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Culinary Arts

A Tour of Italian Wines


with Gene A Barber

Calendar Feb 28, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Explore some of the lesser know Italian wine regions such as Le Marche, Apulia, Oltrepo Pavese and Emilia Romagna, to name just a few. There are over 6600 registered grape varieties (varietals) and clones in Italy alone. Enjoy sampling four different wines paired with light, healthy appetizers courtesy of Vic & Whit’s.

Registration through OOB/Saco Adult Education only.

Tuition includes cost of food/wine.

Gene A Barber, a wholesale rep for Devenish wines, started his first wine tasting club in 1974 and has been an avid student ever since. He deals primarily in low-yield, low-production wines that are sustainable, organic and natural.

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Bagel Making!


with Kimberly Chaurette

Calendar Mar 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Make fresh bagels at home using local grains while learning the entire process: mixing, proofing, shaping, boiling, topping and baking. Discuss local grains and enjoy the opportunity to work with Maine grown wheat. Leave with recipes, a few fresh baked bagels and a batch of dough ready to be baked at home. Bring an apron or wear something you don’t mind getting flour on. Tuition includes food.

Kim Chaurette, co-owner of Rover Bagel in Biddeford, ME, specializes in naturally leavened, wood-fired bagels. She is passionate about baking, using time-tested techniques and healthful, local ingredients.

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Bimini Gin Craft Cocktails & Distillery Tour


with Kristina Hansen

Calendar Feb 4, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us at Round Turn Distilling and delve into the artistry of craft cocktails! Tour the distillery while learning about the history of gin distilling. Enter the tasting room to build the perfect cocktail using Bimini Gin. From proper barware to technique, discover everything you need to know to impress your friends with the perfect mixed drink. Leave with a professional set of bar tools which include a set of shaker tins, a Hawthorne strainer, fine mesh strainer, bar spoon and jigger. Tuition includes materials. The equivalent of one alcoholic beverage will be served.

Kristina Hansen and Darren Case own Round Turn Distilling, home of award-winning Bimini Gin, in Biddeford. Their Bimini Gin is inspired by bright sunshine, warm breezes and sparkling waves to capture the taste of summer vacation all year long.

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Breakfast Anyone?


with Robert E Cyr

Calendar Feb 6, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Is your breakfast boring you? Make breakfast a meal you can’t wait to sit down to! Create simple, quick, economic and nourishing breakfasts that keep you going and on track with your weight goals and busy schedule. Maximize the time you spend on your first meal of the day, learn why this meal is so important and what you can do to really ‘make the best’ out of it. Put together some awesome recipes to get your morning fueled and off to a great, delicious start! Tuition includes food.

Robert Cyr, certified holistic health coach and wellness instructor, organic farmer and chef as well as the author of Zombie Truckers, a self-help health book. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge on nutrition, cooking and fitness to create healthy lifestyle changes to becoming “Cyriously Fit.”

Clean Easy Eating for Life


with Robert E Cyr

Calendar Mar 4, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Discover what foods will keep you and your family healthy all year long! Find out how to “cook once, eat twice or thrice” with proper planning. Get the best nutrition possible while simplifying your meal planning and de-stress your busy life. Incorporate clean eating into a typical week by creating a healthier food plan and menu that is quick and easy for everyone. Feel better in just days, have more energy and be amazed at how easy it really is. Recipes will be provided that can be prepared as one meal with the left overs utilized in several other dishes. This is a demo/discussion class. Tuition includes food.

Robert Cyr, certified holistic health coach and wellness instructor, organic farmer and chef as well as the author of Zombie Truckers, a self-help health book. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge on nutrition, cooking and fitness to create healthy lifestyle changes for becoming “Cyriously Fit.”

Cooking 101


with Moira Rascati

Calendar Mar 12, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 3 weeks

New menu!

This hands-on introduction will include basic knife and cooking techniques such as sautéing, poaching, broiling and pureeing along with sanitation guidelines, measurements and ingredients. Start with chicken stock and move on to minestrone and a broccoli cheddar soup and a hearty seafood stew. We’ll braise short ribs and pork, make fresh pasta and sauté chicken with different ingredients. Our final class pulls it all together as we create a dinner party from soup to nuts. This elegant four course meal includes an antipasto platter, New England salad, balsamic and peach pork tenderloin and a mixed berry crisp. Tuition includes food. ‚Äč

Moira Rascati is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY and has been a sous-chef at Joseph’s by the Sea for the past 25 years. She has taught at SMCC for 12 years.

Cooking with Sourdough


with Mary Elizabeth Bailey

Calendar Jan 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

It’s not just for bread!

Learn what sourdough is and how to make, feed, grow and use it. Discover unusual and unexpected ways to incorporate sourdough into your baking and cooking repertoire - from breads to cakes. Watch a demonstration of classic sourdough bread, crumpets and muffins while enjoying some premade sourdough-based treats. Leave with a sourdough culture and recipes to start making your own tasty treats at home. Tuition includes materials.

Required: Hat or hair net and a small container with lid (to bring your sourdough starter home in).

NOTE: Moved from OOB High School to Thyme and Honey Bakery, Biddeford.

Mary Bailey, an avid and talented baker, is a Culinary Arts major at YCCC. She is owner/operator of Thyme & Honey Bakery in Biddeford offering cakes for all occasions, specialty desserts and baked goods for on the go folks.

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International Tea Tasting


with Marianne E Russo

Calendar Mar 5, 2019 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Join us for a trip around the world through the many cultures of tea! Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. Taste the differences and similarities of one country’s teas to another, learn a bit about their history, culture, traditions and the customs associated with drinking tea. Tuition includes materials.

Marianne Russo is a Certified Tea Specialist and owner of Nellie’s Tea Company. She has studied under experts from around the world, including Pearl Dexter, founding owner of Tea, A Magazine, and John Harney of Harney & Sons Fine Teas. She has traveled to the tea fields and factories of China and Japan, the World Tea Expo as well as numerous tea rooms in the US and abroad.

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