Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Southern Gourmasian Cooking Class

Our first Southern Gourmasian Cooking Class was a great hit!  If you'd like to attend one of these, just email me at ThanhRasico@gmail.com.  Our classes are demonstrations where you can watch the chef prepare 3 courses, and it's very interactive.  So you can ask questions about where to get what you need to cook certain things, get tips on techniques, and see what the chef recommends in general.
The kitchen is quite large, so guests sat comfortably in twos at bar tables in comfy leather stools.

Our chef whipped up several delicious dishes filled with all the flavor that you get when you buy from The Southern Gourmasian food truck that is all over town - usually in a different location each day.  Just look them up on Twitter or Facebook, and you can try some of their food yourself!
The first course served was seared white tuna.
It came on a bed of greens with a ginger tomato chutney topping.  If you've followed the food truck to any events around town such as Saturday brunch at the Hillcrest Farmers Market or some of the other food truck gatherings, you know that the Southern Gourmasian frequently offers up new inventions of food combinations that always exceed expectations.
I've found that every time he puts a new special on the menu, I love it so much I insist that he has to always have it available.  Our second course of the cooking class is my current favorite.  Pork torchon with pickled radish salad, potato gnocchi, and braised greens.
During the making of the hand made gnocchi, a volunteer came up to try her hand in rolling out the dough.
What a beautiful, tender sight!
Each course's portion was sized just perfectly enough to taste and enjoy a good amount of food, leaving room for more.  Then, on to the next!  For dessert, Justin rolled out his homemade pie dough and topped it with an Amaretto peach filling.
Into the fryer it went.
Then it was topped with buttermilk sorbet.

Justin is brainstorming now for more creative, tasty inventions to wow the next Southern Gourmasian Cooking Class.  We're talking about handmade pasta or dumplings, and I know they'll be made with fresh, extraordinary ingredients that probably nobody else has thought of.  His style of cooking is quite original and flavorful.  The next class will be at The Ridge at Chenal July 17th 6:00 - 8:30 pm.  Email me for more details.

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