With summer approaching, take advantage of the slower season and beef up your cooking skills. Stick around the kitchen and practice what you learn in these classes, for a fun get together with family and friends. They’ll thank you for it!
The Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School
The school offers continuous classes each month that cover a wide variety of dishes and cuisines. Here are May’s choices:
May 1–Thai Me Up, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., cost: $55, includes making Thom Ka Gai (coconut chicken soup), five-spice salmon with Thai orange sauce, chicken satay with peanut-ginger sauce, salt-and-pepper squid, green papaya shrimp salad, Thai noodles pancakes, baked vanilla ginger rice pudding.
May 9–Amazing Mezes, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., cost $55, includes making baked feta & olive tapenade, tabbouleh stuffed lettuce gems, tomato & eggplant stacks, lamb koftas and yogurt, baby spinach, grilled halloumi garlic, lemon-chili oil, pistachio walnut baklava.
May 15–Eat Dessert First, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., cost $45, includes making strawberry rhubarb pie, sticky pineapple cake, lemon coconut tart, buttermilk strawberry nutty phyllo, citrus delicious pudding, baked chocolate and served with a salad to eat afterwards.
May 17—Fabulous Fish, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., cost $55, includes cooking swordfish, mahi-mahi, sea bass, salmon, barramundi, grouper, halibut, basil tomato vinaigrette, coriander sauce, wild mushroom red wine sauce, tarragon lemon celery dressing, mustard shallot vinaigrette, coconut curry sauce, crispy caper tomato, and Thai orange sauce.
3311 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/491-2340
Sur La Table
The cooking classes are too numerous to list for the month of May, or any month, for that matter. But you’re sure to find something that appeals. Or many somethings! Some examples:
May 4—Vietnamese Kitchen Techniques, 10 a.m. $75
May 4—Night Out – Provence Supper, 7 p.m., $85
May 5—Provencal Macarons, 9 a.m., $75
May 6—The Parisian Kitchen, 1 p.m., $75
Sur la Table, 438 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 561/953-7638.
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.