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Delicious Line Up Of Cooking Classes This Fall At Gourmet Warehouse

17 Sep

GourmetWarehouseLogoThe Gourmet Warehouse has a great line up of cooking classes this fall including an extra virgin olive oil tasting class.  If you like olive oil and haven’t participated in something like this, it’s definitely worth the time and the price is right at $10.  It’s hard to imagine the range of flavours until you try a number of them side by side whether grassy, spicy, peppery or one with a neutral flavour which bodes well for baking.  It’s quite something much like wine or beer tasting. Give it a try or check out some of their  amazing classes and learn to make some comfort foods, appies for entertaining or baking like a pro.  For a full line up of all the classes they are offering this fall, visit Cooking Classes at Gourmet Warehouse’s website.  These are just a sample of some of the delicious classes they have lined up this fall:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Tasting – Tuesday, October 14th  6:00 pm ($10)

John David Neuman hosts this taste testing and will introduce you to all you need to know about extra virgin olive oil.     You will learn about the different varieties, tips for selecting oil and best of all tasting them side by side.  Class gets under way at 6:00 pm and goes till 7:30 pm. Cost is $10.00.  Registration includes a $10 gift card that is redeemable at The Gourmet Warehouse, along with 10% store wide discount on the evening of the event.

Fall Flavours – Sunday, October 19th 11:00 am ($59)

Chef Celine Turenne shows you how to make dishes that will warm your soul and fill your tummy! Truly comfort foods with some “make ahead” tips so that you can have meals ready in no time. Dishes include:

  • Pithivier (Puff Pastry) with Acorn Squash Filling
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Warm Goat Cheese Salad
  • Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

French Bistro – Saturday, November 8th 11:00 am ($59)

You are invited to join Chef Celine Turenne for another class which introduces you to delicious fall food with classical French dishes bistro style.  Mouth watering dishes include:

  • French Onion Soup Au Gratin
  • Beef Bourguinon with Green Beans Amandine
  • Pissaladiere (Tomato Pie)
  • French Lemon Tart

Taste of Thailand – Saturday, November 15th 11:00 am ($59.99)

Thai cuisine some say is one of the most diverse and complex in Asia as it combines hot, sour, salty, sweet and sometimes bitter flavors.  Chef Cindy Low will help you demystify Thai ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, chili, palm sugar and lime.  In this demonstration class, you will learn how to make her famous Pad Thai, one of the most popular Thai dishes, as well as other Thai favorites including:

  • Green Papaya Salad with Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Chili Lime Dressing
  • Beef Satays – marinated and grilled beef skewers, served with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Pad Thai – Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Prawns, Tofu, Egg, and Bean Sprouts
  • Chicken and Fresh Pineapple in a Red Curry Sauce with Coconut Milk
  • Jasmine Rice
  • Mango Coconut Dessert

 Asian Tapas – Thursday, November 20th  6:00 pm  ($59)

Small plates and big Asian flavours is the theme of this class.  They will teach  you how to wow your family and friends with delicious and innovative Asian Tapas designed by Chef Cindy Low. Recipes will come from Vietnam, China, India and Korea and include these mouth watering dishes:

  • Vietnamese Salad Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
  • Crab Rangoon – crispy  crab dumplings (plus a vegetarian version) served with dipping sauce
  • Chapchae – Korean yam noodles stir-fried with beef and vegetables
  • Vegetarian Samosa Puffs – the easiest ever! Baked, not fried.
  • Asian Duck Confit Sliders
  • Mango Pudding

Note cooking classes are demonstration only unless noted otherwise on Gourmet Warehouse’s website.   All participants will receive a 10% discount on the day of the class.   Bon Appetit!

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For The Love Of French Food

4 Mar
I am in love. OK it’s not quite what you think. I am in love with French food in East Vancouver.  I have been an ardent fan of Les Faux Bourgeois, 663 East 15th Avenue (Fraser/Kingsway) for some time now. The food and wine selection at Les Faux Bourgeois is fabulous. Their steak & frites and cream brulee are my hands down favourite.   I have yet to meet anyone that has gone and not enjoyed their meal.  This is definitely a place to try if you haven’t. It tends to be a busy spot so if you plan on going, do make reservations. They have a casual private room that can accommodate up to 12, so perfect for a small group. Les Faux Bourgeois is open Tuesday through Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to midnight.

Absinthe BistroThere is now someone new in town though vying for my love. An elegant little French bistro called Absinthe Bistro,1260 Commercial Drive (just North of Charles Street) has been open since last summer to rave reviews.  This is a husband and wife team, Cory and Julianna Pearson, who welcome you with open arms.  They make you feel like you are coming to their home for dinner.  It is definitely food made with love. They have a small menu, three items for each course to choose from, but the food is spectacular and very reasonably priced.  The bistro has an open kitchen with funky chandeliers that make you feel like you are in old world Paris.    Absinthe Bistro is open Wednesday to Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30/9:00 p.m. depending on which evening.   They post their menu changes on their website.  They will plan to start serving brunch soon. Watch their website for details.

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