May – October 2014
More details will be posted on Ginger’s Kitchenware site in February, 2014.
Join Sur La Table for a remarkable journey through the birthplace of California wine and home of world-class artisan cuisine. Just 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge is Sonoma County, the closest wine region to San Francisco. Nestled between the Mayacama and Sonoma Mountains, the Valley is composed of serene vineyard vistas, a lush patchwork of farms, and 13,000 acres of scenic parks. In the center is the charming shade tree-filled 8-acre historic Sonoma Plaza, bordered by adobe buildings. Amidst the rustic surroundings, sumptuous wine country and magnificent coastline, you’ll tour award-winning wineries, take an exclusive cooking class, enjoy a baking lesson, learn about sustainability at a top-ranking farm, and taste the finest wine, artisanal cheese and award-winning olive oil.
The wonderful chef John Ash returns to the Relish Culinary Center for a wonderful hands-on class featuring recipes from his recently published and James Beard Award Winning cookbook Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook. From eggs to quail to duck, appetizers to salad to dessert, chef John will lead you as you create a mouth-watering menu, representing a wide variety of techniques. Participants will learn about the similarities and differences between the various “birds” as they create recipes that are great for everyday and entertaining. And, as an added benefit, the unique flavors in these recipes are sure to liven up your everyday chicken dinners. We’ll enjoy our poultry feast for dinner with local wines.
Spend a fun afternoon exploring and refining your culinary sensory abilities. During this class, Chef John Ash will review the dynamics of how we taste, and then dive into an interactive exploration of how food and wine work with each other. You’ll come away with some basic templates to operate from to help you put food and wine together successfully. And you’ll gain a much better understanding of how to make positive matches happen, whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in your own home.
I’ll be leading a culinary workshop on day 2 of this 3-day culinary adventure through Sonoma County. Come join me!