2941 or Equinox Cooking Class?
I am trying to decide between a 2941 or Equinox Cooking Class... I enjoy both places for food generally.
February 22, 2009
March 8, 2009
Red Meat Preparations
March 22, 2009
*All of our cooking classes include cooking demonstrations, written recipes, lunch with fine wine and a 2941 French baguette to take home. A highly entertaining afternoon for couples, friends or co-workers. From cooking novices to connoisseurs, everyone will enjoy the unique experience.
Classes are held on Sundays from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. Each class is $110.00 per person all inclusive.
April 11, 2009: An Easter Brunch Celebration
Festive Brunch Dishes Paired with Champagne and Mimosas
Buttermilk Biscuits with Petrossian Smoked Salmon,
Apple Butter and Grilled Scallions
Chesapeake Style Eggs Benedict
Lump Crab Cakes, Virginia Ham Sauce “Choron”
Hazelnut Vanilla French Toast with Ginger Ice Cream
Sage Syrup and Candied Mint Leaves
$130 per person.
I did a cooking class at Equinox last fall. It was setup as a private class (you needed 6 people) and we were given input on the menu. It was more of a cooking demonstration (done at the bar) with recipes to follow , but we were able to ask Chef Gray questions and learn techniques and tons of other information from him. Everyone loved it and still talks about it as an absolutely fabulous experience. It included wine pairings and a demonstration with their pastry chef. We spent a little over 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a three course meal. I would highly recommend the Equinox experience.
I haven't taken either of these classes so I can't offer much but here's something anyhow. This sounds similar to a cooking class my husband & I did for my birthday at Bebo. Our class there was the same price range and included demonstration/hands-on, written recipes, plus sit down meal including wine. It was great and we would do it again. Our class was probably around 2 hours (I didn't time it) but once we sat down to our meal we were welcomed to stay as long as we liked so don't assume the time includes eating afterwards.
The way this class worked was a little different from a cooking class at a place that would specialize - I can compare it to class at Sur la Table for example. The restaurant class was technically "hands-on" as we did some real work. However, it was just a little bit of hands-on of some of the recieps and not us totally hands-on making everything. For example, one of the courses was a ravioli. We made the pasta, they gave us the filling (already made) and we filled and cut the ravioli. They took the ravioli away to cook them. I would think the classes you are considering are similar. It's not necessarily a bad thing just know what to expect.
It was nice to sit and be served after class - sort of like class plus dinner out all rolled into one. Just don't go expecting a total hands-on experience of making everything yourself.
I was going to recommend Bebo, as well. I'm sure the 2941 and Equinox ones are lovely, but I'm not sure if they will be hands-on. Bebo is truly hands-on, where everyone has their own knives, ingredients, burners, pans - and eats the food the you make, standing two feet away from Roberto Donna. They also have several price points, from Saturday lunch to weekend dinners to Saturday dinners. I've done both Saturdays, and loved both - the lunch means you have all day to recover from the amount of food you eat (greeted with canolis, pizza while you cook, then five courses), while the dinner means a lot more wine (plus charcuterie plate, pizza, and five courses. But seriously, lots of wine).
If you do one of the others, report back!
Also, there's Culinarie and Zola's new wine/food space, which both are doing cooking classes.
I guess noone has any experience w/ these 2 classes-odd, because they both sound delicious. My local cooking classes have been limited to a risotto class at Bebo (I'll second others' praise, it was wonderful) & knife skills w/ Joe Raffa at La Cuisine (really useful & alot of fun).
Please tell us about your class, whichever one you decide on....
daves, i can't really help, but wondered if -- for both places -- it is more about the "class" or the eating? do they usually do "classes" or is this a marketing tool? how much time is devoted to the actual teaching?
and with respect to equinox, that is a lot to cover. how long is that class?
This is an excellent question and I hope someone will be able to clarify on that point. Certainly $130 for the time with the chef (a 3 course chefs table with some work required) doesn't seem that out of line with the price point regulary.
The Equinox Class is 2 hours and the 2941 is 2.5, I believe. That does seem like a short time now that I think about it