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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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July 2017
$75.00

Mixed Grill Lunch & Learn, with Michael Chesloff

July 1 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Chef Michael Chesloff will guide you in creating an entire summer meal on the grill — whether you use charcoal or gas. The class and the delicious summer menu includes:

• Pork Tenderloin: Trimming silverskin, brining and tying methods for even cooking
• Whole Chicken: How to debone so it will cook quickly and be easy to serve and eat
• Vegetables: How to cook evenly and eliminate falling through the grates
• Flatbread: Cooked on the grill for extra flavor

Join Michael for this special summer grilling class where everything is prepared on the grill!

Limited to only 10 people.

$75.00

Classic Iranian Barbecue, with Serge Madikians

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join Chef Serge Madikans of Serevan Restaurant in Amenia, NY, for an exotically delicious menu prepared on the grill in our kitchen courtyard. You’ll learn to make delicious chicken kebabs, Persian rice with crispy tahdig, cucumber, tomato and onion salad with fresh herbs, and a mint sweet-sour refreshing drink. Afterwards, we’ll have fresh sour cherry and rice noodle dessert. You’ll learn Serge’s secrets on how to make it all!

(Limited to just 12 people.)

$75.00

Asian Summer Bowls with Marti Wolfson

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

 

If there’s a region that is responsible for the appeal of “the bowl” that is so popular today, it might be Asia. This special class combines the ease and convenience of making delectable bowls with the art of using Asian flavors, perfect for summer dining. Marti Wolfson, Culinary Nutrition Specialist, will inspire your palate and your health with seasonal ingredients and delicious (and yes, healthy!) summer dishes in this hands-on class.

Limited to 12 people

Menu:

  • Thai Carrot, Tomato, Corn Bisque
  • Maple Glazed Wild Salmon with Spicy Greens
  • Red Cabbage Slaw
  • Soba Noodle Salad
  • Blueberry Kanten with Cashew Cream

*Class is gluten- and dairy-free.

About Marti:

Marti Wolfson has been an impassioned educator in the integrative health field for over 15 years. She brings a unique set of skills as a health-supportive chef and educator of Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Marti has a degree in Exercise Physiology and Dance from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute where she currently teaches in the public program. She is on faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, and The Center for Mind Body Medicine.

 

$75.00

Mexican Grilling with Chef Cristóbal Morales

July 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

 

Learn how to do authentic Mexican grilling with Chef Cristóbal Morales of The Taste Box and Memorable Cuisine Catering of Chatham, NY.

On the menu:

  • Perfectly grilled shrimp tacos on home-made fresh corn tortillas, served with mango salsa
  • Grilled corn on the cob with mint, cilantro and serrano chimichurri
  • Jicama salad
  • Agua fresca

Learn authentic secrets from a master and be inspired to create your own Mexican food magic on your grill all summer long!

Class limited to 12 people.

$70.00

Summer Fruit Pies with Louise Roback

July 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

As farmer’s markets and orchards are teeming with summer fruit, join Louise Roback, in-house pastry cook at HGS Home Chef, to learn to make easy, delicious summer fruit pies, tarts and galettes.

We’ll cover selecting and preparing fruit, fruit preparation methods for optimal flavor, easy no-fail pie crusts (pâte brisée) and tart crusts (pâte sucrée), and ideas for combining flavors, sauces, ice creams and more for summer baking.

Louise will both demonstrate techniques and guide students in hands-on preparation and baking. We’ll provide the aprons for all who are game to get your hands into flour and dough! You will leave with the know-how and confidence to bake scrumptious fruit desserts. And of course you’ll eat the results of this delectable summer course.

Class limited to 12 people.

$75.00

Provençal Summer Menu with Alexandra Stafford

July 29 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Quench your summer travel thirst with this Provençal feast. We’ll begin class preparing dessert: a stone fruit galette made with a flaky tart dough and frangipane (a creamy almond paste), both of which are made in the food processor and come together in minutes.

As this rustic galette bakes, we’ll poach salmon in preparation for a niçoise salad with haricot vert, fingerling potatoes, sweet cherry tomatoes, and farm greens.

Then we’ll caramelize onions for the pissaladière, which we’ll bake smeared with a paste of minced anchovies and capers. As we work, we’ll nourish ourselves with tapenade spread across homemade peasant bread. Spread out a picnic blanket, break out the rosé—Provence has never felt closer to home.

Limited to 12 people.

August 2017
$70.00

Slice, Dice, Chop! Knife Skills (and Lunch) with Matthew White

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join accomplished knife-wielder Matthew White, owner of HGS Home Chef, in a hands-on class as he directs a symphony of choppers of a range of vegetables. The results all go into sauté pans along with fresh, high-quality salmon to create a healthy, vibrant lunch of Salmon Provençale (with ideas for varying ingredients to create different dishes with the same technique.)

Each student will be provided with their own knives to use during class, and be guided in proper and safe techniques for using chef’s knives and paring knives to speedily and safely tackle all manner of vegetables in slicing, dicing and paring. Learning cutting and safety techniques will shorten your prep time in the kitchen, extend the useful life of your knives and enhance your safety.

$75.00

Simple and Spectacular Summer Grilling with Alexandra Stafford

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

 

‘Tis the season of food meeting fire. In this class, we’ll turn the oven off and take the cooking outside:

  • We’ll grill skewered cubes of chicken and make souvlaki sandwiches with tzatziki and quick-pickled onions.
  • We’ll briefly marinate salmon before grilling it atop cedar planks.
  • We’ll quickly grill slabs of flavorful skirt steak, which we’ll brush with a spicy, herby chimichurri.

As the meats marinate, cook, and rest, we’ll prepare cooling salads, sides and pickles to accompany the charred and burnished foods emerging from the grill.

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 had 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.

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