Friday, March 26, 2010

Smart Fun Cooking Classes at The Atlanta Art Institute

Tons of fun new Smart Fun classes at The Art Institute of Atlanta! I took a French class there last year and it was a blast. Hmm...maybe it's time to try one out again...

COOKING is Smart Fun
Love to cook? These classes are for you! All you need is an apron and two kitchen towels. Students should wear long pants and closed toe shoes that are preferably leather with flat heels and rubber soles for kitchen safety. No heels or sandals, please!

Cooking Specials
Register for 3 and get the 4th class free!

Pay for three cooking classes and attend the fourth class at no charge. (You must enroll for all four classes at the same time to receive this special offer.)

Groups of 3+: Save $25 per person!

If your group is 3 or more people, take $25 off each person (You must enroll all three or more people at the same time to receive this special offer.)

Chicago Steakhouse Restaurant
Saturday, April 17
10:00 – 2:00 $99
Chef Scott Millspaugh
Now you can learn many of the recipes and secrets that make Chicago’s Morton’s restaurant so special. These Morton’s recipes, that translate so well to the home kitchen, will show how food can be perfectly cooked with flavors that burst with freshness. In this class you will prepare Filet Mignon with Light Garlic Rub, Bloody Mary London Broil with Horseradish Sauce, Steak au Poivre with Peppercorn Sauce, Baked Tomatoes with Gorgonzola, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Twice Baked Potatoes, Dijon Vinaigrette, Morton’s Blue Cheese Dressing, and then end the meal with Honey-Glazed Apple Pastry.

Julia Child’s Classic French Spring Dinner
Saturday, April 24
10:00 – 2:00 $99
Chef Lisa Hubbard
By popular demand, we’ve added another one of Julia Child’s classic dinners to the schedule and just in time for Spring entertaining! Savor sautéed Bread Rounds with Cream Shellfish Filling. Serve a cold Watercress Soup followed by a classic Sauce Vinaigrette Salad and prepare a wonderful Coq au Vin with Onions, Mushrooms, and Bacon. As in France, the Coq au Vin is accompanied by Parsley Potatoes and Buttered Green Peas. We’ll top the meal off with Pears Baked with Macaroons. Along with these recipes you’ll be learning some of the classic French cooking techniques that make cooking all the more fun!

Experiencing Southeast Asian Cuisine
Saturday, May 1
10 – 2 $99
Chef Nicholas Walker
The food of Southeast Asia is truly an art and it is not only a cook’s paradise, but a diner’s as well. Explore the complex tastes along with the spectacular presentations of Southeast Asian cuisine as you prepare recipes with a surprising blend of hot, sweet, sour, and salty flavors, all in perfect balance. You will learn how to prepare Chicken Satay, Grilled Fish in Banana Leaf, Fresh Spring Rolls, Pad Thai, Green Curry Chicken, and for dessert, Mango & Sticky Rice.

Delectable Desserts
Saturday, May 8
10:00 – 2:00 $99
Chef Jeanie Newton
Learn just how easy it is to make pastry crème and then use it in a variety of sweet temptations that include fruit tarts, chocolate dessert cups, and Bavarian Crème. You’ll learn the techniques for making the perfect Chocolate Mousse and Strawberry Mousse. Add Chocolate Pots de Crème to this menu and you can indulge yourself in sweet perfection. This class will help you discover new twists on several classic desserts.

Fun with Fondant
1 Saturday: May 15
10:00 – 2:00 $99
Instructor: Chef Jeanie Newton
You’ll love decorating with fondant! Whether it is cupcakes or large cakes, you can be as fancy as you want with this decorative “frosting.” Learn an easy fondant recipe that covers cakes with a smooth shiny finish. In this hands-on class, you will create your own fondant cake with step-by-step decorating techniques. Create your own cut-outs and learn how to make simple hand-shaped balls or ruffle borders. Once you learn the techniques, the possibilities are endless!

Nouveau Southern Cooking
Saturday, May 22
10 – 2 $99
Chef Jim Morris
Atlanta is the epicenter of the new Southern cuisine movement and in this class, Chef Morris will show you healthier, modern twists on this lip-smacking cuisine. Learn innovative, imaginative variations on traditional foods such as Spinach Gratin, Shrimp & Grits Charleston, Vidalia Onion Tart with Red Bell Pepper Sauce, Sweet Potato Custard Pie, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Cranberry Glaze Cornish Hens with Wild Rice. This is Southern and yes y’all, healthy too. You’re sure to take away some new Southern favorites from this class!

Summer Grilling & Smoking
Saturday, June 5
10 – 2 $99
Chef Scott Millspaugh
If you dream of juicy, tender, flavorful ground beef, chicken, and pork with a slightly crispy exterior and a hint of smokiness, then this is the class for you – and just in time for backyard summer barbeques. Now you can serve the ultimate burger. Learn to use your grill for maximum culinary pleasure, transforming ordinary foods into exotic flavorful dishes. Topics include smoking and grilling techniques. Create this delectable menu that includes favorites such as Chicken with Chili Rub, Gourmet Variations of Burgers, Pork Ribs, and Grilled Eggplant Dip. Delicious sides include Roasted Corn on the Cobb with Lemon-Dill Butter along with Marinated Grilled Portabella Mushrooms. Top your meal off with Baked Apples.

Crash Course in Knife Skills
Saturday, June 12
10:00 – 2:00 $99
Chef Jim Morris
All chefs know that excellent knife skills compliment the perfect meal and now you can learn the same techniques used by everyone from celebrity chefs to restaurant chefs. Get great hands-on instruction in all the classic knife cuts including slicing, dicing, julienne, and chiffonade. You’ll learn how to select the correct knife for specific tasks and how to care properly for your knives. In this class you will prepare a full menu focusing on professional techniques and classic knife skills.

For all the information you’ll need to register, call 770.689.4764 or 800.275.4242, ex. 4764, e-mail or visit Classes fill up quickly so register today!



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