Upcoming classes in Toronto – macarons, French pastry, kids’ cooking and wine/ food pairing

Macaron classes in Toronto –  Sunday October 1st 2017

Blueberry macarons with cream cheese frosting filling on eatlivetravelwrite.comLove macarons but afraid to try them at home because you’ve heard they are hard to make? During this hands-on class, you’ll change your mind! We’ll teach you secrets to practically no-fail macarons covering different flavoured and coloured macarons with a variety of ganache/fillings. You’ll get to practice important techniques for macaron success – macaronnage (the technique for getting the batter just right) and piping. You’ll get to take home a selection of macarons.

Sunday October 1st 2017 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Kitchen at St Lawrence Market – click here for more details and to book!

Choux pastry classes in Toronto –  Sunday November 26th 2017

Cream puffs filled and topped on eatlivetravelwrite.comIn this class, you’ll learn how to work with choux pastry to create delectable éclairs, profiteroles, chouquettes and gougères(savoury cheese puffs). Discover the secrets to perfect choux pastry – it’s easier than you think! You’ll learn how to use the pastry to create both savoury and sweet treats as well as a variety of fillings to impress your friends with these “looks harder to make than they actually are” classic French pastries.

Sunday November 26th 2017 2pm – 4pm at The Kitchen at St Lawrence Market – click here for more details and to book!

French baking for the holidays! – Sunday November 26th 2017

French Fridays with Dorie financiers Around my French Table Dorie GreenspanTired of making the same old cookies for your holiday cookie exchange? Change things up this year and bake some classic French sweet treats! In this interactive class, you’ll learn to make tiny tea-cakes like madeleines and financiers (with some flavour variations too!), sablés (shortbreads), macarons à l’ancienne (said to be the original macaron cookie!) and speculoos (a type of gingerbread) – all perfect for a cookie exchange!

Sunday November 26th 2017 10.30am – 12.30pm at The Kitchen at St Lawrence Market – click here for more details and to book!

Kids’ cooking classes – French baking for kids (a parent child class) – Sunday October 1st 2017

Kids pleating galette dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comThink French baking is complicated? Actually, it’s a jeu d’enfant – so easy even kids can create beautiful desserts! Join me in the kitchen to learn how to cook some classic French sweet treats with your child in this interactive class.

In this class, you and your child will learn to make: Madeleines: Shell-shaped sponge cakes with a lemon glaze; Mini tartes aux fruits: Melt-in-your-mouth pastry topped with crème pâtissière and fresh fruits; Langues de Chat: Thin, crunchy cookies shaped like cat’s tongues; Chocolate Mousse: Classic French dessert, so easy you’ll want to make it even on a weeknight; Profiteroles: Classic cream puffs made from choux pastry, filled with whipped cream and topped with a chocolate ganache glaze

Class is suitable for children 7-14. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult. Single adult or child tickets may only be purchased as additions to at least one adult/child ticket combo.

Sunday October 1st 2017 2pm – 4pm at the Kitchen at St Lawrence Market – click here for more details and to book!


Wine and food pairing classes in Toronto

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Wines of Southwest France – Friday November 17th 2017

Join us for an evening exploring the wines of Southwest France. South of Bordeaux, the wines of this region are many and varied. From robust Bordeaux-style reds to the black wines of Cahors (home of Malbec), all the way to whites and luscious dessert wines. Lesser-known in our market, and often confused with the regions of Languedoc-Roussillon to the south, this area is also a food-lover’s paradise. We’ll sample whites and reds, lighter to full-bodied – and maybe a few surprises as well. If you want to discover a lesser-known region often offering great value, chat informally about the world of wine, and learn a few “go to” dishes for pairing with your wine, this is the evening for you.

All wines will be in the $10-$20 sweet spot, ideal for all your entertaining needs. Wines will be matched with tasty hors d’oeuvres that you will learn to make through the evening (a mixture of hands-on and demonstration dishes). Neil Phillips of vinceteragroup.com will talk you through the pairings. Impress your friends with your wine knowledge and wow their palates with some “easier to make than you think” hors d’oeuvres!

Friday November 17th 2017 at The Kitchen at St Lawrence Market – click here for more details and to book.