At Orlando Bartending Academy, professional bartenders school future crops of drink slingers in a realistic bar atmosphere. The instructor-owned-and-operated facility's main draw is its 40-hour mixology course, which grants students bartending certification. It also covers alcohol awareness training and a flair seminar that teaches fledgling bartenders how to entertain customers without resorting to the popular bar trick of sawing guests in half. Small class sizes enable instructors to provide one-on-one attention, and job-placement assistance ensures students always have a place to apply their skills.
The professionals also educate home bartenders during couples' martini classes, teaching guests to make a lineup of popular martinis for delighting future dinner-party guests.
Better Way Gourmet’s chefs know that sometimes, cooking delicious meals and maintaining a healthy diet seem like mutually exclusive goals. They disagree, of course, and set out to simplify the home cook’s task and encourage healthy eating with their chef-created recipes. Users can login to the site and peruse weekly menus wrought with seasonal, healthy ingredients and void of processed foods and preservatives. Each original meal plan packs at least one protein, carb, and vegetable, ensuring balanced and healthy nutrition for the entire family. In addition to providing recipes, the site rounds out healthy lifestyles with helpful articles and plenty of fitness tips and tricks, and even takes away the guess-work of shopping with an inventory of grocery products. Better Way Gourmet also provides customer service to address any concerns and walk clients through any problems. You can also plumb Better Way Gourmet's social community, blogs, reviews, and videos for help and inspiration.
Sarah Riefke took her first cake-decorating class in 2008. Instantly hooked, she soon became a decorating instructor herself, eventually enrolling as a student in the prestigious French Pastry School in Chicago. She went on to start Sweeter Than The Rest, where she has created a jaw-dropping assortment of specialty cakes and three-dimensional masterpieces that are nearly too pretty to eat, but just pretty enough to chew on.
Little Bites' squad of culinary craftspeople prepares menus that cull aspects of fine, globetrotting cuisine when catering events or teaching captive audiences how to cook. At private cooking lessons for children or adults, kitchen counters populate with ingredients and supplies that the chef unpacks before chopping methods and flavor profiles are explained. The same delicate hands that weave ingredients into dishes during lessons create complementary courses for dinner parties, food seminars, and wine tastings when called upon for catering services. Grub arrives customized for each event, whether sculpted into fun shapes for a youngster's birthday party or accompanied by flowers and soothing tunes at a romantic dinner for two. In addition to adjusting menus around the dietary, kosher, or vegetarian restrictions of their customers, Little Bites' chefs dispense suggestions to elevate feasts, such as which wines and velvet-rope colors pair best with the evening's food.
P. Michele Talley, also known as The Newlywed Guru, knows that transitioning into a life together requires more than a marriage certificate. For the past 20 years, she has been researching stable marriages, and educating couples on the keys to long lasting partnerships--from planning honeymoons to cooking gourmet spreads together, rather than just both holding the handle on the can opener.
Take Away Gourmet concocts an internationally based collection of fresh, health-friendly feasts to be noshed in the comfort of your home. Heat-and-serve meals, such as generous single servings of moroccan chicken with almond couscous or barbecued tofu ($6.99), require only the warmth of your oven or microwave to be ready for sharing with the family dog. Diners seeking a quick bite may order from a selection of cook-and-serve meals, and novice chefs can practice for their silverware operation permits on raw materials such as a peppercorn-crusted pork tenderloin with soy-caramel sauce ($15). Casseroles can fill six to eight plates or one communal bonding-bowl with chicken tetrazzini with prosciutto and peas ($36). Take Away Gourmet's crafty culinarians will gladly rework dishes to accommodate vegans or the gluten-averse upon request.