We're always looking for some place new to play, and for Wade's birthday this year, Kimberly got us a cooking class at Sur la Table in Newport Beach. We went on 09/20/2014 and had a great time. Kimberly chose this particular class because it was a "date night" class, and because Wade has developed a fondness for crab lately, and the menu this night included making crab cakes. Here we are making a garlic and caper aioli from scratch, for putting on the crab cakes.
The crab cakes came out absolutely wonderful. We're going to use them for sure where it's our turn to host a cooking party.
Here is our chef to instruct us. Note in the foreground there is a butane stove. This allows each group of four students to cook in their area, without trying to get everyone around a single range or have multiple ranges.
From left to right, we have our chef, the two "sous chefs" who did all the setup and cleanup, and four of the "beautiful people" we shared the class. I did mention it was in Newport Beach, didn't I?
This couple was celebrating their first wedding anniversary, and were paired with us. They were really nice, but making groups of four made it a little more awkward: only so many people can whip the aioli at a time.
There was a salad course with a pomegranate vinaigrette dressing that we made from scratch using a pomengranate molasses. The main course this evening was a New York steak, covered with a pan sauce that we made after searing the steaks in the pan and then moving them to the oven to finish cooking through.
All in all, a really fun birthday event!