There are just a few days left to celebrate "February is for Foodies" the month-long promotion driven by "Experience Walla Walla." In fact, the last cooking class series is this Saturday, February 25. I understand there will be classes on pasta, soups, sauces and even chocolate truffles! For only $20 you get more than your money's worth. Not only do you learn handy food and kitchen techniques, but you eat and drink all day.
I could not pass up the Saturday, February 11 cooking session as it featured - - CHOCOLATE - - and so perfect since Valentine's day was just around the corner. The day started at 11:00 am at the Titus Creek Cafe at Walla Walla Community College. We were welcomed with introductions from the chefs; along with coffee, tea and fresh breakfast rolls awaited us.
|Chocolatey-coffee goodness ready to be frozen!|
Cocktails 101 by the Marcus Whitman's Mixologist, Silas Manlove demonstrated the ingredients needed at home to make the spontaneous cocktail. Glassware and the proper tools were also pointed out as a necessity to have on hand such as a jigger, shaker, strainer, muddler and more; including a bar book. After Silas discussed types of drinks (neat, rocks, etc), flavors, and styles; the end result was a "chocolatini" that the class imbibed in. This chocolate "martini" included many different chocolate flavored liquors and cream. Silas also included some of the favorite drinks recipes from the Marcus Whitman's Vineyard Lounge.
In fact, Jaime Chalk from L'Ecole No. 41 joined us at this foodie experience to pour for us L'Ecole No. 41's 2009 Estate Syrah from the Seven Hills Vineyards. It was a dark inky wine with earthy aromas of cigar box and spice. Flavors of dark concentrated fruits such as plums and blackberry was so perfect - - so perfect paired with the heavy dark chocolate cake.
|A Girl's Favorite: Roses, Wine, and Chocolate!|
What? There was more? Yes, there was a treat in store for us. The Four Tenors arrived! This talented quartet not only sang to us, but also gave red roses to all of the women. Chocolate, flowers, wine and tenors! What more could we want for Valentine's Day? At this time the Four Tenors are performing at the Power House Theatre and this is their last week. They sing a variety of music from Pop, Country, Broadway, and Classical (okay, yeah that is me posed with them below - they visited me at the wine shop).
|Chocolate Truffles by Chef Mandi|