Cooking is not only talking about food and getting recipes, but it can bring people together, an exchange of ideas and culture when they get together. My motivation for wanting to take a cooking class was to get to learn to cook something different, basic food preparation tips, presentation and just be creative while also having fun. Recently me and my good friend Trish enrolled in one of the cooking demonstrations by Chef Chuck LaPorta at Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill, PA. Their kitchen area is located at the back of this cute, little café. There was a group of about 25 people. The ingredients were prepped up and ready on hand before time. The Chef demonstrated five different types of soups, chillies and stews. His presentation was in a far more fun and informal manner making the whole experience interesting and lively with some of his narrations. Overall it turned out to be great, fun evening with 3 hours well spent with friends, take our minds out of the everyday grind and just appreciate this simple experience. We also got to sample the wonderful soups along with salad and cornbread and enjoying our favorite wine with it.
Another one of the places which was on my list of places to learn more about was Macris Chocolate. Located in Lemoyne, PA this is a treasure shop for locally made chocolate and chocolate products. Who doesn’t like chocolate? There is a saying ‘Chocolate is ground from the beans of happiness’ and it aptly describes this place. I recently was invited by the staff for a hands-on session for building chocolate houses which I immediately agreed to. Elena, the owner was there with the step-by-step instructions and to help us out. Suppliers were provided. We were a small group of four people having our own counter space located at the back of the store. You can watch all the cooking shows on TV, but there’s nothing like a hands-on experience taught by an industry expert. Everyone assembled and created a small cute chocolate house with chimneys, smoke, windows, roof shingles, path in front of house and bushes. The end creations were all different.
I took mine to a dinner party and displayed as a centerpiece – received so many compliments on it, impressed many guests and watching it brought a smile to their faces.
Whatever your reason for wanting to take a cooking class, you can learn a great deal about good food, local ingredients and good preparation techniques while having great fun. The easiest way to begin a passion for cooking is to open the door by observing and attending a variety of classes.