Monday, January 31, 2011

Simple Abundance Cooking Classes


The Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Simple Abundance Cooking Class series provides the community the unique opportunity to interact with Atlanta’s top chefs, learn the secrets of exquisite dishes, have fun, and help feed Atlanta’s hungry. One hundred percent of class tuition benefits Atlanta’s Table, a project of the Food Bank that collects food from our local hospitality industry and delivers it to more than 40 nonprofit partner agencies that provide meals for those in need. For details or to register, visit www.ACFB.org, or call 404-892-FEED, ext. 1444. 

Here are the classes for February and March. Still looking for fun way to celebrate Valentine's? Check out the class Feb. 7 with JCT's Ford Fry, and spend the holiday wowing your honey at home with your newfound skills (wow, that sounds inappropriate in the context of V-day, doesn't it?)

Valentine’s Day with JCT Kitchen
Chef Ford Fry of JCT Kitchen
Monday, February 7, 7-9 p.m.
Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown/Ansley Mall
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324
$55 – Demonstration and Tasting
Planning to cook on Valentine’s Day? If so, JCT Kitchen’s Chef and owner Ford Fry has some ideas you might want to try. Chef Fry will help you impress that special someone by demonstrating how to prepare Local Arugula Salad with bacon wrapped figs, Thomasville bleu and burnt honey vinaigrette; Poached Oyster & Brunswick White Shrimp Creamed Carolina Gold Rice Risotto; and Warm Chocolate and Banana Brown Butter Almond Cake with crème fraiche ice cream. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

What’s Cooking at Wahoo
Chef Christian Speigal of Wahoo
Monday, February 21, 7-9 p.m.
Location: The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur
180 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
$55 – Demonstration and Tasting
As one of Decatur’s popular neighborhood eateries, Wahoo continues to deliver traditional Southern and bistro cuisine with a pop of European flare thanks to Chef Speigal. Participants will learn how to make Organic Beet Salad – oven roasted and thin-sliced with toasted walnuts, goat cheese, arugula and mint vinaigrette; Scallop Picatta – lightly breaded and sautéed sea scallops with lemon caper butter; and Bread Pudding – Southern bread pudding served warm with Kentucky bourbon glaze. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Easy Italian
Chef Keira Moritz of Pacci Ristorante
Monday, February 28, 7-9 p.m.
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown/Ansley Mall
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324
$55 – Demonstration and Tasting
Wish making classic Italian food at home wasn’t so hard? It’s not! Chef Keira Moritz, known for her delicious seasonal Northern Italian cuisine, will show you how easy it is and have you preparing Caesar Salad with Pacci’s homemade dressing, Gnocchi with sage brown butter, and Rustic Crostada in your own kitchen in no time. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Dogwood
Chef Shane Touhy of Dogwood
Monday, March 7, 7-9 p.m.
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown/Ansley Mall
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324
$55 – Demonstration and Tasting
With Spring and blossoming dogwood trees are just around the corner, what better way to usher them in than with a seasonal class menu from Chef Touhy? Get some great tips from Chef Touhy on how to make She Crab Soup, Spring Vegetable Salad with preserved lemon and rosemary vinaigrette, and Pan Roast “Catch of the Day” served with Napa cabbage, mushrooms, champagne butter and peekytoe crab. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Gluten Free Dining
Chef Shaun Doty of YEAH! BURGER
Monday, March 21, 7-9 p.m.
The Cook’s Warehouse – Midtown/Ansley Mall
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R, Atlanta, GA 30324
$55 – Demonstration and Tasting
By popular demand, Simple Abundance brings you its first ever gluten free cooking class. And who better to teach this class than ‘Mr. Gluten Free’ himself, Chef Shaun Doty? From his monthly Celiac Dinners, and gluten free menus, to offering gluten free buns at YEAH! BURGER, Chef Doty is proof positive that gluten free cuisine is delicious as well as healthy. If you are or have been thinking of going gluten free, this class is for you! Chef Doty will demonstrate how to make Loch Daurt Salmon Crudo with fresh ginger and spicy chili oil, Gluten Free Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with grainy mustard sauce, and Classic Chocolate Mousse with local cream and sweet rice crepe. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by National Distributors and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

Get Your Southern On!
Chef Jason Hill of Wisteria
Monday, March 28, 7-9 p.m.
The Cook’s Warehouse – Decatur
180 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030
$55 – Demonstration and Tasting
Chef Hill, from the ever popular Atlanta mainstay Wisteria, offers up his take on the following mouthwatering Southern dishes for tonight’s class: Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs, All Natural Iron Skillet Fried Chicken with bacon braised collard greens and sweet corn pudding, Southern Fried Tennessee Blue Catfish with green tomato, okra and spicy crawfish ragout with remoulade; and Citrus & Basil Granita for dessert. The evening includes wine tastings sponsored by Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and a chance to win tasty door prizes provided by Bella Cucina Artful Foods and Cabot Cheese.

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