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Oct 7, 2010 03:13 PM

French Sauces

Does anyone know where I can learn about how to prepare gourmet sauces in the Wash. D.C. area?

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  1. You may pick up any major tradtional cookbook and find the information. There are three "Mother Sauces" from which all others are made. You don't need a cooking class to learn them.

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    1. re: Bonstempsrouler

      Thanks, you are correct. However, a group of us would enjoy the conviviality and inside information a pro could show us.

      1. re: coeur de lion

        Since you're an existing group, you might want to call some of DC's private chefs and ask if any would be willing to develop a custom course for your group.

        Alternatively, I'd look at the course offerings in the Pentagon City branch of Sur le Table. Perhaps such a course already exists or Sur le Table would create a course explicitly for your group. Ditto for the Recreational cooking courses at L'Academie de Cuisine.

      2. re: Bonstempsrouler

        Technically there are 5, but the best place to learn the history, preparation and intricacies of each one is in this book:

      3. CulinAerie runs all different classes. If you want, you can even have a private event. They have a weekend cooking "boot camp" at the end of the month if you and your friends are really into cooking.

        1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        1. re: DCDeb

          I've heard good things about them. Also, the Washington Post maintains a list of cooking classes throughout the region, but with private chefs and at schools. You should definitely find what you need there.