Thursday, January 10, 2013

TOP News: Habitat's 2013 Cooking Class Schedule

Why did I start a blog about Pittsburgh restaurants? Because, for a very long time, I couldn't cook.  Ok, ok... so in reality I was too lazy to open a cook book or make an attempt to actually learn in my all-too-rare downtime.  It was just plain easier to give PID the puppy eyes and beg to go to the newest hot spot and spend our hard-earned money, instead. But it's time to change all that...

Surprisingly, since I've started blogging restaurant reviews, I've matured my palate and developed an enhanced understanding and appreciation of flavor profiles and how to mix them. I can definitely feel my culinary skills emerging! But that's not to say there's not still a LOT of room for improvement.

Luckily one of my favorite local-sustainable restaurants has announced its 2013 schedule of cooking classes. Habitat has recently welcomed a new executive chef, Jason Dalling, and I'm totally pumped to see what he's got in store. There are a few in particular that I absolutely plan to attend and a few I'm definitely considering.  

February 2, 2013 – Romantic Dinner for Two
A study of aphrodisiacs and effective preparation of dinner for two
March 2, 2013 – Mardi Gras
Classic New Orleans cocktails and cuisine revisited
April 6, 2013 – Healthy Home Cooking ** We'll be there!
Light and healthy cooking made easy
May 4, 2013 – Sushi and Sake
Traditional Japanese sushi preparation and the world of sake
June 1, 2013 – Italian Cuisine Made Easy
An overview of homemade Italian pastas and desserts
July 6, 2013 – Bourbon and BBQ
The Habitat chefs explore cooking with their favorite bourbons
August 3, 2013 – Healthy Kids Cuisine (that they’ll actually eat!)
Just in time for back to school
September 7, 2013 – International Beer and Food Pairings
An educational and interactive beer and food pairing session
October 5, 2013 – Pies and Tarts
They’re not just for dessert anymore. Learn to make sweet and savory pies and tarts.
November 2, 2013 – Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
A modern look into preparation of the traditional Thanksgiving feast
December 7, 2013 – Holiday Party Planning
Learn to make a variety of cocktails and canapés perfect for your next holiday gathering

The interactive classes take place the first Saturday of every month from 1-3 p.m. at Habitat's kitchen located on the second floor of the Fairmont in downtown Pittsburgh. Cost is $65 per class, which includes instruction, materials, an apron and LUNCH! Will you be joining us?  For reservations, call (412) 773-8848.

Habitat, located in the Fairmont Pittsburgh hotel, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving local and seasonal cuisine.  For more information, visit
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