I was wondering if anyone knows about cooking classes on St. Croix. I am looking for a casual class that will teach my boyfriend and I to cook better at home.
You may be able to find out about cooking classes in the VI Trader or classifieds of the Avis. However, I think it is probably in the best interest of your relationship if you do not force him into this. Either way, make sure to let the rest of us know if you do learn about cooking classes.
Norman, your age is showing! LOL! Whatever makes you thing SHE is forcing HIM?
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) runs a series of cooking classes each year. I think it is only during the winter, but keep an eye out, or call at 719-2272. You can also go to their website at : http://www.casavi.org
They don't always keep the site updated, so you may want to call the number.
I can teach you both how to burn salad! LOL! (just kidding:-o)
I'm a real fan of Rachael Ray. My daughter just rolls her eyes at me, but I really have picked up a couple of outstanding 30 minute meals. Her Ribollito is now a staple in our house! Another thing I like about her is she cooks for her dog.
I couldn't pass this thread up. I have been talking to my gf who is a math teacher about sometime setting up a small 'demo' or cooking class for her students to connect the link between math and cooking. Sometimes I wonder if cooking classes would be something that would do well on StX.
What kind of cuisines would you like to learn?
Any particular dishes?
I've always wanted to teach cooking but never really thought too hard about it.
BTW, Rachael Ray is my fave since day 1.
Thank you, everyone, for your responses...
I was envisioning a casual cooking class maybe once a week for a month or monthly classes with different topics for each class. Asian cooking has always been a challenge for me, but I am interested in all cuisines & foods. I thought it would be a nice/casual activity for us to do together and hopefully give us some tips for healthy, fresh cooking at home.
Noah, do you have formal training or are you self-taught?
It would be great to start a group class, but of course the challenge would be to find a suitable kitchen...
Yup, graduated from Art Institute of CO in 2002. A suitable kitchen in the VI could be tough.
But, you know what, Noah? Many of us don't have a suitable kitchen, but would like to learn to "do the best we can with what we've got."
EE, i think they mean a suitable kitchen for teaching the class.
Yeah, for teaching a class. I definitely have adopted the "do the best with what we've got" attitude! It takes plenty of foil balls and duct tape coupled w a MacGuyver mind set to run a kitchen here.
I think the point EE was making was that since we don't all have "suitable" kitchens, then the class could probably be taught in just a regular kitchen. Would probably work if the kitchen was an open floor plan, like a lot of houses have, with a bar with stools for the students.
Ahh, gotcha. Anybody wanna volunteer their house?
My kitchen is about as unsuitable as they come. It's like a little cave!
Chefnoah - I really hope you start a class! We would love to take classes on cooking with local foods or making local dishes. Let us know if you're able to arrange anything!!!
...and if you need to know how to burn a really good salad...I'm game! Just make sure the insurance coverage...:D
Now burning salad....I'm curious. I did have a girlfriend one time who left a bowlful of salad real close to a burner cooking pasta on high. It wilted and browned a bit, but never burnt. How do you burn salad? I'd like to learn that. I have done a grilled romaine wedge for a caeser salad before, but that was on purpose 🙂
:@)....wonder if your GF and I were related...:@):-o
Ahh, gotcha. Anybody wanna volunteer their house?
My job just transferred me to STX 2 weeks ago and a cooking class sounds great!
Along with working a full time job, my partner and I (mainly him) are managing a B&B in Christiansted. It has a fairly big kitchen/dining area and just might work for holding a few classes. Let me know if you’d like to stop by and give it a look.
I’d love to help get this going… but I must admit, I know NOTHING about burning salad!
Here's a stinky new one....burnt-boiled eggs 😮
I kinda forgot about them for...say an HOUR AND A HALF!!!
There is no air freshener to get rid of the smell...EEEEWWWWW!!!
During Mango Melee at the Botanical Gardens and at the Ag Fair, some of the local farmers have classes about local fruit and vegetables. You might try and hook up with them
What would the qualities of a 'suitable kitchen' be? Size? Counter Space? Stove?
How many students would a class have? Six? Eight? Four? What price per head?
Would this be a watch the chef do it concept... or would all persons participate in the prep?
Would the students consume the creations?
Has anyone done the CASA classes (I've always wanted to ) and what are they like?
I'd be interested (in taking) if I knew more. This is a topic I know several of my friends would be interested in as well . There have been several attempts in the past by persons/organizations to offer classes. I'm not sure why they didn't catch on. For me it was schedule conflicts but that's the problem with any classes. Now is a great time to do stuff. Summers over - we have some time to do stuff like this.
Well I think a suitable kitchen should have enough counter space to have several stations or work areas so everyone can be involved and doing something.
I think a good size class would be 6-8 max depending on the kitchen size. I haven't thought about prices but obviously I wanna cover the cost of food, my time, and supplies.
I don't think anyone learns too much from the watch the chef do it style....I think hands-on is the way to go.
Of course we'd consume the creations! That's the best part!
2 weeks after I arrived on StX, Salud did the CASA cooking class. It was great! We made seafood stew and I walked about 8 people through the steps of making it. I fielded their questions and put them to work on peeling shrimp for shrimp broth, etc. Most of them were happy to watch but others had plenty of questions and wanted to help out. They all sat at the bar while I dished up the stew and they all enjoyed it with some wine. It was a great time for a great cause.
I think it would be fun to teach the things that scare most home cooks. Homemade bread, pasta dough, simple sauces, easy desserts. I have tons of recipes to share and I think I can keep it simple.
Let me know what you think, any feedback is welcome.
Shout out to Chef Noah, Nice article in Saint Croix this week (tu)