Sunday, January 8, 2012

let's review: 700 kitchen cooking school

     Michelle and I thought it would be fun to take a cooking class at 700 Cooking School.... and it was! Located in the beautiful and historic 700 Drayton Restaurant in downtown Savannah, our particular class included eight students.
     We were so engrossed in listening to Chef Darin's instruction, preparing dinner and snapping photos, the two of us forgot our pre-arranged plan to talk like Julia Child all night.
     I'm sure had the other students known, they would be so grateful our memories lapsed. We usually find ourselves far more entertaining than others do.
     Chef Darin really demystified the techniques of stewing and braising. We made the classic French Boeuf Bourguignon.
     He even remained calm when Michelle tried to burn his kitchen down. (Just kidding... That's brandy being added to the pan.)
     The three-hour class was SO much fun. We learned how to purchase a good knife, care for and hold said knife. We even got to chop all of the ingredients for the meal.
     We were finished around seven p.m. The entire class then enjoyed the fruits (and veggies) of our labor, chatting about where we were from and getting better acquainted while devouring the meal we prepared. I'm gonna have to come do this again!
     Here are a few food highlights: 
     Celery root added to the mashed potatoes gave a smooth finish to an everyday side dish.
     Braised leeks accompanied the main course. After a bit of advanced preparation, the leeks finished in the oven beside the beef.
     Here's the finished plate. So beautiful and delicious! Let's all say it in our best Julia voice... Beef Bourguignon on top of Celery Root Mashed Potatoes with Braised Leeks Gratin.
    We even had a homemade dessert... Luscious and light Grapefruit Granita with raspberries and freshly baked shortbread cookies. A perfect finish to a hearty meal.
 A new foodie friend:)

2 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun!! I will need to take one of these classes with the Chef! Hope you will have a wonderful week, Susan!

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  2. I have always wanted to do one of these. In fact, I tried talking Chelsea into taking one with me last year, but it never worked out. Thanks for the review! Maybe I'll ask for a class for Mother's Day!

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