Tabernash: Cooking class gets you in the mood for Valentine’s Day
January 27, 2009
Wild Horse Catering announces a new series of cooking classes called Dish It Up, the first of which focuses on aphrodisiacs ” just in time for Valentine’s Day. The class, hosted by WHC Chef Dace Voit, will present beautiful and seductive foods to share.
Named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite, examples of aphrodisiacs are arugula, chocolate, kelp, onions, raw oysters, pumpkin, almonds and pistachios, artichokes, asparagus, avocado, bananas, strawberries, tomatoes, truffles, eggs, mussels, snails, oranges, Clementines, tangerines, carrots, turnips, and herbs like anise, basil, sage and sea fennel.
During the first class in the series, Chef Voit will teach students how to make steamed whole artichokes with hollandaise and chipotle butter dipping sauces, coffee-encrusted coulotte of beef with a rosemary, fig and port sauce and bleu cheese with grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto; almond-encrusted salmon with avocado lime butter and yellow corn cakes, and for dessert: chocolate-covered strawberries with a honey, ginger and fresh basil mascarpone and crisp sugar cookies. These classics, Voit said, are “designed to be hands-on, fun and inspiring.” He’ll pair the foods with wines that “enhance the experience.”
Voit, who has been with Wild Horse for two years, is known for his creative dishes and professionalism. He said he is excited to bring his experience to the community “in such a personal format. Wild Horse Inn is a great venue for this ” intimate and inviting, yet with the space to really teach.”
Business owners Christine French and John Cribari came up with the cooking class idea. They said blending activities of the catering company is a natural extension of the Inn, known for its quality service, good food and top-notch event planning.
The company’s next cooking class is scheduled for the spring, with a focus on soups and sauces. Marianne Klanke submitted the idea into a drawing at the Wild Horse Inn Christmas Mixer. As the winner she will be the guest of honor at the first class.
“There were so many delicious ideas submitted at the event,” French said. “It was inspiring to see how broad the interest was in learning new food preparations.” She said the company will continue to take suggestions from participants for future classes.
“Me winning this aphrodisiac cooking class is like returning to the mothership,” Klanke said of the special invite. “I have always said, ‘Food is love.’ The Wildhorse Inn is the place to feel right at home in the kitchen and I think they will even do the dishes ” now that’s true love.”
Cost of the class includes all ingredients and materials, wine, take-home recipes, and a discount at the Wild Horse Gourmet Shop in the Alco Shopping Center.