The holidays are nearly upon us and life is filled with glittering decorations, endless parties, and the tantalizing smell of holiday cooking. Or is it? Is the art of cooking fading into the past as it becomes ever-easier and convenient to pop into the grocery store or the local bakery? We hope not, but time is always of the essence in our fast-paced society.
Yet, what better time of year to slow it down a few notches and return to the timeless act of pouring love into home-made food? Learn from the pros this season through a themed cooking class! Not only does home-cooked cuisine always taste better, but it’s also an opportunity to impress your loved ones! We’re not just talking about cooking 101, oh no, if you endeavor to take a cooking class at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa, you’ll learn anything from how to cook with beer to crafting the perfect crepe.
Cooking Classes in Vermont
As you prepare for the holiday events, parties, and family gatherings, you might just find the idea of a cooking class to be delightful! Besides, a getaway to enchanting Burlington, Vermont, may be just what you need! Cooking classes you can look forward to are:
Oh My Squash
Oh, the wonders that can be created in the kitchen with squash! A quintessential fall food, and one that easily carries through into the winter. In this class, you’ll learn a variety of recipes including Romaine Salad with Pumpkin Seed Dressing, Vermont Goat Cheese and Cranberries Butternut Squash Risotto, Seared Scallops with Sage Brown Butter Sauce, Brown Sugar Roasted Acorn Squash, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Warm Rum Sauce. This workshop is usually two to three hours.
Sweet or savory, healthy or indulgent, crepes are simply divine! Learn how to make them so well your relatives will find any excuse to come over! In this class, you’ll learn how to make crepe batter, practice cooking, and flipping, and receive some easy and delicious filling ideas to sample. This class generally lasts 45 to 60 minutes.
Cooking With Vermont Beer
Not only is Vermont beer delicious to drink, but apparently it’s also excellent to cook with! In the Cooking With Vermont Beer class, you’ll learn the most tasteful ways to incorporate local brews into your cuisine. Examples include Balsamic Beer French Onion Soup, Beer Braised Chicken, Chocolate Stout Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze. This class runs for two to three hours.
By far one of the most universally loved cuisines is Italian, and if you’ve never learned how to cook it from a master, now’s your chance! In this cooking class, you’ll learn how to make some of the classics including Italian Wedding Soup, Fresh Pasta alla Carbonara, Chicken Cacciatore, and Zabaglione over Fresh Fruit. This class generally lasts about two – two and half hours.
Maple trees are abundant in Vermont and as a result, so are maple products! In the Vermont Maple class, you’ll learn about the immense variety of ways to utilize maple in the kitchen! A few dishes you may cover are Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette with Vermont Goat Cheese, Greens and Maple Pepper Pecans, Maple Ginger Pan Roasted Statler Chicken Breasts, Steamed Maple Root Vegetables, and Creamy Maple Polenta. This class is two – two and a half hours.
Oh, the delicious dishes you’ll be whipping up in no time at all after one or more of these classes! Though it’s wonderful to take a cooking class during the holidays, if time doesn’t permit don’t worry! The Essex offers cooking classes year-round. The classes offered alter slightly as the seasons change, but there are always plenty to choose from. If at any point during the year you feel in need of a luxurious getaway filled with delicious food and a cooking class or two, book a stay at The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa! Every single class is taught by one of The Essex’s talented chefs, so you’ll always be in knowledgeable hands! Book your cooking class right here.