cabbage mint slaw and Portuguese rice with chorizo sausage, duck, apricots and olives. The finale is pasteis de nata (Portuguese custard tart)

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  • Friday, November 3rd - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    The Best of France

    After many years of taking groups to tour the south of France, Jill has found some crowd pleasing favourites that she wants to share with you. Start the evening learning how to make savoury gougeres. Next is a creamy and delicious celeriac remoulade salad. Sip on a glass of wine from the Languedoc region as you enjoy a speedy version of the classic coq au vin served with roasted potatoes. Enjoy a plate of French cheeses, followed by a dessert of poached pears in red wine served with crème fraiche.

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  • Monday, November 6th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    French Baking

    Tonight, picture yourself in a wonderful French patisserie as chef Carmen Barquero treats you to some of the best sweets that France has to offer. She’ll demonstrate how to make the ubiquitous macarons with coffee and Baileys and oreo. Next is a lesson on how to make choux paste. From the choux, Carmen will prepare eclairs and the spectacular classic – croquembouche.   A light soup and salad will also be served during the class.

     

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  • Tuesday, November 7th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Bee My Honey

    In tonight’s class, Jill will walk you through a honey sampling with products from Southwestern Ontario, Italy and Greece.

    For dinner, the evening will start with a salad of roasted beets with a honey/truffle vinaigrette on organic spinach. The main will be roasted salmon with a honey/miso/soy glaze served with honey/thyme carrots. Finish the evening with warm cinnamon honey roasted figs served over honey vanilla ice cream. Plus, try a honey-based mead that will having you buzzing.

     

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  • Wednesday, November 8th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Hands-on Pasta Making

    Learn the joys of making your own pasta with chef Ran Ai in this technique-focused class. The evening will begin with you learning the tricks to making delicious smoked bacon, caramelized onion and ricotta ravioli with olive oil poached heirloom tomato sauce. Next, try your hand at making gnocculi with spinach and walnut cream sauce. Finally, you will make a classic spaghetti with bolognese ragu.

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  • Friday, November 10th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Cooking for the Holiday

    The holidays can be stressful, so shed the stress of cooking the perfect meal by having chef Chad Stewart create the perfect holiday meal menu for you. Chad will begin by demonstrating a slow-cooked turkey breast with a brine recipe that will result in turkey fit for a king. No holiday meal is complete without a variety of delicious sides to overindulge in. Tonight, you will learn how to make simple roasted local potatoes, honey garlic roasted baby carrots and bacon onion stuffing.  End the evening with a classic vanilla creme brûlée.

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  • Monday, November 13th - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Winter Warming Soups & Stews

    Nothing makes you forget the chill in the air better than a warm bowl of homemade soup or stew.  Join Jill as she shares some of her favourite recipes from her most recent cookbook Soups, Stews & Breads.

    Learn how to make chicken stock from scratch.She’ll also demonstrate how to make Thai hot and sour shrimp soup, followed by a hearty squash, kale and corn chowder.  Next is a classic Hungarian goulash served with homemade spätzle. The evening will finish with a colourful vegetarian chili.

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  • Monday, November 20th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Holiday Cookies

    If there is one thing every country has a special version of, it’s cookies. Tonight, join chef Carmen Barquero as she takes you on a cookie tour of the world. The evening will begin right here in Canada with peppermint Nanaimo bars (they may not technically be a cookie but they are so, so good!). Next, we head to Mexico for alfajores. We will then cross the pond and head to Europe for an Italian cranberry white chocolate biscotti and wrap it up in France with chocolate almond madeleines.

     

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  • Tuesday, November 21th - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Hands-On Knife Skills

    Sharpen your knife skills with chef Deb Murray in this hands-on class. Today, learn how to chop, dice, hone and so much more to make your time in the kitchen simpler. Enjoy a delicious corn chowder and take home the ingredients you will have prepared in class to make it at home for yourself.

     

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  • Wednesday November 22nd - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    What to Drink with What You Eat: From Southern France

    A fall menu inspired by sommelier Christie Pollard’s travels through the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. Wines of the region will be paired with a menu that includes stuffed figs, savoury goat cheese sorbet and gazpacho ice over tomatoes, truffle gougères with mushroom cappuccino, duck confit shepherd’s pie with celery root potato mash and fall fruit galette.

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  • Thursday, November 23rd - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Stress-Free Appetizers

    A little advanced prep to beat the holiday hassle. Get some quick and easy appetizer ideas for all the parties in your calendar in this class with Jill as she prepares spicy rosemary and maple nuts, Japanese yakitori and cheddar/chutney tartlets. She will then show you how to make a simple salt and pepper shrimp along with Moroccan lamb meatballs with spiced yogurt sauce. Keep the stress level down and the holiday cheer up!

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