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Old Vine Café and The Splendors of Italy

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Cooking Classes, Italian, Reviews, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the venue Cooking classes in Italy. This is near the top of my bucket list. If you share my love for incredible food, cooking, and travel, Old Vine Café and The Culinary Institute will be hosting a 10-day epicurean adventure to Calabria and Sicily this April where travelers will enjoy hands on cooking lessons, fabulous meals, wine tasting, sight seeing and more. While sadly it does not look like I will be going this spring at least, I did have the consolation of attending a private food and wine pairing dinner at Old Vine Café celebrating authentic dishes from Italy prepared and presented by Chef/Owner Mark McDonald and Sommelier Kate Perry where Chef Mark’s passion for authenticity, using seasonal local ingredients, and sharing his knowledge of Italy’s regional cuisine made my first dining...

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Dr. Andrew Weil and Chef Arik Markus Share True Food Recipes

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Cooking Classes, Gluten-Free, Recipes | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of True Food Kitchen I’m not gonna lie, I love bacon, butter, steak, cream sauces as much as the next person and I don’t think I have it in me to give up meat and rich foods entirely. However I do appreciate when I find dishes that are not only delicious, but also healthy, especially when they are creative and incorporate ingredients that provide strong health benefits. Last week I was invited to attend a cooking demo with Dr. Andrew Weil, co-owner of True Food Kitchen and Executive Chef Arik Markus. Dr. Weil, a trained Medical Doctor, is a leading authority on integrated medicine and a renowned author, blogger, and speaker on health, aging, and healing. He is a proponent of sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet to help reduce inflammation that can lead to...

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Surfas Cooking Classes

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in Cooking Classes, Events | 0 comments

  Have you been wanting to learn how to cook? Come to one of the many Surfas Cooking Classes happening this month. Surfas is a place to enjoy delicious food, purchase household and professional cooking supplies, and somewhere to learn how to cook. The cooking classes this month will feature cooking with chocolate, grilling with Dad, and more. Cooking with Chocolate Sunday, 6/9/13 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm $85.00 Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This tasty and informative hands-on cooking class focuses exclusively on your favorite ingredient. We’ll explore the different kinds of chocolate and create both savory and sweet dishes. In addition, you will learn how to grind your own spices; sear a steak to perfection; tricks of cooking with dry chilies; and creating baked custards. Enjoy a generous tasting of: Wilted Spinach, Chocolate and Blackberry Salad – Chicken Mole...

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