Have you been to The Rolling Pin? If not, you are missing out! I have been and it was so much fun! My parents and I went for one of their hands on style cooking classes. We each got a workstation, an apron and a glass of water (to clean our palettes with to ensure we fully enjoyed the flavors we were cooking with). We got to be active in every part of the preparation for each course. We used exceptional cooking utensils, which make all the difference when it comes to preparing meals! All the cookware items used in the class are available for purchase in the store and at a discount for class members as long as you purchase the same day. It’s pretty impossible to get out of there without finding something that your heart desires, especially after getting the chance to use them! This wasn’t just a how to cook type of class, we learned so much from Chef Dave about the origins of the food, the process, the cookware even had a story!
What is the most impressive thing that The Rolling Pin has done for me personally? My Dad is a cook now! My mom has ALWAYS been “the cook in the family”, but Chef Dave changed all of that! It’s been about 5 years now that my dad and mom have been taking classes at The Rolling Pin and it has been such a wonderful experience for all of us that have gotten to experience dad’s cooking!
My dad has taken a wide array of classes over the years and his knowledge of wine, cooking and ingredients has become a joy to learn about when we cook together at my parents’ house. He has accumulated a collection of cooking knives that any ninja would kill for! Everyone loves a man that can cook? Right? Chef Dave apparently figured that out a long time ago and it’s refreshing to see he and his wife living their dream by sharing their mutual love and appreciation for all things culinary. Here’s what my dad has to say about The Rolling Pin:
“I have taken about 20 classes at the Rolling Pin and I have enjoyed all of them and feel that I have learned a great deal. One of my favorite classes was one of my first. I don’t remember the exact name but it was something like New Orleans classics. Included in the menu for the class was Shrimp Remoulade, Sausage and Chicken Gumbo and Bread Pudding. The gumbo and the bread pudding have become a regular part of my repertoire. I have also taken some skills classes including knife skills I and II. The Rolling Pin also offers two series of classes on the fundamentals of cooking; Cooking 101 and Cooking 201. Each series is five classes and I found all of those classes so helpful and fun.The classes I have taken have given me the confidence to expand from a “backyard cook” to a reasonably accomplished “indoors cook” as well. Some of the best lessons have involved very simple concepts and/or introductions to basic ingredients. For instance, I learned how versatile and how effective an ingredient shallots are. I also learned that with some basic skills you can significantly expand your repertoire. For example, I learned to make a delicious vinaigrette that is great on its own, but that also can serve as the base for other delicious dressings (including a blue cheese dressing that my friends are wild about). I’m very thankful my wife convinced me to take that first class. I suspect she is too.”
It’s no secret that we all love shows like Top Chef. Well, how would you like to meet and cook with one of the contestants? Chef Dave and his wife Karen make that possible at The Rolling Pin! They have in the past had famous cooks and chefs come to The Rolling Pin to share a night of cooking, laughing and learning! Recently he had Top Chef contestant Richie Farina
as well as Chef Tre Wilcox!
Be sure to keep an eye on their website, they usually keep their class calendar updated for up to four months so you can plan ahead and keep an eye out for all of the new and exciting events they have planned!
The husband doesn’t know it yet, but he and I will most definitely be taking the “Couples Cooking Together” class sometime soon and the “Cooking 101” class series has my name written all over it. But that class is super popular so I am going to need to take my own advice and keep an eye out for when the next series starts. I will most definitely be sharing that adventure here.
The Rolling Pin doesn’t just show us grown ups how to have a good time in the kitchen, they also do cooking classes to support the kiddos. I know that I adored spending time in the kitchen with my grandma and my mom when I was little. It inspired such wonder to open a magic book, read a passage, gather some ingredients and make something that smelled and tasted delicious.
I really could go on and on about all of the magic that happens at The Rolling Pin, but this is your cue to check out their website and store for yourself. Stop in, say hello and let them know that I sent you with a glowing recommendation! If you are a lover of food, wine, cooking supplies and all things gourmet then you know where to go. The holidays are just around the corner, give the gift of cooking with Gift Cards that can be used for everything in the store as well as for classes!