Sur La Table, the mega mart chain for Food Network fanatics also does cooking classes and I recently took one sponsored by NYCAHC (New York City Association of Hotel Concierges). These classes range from $65-over $100 depending on what type of class you take and what is involved. The class I took was a three course meal that was informative, educational and delicious!
We started with preparing the dessert which was a Caramel Apple Tart Tatin. Caramel in a pan topped with apple slices and puff pastry and then popped into an oven; super easy.
Next was making the Tomato and Garlic Bread Soup. Again, it seemed more complex than it really is. Breaking down bread into rust and croutons, dicing onions, mincing garlic and crushing canned tomatoes all thrown into a pot and cooked. The result is something rustic and homey.
After that, homemade gnocchi. This was so easy and really impresses. Flour, eggs, potatoes, salt and pepper. That's all there is to it, really. Mixed up, rolled out, boiled and then sautéed in butter, they came out crispy on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.
The final dish was a Grilled Halibut topped with a Romesco sauce. A simple preparation of a firm white fish with a spicy and flavorful topping.
The best part of it all is you get to eat your hard work and not have to clean up. The recipes were well demonstrated, the staff extremely accommodating and the wine and food was great. This is a great activity to do with a team or a significant other, this will definitely bring you all closer. Take a look at the schedule of classes at your local Sur La Table and I guarantee you will find something right for you and the rest of your party that will offer at least 2 hours fun.