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HGS Home Chef offers all the cookware, tools and gadgets that any home chef could possibly hope for, but what sets us apart is our two beautiful teaching kitchens. Within these inviting rooms, renowned national and local experts give classes on how to prepare the most delicious food, simple to sublime. Browse upcoming classes below. Details:

10% discount: all students get 10% off card for use on class day only when making merchandise purchases.

Questions about classes, or trouble registering? Email homechef [at] hillsdalegeneralstore [dot] com, or call (518) 325-7000. We’re open 10-6 Wednesday through Monday; closed Tuesday. 

Classes are geared for adults, except as noted, but children over 7 accompanied by an adult are welcome.

Cancellation policy: We do not offer refunds on purchased tickets, but cancellations are entitled to credit for another class of equal value within the subsequent two months. 

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December 2017
$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!

January 2018

Hands-On Baking:Sheet Cakes and Slab Pies with Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

January 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Our wildly popular cooking pair are back to guide us through baking sheet cakes and slab pies from their new cookbook, “All-Time Favorite Sheet Cakes and Slab Pies.” The book was a hit on QVC—and you’ll get to learn with the masters in this fun hands-on class.
We will bake cakes and pies in half-sheet pans large enough for family gatherings, reunions, office parties, bridge clubs, book groups, holidays with friends, and any gathering where you want more than 8 servings. Come learn the techniques of how to bake effectively in this large-format pan, how to roll out piecrusts to this size, and as always with Bruce and Mark you’ll have a blast! It’s a fun, crazy time with them. Come share in this celebration of dessert exuberance and extravagance.

In this class you will make (and eat!) the following:

Sheet Cakes:
Jam Thumbprint Sheet Cake
New England Blueberry Buckle
Gluten-Free Coffee Cake with Almond Butter Crunch

Slab Pies:

Pear Slab Pie with Breadcrumb Crunch
Spiced Peach Slab Pie with Amaretti Crunch
Kentucky “Run For The Roses” Walnut Slab Pie

Limited to 12 people.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are a cooking-writing duo with lots — and we mean lots! — of creative energy. They’ve written thirty cookbooks, teach all over the country, write for newspapers, appear on television, and love great food. You’ll find their class chock full of essential tips while being wildly entertaining as well!

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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.

$70.00

Lunch & Learn with CrossRoads Food Shop’s Jeff Kohman

January 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join CrossRoads Food Shop sous chef Jeff Kohman on this holiday Monday for a demonstration class on three mysterious but useful techniques – Kimchi, Tempura and Focaccia. These three elements plus a sweet carrot puree will then be assembled to create CrossRoads Food Shop’s most popular new menu item – Cauliflower Tempura Sandwich.

Jeff will walk you through the making of focaccia bread, which is simpler than you think and useful in so many meals. Then he’ll teach how to create your own kimchi from scratch. Finally he will share the making of a tempura batter and how to properly fry food on a stovetop at home. Served with a winter salad, you won’t want to miss learning these techniques and then eating the delicious results!

About CrossRoads Food Shop:

Located in Hillsdale NY, CrossRoads Food Shop has been a destination eatery for six years, attracting diners from all over the Hudson Valley and the Berkshires. Owned and operated by Chef David Wurth and supported by his his right hand sous chef, Jeff Kohman, this farm-to-table restaurant creates breakfast and dinner daily from scratch. Just a handful of their house-made goods served daily include bagels, gravelax, pickles, savory tarts, biscuits, scones, cookies, pies. CrossRoads’ soups, and innovative sandwiches round out their lunch offerings while their wide range of breakfast items keep their patrons coming back for more.

Limited to 12 people.

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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

Kitchen Skills that Help you Enjoy Your Own Party, with Josephine Proul of Local 111

January 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

The quest for a delicious dinner party menu is something we all aspire to, but the trick is how to do it with make-ahead preparations so you aren’t stressed as guests arrive. Join Executive Chef Josephine Proul of Local 111 in Philmont, NY, as she walks you through each step and shares her professional tips and secrets.

When great flavors come together it’s magic, and Josephine has that gift in spades. But what sets this class apart is not just the dishes, but the preparation. The carrots, green beans, pickled shallots, shaved Brussels sprouts, rice and sauces are all preparations that can happen in advance, and Josephine will show you how. At the end you’ll enjoy the delicious results. Oh, and BTW, Josephine Proul is not only highly skilled but enormously entertaining. This class will be anything but stuffy!

This special menu will include:

  • Lamb Meat Balls with Peruvian Style Green Sauce
  • Warm Basmati Rice Salad with Coriander and Lots of Herbs + Yogurt
  • Carrots + Green Beans with Pickled Shallots + Sunflower Butter or Jazzy Ranch
  • Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Radish, Herbs + Lemon Pecorino Vinaigrette

Sauces and dips are key to this scrumptious menu and they will include:

  • Peruvian Style Green Sauce
  • Sunflower Butter
  • Lemon Pecorino Vinaigrette
  • Jazzy Sour Cream Ranch

About Josephine Proul:

Executive Chef of Local 111, Josephine Proul is the 2013 recipient of the fourth Annual Victoria A. Simons Locavore Award for her commitments to using local products and community growth in the small town of Philmont, New York. She is a local food “networker,” cultivating lasting relationships with farmers, chefs, purveyors and her community. Chef Proul represents her food skills not only with her 14 years of industry experience, but as well with a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts From New England Culinary Institute. In 2008 Chef Proul became the executive chef and General Manager of Local 111 restaurant in Philmont, NY.

Limited to 12 people.

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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

Winter Comfort Food, with Louise Roback

January 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

In the middle of winter, cooking slow oven-baked and braised dishes are just the thing to nourish and warm us deeply. With the kitchen toasty from the oven, filling the room with savory aromas, it’s a pleasure to cook, or at least it should be! These simple but special recipes will help reduce the fear factor for even the most timid home cook, while producing dishes that will delight your family and friends.

In this Winter Comfort Food class, we will learn stress-free techniques on how to cook:

  • Classic Jewish Brisket with Caramelized Onions + Portobello Mushrooms
  • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Braised Escarole + Prunes
  • Butternut Squash + Swiss Chard Lasagna

These three savory winter dishes are ideal for entertaining and will be accompanied by a composed watercress and pear salad. After this class you’ll have three different winter menus at your fingertips for those cold winter evenings when you crave a cozy and comforting meal. The techniques Louise will cover for braising and roasting will guide you in cooking all winter long. Indulge a bit and nourish your body and soul with slow-braised and baked winter comfort food.

Limited to 12 people.

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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.

February 2018
$85.00

Chinese New Year Feast, with Carrie Chen

February 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Bring your family to this hands-on class taught by local Chinese-cuisine expert Carrie Chen, who will teach you how to make the classic dishes for Chinese New Year reunion dinner while explaining what each dish represents.

“A Festival for the Family” – that’s how the Chinese refer to their New Year. Getting together and sharing quality family time over a good meal is significant in all cultures, and especially important in the Chinese culture. There’s no time better to celebrate and gather than during Chinese New Year. The New Year’s Eve dinner is called the “reunion dinner,” and is believed to be the most important meal of the year. Not only do the dishes themselves matter, but the preparation and ways of serving and eating the food all hold particular meaning.

Carrie will explain, demonstrate and guide students in making dumplings (longevity), spring rolls (wealth), fish (prosperity), tangyuan (family togetherness), and niangao (higher position).

These classic, easy-to-learn recipes are perfect for you to share with your family this holiday season or any time of the year.

(Please note that all students who sign up for this class are expected to participate in food preparation, cooking, and eating.)

About Carrie Chen:

A regular guest culinary instructor at HGS Home Chef, Carrie Chen follows in a superb line of Taiwanese chefs. She is the owner and operator of Casana T House, and hosts the YouTube series Cooking With Carrie. She loves combining Eastern and Western culinary techniques to produce flavorful family-style dishes. When she’s not cooking, Carrie can be found working with her fashion brand, Casana Designs, and her landscape company, Carrie Chen Design Group.

Limited to 10 people.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER A TICKET NOW ON EVENTBRITE.

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

BRUNCH! with Matthew White

February 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Brunch: even the word makes one happy! Join Matthew White as he teaches simple but impressive dishes that will make your weekend brunch bring smiles to everyone around the table, including you.

First he’ll teach the versatility and simplicity of the classic frittata. Savory, simple frittata is a dish that can be created in a snap using any number of fillings or cheeses and can be served for brunch, a picnic or even an elegant spur-of-the-moment supper. Then comes German pancakes (aka Dutch Babies or skillet pop-overs). This surprisingly simple dish blossoms in the oven into an extravagant golden brown puff that can be filled with an assortment of fruit and drizzled with syrup.

Cooking should be a pleasure, not a chore, and Matthew will help even the most reluctant cook overcome insecurities with these simple egg-based brunch dishes.

Menu will include:

  • Cheesy Leek + Mushroom Frittata with Herbs
  • German Pancakes with Spiced Apples + Maple Syrup
  • Easy Oven Bacon
  • The Perfect Buttermilk Biscuit
  • Winter Fruit Salad

About Matthew White:

Matthew is the proprietor and creative force behind Hillsdale General Store and HGS Home Chef. He’s not a chef but calls himself a “better than average home cook”. Matthew also is a founder and partner in the interior design firm White Webb LLC. Matthew’s true passion lies in his love for domestic life in all its many aspects. Key to that is stylish entertaining and delicious home-made food. He believes that anyone no matter their income or skill can learn to create a home life that is inviting, warm and filled with joy to be shared with loved ones.

Limited to 10 people.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER A TICKET ON EVENTBRITE NOW.

 

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

Flavorful Soups! With Chef Serge Madikians

February 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Winter is soup season and we have the perfect class to celebrate this essential menu item. Join Chef Serge Madikians of Serevan (located in Amenia, New York) in our kitchen to learn the secrets of creating home-made, flavor-packed soups. Serge will demonstrate the surprisingly simple techniques while infusing the soups with his signature flavors.

Included in the class will be:

  • Armenian style yogurt soup with barley, fresh herbs and curry oil
  • Roasted butternut squash soup with beets and pumpkin seed oil
  • Cauliflower and apple soup with saffron and spices

Serge will also demonstrate how to make a delectable salad with the barley that is inevitably left over from the soup.

With cooler weather upon us, you’ll love learning the basics to create inspiring, savory soups with the ever-entertaining Serge Madikians leading the way.

Class limited to 12 people.

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