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 habitatrestaurant.com.