One Saturday evening, my friend, Anna Kate, invited me to a girls’ night out at Château Élan for a cooking class. Although I am a food blogger, I do like to cook. So I was super excited when she informed me about this adventure. Anna Kate is not a cook, so I was very interested to see how this class was going to go.
For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed visiting Château Élan. It’s one of the best reasons to travel outside the perimeter. You will enjoy their winery, relaxing spa, and the overall ambience that makes this place a true gem. It’s what we call an “in-town vacation.” The class was held at the culinary studio kitchen. When we arrived, we were greeted with glasses of wine. Wine service is included in the ticket price. How convenient is that?!
The chef informed us what we were preparing, and when I looked at the menu, I was really happy with what we were going to be cooking. We prepared the following:
- Mushroom bruschetta with herbed goat cheese and balsamic glaze
- Chorizo shrimp and Anson Mill grits with smoked cheddar
- Dark chocolate cremeaux with caramelized bananas.
I totally wished things were like this when I cooked at home: all the ingredients laid out for me. The chef walked us through each step for each dish, and the steps were really simple. What I like most about the cooking class is that it’s taught at a beginner’s level. But no matter what your skill level, you are going to have a great time. And you must eat what you prepare, which makes everyone stay really focused on their creations. I am proud to say that Anna’s and my dishes were home runs. Everything was awesome!
The next Chateau Elan cooking class is March 3rd, 2017. For details about the upcoming class click here: http://www.chateauelan.c