A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine and beer.
One of the most important rules in France when invited to a dinner party is never arrive early! Arrive fashionably late, that is the cultural norm. They even have a term dedicated to this “le quart d’heure de politesse” – the quarter hour of politeness. The French enjoy food and having dinner is an experience in itself and can last for hours so it’s important to do a little planning so you can enjoy the party with your guests. With Zoe, learn how to prepare and plan for a three course dinner that will be sure to impress your friends and family!
Gougères — Savory Choux Pastry with Gruyere cheese
Soup aux Marons — Chestnut, Apple & Celery Root Soup
Poulet Braisé aux Pruneaux et Olives — Braised Chicken with Prunes & Olives
Poires Pochée au Vin Rouge et Epices — Spiced Red Wine Poached Pears with Bi-Rite Creamery's Honey Lavender Ice Cream
Zoé McLaughlin was born in Paris and raised in San Francisco. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked in restaurants in France while she wrote and published her first cookbook – a collection of family recipes influenced by her multicultural upbringing. She now lives in San Francisco, where she works in the non-profit culinary world and hosts online cooking demonstrations. She has a passion for bringing together the diverse flavors and culinary traditions of the Bay Area with the time tested techniques of classical French cooking.