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Cooking Getaways at Our Bed and Breakfast in Pennsylvania

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Brandywine Cooking School at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast makes the perfect gift for that person who has everything and has been everywhere. You don’t need to be a great cook to enjoy the class, which is geared for the recreational cook. We are happy to plan special classes if you and your friends would like a private cooking class followed by an intimate dinner party for your Pennsylvania culinary getaway.  Our cooking classes are also great for corporate getaways and team building. All of the pictures on this page were taken in the kitchen at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.   All classes are taught on site in our professional kitchen.

To read some of the great press our cooking school has received click here:  Food Travel-Culinary Experiences And Packages!, Epicure & Culture, March 5, 2014
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2016 Cooking School Schedule 
Details and sample menus are forthcoming.  Served with appropriate wines.

January 29-30 Romantic Dining

Create luxurious and somewhat decadent cuisine to share with that special someone for Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year.  Ingredients considered to be aphrodisiacs will be featured and sumptuous chocolate will definitely be on the menu.

March 11-12  Dining on the Orient Express 

Take a culinary “Grand Tour” of Europe and Asia with menus inspired by the Orient Express, which for over a century was the symbol of luxury travel.  A trip evocative of excitement, romance and intrigue, your “tour” will feature cuisines associated with such exotic destinations as Paris, Venice, Vienna, and Istanbul, prepared by you using traditional methods.

April 15-16 – Last Dinner on the Titanic – one of our most requested classes.
Return to the gastronomic extravagance of the Edwardian Era through the creation and consumption of the Escoffier inspired multi-course final dinner served in the First Class Salon on the fateful maiden voyage of  RMS Titanic.  You will learn and use classic cooking techniques in the preparation of these menus.   Feel free to dress in period dress for dinner.

June 10-11  French Country Cooking. 

Celebrate Bastille Day with sumptuous French Country cooking. Using the freshest of ingredients, you will create a traditional French Country menu to be enjoyed “En plein air” (al fresco) including individual pate de champagne to take home after your gourmet experience.

Here are the menus for our French Country Cooking Class for June 11, 2016.
Lunch
Pate de Campagne
Racelette Cheese and smoked ham in puff pastry
Merguez Sausages
Asparagus with Parmigiano-Reggiano with Jambon de Bayonne
French Baquettes
Boursin Cheese
Olives Provencal
Citronade a la Menthe
Dinner
 
Cream of Watercress Soup with Oyster Beignet garnish
Margret Duck Breast with Cherry Port Sauce
Haricots Verts with Toasted Almonds and Caramelized Shallots
Herb Roasted Accordion Potatoes
Glazed Tourne Carrots
Tomato Salad
Cheese Plate
Caramelized Pear Tatin with Gorgonzola Ice Cream

July 15-16  Ole Espana – Spanish and Tapas Cuisine. 

Enjoy the summer season with this class featuring classic Spanish fare with an emphasis on Tapas.  The ultimate finger food, Tapas are those delectable small bites that can range from simple items such as Iberian Ham and olives to more elaborate preparations such as Spanish Potato Omelet and Mussels Vinaigrette.  Enjoy preparing this menu with traditional Gazpacho and Sangria (which you’ll also prepare) to complement the experience.

November 4-5  Game Most Faire (only 2 spaces (1 couple) remains 

Our  fall cooking class will feature game dishes as the centerpiece and theme. The leaves are changing, there is a nip in the air and the holiday season is fast approaching –  so put on an apron, grab a knife and enjoy this active and fun hands on cooking experience.  The menu will include Pheasant, Quail, Venison and fall vegetable dishes capped by a traditional English Christmas pudding dessert.

The experience will start with a Friday evening reception and a “stir up” of the Christmas pudding along with a beer flight tasting of seasonal beers from craft brewers. Cooking class will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, with the class participants preparing the dishes under the guidance of trained chefs. Dinner will be served to the class on Saturday evening, accompanied by paired wines and a flaming Christmas punch. Class participants will “take home”  their own Christmas pudding that they can season for their own Christmas dinner celebration.

Cost of the class is $170.00 per person plus tax and gratuity and cost of accommodations at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast.   

A stew made of venison and rice.

Venison Risotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Schedule

March 10-11: “Dining  (& Murder) on the Orient Express” Bonjour, Mes’Enfants! Bienvenue a Paris! Take a culinary escape on the last train from soon-to-be-occupied Paris in 1940. You’ll spend the afternoon preparing a classic French menu to be served to you with paired wines in the formal dining car. Your dining experience will be enhanced with suspense and intrigue as you and your fellow diners will be characters and suspects in a murder mystery.

$200.00/ per person plus tax and gratuity, includes a welcoming reception on Friday, March 10; 3 hour cooking class on Saturday afternoon; served dinner with wines and murder mystery on Saturday evening. Accommodations are additional.

 

April 7-8: “Last Dinner on the Titanic”: Indulge and return to the gastronomic extravagance of the Edwardian Era through the creation and consumption of the Escoffier inspired multi course final dinner served in the first class salon on the fateful maiden voyage of RMS Titanic.  You will learn and use classic cooking techniques in the preparation of these recipes.

$250/person plus tax and gratuity, includes a welcoming champagne reception on Friday evening, morning cooking class on Saturday, served lunch, afternoon cooking class, served dinner with paired wines. Accommodations are additional.

June 9-10:  “French Country Cooking”: Celebrate Bastille Day with sumptuous French Country cooking. Using the freshest of ingredients, you will create a traditional French Country menu to be enjoyed “En plein air” (al fresco) including individual pate de campagne to take home after your gourmet experience.

$250.00 per per plus tax and gratuity., includes a welcoming reception with kitchen work on Friday evening, morning cooking class on Saturday, served lunch, afternoon cooking class, served dinner with paired wines. Accommodations are additional.

July 21-22: “Brunch in the Brandywine”  Enjoy preparing a variety of brunch dishes (crepes, rolled omelets, scratch sauces, fruit presentations, potatoes, vegetables and desserts) for the ultimate brunch experience. You’ll partake of your creations with a served brunch accompanied by champagne cocktails, gin fizzes and a Bloody Mary bar.

$175/per person plus tax and gratuity, includes a 3 hour cooking class on Saturday morning; served brunch with champagne cocktails, gin fizzes, Bloody Mary Bar. Accommodations are additional.

November 3-4: “Game Most Faire”:  The leaves are changing, there’s a nip in the air and the holiday season is fast approaching – so put on an apron, grab a knife and enjoy this active and fun hands on cooking experience. Game dishes will be the centerpiece of this class – pheasant, quail, venison, fall vegetables and traditional English Christmas pudding.

$200.00/per person, plus tax and gratuity, includes a welcoming reception on Friday evening, 3 hour afternoon cooking class on Saturday, served dinner with paired wines and individual Christmas puddings to take home. Accommodations are additional.

The Experience

Savor the beauty of the Brandywine Valley, the elegant surroundings of Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast and sumptuous cuisines prepared by you in a day-long or half day hands-on cooking class. (If you prefer to just watch, that’s okay too.) Brandywine Country Cooking School features recipes and techniques for preparing extraordinary menus themed to a particular time of the year or special occasion. To read about the experience from a previous guest, please click on our blog. If you would like to plan your own class with your friends or have a corporate team building experience, we are happy to work with you.

The Instructors  All classes are conducted by professional chefs with specific training and experience in the cuisine being featured.

The Package  Participants enjoy two nights’ accommodations (Friday and Saturday) at Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast with breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, a welcoming reception Friday evening, and meals on class day that have been prepared by you during the cooking class.  Each course at dinner is paired with a wine appropriate for that course.  Participants also receive class materials with recipes, tips and techniques along with a Brandywine Country Cooking School apron, as well as other appropriate favors.  Space is limited to 10 participants. We must have at least two couples booked for the class to take place, so ask a friend to join you.

The Cost The package includes  a welcome reception, breakfast for two mornings, meal(s) prepared by you on day of class as well as the class and all hand outs  It also includes a keepsake apron, tote bag, and other surprise goodies.  The cost of the class is per person plus plus tax and gratuity plus the cost of the room you select.

To book a cooking class, please call us at 610-459-3000.