Create luxurious and somewhat decadent cuisine to share with that special someone for Valentine’s Day and all year in our hands-on cooking school. “…the act of preparing food for another (or with another) speaks louder and clearer than most words. It says, with no exceptions, I love you. I want you. I care for you. You are worth the effort.” from The New Intercourses, an aphrodisiac cookbook.
The menu will feature unique dishes with ingredients selected for their seductive powers. Strawberry Avacado salad with a Fresh Orange and Ginger Infused Honey Vinaigrette: In Aztec culture, avacados were called ahuacatl, or testicle, and deemed so powerful that village maidens were forbidden to set one virginal toe outside the house while the fruit was being gathered; and honey has been connected with love, sex, and sensuality extrodinaire since the beginning of time. In the fifth century B. C., Hippocrates prescribed it for sexual vigor. Fresh Shucked Oyster with Champagne Miggnonette: Oysters symbolize virility and passion for all who indulge. From Petronius to Casanova, oysters have unleashed their powers of seduction on unwitting prey and restored life to lagging libidos. Roasted Rack of Lamb with a Fig Port Wine Reduction: When eating figs, you are tasting history, Cleopatra, Dionysian orgies, the Roman Saturnalia. Chocalate Lava Souffle: The Marquise of Pompadour, a favored mistress of Louis XV, depended on chocalate to keep him aroused. Sixteenth-century church officials deemed it a sinful indulgence, and Casanova, the insatiable 18th-century lover, ate chocalate to sustain his stamina.
Participants enjoy two nights’ accommodations (Sunday and Monday) at Hamanassett with breakfast Monday and Tuesday mornings, a welcoming reception Sunday evening, and lunch and dinner on class day that has been prepared by you during the cooking class. Dinner will be paired with wines from Vala Vineyards, one of the premier wineries in Chester County. Participants also receive class materials with recipes, tips and techniques along with a Brandywine Country Cooking School apron as well as other appropriate favors. If you would like to extend your visit to tour the Brandywine Valley on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday following the cooking school, we will offer participants a discount off our normal rates. Space is limited to 10 people and rooms are first come first serve so ensure getting your choice of rooms by booking early.
Cost of the school for two people is $700/couple; $625/single plus tax. This includes your room for Sunday and Monday night, welcome reception Sunday evening, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Monday as well as the class and all hand outs and breakfast Tuesday morning. Rooms are first come, first serve so book early to get the room of your choice. Class only (space permitting) is $250.00.