Laila Hardman and Annie Gilbert came up with a singular vision for a culinary boutique, where shelves lined with gourmet coffees, cookbooks, and European cookware and gadgets open up into a demonstration kitchen that accommodates groups of up to 20 people. There, experienced instructors take culinary influences from around the globe and show students how to whip them up with healthy and fresh ingredients. In addition to a running packed schedule of specialty classes, they also cater to private groups for date nights or bachelorette parties.
A venerable textbook of sushi history, the engaging Chef Joe brings more than 20 years of Japanese culinary experience to the Mt. Fuji cutting boards. Each sushi-making class begins with the arts-and-crafts basics of fish-related construction using nori, rice, and rubber cement to build delicious rolls ready-made for consumption. Chef Joe will also clue you in on the best places to buy ingredients for three sushi mainstays: the classic california roll, spicy-tuna hand rolls, and salmon nigiri. The BYOB policy lets you alternate your detailed maki handiwork with sips of your favorite wine or beer (Mt. Fuji supplies the glasses, along with additional alcohol, which may be purchased on-site). Once you've finished exercising your chopsticks, show off your ability to shatter glass with a well-chosen Mariah Carey ballad at the restaurant-sponsored karaoke party after class.
When a chef reaches for a stick of butter, the staff at Mountain Town Olive Oil mourns. It's a missed opportunity to cook with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), a much healthier and more flavorful option. That's why the EVOO connoisseurs give cooks a wide range of butter alternatives in the form of specialty olive oils. Many are tinged with unusual flavors: cayenne, basil, and, for the staunch traditionalist, even butter. The same is true of gourmet and balsamic vinegars—try the black cherry, cinnamon pear, or dark chocolate vinegars for proof.
Super Healthy Kids provides resources to create nutritious, balanced meals for growing young kids, as well as healthy practices for the whole family. Subscribers are granted access to the company's kids meal plans that contain recipes and shopping lists for seven days of nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that both healthy and delicious. Each meal plan also includes pictures, nutritional data, and a log to record newly developed superpowers.
The company's website goes beyond recipes by offering blog posts and articles on a variety of food topics for the whole family. By browsing the site's navigation menus, users can also find articles about growing fresh fruits, canning vegetables, and creating baby food purees. Those interested in family activities can read about starting an herb garden, and families looking to save some cash can study how to make smoothies at home.
Holy Grains churns out batches of organic, gluten-free products, including oats, rice, and freshly milled flours and mixes. More than just a source of healthy provisions, the business provides a multitude of educational opportunities, leading classes and doling out recipes that focus on the sugar-, corn-, and dairy-free sides to eating. Holy Grains also offers nutritional counseling and private coaching to those who want to take their organic diets to the next level.
If the instructors at The Kitchen were melded into one Voltron-esque chef, that chef would stand out as a culinary impresario, wielding skills in organic and vegetarian cooking, as well as pastry-making, and international cuisine. And it’s a good thing that the teaching staff is so multifaceted. They lead classes that not only focus on regional cuisines, but also cooking for events such as making side dishes for football-viewing gatherings or desserts to warm up cold nights.