Williams-Sonoma Cooking Classes
My s.o. and I are looking into taking one of the evening cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma in Center City. The menu looks like fun (we're interested in the Chocolate Valentine's Dinner), but I'm a little hesitant about the $50 per person price tag . Has anyone ever been? How is the instructor? Did you feel it was worth the price?
The menu is:
Chocolate Pasta Ravioli with Mushroom and Hazelnuts
Endive, Fennel, Orange and White Chocolate Salad
Sauteed Veal Medallions ith Bitter Chocolate and Port Demi-Glace and Gaufrettes
Earl Grey Cakelettes with Warm Chocolate Sauce
I know it may be too late for the Valentine class but I had to add my experiences at the William Sonoma class I attended last night. It was part of my Valentine present and we had to drive over an hour to the closest WS. We were told it was a meal included. The class itself was a JOKE. I could have tought the class. I did not learn a thing, we sit in folding chairs with clip boards and the glass of water they gave us, so that when they gave us our first dish(which was a couple thin strips of cucumbers in a seasoning) we had to put our glass in the floor. The second dish was a seared tuna over bagged lettuce with another sauce (very good). The kicker was that they gave us 3 skinny stripps of tuna while 2/3 of the tuna sat. then the entre which was pad thai (OK). Again we were served a miniscule serving while 2/3 of it sat on the counter. We were then told we could brouse around and get 10 percent off our purchase. As I broused I saw all of the WS help eating . I thought it was crazy. My husband and I payed 40.00 a person and watched someone else eat the food and I didn't learn a thing and felt like I was suppose to buy something. A tube of tomatoe paiste later I left and drove over an hour back home. I guess my answere to your question would be NO, it is not worth it.
I have tried the Viking classes in Bryn Mawr and I really liked them and had fun. I've done 3 of them. One of the best was when a friend of ours wrote a book on making bread and he presented a class on making pizza. He had a great little tip that I've used ever since that related to pesto sauce. It's probably simple to most cooks but I didn't know it...anyway, he added a little fresh lemon juice to the pesto. It seemed to keep it tasting fresh and bright yet wasn't even really noticable.
Viking classes are good but $$ My teens took a sushi class that was $79; but they actively learned, rolled and ate. We went to a class that was sponsored by a corporate event (so it was free; we were guests) and was the chef from Alma de Cuba and it was very fun; but he mostly cooked, we helped and ate.