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December 2017
$65.00

Holiday Wreath and Garland Making, with Jenny Elliott

December 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn to Deck the Halls using all natural materials for a timeless look in this hands-on class led by florist and organic flower farmer Jenny Elliott. In this class you’ll nibble on holiday treats while creating your own wreath to take home. Jenny will also demonstrate how to make your own natural garland to festoon your bannister or festively frame a front entrance.

(Note: Due to demand, this is an extra section of the class also offered on Dec. 9.)

This is Jenny’s fifth class at HGS Home Chef and she’s a wildly popular instructor. “Wild” is a good word, as her arrangements have a natural look that is both simple yet stunningly beautiful. This perhaps stems from her green thumb as a premiere organic flower farmer at her Tiny Hearts Farm in nearby Copake, NY. Jenny has made a name for herself as the go-to florist for weddings and special events in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. You’ll love Jenny and this special holiday decorating class!

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

$65.00

Holiday Wreath and Garland Making with Jenny Elliott

December 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Learn to Deck the Halls using all natural materials for a timeless look in this hands-on class led by florist and organic flower farmer Jenny Elliott. In this class you’ll nibble on holiday treats while creating your own wreath to take home. Jenny will also demonstrate how to make your own natural garland to festoon your bannister or festively frame a front entrance.

(Note: Due to demand, this is an extra section of the class also offered on Dec. 2.)

This is Jenny’s fifth class at HGS Home Chef and she’s a wildly popular instructor. “Wild” is a good word, as her arrangements have a natural look that is both simple yet stunningly beautiful. This perhaps stems from her green thumb as a premiere organic flower farmer at her Tiny Hearts Farm in nearby Copake, NY. Jenny has made a name for herself as the go-to florist for weddings and special events in the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. You’ll love Jenny and this special holiday decorating class!

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

$75.00

Delectable Appetizers with Alexandra Stafford

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

A great cocktail party is the ideal way to entertain at home for the holidays and beyond and in this cooking class you’ll learn classic appetizers to put your party over the top. Join Cookbook author Alexandra Stafford as she walks us through the basics of delicious hors d’oeuvre.

 

Finger food (with a perfect cocktail) should tantalize the taste buds and prepare the palate. And in some cases heavier appetizers can become a meal in themselves. Alexandra’s selection of go-to appetizers checks all the boxes from simply savory to oh-so-satisfying.

Join us for this class (just in time for the holidays) and we’ll even mix a special cocktail to go with the tasting after the class!

Menu to include:

  • Marinated olives
  • Roasted marcona almonds
  • Baked fontina with rosemary and thyme
  • Baked camembert
  • Chicken liver pate with homemade melba toast
  • Crostini with homemade ricotta, served two ways: with roasted squash and caramelized onions, and thyme-roasted grapes
  • Warm crab dip
  • Crudité with green goddess dressing

Limited to 12 people.

About Alexandra Stafford

Ali Stafford, author of the hit food blog “Alexandra’s Kitchen” (www.alexandracooks.com), grew up eating her mother’s peasant bread at nearly every meal—the recipe for which was a closely guarded family secret. When her website began to grow in popularity, readers began asking how to make the bread they’d heard so much about. Alexandra’s mother acquiesced, and the recipe got shared, and has since inspired many who had deemed bread-baking an impossibility to give it a try, and their results have exceeded expectations. It all led to Ali’s recent cookbook, “Bread Toast Crumb,” praised by the world’s top-selling baking-book authors including Dorie Greenspan and David Lebovitz. Ali is also a columnist for Food52.com.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for another class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Cooking class attendees receive 10% discount on kitchenware purchases on class day. Classes are geared to adults unless otherwise noted. However, children over 7 are welcome to attend with an accompanying adult.

$125.00

‘By Hand’ Dinner, Prepared by Sarah Owens

December 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join James Beard award-winning cookbook author Sarah Owens for the next in her special series of dinners titled By Hand. Sarah has created these much-sought-after dinners all over the country and we are fortunate indeed to have her come to Hillsdale. This dinner will celebrate the craft and spirit of small food producers in the Hudson Valley. Sarah will prepare a sumptuous meal starting with appetizers and botanical cocktails based on locally foraged ingredients.

The menu will be built around fresh local lamb with side dishes perfectly suited to the season, all paired with the ideal wine. This special autumn-turning-to-winter dinner will be held in our candle-lit private upstairs dining room and kitchen, and is limited to just 18 people. Bring a friend and be prepared for a convivial evening of great food served family style. Each dish will be lovingly prepared for you by this award-winning chef.

Note: Because Sarah will be selecting the ingredients for side dishes and dessert close to the date, we cannot decipher the precise menu yet. You can trust that only the most perfect local ingredients in that moment will be selected and prepared. Sarah’s By Hand dinners are quite the occasion and we are sure you’ll find it to be a delicious and memorable evening!

About Sarah Owens:

Sarah Owens is the James Beard-award winning author of Sourdough: Recipes for Rustic Fermented Breads, Sweets, Savories, and More. Her most recent book is called Toast & Jam Modern Recipes for Rustic Baked Goods and Sweet & Savory Spreads. Sarah founded the BK17 Bakery and created the By Hand dinner series, where she celebrates local ingredients from farms and small-batch makers. Her passion for great food, innovative flavor combinations and (we have to say it) completely charming personality make her a much-sought-after instructor and cook.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets. Persons who notify us at least seven (7) days in advance that they cannot attend will receive credit and may register for a class of equal value held within the subsequent two months.

Notes: Attendees of Sarah’s By Hand Dinner will receive a 10% discount card from GUIDOS, the premiere purveyor of fine food in our region and a destination for any serious cook!

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