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2941 or Equinox Cooking Class?

daves_32 Jan 17, 2009 08:28 AM

I am trying to decide between a 2941 or Equinox Cooking Class... I enjoy both places for food generally.
any thoughts?
2941's plan:
February 22, 2009
Fresh Fish

March 8, 2009
Red Meat Preparations

March 22, 2009
Easter Desserts

*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.

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    daves_32 RE: daves_32 Jan 18, 2009 08:03 AM

    Any thoughts?

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      daves_32 RE: daves_32 Jan 19, 2009 04:52 AM

      one more effort to see if anyone knows anything about these cooking classes

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        alkapal RE: daves_32 Jan 19, 2009 09:07 AM

        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?

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          daves_32 RE: alkapal Jan 19, 2009 02:37 PM

          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

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      Pesel RE: daves_32 Jan 19, 2009 04:56 PM

      Williams-Sonoma offers cooking classes also, I'm waiting on their winter offerings now.

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        cookie44 RE: daves_32 Jan 21, 2009 10:43 AM

        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.

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          katecm RE: cookie44 Jan 22, 2009 06:25 AM

          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.

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            thistle5 RE: katecm Jan 23, 2009 04:43 AM

            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....

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          jribbie RE: daves_32 Jan 23, 2009 01:11 PM

          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.

          1. themeatguy RE: daves_32 Jan 28, 2009 05:32 AM

            I have taken both.....2941 Offers a better class.
            The kitchen at 2941 is just what it takes to do a class, and offers enough space to get a sense of what is going on with the food.

            Bertrand is a good teacher and offers alot....I wouldn't miss out on that...

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              kitchenmonster RE: daves_32 Jan 28, 2009 06:30 AM

              I've not taken a class at either restaurant but I have taken a few at L'Academie de Cuisine up in Bethesda. Depending on how much you want to do hands on and learn some concepts, you may want to consider that place as an option. I've never had a bad class there.

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