What a fun and affordable evening this was!
Buddy and I did a Publix Aprons Cooking School class last Thursday evening. They have a wide variety of classes, some are demonstration only and some are hands on. A few are designed for couples, which is what this one was. It was Tapas and Sangria for Couples. The Alpharetta location of Publix on State Bridge Road is the only cooking school in Georgia, but they are apparently opening another soon in the midtown Atlanta area. I think they said there are nine locations in Florida. To see if there is a location near you, go here. It’s a super-nice facility. When you come in, you’re greeted by one of the two chefs who are teaching the school. The table is already set…
and you put on aprons and a name tag and move to this huge island in the kitchen area. We were all given a handout with the recipes printed. I won’t steal their thunder by reproducing the recipes, but they were all fabulous!
This was a hands on class and the chefs get you immediately involved by assigning tasks, but they also encourage questions and just jumping in and doing whatever you think looks like it needs doing.
As you’re working they give a little history of the cuisine, recipes, etc. There were six couples, and I don’t know if it always works out like this, but we all got along great. There was a lot of laughter along the way. I believe there was only one veteran couple and it was the first time for the rest of us.
To start with there was a good bit of work with knives, chopping and slicing, so no alcohol. But, as soon as we got to the point in the prep that we could put the knives away they offered beer, wine and the red sangria, which was made before we got there, but the recipe was included in our handout, and was yummmmmy.
Before long this fabulous array of tapas was ready for us to dig in. Everyone refilled their beer, wine or sangria and loaded up.
Manchego Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon
(Oh my goodness! This was my favorite… maybe one of my all time favorites. Would it be a crime to make an entire meal off these things?)
Shrimp with Garlic and Sherry
(Simple, but very tasty)
Patatas Bravas (with Ailoi)
(very interesting making the ailoi in the food processor — again the dish was pretty simple, but yummy)
Lamb Meatballs in Romesco Sauce
would be good with so many foods)
(our sweet treat — a fried dough, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Buddy jokingly called them funnel cakes. That truly was a joke and didn’t do these wonderful little treasures justice.)
(need I say more?)
If you take a demonstration class they have these screens set up so you get a close up view of what the chefs are doing.
If you’re in the area of one of these schools I highly recommend it. The prices vary, but this one was $90 for the two of us. An evening of learning some recipes and techniques, making new friends, drinks and delicious food. How could you go wrong with all that? For the list of locations and classes click here.