February 2010

Celebrations’ Learning Kitchen: Dishing Up Lessons for Cooks of All Ages

Author: Paula Magrini

Chefs Andrew Borgmeier and Glen Barroncini prepare culinary masterpieces for Celebrations Catering and Events. But when they’re not pleasing palates at the company’ numerous wedding, reunion and corporate engagements, they take time to teach the trade they know and love at Celebrations’ Learning Kitchen on Capital Drive.

A new fully-equipped state of the art professional kitchen with adjacent meeting facilities, the Learning Kitchen allows cooking students to learn interactively—they can participate in the preparation of the featured dish while discussing technique with the chefs. Then they’re invited to remove their aprons and savor the meal they’ve created in the adjacent Gathering Room. Wine, beer and other beverages are compliments of Celebrations.

“The Learning Kitchen offers hands-on instruction,” said Chef Andrew. “There’s no need to be shy about your skill level. Everyone can participate in the process in some capacity.” Borgmeier and Barroncini welcome as many as 20 students per class on Wednesday evenings. Each class has a theme of its own, such as soups and stocks, classic Italian cuisine or as featured in the photos, kids’ birthday fare!

Chef Glen recently engaged a group of ten five- and six-year-olds in a new trend: a children’s class featuring instruction for building fruit kabobs and designing your own pizza. The ambitious young cooks even prepared their own ice cream in honor of the birthday girl! “There was so much for the girls to touch, roll, smell and sample,” Barroncini explained. “It made them realize that cooking really can be fun and exciting.”

For reservations at upcoming Learning Kitchen cooking classes, please call Celebrations Catering & Events at (843) 689-7526. Hurry, the aprons are flying off the hooks!

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LEARNING KITCHEN WINTER CALENDAR

Wednesday, February 10th @ 5:30 PM: Mardi Gras, $65
As they say in New Orleans, “Laissez le bon temps rouler” or “Let the good times roll.” Featuring a blend of Cajun and Creole, join Chef Andy and Glen to make a Mardi Gras feast!

Wednesday, February 24th @ 5:30 PM: Best of Food Network’s Celebrity Chefs, $65
Are you a Food Network junkie? We can’t seem to get enough of celebrity chefs around here. Join Andy and Glen as they featuring cuisine inspired by Tyler Florence, Paula Deen, Giada, Emeril Lagasse and more!

Tuesday, March 9th @ 5:30 PM: Back to Basics, $55
Even the experienced chef needs to take an occasional trip back to revisit the culinary basics. Starting with a basic rule that the most dangerous item in a kitchen is a dull knife, Andy and Glen invite you to bring all your knives to be sharpened. Then they will guide you through a knife skills lesson leading into preparation of seasonal soups and stocks.

Wednesday, March 24th @ 5:30 PM: Italy—North versus South, $65
Chef Glen’s Italian classes have become a repeat request from our students. This time Glen and Andy will take sides and put the Italian, “Boot” to the test. Join the fun as Northern Italy and Southern Italy compete for the title of “Real” Italian Cuisine.

Learning Kitchen Bonus! Attend 4 Cooking Classes And Receive The 5th Class Free!

Call (843) 689-Plan (7526) or visit our Web site at wecelebrateyou.com.

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Chef Glen’s “Easy Kids’ Pizza”
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp olive oil
1 pkg dry yeast (equivalent to 1 3/4 tbsp)
1 cup warm water
1 jar favorite marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 favorite toppings…such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon, peppers, your choice!

Mix yeast and warm water, let stand for 5 minutes, then add to first four ingredients.
Allow to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Divide dough into 4-6 portions and knead each portion with fingers. Use hands or rolling pin to flatten dough into 4- to 6-inch circles. Place flattened dough on greased pan. Spread marinara sauce evenly over each dough circle. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and favorite toppings.

Bake at 400 degrees 8-10 minutes until crust browns and cheese melts. Remove from oven, cool and cut into slices.

Mmmm…belissimo!

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